Cookbook:Inswa (Zambian Fried Flying Ants)

Inswa (Zambian Fried Flying Ants)
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Inswa is a traditional Zambian delicacy made from fried flying ants. These nutritious and protein-rich insects are a seasonal delicacy and are enjoyed as a crunchy and flavorful snack.






  1. In a frying pan or skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the flying ants to the pan and fry them until they are crispy and lightly browned.
  3. Use tongs or a spatula to stir and flip the flying ants to ensure they are evenly cooked.
  4. Once the flying ants are crispy and golden, remove them from the pan and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess oil.
  5. Season the fried flying ants with salt to taste. For extra flavor, you can sprinkle some ground paprika over them.
  6. Serve as a unique and crunchy snack, and enjoy them with your favorite beverage.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Flying ants are seasonal, so this delicacy is typically enjoyed during specific times of the year.
  • Make sure to clean the flying ants thoroughly before frying them.
  • Inswa is a traditional and sustainable source of protein in Zambia.