Often, one of the most difficult parts of switching to a more plant-based diet is giving up the comforting, delicious foods we grew up loving. Not all of us had the pleasure of being raised as vegans, and we had to come into our own enlightenment. That means we still remember the taste of a nice, crispy and juicy fish sandwich complete with coleslaw and mac n’ cheese. We can’t deny that our culture sure includes knowledge on how to cook animals to be tasty. But just because we gave up fish doesn’t mean we still can’t have the comforting taste! If you miss fish, try these yummy alternative recipes.
1. Vegan Gelfite Fish
If you’re a fan of gelfite fish, you probably enjoy the unique texture and spice of the dish. This version mimics the original. It’s made with chickpeas and sauteed vegetables, while the fish flavor comes from kelp, dulce flakes, Old Bay and lemon. The recipe author says, “the texture is spot on and they taste like a much yummier version of the original “treat.”
2. Tempeh “Tuna” Salad
Bust out the picnic baskets and grab the six-pack, because it’s time for a picnic! Whip up this vegan take on the fishy classic. It’s made from tempeh, vegan mayo and fresh veggies.
3. Vegan Crab Cakes With Sweet Balsamic Mayo
To recreate crab cakes for this recipe, you will need chickpeas, gluten free crackers, chopped veggies and spices. Dulse flakes, wasabi mustard and freshly ground pepper help give an authentic crab cake taste.
4. Tempeh ‘Fish’ N’ Chips with Tartar Sauce [Vegan]
To make these “fish” n’ chips, use kelp flakes and Old Bay seasoning to enjoy the flavors of the ocean. This recipe is even crispy, just like a traditional fish n’chips would be. Don’t forget the tartar sauce, which is made from vegan mayonnaise, unsweetened pickle relish, lemon zest and the juice of half a lemon.
5. Bad Ass Vegan Fish Sandwich
Did you ever enjoy a fish stick sandwich when you were a kid or a younger adult? Recreate that crispy delight with this recipe, which calls for tofu, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, non-dairy milk and several spices to make the “fish” sticks.
6. Vegan Fish-and-Chips (a Cleaned-Up British Classic)
The recipe blogger says that flavors which that come from the sea seem to be the most difficult to reproduce in a home kitchen, even when you use Nori (roasted seaweed sheets used in sushi), dulce or kelp flakes, etc. But she gave this dish far more than the old college try; we dare you to indulge!
7. Vegan Chickpea Tuna Melt Sandwich
If you love tuna melts, then you must try this awesome recipe, which is just as melty and ooey-gooey as the traditional favorite.
8. Vegan Fish Sauce
If you’re a fan of Asian food, you might like the fish sauce that is commonly used throughout dishes. The fish sauce gives stir-fried veggies more flavor. To recreate your own vegan version, use shredded wakame, garlic, whole peppercorns, mushroom flavored dark soy sauce and genmai miso.
9. Vegan Tofu ‘Scallops’
Serve these tofu scallops over scampi, another pasta dish or have them as a tasty and presentable appetizer.
10. Tempeh ‘Crab’ Cakes With Horseradish-Dill Mayo
The seasonings you’ll use for this recipe like Old Bay, kelp, dulce, seaweed, lemon, and dill are good for recreating the taste of the sea.