Recipe: crispy fried stinging nettles

In Spring, stinging nettles are at their sweetest, making May one of the best times of year to forage for the abundant leaf. Pick a handful on your next walk and try this simple and delicious recipe

Crispy fried stinging nettles


  • A bunch of stinging nettles, fresh from the countryside
  • butter
  • pinch of salt
Foraged nettles ©Getty


1. Careful not to sting yourself, remove a cup-full of young nettle tops from the plant.

2. Heat a frying pan with one tablespoon of butter. When the fat begins to bubble, throw the nettles into the pan and add a pinch of salt.

3. Cook for two or three minutes, turning frequently until the leaves start to turn golden and crispy

4. Place the nettles onto a paper towel to cool and dry.

6. Light, crispy and delicious, eat as a snack or serve with a main meal. Especially good on top of a spring or summer salad.

Crispy fried stinging nettles – great as a snack or alongside a main meal ©Jessica Graham

Learn more about nettles here.