Food and weed. These are the two things people rely on when they want relief from stress or an escape from the fast-paced world they live in. So, why settle for food and weed to be separated when you can have them both simultaneously? Cannabis is good. But food with cannabis? That’s a whole new level of awesome. Here 3 cannabis cooking recipes you must try:
Cannabis Oil or Butter Recipe:
This is the foundation of cannabis cooking recipes. To materialize your weed food, simply drop a gram of distillate into oil or butter. Mix it thoroughly to guarantee homogenization (to make sure the mixture is uniform.) Place it on a microwave-safe dish and put it on medium heat for two minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the ingredients are combined. After this process, your cannabis butter or oil is prepared to do wonders.
Chinese-Style Orange Chicken with a Twist
You can’t go wrong with a zesty, savory Chinese-Style orange chicken. This beginner-friendly recipe will take you around 20 minutes for a full viand no one can resist. But, don’t worry; we also listed alternatives for the ingredients below, just in case you don’t have time to stop by the Asian market.
Skip the delivery tonight and make this meal that will surely satisfy your buds, belly, and brain! This cannabis cooking recipe will be split into two main parts. So let’s get right into it!
If you want to be traditionally accurate, most households use boneless skinless chicken breast for this meal. It’s usually cut into bite-sized pieces. But if you don’t have that available or are not a fan of chicken breast, any part will do. We recommend thighs (for added juiciness.) As long as it’s skinless, it will do.
1 ½ pounds chicken breast (or thighs) – cut into chunks
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 tbsp cannabis oil (ingredients above)
Orange Chicken Sauce
1 cup of orange juice (pulp-free)
½ cup of mirin
¼ cup of soy sauce
3 tbsp of brown sugar (don’t substitute with white sugar)
2 tbsp of grated ginger (you can use ginger paste too)
Chopped garlic clove (amount is based on your fondness for ginger)
1 tbsp of orange zest
3 tbsp of cornstarch
3 tbsp of water
(First Step: Orange Chicken Sauce)
- For the sauce, combine the orange juice, soy sauce, ginger paste or grated ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and orange zest under medium heat. Simmer the ingredients on medium-low heat for 7 minutes.
PRO TIP: If you don’t have mirin, you can use distilled white vinegar. Mixing this with the soy sauce will somehow imitate a similar flavor.
- In a different bowl, whisk the water and cornstarch together. After the sauce is done simmering for 7 minutes, pour it with the water and cornstarch mix. Simmer the combined sauce for another 5 minutes until it becomes thick.
(Second Part: Chicken)
- Separately, add the chicken chunks with soy sauce and cornstarch. Mix thoroughly.
- Heat a skillet in medium heat. Then, add your cannabis oil. Place your chicken until both sides are golden. Be careful not to get any of the sides burnt. You’ll know it’s ready when it’s golden in color. Do this until all the chicken is a hundred percent cooked.
- Lastly, put the chicken out for about 2 minutes. Make sure it’s untouched; this will help with the chicken’s texture. Once that’s done, pour the orange chicken sauce on the cooked chicken. Make sure to stir well so that every part is coated. In just two major steps, your cannabis-infused orange chicken recipe is done!
PRO TIP: Are you a sucker for spicy food? You can add a tablespoon of Sriracha sauce (or more) while preparing the orange chicken sauce. You can also add chili flakes while you’re at it for more spice. Garlic paste is also a good add-on for garlic lovers. Finally, if you want to add your family’s secret recipe to this dish, add it while preparing the orange chicken sauce. It can be whatever you please, just don’t forget the cannabis oil.
PRO TIP: Adding sesame seeds on top will also help improve the flavor!
Saucy, Cheesy Lasagna with Cannabis Infusion
In the mood for pasta? Take it to the next level with this rich lasagna you can do within 30 minutes to an hour. Among all the cannabis cooking recipes here today, this is going to take the most preparation time. But we guarantee that it’s going to be worth it.
This weed recipe is the right mix of strong yet delicate and the perfect ratio of cheesy and saucy. We made sure that the ingredients are easy to find. So, here’s how you do it:
1/4 cup of cannabis butter
1/2 cup of flour
2 1/2 cups of milk (evaporated milk will do too.)
1/2 tsp of pepper
2 cups peeled canned tomatoes
1 tsp of salt
1/4 cup of cannabis oil
2 tsp of garlic paste
1/3 cup of tomato paste
1 tbsp of thyme
1 tbsp of oregano
1 pack of premade lasagna sheets
1 pound of ground beef
1 leek (chopped)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
(First Step: Meal Prep)
- This weed food requires a Bechamel sauce. So, we’re doing that before anything else. Add cannabis butter on low heat first. Then, add flour and mix.
- Prepare the lasagna sheets. Follow the instructions based on the brand you purchased. If the pasta sheets you’re using are homemade, be mindful of how many minutes you spend cooking them. The average time is said to be around 30 to 40 minutes.
