Everyone is familiar with vegan cheese and vegan meat, but have you heard about vegan seafood?
Recipes for seaweed-wrapped deep fried tofu intended to mimic traditional Fish & Chips. Marinated carrots created to imitate smoked salmon (perfect with my vegan hollandaise recipe). Mashed chickpeas aiming to replicate tinned tuna. All are now widely available, suggesting that the vegan seafood trend is here to stay. As more people turn to plant-based diets (the number of vegans in the UK increased by 62% in the past 12 months), innovative vegetarian meat and fish alternatives are becoming even more mainstream. The US is leading the way with a number of entrepreneurs developing plant-based alternatives to popular seafood products; meaning the UK won’t be far behind.
Whilst I love eating meat and fish, I’m mindful of sourcing good quality produce and always try to buy local and seasonal where possible. Unlike meat substitutes, vegan seafood has a long way to go when it comes to replicating the unique flakey texture and flavour of fish but I’m excited to see where it goes.
Hackney’s famous fish and chip shop Sutton & Sons launched their vegan menu in 2018 – featuring everything from vegan battered sausages to pie ‘n’ mash and battered fish made from banana blossom.
Another one I’m excited to check out is East London plant-based burger bar Mooshies. Mooshies have created the delicious looking Fillet-Om-Phish: battered aubergine, tartare sauce, nori, lettuce and vegan cheese. Yum.
Looking to recreate your favourite fish dishes at home but don’t have the time to cook? There are a few products available in supermarkets worth checking out. Think fishless fingers, vegan shrimp, seaweed caviar and tofu tuna steaks.