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Vegan Fish Sticks

Vegan Fish Sticks are made with easy to find, simple ingredients. Coated with a breadcrumb/seaweed coating, they can be fried or baked.
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Tofu Pressing Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 289kcal
Author Nora Taylor

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Press the tofu by wrapping in paper towels (or a clean dry tea towel). Place a plate or pan on top of the wrapped tofu, and put a couple of heavy books on top of that. Let the tofu press for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour.
  • For Baking: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a large pan (I used spray oil).
  • Once the tofu is done pressing, slice it into sticks. Add the flour to a bowl, then coat the tofu sticks in the flour. Set the flour-coated tofu sticks on a cutting board or other clean surface while you prepare the rest of the coatings.
  • In another small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, lemon juice and non-dairy milk. Set aside.
  • In a blender or food processor, add the breadcrumbs, seaweed snack sheets and salt. Use two full packages for a fishier taste, or one package for a less fishy taste. Blend until the sheets are broken down and it is all well combined. Add to a bowl.
  • Dip the flour-coated tofu sticks into the wet mixture, then immediately coat in the breadcrumb/seaweed mixture.
  • To Bake: Place on the greased pan and bake for 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until crispy and golden.
  • To Fry: Heat a large pan (cast iron preferred) over medium-high heat. Fry the tofu in a fair amount of oil, for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve vegan fish sticks with Vegan Tartar Sauce, ketchup and with a side of potato wedges or fries. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. I used seaweed snack sheets because they are easy to find and I usually have them on hand. If you prefer, you can use nori sheets instead, to taste. Kelp powder would likely work as well.
  2. These definitely taste a lot better when fried in a pan, but are quite delicious baked as well.
  3. It is almost essential that you dip the vegan fish sticks in tartar sauce, so make a batch while you are at it.
  4. Leftover "fish" sticks will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven, in a pan or an air fryer if you have one. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 4mg