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Make your own battered fish filets without fish! Thanks to tofu we can make a cruelty-free, plant-based alternative – perfect for vegan Tofish and Chips! Delicious with homemade Tartar Sauce!

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I have been vegan for over 5 years now, and for me, fish was one of the hardest things to give up. If you know me, I’m always trying to find a way to make the foods I used to love in my pre-vegan times in a vegan and cruelty-free way. That’s why I really wanted to start experimenting with vegan fish recipes.

I tried many vegan fish products on the market, but they all disappointed. Also, they are really, really expensive. So I like the homemade vegan fish version much more!

What is Tofish…

Tofish is a great-looking, cruelty-free alternative to fish (perfect for fish and chips-lovers!). It’s made outof tofu filets with a sheet of nori, which adds a lovely ocean, algae taste. Then it’s coated and pan-friedin a light batter with seltzer water.You could also use beer or cider in that case.

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Why Tofish is the better option…

Fish was actually one of hardest things to give up when I went vegan (besides cheese, obviously because cheese addiction is a thing). But even in my pre-vegan days, the options of either fish from the sea loaded with micro-plastics or farmed fish loaded with antibiotics to survive in the crowded and super filthy enclosures were both terrible. No thanks, I’m sticking to Tofish! You can read more about aquafarms here.

While this Tofish doesn’t have the consistency offish (it’s still tofu), it certainly looks like “real fish”! That’s enough reason for me to share the recipe with you!

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Serve the Tofish with…

Served with potato fries or wedges this vegan ‘fish’makes quite an appearance. Don’t forget to add freshly squeezed lemon juice on top and sprinkle it with chopped dill. Makes it only better! :)

The perfect dip is of course: Vegan Tartar Sauce.

You know what also would be good with this tofish? Rice and peas or mashed peas! Anything you would serve with regular fish would be delicious with this cruelty-free, vegan alternative!

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How to make Tofish…

Many people don’t give tofu the love it deserves. Tofu is so versatile, it’s great. For this recipe, you’ll want to use firm tofu, not silken tofu as it would be too wobbly and would not hold its shape.

Basically, you cut tofu slices into the fishy form, add a nori sheet on top, dip in a light seltzer-batter (feel free to use beer or cider instead) and fry. So easy!

Scroll down to see the full recipe!

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The Tofish before dipping it in the seltzer batter
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Tofish being fried in the pan

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I hope you will enjoy this ‘fish’ as much as I did! Let me know if you give it a try!

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Vegan Tofish and Chips Recipe

Elephantastic Vegan

Make your own battered fish filets without fish! Thanks to Tofu we can make a cruelty-free, plant-based alternative - perfect for vegan Tofish and Chips!

4.50 from 24 votes

Prep Time 30 minutes mins

Cook Time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr

Course Main Course

Cuisine Vegan

Servings 2 people

Calories 412 kcal



  • 2 slices firm tofu
  • 1 nori sheet
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 cup seltzer water (or beer or cider)
  • canola oil for pan-frying


  • 3 large potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

Vegan Tartar Sauce

  • 1/8 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kala namak (or salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon dill - chopped
  • 1 tablespoon relish
  • 1 teaspoon capers - drained and finely chopped
  • salt to taste


Vegan Tartar Sauce

  • Add in an immersion blender cup unsweetened soy milk, apple cider vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, kala namak, and lime juice. Blend for 1 minute then slowly start drizzling in the canola oil while the immersion blender is running. Blend for about 3 minutes until it is thick and creamy. If it’s too liquidy, add a bit more oil and blend further.

  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the dill, relish, capers and more salt to taste. Stir to combine. Set aside in the fridge.


  • Preheat the oven to 480°F / 250°C.

  • Peel the potatoes. Cut them in fries or wedges. Put them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Toss in oil and spices. Mix until they are coated well. Spread them around the baking tray so they don't overlap each other. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden and crispy.


  • Cut the two large slices of tofu in half, so you have 4 pieces. Cut the nori into the forms of the tofu and put the nori sheet on the tofu slices. Press the nori a bit onto the tofu so that it sticks. Sprinkle the backside of the tofu with a pinch of salt.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, curry powder, and pepper. Then add the seltzer water and whisk until it’s a smooth batter. You can adjust the consistency, by adding a bit more flour if it’s too runny, or by adding more seltzer water if it’s too thick.

  • Prepare a pan and fill enough canola oil so that the fish filets can swim in the oil. Make sure to leave enough space in the pan to prevent the oil to boil over.