- Cook the mix for 2 minutes. While it’s cooking, stir the mixture. After 2 minutes, add the milk and whisk the ingredients together. You’ll know it’s done when the sauce’s texture is nice, creamy, and thick. If it’s still watery, don’t stop whisking yet.
- Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Then, set it aside. You’re now done with the white sauce.
(Second Step: Preparing the Pasta)
- You’re almost there! All that’s left now is preparing the pasta. To do that, cook the ground beef with bell pepper, leek, and garlic paste. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes.
- We’re going to add the second layer of cannabis. So, mix the cannabis oil with the canned tomatoes and all the spices you prepared beforehand. You can add as many herbs as you please. Cook this for 20 minutes. After this, you’re done with the meat sauce.
- Now, take a tray and spread the lasagna sheets. Layer it by adding the meat sauce and the white sauce you just did. Estimate how much sauce you need. You wouldn’t want it to be runny. It’s better to build up the sauce than pouring them all at once.
- Add cheese in each layer after you finish adding the meat and white sauce. Do this step continuously three times, for three layers (unless you’re feeling like adding more layers.)
- Top with a final touch of cheese. Then, bake for 60 to 80 minutes at 220 °F.
PRO TIP: Any type of cheese will do. But suppose you’re asking for our opinion on what specific cheese to get for this recipe. In that case, we suggest ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, or Parmesan cheese! If possible, you can mix these three types of cheese or just stick to one of them. Either way, it’ll taste good!
The Classic Cannabis Steak
This is one of the easiest cannabis cooking recipes out there. But mind you, this recipe will not disappoint your taste buds. This European cuisine can also be personalized, so add whatever you want to add. Again, just don’t forget the Cannabis butter!
Both in preparation and cooking time, expect to finish this around 40 minutes to an hour. Let’s start cooking:
1 tbsp olive oil (canola oil can be used as an alternative)
0.5 tbsp of kosher salt (we highly recommend kosher salt for this recipe)
Ground black pepper (you can add as much as you please)
1 tbsp of cannabis butter
Rosemary and thyme (optional)
1.5 lbs. 1.5-inch thick rib-eye steak (this amount is for one serving only.)
(First Step: Preparation)
- Start by preheating your oven to 200 °F. Then, take your steak, pat it with a paper towel, and season all the sides with salt and pepper.
- Bake the steak for 30 minutes. For medium-rare, keep it baking at 125°F. Measure the bake time based on your preference. The longer it stays on the oven, the more well-done it’s going to be.
- Let the steak rest for about 3 minutes.
- Heat the olive oil or canola oil in your pan over high heat.
PRO TIP: Listen, you want your oil to smoke. You want to get it as hot as possible. If it’s not hot enough, the steak will have a brownish color. It won’t achieve that tender and juicy texture we want. This part is crucial in cooking any steak!
(Second Step: Cooking the Steak)
- When the pan is hot enough, sear the steak for one minute on each side. Flip after a minute has passed.
- It’s time for the fun part. So, take your cannabis butter and swirl it around the pan. You can also add it on top of the steak if you wish. Then, add your ground black pepper, garlic, rosemary, and thyme.
PRO TIP: In this step, you can add whatever herb you wish. A common favorite is adding black pepper. It really changes the flavor. So, add accordingly.
- Baste your cannabis butter onto the steak. Then, put the herbs you used on top of the steak so that the flavor will be even.
- Baste for another minute. Then, take your trusty tongs and flip the steak. Baste each side for 15 seconds.
- Put the steak on its side to cook and render off any excess fat.
Cannabis Cooking Recipes Tips and Warnings
- Weed recipes or any cannabis-made edibles have delayed effects because the body digests it first. So, don’t add more because you’re not feeling anything yet. Let it sit for around 30 minutes before adding anything.
- Weed food is usually made of distillate or oil, which is highly potent. In fact, eating meals with cannabis extracts is more potent than smoking weed. Take note of this, and don’t go overboard with the amounts you’re adding.
- You probably know this if you’re a weed user. But, using THC or CBD distillates, extracts, or oils have different effects. If you want psychoactive effects or that “high” sensation, go for THC. But if you want to unwind without the euphoria, CBD is the one to go for.
- Take it slow. Creating these meals requires patience before you can maximize their full effects. You’re not adding “just” butter or oil. Instead, you’re using cannabis. So, take things gradually to avoid unwanted or excessive side effects.
Doing these weed recipes takes creativity and caution. Undeniably, cooking with cannabis is absolutely a fun activity that can elevate your dining experience. As long as you’re careful with the amount of oil or distillate you’re using, there shouldn’t be a problem. But, of course, the general rule to any cannabis-related activity is to enjoy the process as much as you enjoy the effect. Have fun!