Extra Virgin Olive Oil Food Pairing Ideas: a How-To Guide for Singaporeans by a Singaporean

Updated: Aug 27


Extra Virgin Olive Oil Food pairs well with most of popular cuisines

As we all know, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) can be used to elevate the taste profile and nutritional content of any dish. It can be used for cooking but also as the final healthy gourmet touch to your meals.


Now, If you have ever tasted really good Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) you will certainly have noticed something of a peppery sting at the back of your throat. If you didn’t know what it was, you might even complain about it. That would be to miss the point that what you are tasting is absolutely packed with health and beneficial compounds. In fact, knowledgeable olive oil connoisseurs look for that hit as proof that it has true quality.


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However, finding the right oil to match a certain food can sometimes be a little tricky.


We don’t want to match a delicate EVOO with something substantial like barbecued meat, as the strong taste of meat might diminish the subtle flavours of the oil. While pairing a bolder-flavoured oil with fish might overwhelm the freshness of the fish.

Now, this is not to say that we need to be kiasu or kiasi about which kind of EVOO we use for every dish. All Timperio's EVOOs can be paired with any dish. Here we just provide some suggestions on how to pair the different types of oil we have with some of our favourite dishes. Leave us a comment and tell us what you think!


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Timperio Organic Bio/Olio (premium grade, intense and full-bodied)

  • Baking (see previous post for baking ideas)

  • Healthy dip or final touch

  • Fresh or steamed vegetables

  • Salads

  • Meat

  • Seafood

  • Pasta

  • Pizza

  • Rice dishes


Timperio Nobile (early harvested EVOO. Intense yet fresh, spicy with a kick, sharp bitter aftertaste)

  • Drizzle over finished dish

  • Dip for bread

  • Soups

  • Sauces

  • Meat

  • Rice dishes


>Read also: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Product review- Timperio’s Nobile Vs Gentile


Timperio Gentile (late harvested ripe olives. Balance of bold flavours, scents of fresh olives and hints of tomatoes and almonds)

  • Baking, roasting, frying, stir-frying, deep frying

  • Fish and seafood

  • Potatoes

  • Avocado on toast

  • Eggs

  • Dip for bread


>Read also: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Product review- Timperio’s Nobile Vs Gentile


White-truffle flavoured extra virgin olive oil

  • Salads

  • Risotto

  • Pasta

  • Pizza

  • Mushroom dishes and soups

  • Scrambled eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs

  • Fries, chips, roasted baby potatoes, mashed potatoes


Lemon flavoured extra virgin olive oil

  • Roasted vegetables

  • Chicken

  • Fish and seafood

  • Salads

  • Dip for bread


Basil flavoured extra virgin olive oil

  • Pasta

  • Pizza

  • Salads

  • Pesto or tomato sauces

Garlic and Rosemary flavoured extra virgin olive oil

  • Beef and chicken dishes

  • Fish and seafood

  • Fries, chips, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes

  • Roasted vegetables

  • Wilted spinach

  • Sauteed mushrooms

  • Soups or stews


Chilli flavoured extra virgin olive oil

Any dish that you would like to spice up.

  • All local dishes

  • Pasta

  • Pizzs

  • Soups or stews

  • Sauces


>Read also: 5 Fantastic Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oils – Try Them Today!

Above are just suggestions - feel free to experiment and discover your favourite pairings. Comment below to share your favourite local and international dishes to pair EVOO with!

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An article written by Claire, a Singaporean friend of Timperio

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