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Tofu Fish Sandwich [Vegan]

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You are about to embark on a recipe that is not only totally kid tested and approved but something totally different to add to your vegan repertoire.

While it does take a little doing to make the vegan fish sticks (or “wish” sticks if you prefer), the tartar sauce is crazy easy and putting the sandwich together is a breeze.

Another cool thing is that you will likely have leftover wish sticks that you can have for lunch later in the week. Let’s get started!

Tofu Fish Sandwich [Vegan]


Vegan Fish Sticks

  • 1 package firm or extra firm tofu (12oz.)
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (use rice flour for a gluten free option)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons dulse flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 10 turns fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup high heat oil for frying

Vegan Tartar Sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 turns fresh black pepper


Vegan Fish Sticks

  1. Drain and rinse the tofu and set it in a colander to drain. To make it drain even better, place a plate on top of the tofu and set something heavy on it. Set aside for now.
  2. Make the breading by placing the cornmeal, flour, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, dulse flakes, sea salt and pepper into a mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk to combine ingredients and set aside.
  4. Take tofu out of colander and set it on a cutting board.
  5. Cut in in half and then into quarters (see pictures)
  6. Take each of the quarters and slice them into thin pieces. You should be able to get 7 or 8 slices out of one of the quarters (28 – 32 total).
  7. At this point you want to heat your oil in a large cast iron skillet on medium / low.
  8. Place the non-dairy milk in a small bowl.
  9. Take each piece of tofu and dip it in the non-dairy milk and then dredge it in the breading, making sure to coat the tofu well on all sides.
  10. Place on a large plate and repeat until all of the tofu is covered in batter.
  11. When the oil is hot and starting to splatter, add as much tofu as can fit in the skillet. You will likely have to do this in a couple batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  12. Cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown on one side.
  13. Flip over and cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side or until golden brown.
  14. Take the tofu out of the pan and place on a brown paper bag so that the oil gets soaked up by the bag.
  15. Repeat with the rest of the tofu until all of it has been fried.
  16. Allow to cool and serve it with tartar sauce

Vegan Tartar Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix until all ingredients are well combined.


  1. Assemble and devour, and be happy for all the fishies in the sea!





Meat-free comfort food without the oil! Molly Patrick is the co-founder of cleanfooddirtygirl.com Molly is a food coach, specializing in healing people's relationships with food by focusing on how, what and why they eat. She has a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University in conjunction with the T. Collin Campbell Foundation. Her popular Saturday emails have turned into a Saturday morning ritual for her readers around the globe.



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8 comments on “Tofu Fish Sandwich [Vegan]”

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Jim Maguire
4 Years Ago

Ashley Wall

Erin Mohn-Lather
4 Years Ago

if I make this I want to make a big enough batch to freeze some for later

Jens Richter
4 Years Ago

Vegan Fish? Stupid.

Elizabeth Burns Kirschenbaum
4 Years Ago

Dulse flakes? Can we use kelp flakes?

Unprocessed People
4 Years Ago


Tammie Earl Oahu Hippies
4 Years Ago

Lol sorry I read the recipe after I made the comment. Doh!

Tammie Earl Oahu Hippies
4 Years Ago

Wait. Vegans eat fish?

Eileen L Schmidt
23 Jan 2014

it's not fish

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