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Catch of The Day: Vegan “Fish” Sticks!
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Catch of The Day: Vegan “Fish” Sticks!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes to fry, 30-40 minutes to bake

I still miss fish sometimes, I have to admit, but it is actually quite easy to create "fishy" type food if you are a vegan! The main ingredients are that amazingly versatile veggie product, tofu, and seaweed (as you probably all know, seaweed has an uncannily fishy flavour. I think it is because of all the iodine it contains). I had some tofu at home recently that had to be used up, and also had some sheets of seaweed in the cupboard that I hadn't used, so I decided to make some vegan "fish" sticks (or fish fingers as we call them here in Britain).

I found a few recipes on the Internet, and adapted this one from them. It came out really well, they were very tasty. Not incredibly fishy, but good. The original recipes tell you to use seaweed flakes or powder, which I didn't have, so instead I used the seaweed sheets that I had, and crumbled them up as finely as possible. I am guessing that if you used kelp powder or flakes, it may give more of a seafood flavour (I haven't managed to track down any kelp powder in the shops so far, will probably have to order it online). You can either bake or fry these – I fried them for more crispiness. You need extra-firm tofu for this, but if you have another kind, drain it well before use. You can do this by placing it in a sieve, with a sheet of kitchen paper on top, weighting the top with something heavy, like a couple of tin cans, and placing it over the sink to drain for around an hour at least. You should then find that a lot of the excess moisture has dripped out, and it is firm enough to work with.

Ingredient(Makes around 12 sticks, depending on the size)

2 12 oz. blocks of firm or extra-firm tofu (press it first, as described above, to remove excess moisture)

¼ of a cup of soya milk

2 tbsp of lemon juice

2 tbsp of soy sauce

1 cup of breadcrumbs

1 tsp of white pepper

Salt to taste

Plain flour, for coating

2 tbsp of kelp powder or nori seaweed, crumbled into fine flakes

Method

1) Slice the tofu into strips about 1 inch across and coat well with flour.

2) In a shallow bowl, whisk together the soy sauce,soya milk and lemon juice. In a separate bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, seaweed flakes and pepper.

3) Carefully dip the flour-coated tofu strips into the soya milk mixture, then coat them well with breadcrumbs.

4) Either bake in the oven at 375 degrees C for 40-45 minutes, turning once. Or alternatively pan fry them in a small amount of oil, both sides, on a medium heat, for a few minutes.

5) Serve with lemon wedges and a vegan tartare sauce, or mayonnaise, green salad and French  fries.

Enjoy! I am "fishing" for compliments with this recipe!!

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  1. Julie Davis
    Yummy looks delicious - voted
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  2. Scott Desmond
    I love fish this sounds delicious - voted
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  3. Jose Rodriguez
    I adore fish voted
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  4. Clean Cook Lily
    Clean Cook Lily
    I'm always dubious about fishy tasting food, but I will definitely give this a go because I love battered or crumbed tofu. I became vegan in stages, some lasting longer than others. I gave up red meat etc aged 15 or so, but carried on eat canned tuna and fish fingers for a couple of years . So it's funny that I should be cautious about seaweed, seeing as fish was the last to be ditched. I tell myself 'it tastes of the sea, not fish' I've pinned the recipe so I can come back to it later. By the way, may I ask what brand of tofu you favour? Being from the UK, I'm sure you know that for many years Cauldren was the only readily available brand. But it changed a few years back, and I find it too soft for this sort of dish.
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thanks a lot for the vote and comment, Clean Cook Lily (and everyone!) I quite often use the supermarket own-brand tofu here in the UK, there are quite a lot of them now. And, as you say, there is the Cauldron type too, which you can get everywhere.
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  5. dianabart
    dianabart
    yum!
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  6. Kristin Barton
    Kristin Barton
    Ooh I am so going to try this! Voted!
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  7. Blanca Verome
    Blanca Verome
    I'm not a fan of fish, but I'd try this at least. :)
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