Chefs’ Picks for the World’s Best Olive Oils. Choosing a bottle of olive oil is similar to purchasing a bottle of wine. While you may buy any decent-looking, reasonably priced bottle at the grocery store, you should do some preliminary study if you want one of the best. Then again, there’s always the possibility that you’ll find a way to get the same results. And, while some bottles are great for general cooking, others are best held for more particular applications, such as drizzling over grilled seafood, mixing into vinaigrettes, or folding into baked goods. Said, the world of olive oils is huge, and as you dig in, you’ll find yourself thinking about factors other than price and volume.
- Best Olive Oil Overall: California Olive Ranch Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Best Olive Oil For Vinaigrette: Castelines Fruite Noir Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Best Olive Oil For Baking: Frantoio Franci IGP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Best Olive Oil For Seafood: Ligurian Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Best Olive Oil For Finishing Overall: Pianogrillo Farm Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Best Fruity Olive Oil For Finishing: L’Estornell Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Best Grassy Olive Oil For Finishing: Brightland Awake
- Best Bulk Olive Oil: Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Best Value Olive Oil: Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Not every home cook will be obsessed with olive oil—that’s fine. If you want something quality yet economical and don’t mind a moderate flavor profile, this bottle from Costco’s house brand is a no-brainer. “I always have the Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin around the house and use that for just about everything,” says Stephen Stryjewski, chef and proprietor of Link Restaurant Group in New Orleans.