Is lockdown getting you down? These are strange times for all of us, and finding things to keep our minds occupied can be difficult. Many people are experiencing a lot of pressure to be productive and work from home while juggling tons of new hobbies; however, there is no need to burden yourself. While you don’t need to be ultra-productive during the lockdown, it can be helpful to keep busy.
After all, working from home and saving time from the commute can be the perfect time to get things done. If you want to hone a new skill, then cooking is an ideal opportunity. Now is the best chance to learn how to cook.
Whether you live alone or are stuck quarantining with family, cooking keeps your mind occupied, helps you to feel accomplished, and ensures that you’re eating healthily while in lockdown. So, grab a pen and your shopping list and get ready to make that online food order.
In this article, we have five amazing recipes for you to try, including meals, a side dish, and a sweet treat. No matter what your cooking ability, these easy cannabis recipes will help you to get your foot on the ladder in the world of cannabis cooking. But before we jump into the methods, there are some things you should know about cannabis cooking.
Cooking with Cannabis: Hot Tips
You might think that cooking cannabis edibles is as easy as 123. How hard can it be? But there are several things you need to keep in mind when cooking with marijuana.
Here are some top tips from cannabis cooking experts to keep you on the right track:
- Decarboxylate Your Weed: The cannabinoids in raw plants are not actually the same as the ones that get you high or provide medical benefits. The natural compounds require heat to make them work. This process is called decarboxylating. Add your cannabis flower to the oven on a baking sheet for 30-45 minutes at 220˚F. After this, you can start cooking.
- Grind It Up: Cooking with cannabis requires a lot of grinding. It’s not a very good idea to use a blender, because a fine plant powder can bring about a chlorophyll-like taste. Invest in a good-quality grinder instead.
- Test the Potency of Your Canna-Oil: We always recommend making a cannabis oil or cannabutter before starting with any of the recipes. We’ll explain that process in a little more detail below, but a crucial step is to test the potency before you add it to food. The last thing you want is to waste your time with weak cannabis oil or to experience side effects as a result of canna-oil that’s too potent.
How to Make Cannabutter or Infused Oil
Making cannabutter or canna-oil is easy. The recipes in this article require a mixture of the two, so you’ll need both depending on which dishes you want to cook.
Cannabutter and canna-oil are easy to make, but they are time-consuming. Both recipes involve cooking the mixture on a low heat for a long time, occasionally stirring until the cannabinoids have leached into the oil or butter. Butter takes longer because you then need to refrigerate it until it hardens into butter again.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to strain the cannabis plant parts out using a cheesecloth! Trust us; you don’t want to be biting into ground marijuana buds. Here’s a quick rundown of the process:
- Decarboxylate your cannabis buds.
- Grind the buds into a coarse powder. Then, stir the powder into either melted butter or cooking oil.
- Place the oil in a large pan or a slow cooker. Put it on a low heat and stir regularly.
- Cook the oil for up to three hours.
- Strain the oil or butter through a cheesecloth to remove the plant matter.
- If making cannabutter, place the container in the fridge to harden. Water will separate from it, so remove this.
- Store and consume.
Now that you’ve got the basics let’s get cooking!
#1. Cannabis Chicken and Mango Stir Fry
Stir-fries are a super simple dish to cook, requiring little cooking know-how. This chicken stir fry is packed full of flavor and nutrients from the vegetables and mango. Replace the chicken with tofu or tempeh for a vegetarian variation that tastes just as delicious!
You Will Need:
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped lengthways
- Thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
- 450g chicken breast or tofu, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 50g lettuce
- 50g beansprouts
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
- 4 tablespoons canna-oil
- Rice or noodles, to serve
- Chop up all the veg, and cut the chicken on a separate chopping board with a different knife. To cut the mango, slice it in half, then peel off the skin and dice the flesh.
- Add 2 tablespoons of canna-oil to a frying pan or wok. Unlike a regular stir fry, you can’t use very high heat, so be careful. Keep the heat at medium level as you add the chicken, stir-frying until golden brown.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and put it onto a plate at the side. Then, add the rest of the canna-oil, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Stir fry for around 30 seconds until aromatic, then add the mango and vegetables.
- Stir fry the vegetable medley for a further 2 minutes, then return the chicken to the pan. Add the soy sauce and sweet chili sauce and stir until evenly mixed. Cook until the chicken is tender and cooked through and the vegetables are softened.
