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!

 

I have talked before about the substantial nutritional benefits of stinging nettles in some of our other nettle recipes. These include our Original Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, Stinging Nettle Cordial and Stinging Nettle Liqueur.

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! 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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, and 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.

 

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

 

These nettle crisps are truly moreish as well as being packed with nutrients, as proved by hubby who came home and demolished the entire bowl. 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. And id you are after another nutritious recipe using a herb from the garden, why not try our Peppery Nasturtium Pesto.

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22 comments

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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