This vegan Fish Burger looks and tastes pretty much like a Filet O Fish. It has a crispy crumb coating, which is complete with a flaky and succulent ‘fish’ fillet inside. Combine this with vegan tartar sauce, cheese slices and the softest, fluffiest white bread roll – goodbye McDonalds, hello independence (from such fast food chains)!
Where I’m living, I can’t get hold of convenience vegan foods, which leaves me with no choice but to attempt to imitate them by making them from scratch. It’s hard work at times, but the experimentation is worth it, especially if the taste is just right! Tofu is my go-to for meaty textures – mushrooms too but – but tofu really gets meaty after freezing.
Freezing tofu allows the water to be pressed out once it has thawed which leaves it with a magically meaty texture. It becomes more like a sponge which is great to absorb sauces and stocks and other such flavourings.
So for the infamous Filet O Fish which I used to love, I decided to make a copycat plantbased version and I think it came out pretty well. I also made the cheese slices (nut-free), which I will get a recipe up for at some point.
Questions about Fish Burger
How to make a Fish Burger? To make Fish Burger you need tofu for the filling and a sheet of seaweed for the fish flavour. The tofu must be frozen then thawed to get the flaky, meaty texture of fish. This is then coated in a cornstarch paste and finally a breadcrumb mix before being deep fried until golden brown.
Do McDonalds make vegan food? McDonalds has recently launched its range of veggie and vegan options in the UK, which include veggie dippers and vegan nuggets. Prior to this, you would only be able to eat a side salad as a vegan!
Is Fish Burger healthy? This version of Vegan Fillet O Fish is a healthier option due to a reduced number of processed ingredients and it can also be baked rather than fried.
What is vegan fish made of? Vegan Filet o Fish in this recipe is made predominantly from tofu which is then coated in a cornstarch and breadcrumb mix before being cooked in oil.
What happens when you freeze tofu? When tofu is frozen, the water inside freezes (and there is a lot of water). When this is thawed, the water can be squeezed out leaving a flaky textured tofu behind.
Fish Burger Recipe
Makes 4 vegan filet o fish burgers
Ingredients for Fish Burger:
- 400g firm tofu frozen then thawed
- 1 large nori sheet
- 8 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 150 ml plant milk
- 200g golden breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp salt
- Oil to cook
- Squeeze out all of the water from the tofu between two chopping boards and leave to rest.
- Cut into 4 squares.
- Cut the nori sheet into squares that roughly fit the shape and size of the tofu fillets, using a dash of water to stick to the tofu.
- Mix 4 tbsp cornstarch with the milk and leave aside.
- Mix the remaining 4 tbsp cornstarch with the onion and garlic powders and dust the tofu.
- Dip the dusted tofu in the cornstarch paste.
- Then dip into a bowl filled with the breadcrumbs.
- Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown or alternatively, bake for 30 minutes until brown.
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Big Thanks to…
Vegan Travel Eats for my food inspo. You can find her recipe here: https://vegantraveleats.com/vegan-filet-o-fish-sandwich-mcdonalds-copycat/.