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Vegan Fish and Chips

A true British classic, the mighty fish and chips! When you go to a chippy and order a portion of these, the content squeezed between the layers of paper (newspaper back in the day) consist of the biggest ever fillet of fish you could imagine, drenched and deep fried in crispy batter sitting on top of a huge mound of chunky potato chips.

two fillets of vegan fish stacked on each other on a large portion of chips next to a pot of mushy peas on a white washed wooden table on brown paper

I thought as a vegan I would no longer have the pleasure of tucking into fish and chips- how wrong was I?! Well the fish isn’t actually from the sea or river since it’s made of tofu, but the technique used to prep it gives a texture that’s pretty damn close to the real thing.

close up view of golden brown fried battered vegan tofu fish fillet cut in half to reveal inner white flaky texture with a slice of lemon on top on pile of chips next to mushy peas wrapped in brown paper

Made with just 5 ingredients, it’s a shocker! Try it out for yourself.

top view of tray of golden brown battered fish fillet on pile of chips with wedge of lemon and mushy peas on white wooden rustic table

Questions about Fish and Chips

How do you make fish and chips? The traditional recipe usually involves a large fillet of white fish such as cod, plaice or haddock that is deep fried after being dipped in a typical egg and flour batter. It is served alongside chunky chips made with white potatoes, also deep fried, sprinkled with plenty of salt and malt vinegar. A pot of mushy peas or curry sauce are also common sides.

How do I change tofu texture? Freezing tofu, thawing it and squeezing out the water, gives tofu that flaky meaty texture. Tofu contains a lot of water which is what makes it quite jelly-like, but when this water is removed, a lot of empty space is left behind, creating these layers.

Can I fry silken tofu in this recipe? As long as the tofu has been frozen and thawed before frying, the flaky layers should still be there, though it can’t be guaranteed that the recipe will taste exactly the same as with firm tofu since the water content is much higher in silken so it may be less meaty.

Can fish and chips be baked? Both can be baked, in fact I often bake my chips as frying bulks up the fat content significantly. However, the batter used for the fish is quite runny and benefits from coming into contact with high temperatures quite quickly to get it very crispy. A thicker batter could tolerate the oven. Frying also is much quicker than oven baking.

Recipe

Serving size:

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 800g firm tofu
  • 4 large potatoes cut into long strips
  • 450 ml beer/ale/sparkling water
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 sheet nori seaweed
  • Rapeseed or vegetable oil to deep fry
  • Salt and vinegar to taste

Method:

  1. Place the tofu in the freezer the night before.
  2. Remove and allow to thaw.
  3. Once defrosted, squeeze out all of the water, being careful not to rip it.
  4. Cut the tofu into 4 rough chunks.
  5. Preheat oven to 220 ℃.
  6. Place potato chips into baking tray with drizzle of oil and roast for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
  7. Cut the seaweed sheet into 4 pieces to roughly fit one side of the tofu.
  8. Place on top, using a little water if necessary, to stick the sheet onto the tofu surface.
  9. Whisk the beer and flour together until a creamy batter results and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  10. Heat a pan full of oil, ready to deep fry.
  11. Dip the tofu chunks into the batter, one by one, and place in the hot oil.
  12. Cook for around 5-10 minutes or until batter is golden brown.
  13. Serve the fish with the chips and sprinkle with salt and vinegar.

Made this Recipe?

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If you like things in batter or breadcrumbs…

You should definitely give these recipes a try:

Crunchy Tofu Nugget Sticks

KFT with Buttermilk Ranch

Cabbage Tempura

Baked Cauliflower Pakoras

Baked Samosas

Big Thanks to…

Avant Garde Vegan for my food inspo. You can find their recipe here: https://www.avantgardevegan.com/recipes/gazs-fish-chips/.

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