“Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain’t happy
They sad ’cause they in their bowl.”
If you find yourself nodding along, then you’re in luck, because there are plenty of ways you can enjoy seafood-inspired dishes without actually consuming any fish or sea creatures! Plant-based cooking has come a long way, and now it’s easier than ever to enjoy the flavors of the ocean in 100 percent vegan dishes. We dove deep into the depths of our Food Monster App to bring you 15 delicious vegan seafood recipes that are sure to delight. Let us know what you think!
This “Tuna” Casserole is the real deal when it comes to comfort. Made with a roux of vegan butter, oat flour, and almond milk, this recipe features two types of vegan cheese, pepper jack in the roux and cheddar on top.
These “Tuna” Stuffed Avocados are made with beans! White beans are pulsed into a crumbly, tuna-like consistency, slathered with vegan mayo, and given some seafood essence with dill and dulse flakes. From there, you can either pack this tuna in a sandwich or follow the recipe and stuff them into avocados for a visually-pleasing appetizer. Either way is delicious!
These Tempeh Maki Rolls are incredible. Inspired by the beauty and simplicity of Asian food, these Tempeh Maki rolls are simple and delicious! Nori and tempeh are both excellent sources of plant-based protein, which makes these a filling lunch or dinner choice that comes together quickly for a satisfying meal.
Make these Coconut-Crusted Fishless Sticks with hearts of palm. The odd asparagus-like vegetable harvested from palm trees is easily found in tins, probably next to the artichoke hearts that also create that seafood texture. These sticks have a flaky texture that has the taste of the sea. For a more powerful taste of seafood, add kelp powder or finely chopped seaweed.
This gluten-free Gefilte “Fish” is made with chickpeas and sauteed vegetables. The fish flavor comes from the seasoning – kelp and dulce flakes (if you don’t have both you can just use whichever you have), Old Bay and lemon. They look just like Gefilte fish, the texture is spot on and they taste like a much yummier version of the original “treat.”
This Hearts of Palm Calamari recipe is flavorful, light, crispy, and absolutely delicious. It’s served with a classic cocktail sauce that perfectly compliments the crispy, tempura-battered hearts of palm. Not to mention, it only requires a few ingredients and takes just half an hour to prepare.
This Adobong Pusit (Filipino “Squid”) is so creative! Adobong pusit is a Filipino delicacy: “adobo” means to cook in garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar and “pusit” means squid. The actual squid version is known to have tinted black sauce (squid emits a black liquid substance when cooked). To achieve the same look, this recipe mashed black beans. As for the taste, the trick relies on the seasoning.
This Tofu “Shrimp” Scampi is an elegant dish that’s perfect for a special occasion, yet is very fast and easy to make. It could probably even come together for under $10 if you shop wisely. Enjoy!
These Hearts of Palm Lobster Rolls are re-imagined takes on the New England summertime favorite that manage to maintain traditional flavors and textures. Hey, vegan butter is just as good as the real thing.
These Artichoke Lobster Rolls take the classic sandwich and easily make it plant-based by using artichoke hearts, vegan mayonnaise, and a touch of dulse seaweed flakes. Transport yourself to Maine with this delicious comfort food sammie!
This Lobster Mushroom Bisque is creamy, dreamy, warm, and seafood-free amazingness! Creamy cashews and blended veggies create the richest, most decadent meal you’ll ever dip a spoon into. If you’ve never tried Lobster mushrooms before, they are a sight to bold. When soaked, they turn such a beautiful bright color and are an amazing meaty texture that is perfect for the bisque.
Bonus: if you don’t have time to cook, you can purchase Vegan Lobster Mac and Cheese and Shrimp Jambalaya if you’re craving vegan lobster soup.
Purists will ask why vegans need to create meat or fish ‘look-alike’ dishes. They might have a point, but we eat with our other senses as well, and this NOT Smoked Salmon Scramble aims to show that one can create appetizing, tasty and healthy vegan dishes.
The typical Scandinavian flavors of dill, lemon and seaweed caviar go very well with these vegan Salmon Patties. Served with horseradish vegan mayonnaise, freshly boiled potatoes, and a colorful cole slaw finishes off the Nordic touch.
These “Crab” Rangoons are stuffed with carrots, vegan cream cheese, and a secret blend of ingredients that make them taste better than the real thing. Their crunchy, golden shells are wrapped around an indulgent, velvety filling that will make your mouth smile.
If you make your way through this list of vegan seafood dishes and still find yourself craving more, we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day, including loads of inventive plant-based takes on classic and unusual fish-centric dishes. Into scallops, for example? Then this Oyster Mushroom Scallops With Pesto Pasta and Smoked Tofu Bacon dish by Chris Bartis should be next on your list, along with these Turnip “Scallops” de Provence by Annie McGee. You’ll truly never be without amazing dishes to explore. Check it out!
Lead image source: Artichoke Lobster Rolls