How to cook hemp seed

Updated February 21, 2017

Hemp is a wonderfully versatile and beneficial substance and hemp seeds can be used in cooking and baking to add a nutty flavour to all kinds of sweet and savoury dishes. Cooked and strung together, hemp seeds are also a favourite bait among many freshwater fishermen. Hemp seeds are full of essential amino and fatty acids and nutritive minerals and proteins. Routinely adding them to your food is a way to improve your dietary health. Large batches of hemp seeds can be prepared in advance and then used on an as-need basis. Follow these simple cooking steps for preparing hemp seeds for use.

Rinse and clean the hemp seeds in a strainer.

Place the hemp seeds in a pot or bowl, cover them with three or four times the water and allow them to soak for 24 hours. This will help the shells start to split as well as continue to clean any silt. The silt will float to the bottom.

Place hemp seeds and water in a pot or saucepan. Pour the hemp seeds and water slowly into the pot and stop just before the layer of silt starts to pour in. Add one teaspoon of salt per 454gr of hemp seeds. Bring the water to a boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the hemp seeds for 20 to 30 minutes, or until all of the seeds have split.

Strain any leftover water and spread the seeds out on waxed paper or a towel to cool and dry.

Store hemp seeds in plastic bags or containers in the refrigerator.


Hemp seeds do not necessarily have to be precooked for eating. They can also be ground into a millet or flour consistency for use in cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot or saucepan
  • Salt
  • Plastic storage containers
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Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.