  • Dip the tofu with the nori sheet into the batter, flip until coated on all sides and put it in the hot oil. Pan-fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden.Transfer the vegan fish on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

  • Once everything is ready, serve the Tofish (add a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle with chopped dill) with the chips and tartar sauce.


*Stick to the soy milk, I haven’t had any luck making the mayo base for the Tartar Sauce with rice milk or almond milk.


Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 11gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 930mgPotassium: 1352mgFiber: 8gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 36.9mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 11.8mg

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This post was first published on August 27, 2017.Updated on May 25, 2018

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What are vegan fish and chips made of? ›

Vegan fish and chips made from artichoke hearts and hearts of palm which is battered and then fried. I opted for sparkling water so this one doesn't have any beer in the batter but the batter is just as delicious and light!

Can you use soda water instead of beer for fish batter? ›

Found among the beer and wine, but lacking the alcohol, is the perfect swap for beer battered fish: club soda. Full of bubbles due to its carbonation, club soda can give the same lightness to a batter as beer would.

Do vegans eat fish and chips? ›

The short answer is no, vegans can't eat traditional fish and chips. This is because anyone on a plant-based diet, or who is vegan, won't eat meat, fish, animal products or anything that's been made using animal-derived ingredients – and the 'fish' element to fish and chips is a non-starter.

What is a substitute for beer in fish and chips batter? ›

Mix together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Stir in enough club soda to make a batter about the consistency of thin pancake batter. You don't want it too thick, just thick enough to nicely coat a spoon. Season the batter to taste if desired with seasoning of your choice.

What is a vegan that still eat fish? ›

Most simply, a pescatarian is someone who doesn't eat red meat or poultry, but does eat fish and other seafood. The term pescatarian was coined in the early 1990s and is a combination of the Italian word for fish, “pesce,” and the word “vegetarian.” Sometimes it's spelled “pescetarian,” but this means the same thing.

What is a vegan that eats fish called? ›

The benefits of being a pescatarian might get you hooked. Pescatarians have a lot in common with vegetarians. They eat fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, eggs, and dairy, and stay away from meat and poultry. But there's one way they part company from vegetarians: Pescatarians eat fish and other seafood.

Which chip is vegan? ›

Fritos Chips

Fritos Chips has two 100% vegan-friendly chips options - Lightly Salted and the Original. They are made with only three ingredients - corn, corn oil, and salt. It is a gluten-free, crunchy, and a great snack option that's easily accessible.

Why do vegans not eat fish? ›

Vegans do not eat any animals or any food that is derived from animals. This means that vegans do not eat beef, pork, lamb, and other red meat. They also don't eat chicken, duck, and other poultry. And because fish are also living creatures, vegans don't eat fish or shellfish such as crabs, clams, and mussels.

Why put soda water in fish batter? ›

The carbonation will help give the batter an airy texture. Slowly add a bit more club soda and continue to mix.

Can I use Sprite instead of beer in batter? ›

The use of beer is recommended as the fizz in the beer is what lends the batter its light, airy texture. If you really must substitute for a non-alcoholic version, use soda water or carbonated drinks such as Sprite instead. Combination of 75% plain flour + 25% rice flour to keep batter crispy!

What is the best fish for fish and chips? ›

Haddock is the fish that most chefs prefer for fish and chips. The texture isn't as flaky or tender as cod but the meat has more flavor. Haddock has a slight sweetness that pairs well with the buttery flavor of the batter. It tastes delicious dunked in a curry sauce.

What is vegan fried fish made of? ›

Just like my Vegan Fish Sticks and Tuna Sandwiches, this Beer Battered Vegan Fried Fish tastes even better than the real thing. Perfect if you've been missing classic fish and chips! The flaky “fish” in this recipe is made from a savory mix of hearts of palm, Old Bay seasoning, and nori sheets.

What does vegan fish consist of? ›

To create the flavour and texture of fish, manufacturers use a variety of different ingredients. Some common ingredients found in vegan fish are chickpeas, pea protein, soy, tofu and potatoes.

What is a vegan fish sandwich made of? ›

INGREDIENTS for vegan filet-o-fish

You can also use frozen and thawed extra firm tofu if you prefer. Fishy Marinade – We are going to infuse our tofu filet with some “fishy” ingredients like capers, kelp granules, and nori. We'll also use miso paste, dill, nutritional yeast and rice vinegar.

What is the vegan equivalent of fish? ›

With its spongy texture and general lack of flavor, tofu is a bean curd mixture pressed and designed to soak up and enhance whatever flavor you may desire at the moment, making it a fantastic fish substitute.


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