8 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Good Hemp Oil
Ahh Good Hemp Oil , our oldest and dearest child. 20 years ago we set out on a mission to make hemp a kitchen staple around the world, armed with our first omega-rich culinary oil, and people loved it. They drizzled it on salads, made roast potatoes and even poured us over ice cream (that was Jamie Oliver and I think he’s the only person that ever done that…but we’ll take it). Today, despite having a whole range of products, we’ll never stop talking about the benefits of our oil (or hemp in general). And while we have no favourites (parents never do) Good Hemp Oil will always have a special place in our hearts.
We make our Good Hemp Oil by cold-pressing hemp seeds which helps maintain that light and nutty taste we’re always talking about with hemp. It’s naturally packed with omega 3, which are essential fatty acids that experts believe aid good brain and heart health as well as boosting circulation and the immune system. Oh and we think it’s way better than its cousin olive oil, because hemp oil has 25x more omega-3 and 40% less saturated fats.
So how do you use hemp oil? Here are 8 of our favourite hemp oil recipes…
As a salad dressing…
Anything olive oil can do, we can do better. Use hemp oil like you would olive oil, drizzled over crunchy lettuce leaves with a squeeze of lime or whipped into a tasty vinaigrette with balsamic, lemon, salt and pepper.
On Roast Potatoes…
This was how chef Hugh Fearnley– Whittingstall first convinced people that hemp oil was the next big thing. We know everyone has their favourite way of making roast potatoes, so why not make this one yours? Here’s the hemp oil roast potatoes recipe, take it as your own.
On Roast Vegetables…
Watching the waistline? Good Hemp works great on roasted veg too. As we’re coming into the colder months, give it a whirl with pumpkin, sweet potato and butternut squash.
Talking of butternut squash, this dairy-free butternut squash and hemp soup recipe uses a healthy dose of Good Hemp Oil. The butternut squash, rosemary and hemp oil give it allllll the flavour, while the unsweetened hemp milk gives it a creamy, rich texture (without the cream, of course).
On Stir Fry
The base to any great stir-fry is a culinary oil, along with garlic, ginger, chilli and soy (or tamari if you’re gluten-free). Cook up whatever veg, combine with your rice noodles, then pour some extra oil on top with a sprinkle of coriander.
If you’re not feeling stir-fry, try this miso quinoa bowl with mushrooms, cavolo nero and hemp seeds. The oil gives it a rich, nutty taste which complements the miso perfectly.
Ok, ok, we know it might take a minute to wrap your head around pesto without olive oil. But it might just become your new favourite hemp oil recipe. Plus ours is nut-free. This recipe by Phoebe Liebling uses our Good Hemp Oil with hemp seeds, broccoli florets and a large bunch of parsley. She pours it over root vegetables, delish.
Good Hemp’s Homemade Granola
Forget the shop-bought stuff, our Good Hemp homemade granola is as easy as 1,2,3. Combine the oats, nuts, Good Hemp Seed Hearts and cacao nibs into a large bowl. Then mix with Good Hemp Oil, maple syrup, salt and hot water. Spread it all over a baking tray and voilà!
Hemp oil is made by cold-pressing hemp seeds and has a light-nutty taste. Now see how you can make delicious recipes from it!
What Is Hemp Oil?
Buying, Using, and Recipes
The Spruce Eats / Lindsay Kreighbaum
In terms of popularity, hemp seed oil might not be on the same level as olive oil or even coconut oil, but that could be due to the confusion that surrounds the product. Hemp seed oil has both culinary and beauty applications, but in the kitchen, it’s recognized for unusually high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, called the omegas. It does not, however, contain THC, the substance in marijuana responsible for producing the “high.”
What Is Hemp Oil?
Most hemp seed oil is raw (made from raw hemp seeds), cold-pressed, and unrefined. Too delicate to handle any heat, it makes a flavorful finishing oil for lightly drizzling on soups or entrées. The translucent green color and common but erroneous association with marijuana might be off-putting at first, but hemp seed oil adds both rich flavor and beneficial fatty acids.
How to Use Hemp Oil
Hemp seed oil is darker and more intense than the neutral oils you might be used to, such as vegetable oil. It also has a low smoke point, which means it starts to burn at a low temperature, which negatively affects the flavor. In other words, hemp seed oil does not make a good choice for frying.
Hemp seed oil is perfect for being drizzled on rice or grain salads such as tabbouleh, used as a dip for toast points, or as part of a blended sauce such as a vinaigrette, hemp pesto, or even homemade mayonnaise. Add a small amount to a smoothie or drizzle it on top of hummus, a plate of pasta, roasted vegetables, or a bowl of soup.
What Does It Taste Like?
Hemp seed oil tastes a bit like walnuts or sunflower seeds, making it ideal for use in salad dressings or as a bread dip. However, because of the strong flavor, hemp seed oil is not suitable for anything sweet or delicate that might get overpowered. You might want to mix it with a milder oil in a sweet salad dressing such as a raspberry vinaigrette.
Recipes With Hemp Oil
Hemp seed oil is not heat stable, so it’s best used in uncooked applications.
- Hemp Seed Oil Vinaigrette
- Hemp Seed Oil Honey Mustard Dressing
- Hemp Seed Pesto
Where to Buy Hemp Oil
Well-stocked grocery stores in the United States, including some of the big-box discount chains, should carry at least one brand of cold-pressed hemp seed oil; you may find it on the shelf with the other cooking oils or with the refrigerated health food products. Natural food stores also stock it and you can order it online. Refined hemp seed oil doesn’t make a good choice for the kitchen; it loses most of the nutritional value, along with its flavor and color, during processing.
Once opened, hemp seed oil needs to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and should be used within three months. Unopened hemp seed oil can be kept in the pantry; refer to the “best by” date on the package for the shelf life.
Nutrition and Benefits
Along with hemp seeds and hemp protein, hemp seed oil is a way to get the benefits of this superfood. Advocates of cooking with hemp seed oil point to the seed’s rich omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids content, which contribute to the health of cell membranes and skin, hair, and nails; help reduce inflammation; and improve heart health, among other benefits. Hemp seed oil has a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids , matching the balance required by the human body for optimal health, and one tablespoon provides the recommended daily requirement. It’s a source of vitamins A and E, and, at 5 to 7 percent, low in saturated fat compared with many other culinary oils. A 1-tablespoon serving contains about 125 calories.
Usually referred to as hemp seed oil, but sometimes called cannabis sativa seed oil or just plain hemp oil, this product is different than CBD oil, a product most often used medicinally or therapeutically. It comes from the flowers or stems of the cannabis plant and contains cannabinoids, sometimes including THC, the chemical responsible for marijuana’s effect. Standard hemp seed oil is made by cold-pressing hemp seeds and has no psychoactive properties. You cannot get high from consuming it.
Hemp seed oil, a rich plant source of good fatty acids, gets overlooked as a culinary ingredient. Here's how to reap the health and flavor benefits.