How To Disguise The Taste Of Spirulina

Written by Sophie Jayne Whitrick

Looking to improve my vegan diet, one morning I decided to embrace the mysterious green powder, Spirulina. On the front of the packet it says, “Organic Spirulina Powder. 65% protein; Calcium; and Iron. Our Spirulina is also rich in vitamin B12 and magnesium, and is a good source of fibre.” It sounds like it has all of the vitals covered. Never having used the powder before and just following the instructions to stir it into foods, I thought my morning porridge would be a tasty way to introduce this magic substance into my diet. How wrong I was… 

First my porridge went bright green. But I thought, ‘Hey I can close my eyes and I won’t even know it’s there.’ When I took my first mouthful my taste buds were swamped with what I can only describe as gloopy pond water. After three mouthfuls, my gag reflex told me I was done. 

Being the tight Yorkshire lass I am, I’ve been taught not to waste. So, for those who have also suffered the natural taste of Spirulina, or for those who want to start off on a good note with the disgusting stuff, here are five ways to turn this food hell into a food heaven.

SIMPLE SPIRULINA DRESSING

  • 1 teaspoon Spirulina
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (the strong stuff)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Add all the ingredients in a bowl and give a good stir ready to jazz up your salad.

SPIRULINA GOES DOWN SMOOTH-IE

  • 1 apple
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 banana
  • ½ mango
  • 1 tablespoon Spirulina

To make this fruity sensation, put all the ingredients chopped up roughly into your blender, give it a pulse and bottoms up.

SPICE IT UP SPIRULINA SEASONING

  • 4 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Spirulina
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika 
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and sprinkle over roasted veg, popcorn, chips, whatever you fancy. 

HOLY GUACAMOLE! THAT’S SPIRULINA?

  • 1 Large Ripe Avocado
  • 1 teaspoon Spirulina
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes

Mash up the avocado fruit, stir up the other ingredients and go dippy for this yummy guacamole.

SOUP-ER SPIRULINA

  • 2 cup broccoli (diced)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup soya beans
  • 1 white onion
  • 200g bag spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 500ml vegan stock (make it strong)
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons spirulina

Fry the onion, ginger and garlic in the oil until brown. Add the broccoli, peas, soya beans and stock and simmer until soft. Add the spinach and other ingredients and stir until the spinach is wilted. Blend until smooth (or to the consistency you prefer).


I hope these recipes have inspired you to embrace your spirulina spirit and give it a whirl. The main thing to remember with spirulina is that less is more when adding it to recipes: unless you know there are going to be strong flavours to hide its unique flavour, be very conservative with it. All I can say is be bold and good luck!