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Baked ‘Fish’ Cakes With Lemon Herb Mayo [Vegan]

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Whenever I saw fish or crab cakes on a restaurant menu I almost always ordered it. Since going vegan, I must admit I do miss some meat products, but then I remember how it is made and I quickly change my mind. I played around with this recipe for a while and made a lot of mistakes along the way. At first I used one nori sheet it wasn’t fishy enough and I tried a bit of miso a little more each time I made the recipe and two tablespoons was the winning amount. I considered pan-frying them but I wanted them to be lighter and healthier than the restaurant version. Then, I added the parsley and green onion I had leftover from the cakes and pureed the sauce to a very pleasant light green color. I loved it and I hope you will too!

Baked “Fish” Cakes With Lemon Herb Mayo [Vegan]






For the “Fish” Cakes:

  •  2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 sheets roasted nori, cut with scissors into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 3 tablespoons eggless mayo
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cracks of black pepper
  • 1 green onion, green and light green part only, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced flat parsley
  • 3 tablespoons plus ½ cup panko crumbs

For the Herb Lemon Mayo:

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 1 green onion, green and light green part only, minced plus 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cracks of black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Pulse chickpeas 1 cup at a time in a food processor so it is a course meal. You don’t want it to be smooth like hummus and a few whole chickpeas are fine. Place each batch into a large bowl until all the chickpeas are pulsed.
  3. Cut nori sheets with scissors into small pieces and add to the chickpeas. In a small bowl whisk the miso, mayo, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined. Add to the chickpeas and with a spatula combine the ingredients until mixed.
  4. Add the onions, parsley and 3 tablespoons panko and stir until well combined.
  5. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, add the rest of the panko crumbs. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop level amount of chickpea mixture and lightly pack. Take the mixture out of the cup and form into a patty about 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide. Lightly press both sides into panko crumbs and set on lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. I got eight 1/4 cup cakes and one slightly smaller cake. Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden brown.
  7. While the cakes are baking, make the sauce. Combine all ingredients to a food processor or blender and process until very smooth. Set aside until cakes are ready.
  8. Transfer cakes to serving plate and top with sauce and chives. Serve with lemon wedges.


The cake mixture without the panko crumbs makes for an excellent “tuna” sandwich filling.





Jessica DeMarra is the writer, photographer, and recipe developer for the vegan website Sprouts and Chocolate. Before going vegan, she was a hardcore carnivore and held the second place standing for a chicken wing eating contest. Recognizing the need for a change, she now makes taking care of herself and the planet a priority. Jessica’s curvaceous cat Barb is her constant companion in her place of peace: her kitchen.



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Ken Saveth
3 Years Ago

I JUST made these cakes and they tasted INCREDIBLE. My only question is how to get them to bind together better & not fall apart so easily.

If I wanted to put them on a vegan bun, it would fall apart on yhe first bite.

Any suggestions?

Nina Nicole
21 Jan 2017

May be add more Panko? I'm rushing around just to find miso! Can't wait to try this out!

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