- Serve over rice or noodles.
#2. Cannabis Teriyaki Salmon
Another Asian dish, this teriyaki salmon is a true delight. It looks stunning on the plate and tastes mouth-watering. If you cook the salmon right, it should be tender and flaky, and full of flavor.
You Will Need:
- 2 skinless salmon fillets
- 1 tablespoon cannabis oil, plus extra
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large bok choi (about 250g)
- 75ml vegetable stock
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
- Make the teriyaki sauce by mixing 1 tablespoon cannabis oil and 1 clove of garlic with the honey, ginger, and soy sauce. Mix well until it is thoroughly combined.
- Place the raw salmon fillets in a small baking dish and pour the teriyaki sauce over the top.
- Bake in the center of your oven for 15-20 minutes until tender and flaky.
- Meanwhile, prepare the bok choi by slicing the base so the leaves separate.
- Add a few teaspoons of cannabis oil to a frying pan, and fry the bok choi until the leaves start to wilt. Pour 75ml of vegetable stock into the pan, cover it, and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
- Serve together with the salmon. You can also add rice or noodles.
#3. One “Pot” Spaghetti Bolognese
Spaghetti bolognese is a simple dish, but a staple. Master this recipe, and you’ll never be stuck for something to cook again! Everybody makes spaghetti bolognese differently, so think of this recipe as a launching platform for you to make it your own. You can prepare the bolognese in a single pot, but you’ll need to cook the spaghetti separately.
You Will Need:
- 1 tablespoon of cannabis oil
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 500mg beef mince
- 2x 400g tinned tomatoes
- 3 teaspoons mixed herb
- 450g spaghetti
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons tomato puree
- 1 beef stock cube
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Put a large saucepan on the hob over medium heat and add the cannabis oil.
- Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic cloves. Stir until aromatic, and the vegetables are softened, around 10 minutes.
- Increase the heat a little, being careful not to burn off the oil, and add the beef mince. Cook the meat for 5 minutes until browned all over.
- Tip in the 2 tins of tomatoes and the herbs. Then, add the bay leaves, tomato puree, stock cube, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well, then reduce the heat and cover with a lid.
- Cook the bolognese for a further 20 minutes until the sauce is rich and thick.
- Meanwhile, add the spaghetti to a large pan with boiling water. Add a little salt and stir well. Cook until al dente.
- Serve your tasty bolognese on top of the spaghetti and top it with parmesan. Serve with crusty bread for an extra delight.
#4. Cannabis-Infused Mash Potato
This side dish can go with numerous recipes. You can make cannabis milk for this recipe, or you can use regular cannabutter. This is a delicious mashed potato recipe that goes with anything.
You Will Need:
- 1½ kg floury potatoes, e.g., Maris Piper
- 125ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tablespoon cannabutter
- 4 tablespoons crème fraiche
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 teaspoons rosemary
- Peel the potatoes and chop them into even cubes about 2cm in size.
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil, then add the potatoes and boil for around 15 minutes, until soft and tender. Drain well, then return to the pan.
- Pour the milk and butter over the potatoes, then mash using a potato masher or a hand whisk.
- Tip in the crème fraiche, rosemary, and garlic, then beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.
- Serve with the dish of your choice!
#5. Marijuana Banana Bread
Banana bread is a classic quarantine treat, and it makes for the perfect pick-me-up. If you’ve got some bananas that are about to go off, this cannabis banana bread recipe is perfect. You don’t need to be a top-level baker to nail this one!
You Will Need:
- 100g cannabutter, softened
- 175g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 225g self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Baking tin, 17x9x9cm
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease a baking tray (size listed above) and line it with parchment paper.
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer for around 2 minutes, until thoroughly blended.
- Spoon the mixture into the baking tin and level the surface. If you want, you can add some extra slices of banana to the top of the mix for a lovely decoration. Bake for around an hour until it is well-risen and browned.
- Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool. Then, loosen with a palette knife and turn the cake out. Remove the lining paper, and allow to cool completely.
Final Thoughts: Cannabis Cooking in Quarantine
Remember, the critical thing about cannabis cooking is to go steady and don’t overindulge. Also, make sure you tell your consumers that they’re eating an edible!
Did you try any of these recipes? Let us know how they turned out!