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Cricket flour (or cricket powder) is a protein-rich powder made from crickets, using various processes.[1] Cricket flour differs from true flours made from grains by being composed mainly of protein rather than starches and dietary fiber.

Nutritional information

Cricket flour contains nutrients such as the nine essential amino acids, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin B12, B2, and fatty acids.[2][3]

Food safety and processing

Main article: Insects as food § Food safety

When cultivated for human consumption in Western nations, insects are held to the same safety requirements as any other food.

Bar made from cricket flour
Bar made from cricket flour

Depending on the popularity in a given location, processing might be done commercially or locally. The procedure begins with the removal of the insect's insides, albeit this step is optional. They are then dispatched to be preserved or freeze-dried, which is accomplished using hessian or polypropylene. They are transported for storage once they have been entirely preserved/dried. Insects can be frozen or ground into powders.[4]

Cricket flour is produced from freeze-dried crickets. The crickets are then cooked to facilitate processing. They are pulverised into extremely fine bits after being cooked. The freezing, baking, and drying results in a powdered dark brown flour.[3]


Prices can vary depending on location, but the average cost of pre-made cricket flour is around $40 per pound (4,200 to 4,800 crickets).[5] The price is high due to limited commercializing and processors.[6] Cricket flour is sold in limited areas, but mainly online and wholesale stores.

The average prices for frozen crickets are about $9 per pound.[7] These can be utilized to make cricket flour at home.

Food products with cricket flour

Pulverized freeze-dried crickets are used in processed food products, such as:

Cricket flour can be utilized as a complete replacement for flour. The taste is described as very nutty, and foods normally prepared with wheat flour may cook differently.[3]


People with shellfish allergies may need to use caution when consuming cricket flour. Also, there is a risk of contact with pathogens with consuming raw insects.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Aaron T. Dossey; Juan A. Morales-Ramos; M. Guadalupe Rojas, eds. (2016). Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients: Production, Processing and Food Applications. Academic Press. ISBN 9780128028926.
  2. ^ Wilson, Charles (24 February 2015). "Cricket Nutrition". CricketFlours. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "What the Heck is Cricket Flour?". Farmers’ Almanac. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Edible Insects: Future prospects for food and security" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Tracking Retail Cricket Powder Prices • Slices of Blue Sky". Slices of Blue Sky. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ Peters, Adele (21 August 2017). "This Giant Automated Cricket Farm Is Designed To Make Bugs A Mainstream Source Of Protein". Fast Company. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  7. ^ "We Need More Cricket Farmers: The Price Of Our Growing Taste For Insects". The Chicagoist. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Are People Allergic to Eating Insects?".