Can you roast things without oil? Is it possible to roast something in the oven without oil? Absolutely! No oil is needed to make things crispy in the oven. Food will still brown and crisp up without it and you don’t even need oil to hold seasonings onto food.
Do you have to use oil when roasting vegetables? To roast vegetables without oil is possible and they taste amazing. I used balsamic vinegar, but soy sauce, tamari and lemon or lime juice also work. If you’re on a diet or just trying to avoid oils, these oil free rainbow roasted vegetables are for you.
What can I use instead of cooking oil?
- Butter and margarine. Butter and margarine are glorious for adding flavour, richness and colour to meals so a great swap for oil.
- Ghee. Instead try Ghee, a clarified butter from South Asia.
- Vegetable shortening.
- Bacon grease.
- Mashed bananas and apple sauce.
- Sunday roast fat.
What can I use instead of olive oil to roast vegetables? Don’t really care for the flavor of olive oil on your food? That’s okay. Instead, reach for a more mild, neutral cooking oil, like vegetable, canola, or grapeseed oil. It will coat foods the same way, helping them cook evenly and come out of the oven with dreamy caramelized edges, without imparting any extra flavor.