Hachinoko – Japanese Baby Bees Recipe


Have you ever tried something like this? After finding this video I couldn’t resist to not try it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c7vY0V4cMU

As beekeeper and following the Swiss mite (Varroa destructor) control which includes the cutting of drone brood (http://www.agroscope.admin.ch/publikationen/einzelpublikation/index.html?lang=de&aid=10950&pid=181369 ) I decided to try the recipe suggested by the video.

I know this would sound very weird for many people, but in some ways shrimps are related to insects; thus why not try baby-honeybee-drones?

For the preparation of the drones I suggest to follow the video’s instructions, taking care of using ONLY white/light honeycombs.

For my friends who can’t try this, or whom are afraid of trying “something like this”, I suggest to try this recipe using nuts (almonds, pecans, peanuts, pine nuts…) and serve them in the same way.

I prepared this recipe for a beekeeper event as an appetizer, I confess I was really scared of serving this and I had to find a way to serve this as appealing as possible and like finger food preparation.

Well, I did what I was able to and I was really surprised of my beekeeper friends’ positive reactions.

Hachinoko – Japanese Baby Bees Recipe

  • Servings: about 24 pieces
  • Difficulty: medium
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Autor: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/ Hachinoko-Japanese-Baby-Bees-Recipe-8

You need

  • 1 cup 3 weeks old drone breed, alternative chopped nuts!
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2-4 teaspoons Japanese soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 fillo sheet or wheat spring rolls sheets
  • Mini muffins molds (I used silicon molds about 2 cm wide)


  1. Prepare the breed as shown in the video. Shortly: melt honeycomb in hot water, rinse through a sieve. Brush the breed with cold water. Repeat several time to eliminate wax and as much as possible of the cap of the cells (if necessary by hand using a fork).
  2. Heat oil and fry over medium heat. Fry the breed stirring constantly.
  3. When it begins to dry add soy sauce and hones. Continue to fry until crispy.
  4. Place over a sieve to drop out the oil and the fat release by the breed.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  6. Cut small round portions of fillo sheet which would cover the inner part of the mini molds.
  7. Spoon about ½ teaspoon of breed into the prepared fillo shells. Bake for 3-4 minutes until you will see that the borders of the fillo begin to change color. Remove from the oven and let cool down.

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