Transform tofu into deliciously crispy "fish" fritters with this easy-to-follow recipe! First, the cubes of tofu are given a generous splash of sesame oil and soy sauce, then they are coated in a mixture of spices, and finally wrapped in a sheet of nori (because nothing says fish like the flavor of seaweed)! After a dip in the chickpea-buckwheat batter, these little cubes simply need to be pan-fried for a few minutes and voila! Fish fritters. Serve with some vegan tartar sauce and go to town.

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Tofu ‘Fish’ Fritters [Vegan]

Ingredients

For the Tofu:

  • 1 14-ounce package of tofu
  • 1 sheet of nori
  • 1 cup spelt or wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil, for flavor (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Oil, for frying

For the Batter:

  • 2 tablespoons of buckwheat flour
  • 2 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 2 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (for color)
  • 1 cup sparkling water or tonic
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Preparation

  1. Heat the oven to 355°F and put the sheet of nori on a baking sheet and bake until well toasted but not burned. You can also roast it in a very hot pan or griddle, without oil.
  2. Start tearing the nori with your hands, put the pieces in a mortar and crush until powdery.
  3. Press and drain the tofu well and dry it with a paper towel. Cut the tofu into small pieces with your hands ((they don't have to be perfectly uniform) and put it in the bowl of a food processor along with the nori. Pulse until a smooth cream is formed. Now add the soy sauce, mustard, ginger, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, salt, and sesame oil and pulse until combined.
  4. Now, mix the spelt flour with the baking powder. Gradually add the tofu mixture, stirring continuously. Mix until a compact and sticky dough forms.
  5. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for breading. Add the water slowly and continuously mixing with wire whisk until you get a thick mixture.
  6. Heat a generous amount of oil in a skillet.
  7. Take the small portions of tofu, dip into the batter mixture, and then put it in the hot oil. Fry by turning them occasionally until golden brown on all sides.
  8. Pick up the fried tofu balls with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve.


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