How Chefs Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Create Culinary Magic

Posted by Ruth Mercurio, Professional Olive Oil & Wine Taster on 12th Sep 2023

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How Chefs Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Create Culinary Magic

Imagine a world where one simple ingredient can turn ordinary dishes into culinary masterpieces filled with exquisite flavors and stunning presentations. Can you believe such an ingredient exists? Well, within the captivating realm of extra virgin olive oil, master chefs go beyond culinary boundaries, crafting sauces that delight the palate and pairings that evoke profound emotions.

In this article, you'll uncover the artistry of skilled chefs who wield authentic olive oil as a versatile tool, composing harmonious flavor symphonies that astonish and enchant the senses. Prepare to discover how the mere addition of this golden elixir can take your culinary experiences to unimaginable heights.

Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Elevate Sauces and Dressings

For a long time, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) has been a prized ingredient in top-notch cooking, known for its ability to enhance the flavors of various dishes. Chefs all around the globe highly value it and incorporate it into their sauces and dressings to mingle and intensify the tastes.

Whether you're making mayonnaise or tomato sauces, EVOO consistently delivers a smooth texture and rich flavor, turning an ordinary sauce into a delectable masterpiece. Furthermore, its intricate yet subtly fruity taste makes it a versatile ingredient that can boost the deliciousness of both sweet and savory sauces.

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However, the choice of olive oil is critical when using it as a foundation for sauces and dressings. This is why experts meticulously choose between mild and delicate olive oils for lighter sauces or oils with a stronger character for dressings with bold flavors. In the next section, we'll delve into how to select the right EVOO for each dish in more detail.

Selecting the Right EVOO for Different Dishes

Just as you choose a wine that pairs well with your food, it's essential to pick the right type of extra virgin olive oil to enhance and complement the flavors of your dish. We, the experts in all thing’s olive, recommend deciding between a mild, fruity olive oil or a spicier, more robust one. This choice can elevate your dining experience by bringing out the unique characteristics of your dish and creating a perfect harmony of flavors.

For chefs, selecting the perfect olive oil involves considering its intensity and flavor profile when matching it with specific dishes. For instance, a gentle and mild EVOO can enhance the fresh flavors of a green salad, while a bolder EVOO can intensify the smoky notes of grilled meat.

The right pairing can awaken your senses, accentuate individual ingredients, and create a memorable dining adventure. Whether you're dipping bread in fragrant olive oil, drizzling a finishing touch on freshly cooked pasta, or surprising your taste buds with olive oil in desserts, using authentic olive oil correctly adds depth and dimension to your dining experience.

How Chefs Use EVOO to Enhance Dish Presentation:

Extra virgin olive oil isn't just a tool for enhancing flavors; it's also a culinary paintbrush that chefs use to craft visually stunning presentations. With a simple and elegant drizzle of EVOO at the right moment, chefs add an artistic touch that not only enhances the visual appeal of the dish but also conveys freshness and quality, enticing you to savor each bite.

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If you aspire to present your delectable dishes like top chefs, you can achieve this with our diverse range of EVOO from We Olive. Just like renowned chefs, you can experiment with contrasting colors and shapes, using genuine olive oil to emphasize specific ingredients. This approach is not just a showcase of technical skill; it's a form of artistic communication that directly influences the satisfaction and enjoyment of the entire dish.

Exploring Exciting Flavor Combinations with Different Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Just like today's innovative chefs, you can unleash your inner culinary artist by experimenting with various authentic olive oils to craft surprising flavor combinations that reveal unexpected taste nuances in your ingredients. Similar to a painter mixing colors on a palette, you can delve into a variety of EVOOs available at We Olive, each offering unique flavor profiles to elevate your culinary creations.

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Daring chefs often blend EVOO with herbal, citrus, or spice infusions to craft distinct flavor profiles that impart a signature touch to each dish. These combinations can become a chef's hallmark, displaying their ability to astonish and push the boundaries of gastronomic expectations. You too can create culinary art in your kitchen using just one ingredient—olive oil—and your imagination. Here are some exceptional combinations from We Olive:

Pumpkin Pancakes

These pancakes make for a perfect breakfast. Here are the ingredients you'll need:


●1¼ cups all-purpose flour

●2 tablespoons light brown sugar

●2 teaspoons baking powder

●¼ teaspoon salt

●1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

●¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

●⅛ teaspoon ground ginger

●⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

●1 cup milk (whole or 2%)

●½ cup canned pumpkin

●1 egg

●2 tablespoons We Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil , like We Olive Arbequina Olive Oil

●1 teaspoon vanilla extract

●Pecans or walnuts (optional)

●Powdered sugar for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Preheat a griddle over medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin, egg, We Olive extra virgin olive oil , and vanilla extract. Gradually pour and mix the wet ingredients into the dry ones, including the We Olive Arbequina Olive Oil, until fully combined. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Once the griddle reaches the desired temperature, lightly grease it with vegetable oil and wipe off any excess with a paper towel.
  5. Pour ⅓ cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the edges set and the bubbles around the edges become open and firm.

Fried Steak with Olives


●1 rib steak (or any preferred cut of meat)

●2 tablespoons We Olive extra virgin olive oil

●Salt (to taste)

●Ground black pepper (to taste)

●1 tablespoon unsalted butter

●Optional: Dash of We Olive Sriracha Lime white balsamic (recommended for added spiciness)


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Drizzle the rib steak with We Olive extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Add some olive and pepper. Season it with salt (to taste) and ground black pepper (to taste).
  4. Flip the steak and repeat the oil drizzle and seasoning. Optionally, add a drizzle of We Olive Sriracha Lime white balsamic for extra flavor.
  5. Place the steak in the hot skillet and sear it on each side for 6 minutes, achieving a medium-rare to medium doneness.
  6. Finally, add unsalted butter to the pan and let it melt. Baste the steak by pouring the hot butter over it.
  7. Remove the steak from the pan and allow it to rest for at least 3 minutes. Optionally, garnish with more butter or your preferred sauce.

Enjoy your culinary adventures with these exciting olive oil combinations!

Nurture Your Love for Food with We Olive

If you're passionate about food or prioritize a healthy lifestyle, why not take a page from the world's finest chefs, and opt for genuine Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to elevate your culinary creations? If you're curious about what is EVOO, our We Olive experts are here to provide you with intelligent guidance to help you make the right choice. Explore We Olive's exceptional range of extra virgin olive oils on our official website.

From mild and fruity to robust and spicy, each bottle unlocks a world of undiscovered flavors. Elevate your dishes and dining experiences, just like professional chefs do, with the unmatched quality of We Olive. Embark on your culinary journey, one drop at a time!

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