National Fish and Chip Day (4th September) is dedicated to fish and chips, often described as the “nation’s favourite dish”.
But with many people turning to a vegan diet in the desire to live a healthier life, there are tasty alternatives to try. Marlene Watson-Tara, author of the definitive vegan cook book Go Vegan suggests tofu as a substitute to fish to create equally as tasty “fish and chips”.
Tofu has been a staple food throughout parts of the world for centuries, and is known for its good nutritional and culinary versatility.
It is a wonderful source of protein, containing all 8 essential amino acids, rich in calcium and cholesterol-free. Often used as a meat substitute, for National Fish and Chip Day, it can easily replace fish!
So, go ahead and try out this alternative on National Fish and Chip Day.
Tofu Fish Sticks
You can serve with vegan tartar sauce, or ketchup.
400g pack firm tofu, pressed
1/4 cup soymilk
2 tbsp shoyu or tamari
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup fine breadcrumbs
½ tsp garlic granules
¼ cup nori flakes
1 tsp lemon pepper
Press the water from the tofu by wrapping in paper towel or tea towel and squeeze out excess liquid. Pre-heat oven to 190/380°.
Slice tofu into strips then score the slices on a slight angle for that extra fishy texture.
In a shallow bowl, whisk together the soymilk, soy sauce and lemon juice. In a separate bowl combine breadcrumbs, nori flakes and lemon pepper.
Carefully dip floured tofu in soymilk mixture, then coat well in breadcrumbs. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, turning over once, until crispy and golden brown.
Vegan Tartar Sauce
1 cup soft (silken) tofu
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp sea salt
2 tsp mustard
¼ cup organic pickle relish
In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients, except pickle relish, and process until smooth. Stir in relish by hand.