If you and your family could use a nutrition boost that will enhance immune function, detox your liver, keep cholesterol, blood-pressure and blood-sugar levels under control, protect you from certain cancers, increase strength and endurance, and improve cognitive function—well, these spirulina recipes may just be for you.
Adding spirulina to your diet is almost too easy. Because it comes in powdered form, spirulina can be added to a sauce, shake, pudding, popsicle, or—anything, really. Cooking with spirulina can be a fun way to add a healthy element to more of your dishes.
We’ve gathered up some of the tastiest spirulina recipes out there—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert—and put them in one place.
Finding spirulina recipes that taste good is one thing, but it’s another altogether to find recipes that you actually enjoy and can incorporate into your diet.
So get out that spirulina and start experimenting with nutritious and tasty meals for yourself and for your family!
Breakfast Spirulina Recipes
Good morning! Spirulina for breakfast, anyone?
Spirulina Chia Pudding
Photo and recipe credit: The Organic Dietitian
Nothing like a bright green chia pudding to start your day off right. This breakfast is packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and so many great nutrients to equip your mind and body for all that the day has to offer.Nothing like a bright green chia pudding to start your day off right. This breakfast is packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and so many great nutrients to equip your mind and body for all that the day has to offer.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- ½-1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 tsp raw honey or pure maple syrup
- 2 scoops protein powder
- 2 brazil nuts
- Fresh or frozen fruit
- Shredded coconut
- Chopped nuts or seeds
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth
- Place in fridge for at least 30 min, or overnight.
Spirulina Banana Whip
Photo and recipe credit: Cocoon Cooks
This recipe serves 3-4, and it’s almost too easy to prepare. It’s certainly not meant for those who “like a challenge.” If you can pop 3 ingredients into a blender, you can make this beautiful breakfast—and feel great about eating it too!
- 1 ripe banana
- 4 frozen bananas
- ¾ cup plant-based milk
- 1 Tbsp spirulina powder
- Optional: 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- Roasted almond butter
- Sliced banana
- Sliced strawberries
- Passionfruit halves
- Mixed berries
- Coconut flakes
- Fresh mint leaves
- Put bananas in blender and blend on high
- Slowly add plant-based milk
- Add spirulina powder and blend until combined
- Serve and enjoy!
Spirulina Protein Power Bites
Photo and recipe credit: Vegan Insanity
These make-in-advance, grab-on-the-go protein bites are sweet and filling, and perfect to keep in your bag for a quick bite while you’re flying out the door, or running around in between meetings. They’re healthy and nutritious, so you won’t have to feel guilty, either!
- 1 cup dates
- ½ cup raisins or dried cranberries
- ¾ cup almonds
- 2 Tbsp spirulina
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until combined
- Roll into balls and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
Lunch Spirulina Recipes
Lunch time! You deserve something delicious during your break!
Grilled Eggplant With Spirulina Basil Pesto and Tofu
Photo and recipe credit: Archana’s Kitchen
This recipe can be an appetizer, a snack, or a full-on lunch. Filling tofu, savory pesto, and grilled eggplant combine with toppings to make every bite a perfect experience.
- 1 eggplant
- 4 Tbsp tofu, cut into cubes
For Spirulina Basil Pesto
- 1 cup basil leaves
- ½ cup mint leaves
- 1 Tbsp spirulina
- ½ cup almonds, blanched, skin peeled
- 4 cloves garlic
- ½ cup tofu
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- ¼ cup olive oil
For the topping
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 inch ginger, chopped
- 2 tsp red chili sauce
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Slice eggplants into discs, salt, and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Wash eggplant discs and pat dry. In a flat skillet, drizzle olive oil and heat on low heat.
- Season eggplant with salt and pepper and cook on each side for 10 minutes in skillet.
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Set aside
For Vegetable Topping:
- In a heated, flat skillet, add olive oil and saute ginger, garlic, and onion. Add the other vegetables until cooked. Add sauce and stir. Set aside.
- Add a tablespoon of pesto to each eggplant round and spread evenly. Garnish with sautéed vegetables and cubed tofu.
- Serve and enjoy!
Mermaid Salmon Toast
Photo and recipe credit: Bon Appetit
This beautiful toast is sweeping the internet with pictures of neon and pastel swirls. Topped with salmon and cucumbers, this sea-themed lunch will give you a mid-day boost when you need it most.
- 2 pieces whole grain bread, lightly toasted
- 2 pieces smoked salmon
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- ½ tsp spirulina powder
- ½ thinly sliced cucumber
- Lemon zest
- ½ lemon (to squeeze for juice)
- In a small bowl, mix together sour cream and spirulina until combined
- Spread sour cream on toast, and top first with cucumber slices, followed by smoked salmon. Add lemon zest on top, and squeeze lemon over the toast for some lemon juice.
Dinner Spirulina Recipes
It’s been a long day…ready for dinner? Treat yourself to something green!
Superpowered Quinoa Vegan Risotto
Photo and recipe credit: Made By Lucy
This is not your traditional risotto. No rice, no butter, and no cheese—but just as delicious. And way more nutritious. Instead of the classic ingredients, this recipe includes 3 superfoods: brown rice, quinoa, and spirulina. You’re welcome.
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 small onion, diced
- 60g dry quinoa, rinsed
- 60g dry brown rice, rinsed
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried basil
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp spirulina
- 600ml vegetable stock, divided
- 10g nutritional yeast flakes
- Sauté onion until translucent. Add garlic and sauté another 30 seconds.
- Add quinoa and brown rice, stir. Add oregano, rosemary, basil, spirulina, black pepper, and 500ml vegetable stock.
