This savoury crispy crickets recipe is a spicy, salty snack recipe that’s a healthier, low-carb alternative to unhealthy snacks for adventurous eaters.
Since I bought crickets online, I’ve been trying to create recipes around them that would taste good. So far, my only successful one has been my cricket granola recipe, which tastes pretty good. I tried putting them in chocolate, but that didn’t quite work out. So finally, today, in a fit of inspiration, I decided to try them out in a savoury recipe and see what happens.
As I mentioned previously, crickets are very nutritious and contain an enormous amount of protein while being very lean and good for you. If you’re interested in alternative sources of protein that are sustainable and good for the environment, then crickets are definitely worth a try.
Well, I must say, these savoury crispy crickets were probably a lot more successful than my cricket chocolate crispies recipe. When I finished making these savoury, crispy crickets, I actually found myself snacking on them as though they’re potato chips. I was craving a crunchy, salty snack but didn’t want something too heavy on the unhealthy fats or carbs, so this new creation just hits the spot perfectly!
Crickets have a strong flavour; that’s something I’ve discovered. It isn’t necessarily unpleasant; but it is definitely an acquired taste. I found that I preferred to add some spices and flavourings to soften that strong taste. If you’ve got “eating insects” on your bucket list (I’m sure someone does) then this is a reasonably good recipe to try them out. However, there’s one thing to note: this recipe is best served warm, somewhat like popcorn. Although I do think they’d taste quite good when they cool down too, when they’re still warm, they’re a fantastic snack.
- 1 cup of roasted whole crickets
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon mixed barbecue seasoning or any other interesting mixed spice you might have.
- Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan on medium-high heat.
- Add the crickets, salt and spices
- Stir with a wooden spatula or other utensil suitable for non-stick cookware for 3-4 minutes. Don’t leave it unattended or it might burn.
- Remove from heat, and serve as you would popcorn or any other savoury snack. Enjoy!
Have you ever tried edible insects? Which ones? How were they cooked or prepared? Did you enjoy them? What was your reaction? Let me know in the comments!
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