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10 Quick and Easy Insect Recipes for Beginners

In this post, we've gathered all of our all-time favourite quick and easy insect recipes for beginners. All of them can be cooked in less than 30 minutes and they are all very simple to make.


If you think that you need some extra chef skills to cook insects, let us prove you wrong! Unlike meat, insects are quick to cook, and they don't require much effort to actually taste friggin' fantastic. They are extremely versatile which makes them easy to incorporate into meals that you're familiar with – both sweet and savory!


 

In the photo, there's a bowl of carbonara with edible insects instead of bacon. In the photo, there's also a pack of Yum Bug Ready to Cook Dried Crickets and a bowl of crickets.

Cricket 'Bacon' Carbonara

This Cricket Carbonara is a simple classic that's perfect for a quick and delicious mid-week meal. With help from the vegan bacon seasoning, the crickets actually taste like bacon – even offering a delicious crackling-like crunch against the epic creaminess of the pasta.


 

A plate with sweetcorn and buffalo worm fritters served with coleslaw, a wedge of lime and a dipping sauce.

Buffalo Worm & Sweetcorn Fritters

These gorgeous buffalo worm and sweetcorn fritters with a side of fresh, crunchy slaw and a gochujang dressing. The buffalo worm is mixed into the fritters as a powder adding a subtle nuttiness without seeing any of the insects. Super healthy, fresh, and delicious - perfect for an easy lunch!


 

In the photo, there's a hand holding a bao bun with chopped vegetables (cucumber, radish), coriander and sticky teriyaki crickets.

Sticky Teriyaki Cricket Bao Buns

These Sticky Teriyaki Cricket Bao Buns only seem difficult to prepare but, actually, they are dead-easy to make! You just need to chop your veg, fry your crickets and assemble – that's it! Cricket Bao Buns are great for parties as little appetizers.


 

In the photo, there's a bowl of pasta with kale pesto and edible insects.

Cricket & Kale Pesto Rigatoni

Kale is a genuine superfood that makes the perfect switch for basil in this pesto recipe. Combine that with the high protein from the crickets and the healthy oils in the cashew nuts and this becomes so much more than just a tasty bowl of pasta.


 

Tacos with fresh vegetables, lime, feta, coriander and smoky BBQ edible insects.

Smoky BBQ Cricket Tacos

One of the quickest and easiest meals you can cook, and it tastes 100% delicious! To prep these Smoky BBQ Cricket Tacos, you only have to chop up some veg, fry the edible insects, assemble the tacos and sprinkle with a bit of feta cheese and coriander. These cricket-packed tacos taste very refreshing when drizzled with a bit of extra lime.


 

A plate with rice, pak choi and teriyaki edible insects and sesame seeds.

Teriyaki Crickets & Pak Choi with Rice

If you're looking for something that will fill you up, taste fabulous and require little skill and time, Teriyaki Crickets & Pak Choi with Rice is a perfect dinner choice for you!


 

A hand holding a bowl of buffalo worm cauliflower wings with sesame seeds and spring onion.

Buffalo Worm Cauliflower Wings

Thanks to the batter with lots of flavoursome spices and the mouth-watering sauce, these cauliflower florets taste like BBQ wings but with no chickens involved. And best of all, you can cook them up in only 30 minutes – bonkers!


 

A stack of fluffy pancakes made with powdered edible insects, served with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

Fluffy Buffalo Worm Pancakes

Are you dreaming of a cheeky dessert that is also very healthy and high in nutrients? Say no more, we've got your back, pal! These deliciously fluffy pancakes are not only light and irresistible but high in iron and protein – it's the ultimate win-win!


 

Dhal with spiced cricket tarka, naan, chillies.

Spiced Cricket Tarka Dhal

Prepare your tastebuds, we’ve got an Indian classic for you! If you love traditional Indian food, you are going to love this authentic and aromatic take on the Tarka Dhal, with crunchy, spiced crickets. It’s no surprise that dhal is one of the most popular dishes in India, it’s absolutely delicious – and this recipe is no exception.


 

A hand holding a toastie with parmesan, kale, rosemary and edible insects.

Creamed Kale & Rosemary Cricket Toast

If you want to level up your toastie game or if you simply fancy something a bit more gourmet-like that's quick and easy to make, Creamed Kale and Rosemary Cricket Toast is something you'll love. The crunchy slice of sourdough combined with the smooth kale and tasty crickets will please your tastebuds and you'll never want to go back to the old boring cheese & onion toastie.


 

We hope we've busted some of the myths surrounding cooking crickets, and encouraged you to prepare delicious, quick, and easy insect meals! To start cooking, get yourself some bugs by clicking the link below 👇


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Let us know which recipe you're going to cook next, and don't forget to snap a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @_yumbug – we'll be sharing all of your photos on our Instagram stories!


Happy cooking!

Leo & Aaron

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