- Bring to a simmer and cook until the rice and quinoa are cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir frequently.
- Once cooked (about 20 minutes), add nutritional yeast and remaining 100ml of vegetable stock. Cook until absorbed.
- Serve with broccoli and fresh basil.
Spirulina Pesto Pasta
Photo and recipe credit: Candice Kumai
If you’re craving comfort food after a long day, go for this pesto pasta. There’s no feeling bad about this one, with all those nutrients spirulina provides.
- 3 cups fresh basil
- ¾ cup whole unroasted almonds
- 1 Tbsp spirulina powder
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 bag/box of cooked pasta of your choice
- In a food processor, pulse basil, almonds, spirulina, and ½ tsp sea salt to combine. Add oil gradually, processing until mixture is finely chopped. Pulse in lemon juice
- Add to your favorite pasta and enjoy!
Spirulina Dessert Recipe
Your whole family will be running back to the table when you bring out this fudgy spirulina chocolate (shh, don’t tell them it’s healthy!)
Raw Spirulina Chocolate
Photo and recipe credit: The Tofu Diaries
- 50g of cocoa/cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp maca powder
- ½ tsp spirulina powder
- 6 dates, chopped
- 30g coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- Add all powders and dates into high powered food processor or blender and pulse until dates are completely ground.
- Melt coconut oil in a small bowl, if needed and add to powder mix with maple syrup. Mix well until everything is combined.
- Grease a 4in x 6in pan with coconut oil and add in mix, pressing down firmly and evenly.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 min and up to 1 week.
- Cut into squares and serve!
Spirulina Drink Recipes
Spirulina is an excellent ingredient to cook with if you want to mask its robust flavor, but adding it to your favorite drinks is a convenient way to get your fix along with several other healthy ingredients. The perfect way to start your day right, here are some of the best spirulina juice recipes and smoothies you should try:
Green Spirulina Smoothie
- 1 frozen medium-sized banana
- ½ cup cucumber
- ¾-1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 cup of frozen spinach or chopped kale
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tbsp hemp seed (optional)
- Serve with fresh blueberries and granola (optional)
- To make this deliciously healthy green smoothie, you’ll first need to dust off your blender, and throw in your ingredients. This includes the frozen banana, cucumber, spinach, spirulina, and hemp seed if you’re going to use it. The coconut milk goes in too, as this will provide the liquid necessary to grind down the ingredients to a smooth consistency.
- If you do find that the consistency isn’t how you like it, you can add more water or coconut milk. If it’s too thin, throw in some more frozen banana or ice to thicken it up. You can also adjust the flavor and color by adding any combination of the ingredients you’re already using.
- Serve straight away along with fresh toppings of your choice. The Minimalist Baker recommends blueberries, granola, and hemp seeds.
Spirulina Protein Smoothie
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tsp spirulina
- 1 tbsp hemp protein powder
- 1 oz fresh mint
- Serve with chia seeds, hemp hearts, and fresh mint (optional)
- To add a generous dose of nutrition to your protein shake, place all of the ingredients in your blender. Everything goes in from the beginning, but as you’re blending, you can make adjustments on the fly if necessary. If the protein and spirulina powders make the smoothie too thick you can add more almond milk etc.
- Taste the smoothie and add anything that you feel is missing. If the spirulina and hemp protein flavors are overpowering, you could balance them out with more sweetness from an additional banana or two.
- Serve the smoothie with a few sprigs of fresh mint for a pleasant visual, and then throw some chia seeds and hemp hearts on top for a satisfying crunch if you want to eat the smoothie with a spoon.
Spirulina Lemon Juice
- 1 ½ granny smith apples
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 meyer lemons
- 1 half inch of ginger
- 3-4 handfuls of kale
- 1tbsp spirulina powder
- 1 cup water
- First, you’ll want to peel your ginger and cube and core the granny smith apples.
- Next, add the water, spirulina powder, kale and then the other ingredients to your blender.
- Turn the blender on, starting at the lowest speed setting and blend for around 45 seconds or until the consistency is satisfactory for your spirulina drink.
- Use a nut milk bag to strain the juice and then get rid of the pulp.
- Put the juice in the fridge, and consume within a few days.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Spirulina Recipes
What can I cook with spirulina?
Spirulina is an incredibly versatile ingredient that you can use in all sorts of delicious recipes.
There’s almost an endless amount of dishes you can make using spirulina, but some of our favorites are substantial spirulina pesto pasta as a lunch or dinner option and light spirulina chia pudding as a snack.
You can also throw spirulina into your healthy drinks, smoothies, and protein shaes if you want to seamlessly incorporate it into your diet.
How do you make spirulina taste good?
Spirulina isn’t known for its great flavor. In fact, if you’ve ever opened up a bag of spirulina powder or even just the tablets, you’ll know exactly how pungent the aroma can be.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise given that spirulina is an algae.
But can you taste spirulina in smoothies?
Yes and no – this is what makes the question of how to make spirulina taste good a tricky one. The key is to mask the flavor by cooking it or blending it with strong-flavored ingredients.
Is it good to take Spirulina everyday?
Spirulina is widely-recognized as a superfood, so yes, it’s absolutely a positive to take spirulina on a daily basis.
Due to how nutrient-dense the algae is, it was once even considered by NASA as a food source to be grown in space to keep astronauts going.
The recommended daily dose for spirulina is between one and three grams, but you can take up to ten grams a day.
A Final Word From Energetic Lifestyle
These spirulina recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert will satisfy and energize you the natural way.
Spirulina packs the most nutrients you can find in one food, so if you need a boost, reach for your spirulina powder and make a meal of it!