How to Make Delicious, Healthy Stinging Nettle Crisps

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe – Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Nettles are one of the most abundant wild foods found here in the UK, as demonstrated perfectly by the photo below. Imagine being stuck in the middle of that!

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

To avoid being stung, I do recommend you wear gloves when collecting stinging nettles, alternatively simply snip with a pair of scissors straight into your collection container, to avoid having to handle them at all.

 

I have talked before about the substantial nutritional benefits of stinging nettles in some of our other nettle recipes. They have a wonderful taste which is showcased in both this Stinging Nettle Cordial recipe and our original Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather.

 

Stinging Nettle Cordial

The Stinging Nettle plant is super nutritious. Here I show you how to make delicious Stinging Nettle Cordial, one of my favourite nettle recipes.

 

Google the health benefits of stinging nettles, and you will find the most incredible list of diseases and complaints that this plant has been attributed to helping with. Here we show you how to make Stinging Nettle Cordial. This recipe tastes delicious and is nice and simple to make.

 

Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather.

This is our own original recipe for nettle fruit leather. The nettles pair perfectly with the apple and pear and the kids absolutely love this healthy snack

 

Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather makes a fabulous, healthy snack for the whole family. Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with a recipe for them, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

Homemade Vegetable chips are another brilliant alternative to shop bought snacks. They are cheap, easy to make, and super good for you.

This nettle crisp recipe can be easily adapted to use with other wild and homegrown greens. Wild garlic chips, in particular, make a tasty snack.

 

What you need to make Stinging Nettle Crisps:

  • A bowl full of young nettle leaves
  • 2 tablespoons oil of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

How to make Nettle Crisps

Wash and dry the nettles, stripping the leaves from any stem.

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a large bowl.  Toss in your leaves, so they get a good coating.

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Place the nettles on a baking sheet in a single layer. Note the leaves will still sting at this stage so take care and DON’T be tempted to try one yet! (Cooking the leaves will denature the sting).

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Bake in a low oven at around 130C until they crisp up. How long the nettle crisps take will depend on how much moisture is in the leaves.

The nettle crisps shown below took about 25 minutes, and I turned them over once during that time.

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Pop the nettle chips in a bowl and tuck in. Nutritional yeast is a new ingredient for us but is widely available in health food stores. It has a nutty, almost cheesy flavour and is full of essential vitamins, so it is an excellent addition to your diet.

 

 

Nettle crisps are not only packed with nutrients, they also taste amazing. Crisps made from wild greens are best eaten on the day they are made as they tend to lose their crunch over time.

For more foraging inspiration, check out our other wild food recipes. We’ve shared some of our favourites below.

 

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Raw rosehip syrup is a no-cook rosehip syrup recipe that uses sugar to draw the juice from the fruit resulting in a thick, delicious syrup.

 

Raw rosehip syrup is a no-cook rosehip syrup recipe that uses sugar to draw the juice from the fruit resulting in a thick, delicious syrup.

 

How To Make Simple Beech Leaf Noyau

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree. The leaves are gathered while they are soft and sticky and still have a translucent, delicate look to them. At this stage, the leaves taste citrusy when chewed and can also be used as a salad leaf.

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

 

How To Make Sourdough Starter From Wild, Natural Yeast

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How to collect and use wild, natural yeast to make an easy Sourdough starter for baking Levain bread. #Sourdough #Sourdoughbread #WildYeast #NaturalYeast #Baking #BakingBread #LevainBread #DutchOvenBread

 

How to Make a Magical Himalayan Balsam Gin

When I set out to create this Himalayan Balsam Gin recipe I had no idea of the surprise that was lying in wait for me. Read on to discover how to make a genuinely magical colour changing gin infusion.

 

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How to Make Wonderful Meadowsweet Cordial

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Meadowsweet is just starting to flower in our hedgerows. It is a wonderful herb, with a beautiful fragrance, which, in my opinion, easily rivals that of elderflower. We first published this delicious Medowsweet Cordial recipe last year, but have updated it to share with you for #30DaysWild

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22 comments

Kimberly Tilsley May 2, 2018 - 11:19 am

Nettles are just poking through the ground here – looking forward to trying this! Thank you.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 25, 2018 - 5:49 pm

Hope you enjoy them Kimberly 🙂

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Evelyn Robinson April 15, 2018 - 2:15 pm

from Maryland, USA … I’m wondering if a tad of vinegar in the mix would be awesome!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 2, 2018 - 9:58 am

I think a splash of vinegar would be delicious Evelyn – great idea 🙂

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Ashley March 2, 2018 - 6:44 pm

This is such a great idea! And the recipe looks delicious.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 4, 2018 - 12:33 am

Thanks, Ashley. I think nettles have a unique flavour which works really well in this recipe. The fact that they are healthy and free too makes it even better 🙂

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val May 22, 2017 - 6:47 pm

Wonderful recipe…we totally fell in love with this snack….got plenty of nettle around here….yay, like you say, free food! thank you!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 8, 2017 - 8:59 am

So pleased you enjoyed it Val, thanks for coming back and letting me know 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations May 16, 2017 - 8:53 pm

I am so impressed Sarah with all the recipes you come up with using wild food, and would love to try some of these.
That sure is a big field of stinging nettle! I haven’t ever seen one that big, or thick. I have always tried to stay away from the stinging nettle after getting stung when I was young. If I happen upon any and I’m feeling brave I will have to give this recipe a try.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 8, 2017 - 8:28 am

Once you get used to handling them Linda you’ll start to love them I promise – let me know if you take the plunge ( though please don’t do it literally!)

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Babs May 16, 2017 - 8:44 pm

I’m going to try these and bring them to the next farmers market! Was looking for just this sort of thing! Any idea about keeping long term?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 16, 2017 - 9:29 pm

We haven’t tried to store them at all I’m afraid Babs, so I don’t know. Do let me know how you get on with them at the market 🙂

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Michelle May 16, 2017 - 4:22 pm

These do look sooooooo good Sarah. It always amazes me how much food and goodness is just outside our front door. I’m so glad you’re out there sharing all your wonderful recipes, hopefully people will take note 😉

P.S. I love Gina’s blog and the whole journey she’s on. She share so many heartfelt beautiful things

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 8, 2017 - 8:27 am

Thanks, I love Gina’s blog too, it’s lovely thinking I have soulmates all over the world who I share these wonderful interests with 🙂

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South Pacific College of Natural Medicine | Nourishing Nettle May 15, 2017 - 6:00 am

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Peggy May 14, 2017 - 11:38 pm

I do this with kale, I love kale chips and I love nutritional yeast. It’s great on popcorn too 😉

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 16, 2017 - 2:35 pm

Oh great tip with the popcorn Peggy, I’ll definitely be trying that – thank you 🙂

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FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks May 14, 2017 - 9:19 pm

Wonder how the first brave person ever discovered that these were good to eat…LOL! I’ve been stung by a few before, so I steer clear, but this recipe looks GOOD! I might have to change my mind now!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 16, 2017 - 2:36 pm

Perhaps they evolved their sting because we kept eating them Florence? If only we could go back in time and see 🙂

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Rachael May 13, 2017 - 12:14 pm

Gina who? I’d like to look. I haven’t much clue how to look for her x

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Saira May 12, 2017 - 8:28 pm

Lush! Thanks for sharing

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 12, 2017 - 11:44 pm

Thanks Saira, they really do taste good – It’s amazing how much free wild food there is out there 🙂

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