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Insect Fun Food - How To Prepare Insects

Updated on April 7, 2016
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Patty collects various recipes from past generations and is interested in early American History, the Civil War, and the 19th century.

Chocolate makes a lot of other foods taste better.
Chocolate makes a lot of other foods taste better. | Source

International Cuisine

Some international peoples in different countries enjoy eating insects prepared in different ways. They are considered a delicious street food and are often sen on Cable TV travel shows like Bizarre Foods. Insects as food are nalso a main dish in ay societies and they are called microlivestock.

I have eaten chocolate covered ants and grasshoppers and found them palatable, because they had no flavor, but added crunch to candy and frostings. In that line, I present you with these interesting recipes from around the world. The insects from foreign grocery stores, Chinese rice shops, and via the Internet.

Food Of the Future

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Several servings of dip.

Chips Or Crackers And Dip With Candied Crickets

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. chopped onions
  • 1 tsp. chopped green or red pepper
  • 2 tsp Mayonnaise or yogurt
  • Candied crickets

Instructions

  • Soften cream cheese by letting it reach room temperature and add all of the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture on crackers and top with a candied cricket on each.

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Insect Cuisine, Thailand - Fine Dining and Street Carts

Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers

Crunchy chocolate fun.- You cannot taste anything but the chocolate!

Ingredients

  • Baker's chocolate
  • Candied crickets or dried grasshoppers

Directions

  • Melt the baker's chocolate in a double boiler over medium high heat.
  • Fill candy molds halfway up with some melted chocolate, add the crickets or grasshoppers, then fill the molds rest of the way up with chocolate.
  • Let the molds set until hardened and remove the candy.

If you give insect foods to friends to eat, make sure they have no allergies to the insects involved!

Enchiladas are a good pace to use the protein of grasshoppers, which will not be noticed among the other ingredients.
Enchiladas are a good pace to use the protein of grasshoppers, which will not be noticed among the other ingredients. | Source

Mexican Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • About 1000 young grasshoppers
  • olive oil
  • pinch of salt, 1 minced clove of garlic, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1 lemon
  • 1 cup guacamole and 1/2 cup chili sauce for 6 tortillas

Directions

  • Soak the grasshoppers in clean water for 24 hours.
  • Boil them, drain, and let dry. Fry in a pan with garlic, onion, salt, and lemon. Roll up in tortillas with chili sauce and guacamole.

Add dried insects and a nice crunch will please your need for additional texture.
Add dried insects and a nice crunch will please your need for additional texture. | Source

More Desserts

Banana Mealworm Bread

Tastes like crunch banana bread.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup margarine, butter, or shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted meal worms

Instructions

  • Cream butter or shortening in a mixing bowl with sugar and then with bananas.
  • Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients thoroughly.
  • Next add the eggs and the dried worms and stir together well.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Pour dough into a well-greased loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45-minutes to 1 hour, until done. Remove from oven, cool, and serve.

Cricket Cookies

Chocolate chips and extra crunch.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 12-ounce package chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted crickets

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Using a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a larger bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat all until creamy smooth.
  • Beat in the eggs well.
  • Gradually add flour mixture a little at a time and then the insects, and continue to mix well.
  • Lastly, stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop cookie dough by the teaspoon onto a non-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, remove from oven and cool on cooling racks. Makes about 3 dozen.

Biblical Insects to Eat

Leviticus 11: 20-24

"All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest. You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening."

Insects such as grasshoppers and locusts can also be ground into flour and substituted in other recipes for added protein.

A food stall in Thailand where fried insects are sold. You can have hot sauces and hot oils as condiments. The insects are cooked with garlic and chillies.
A food stall in Thailand where fried insects are sold. You can have hot sauces and hot oils as condiments. The insects are cooked with garlic and chillies. | Source

© 2008 Patty Inglish

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      Papa Sez 7 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      Hi Patty! Great to know that you've tried eating insects. I cited the chocolate covered grasshoppers you featured here in my new hub about entomophagy to arouse interest in most people that might be averse to the mere idea.

      I'd be interested to know if you find the reasons I enumerated compelling enough.

      Cheers!

      Papa Sez

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      What fun comments! Actually, one university extension program suggests getting some edible insects and raising them in your own back yard. I just never see grasshoppers in the city any more - not for 20 years. It got so hot one summer though, about 5 years ago. that we had thousands of praying mantises. That was fun, and I did not eat any - just looked.

      Thanks for all the comments. There is a scientific name for eating bugs that translates literally to something close to "bugs into stomach." hahaha

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      Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

      Hummmm... Nice protein meals! lol

      The fact is nobody will become fat eating those :D

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      Robert P 10 years ago from Canada

      "microlivestock" - what a cute euphemism for eating bugs! I loved your bug hub.

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      Dave Saunders 10 years ago from Washington, DC

      I guess I shouldn't make this with the ones from my yard...

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      haha, that's right, your animals like them.

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      Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

      Although a cuisine in some countries, you won't find me eating any of these. I mean it's not like I don't have crickets and mealworms to eat. Just not my tastes. Ha.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Different, isn't it? :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      OK - great hub, but you won't find me whipping up any of these recipes soon. Bugs! Aack!

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