Of all the foods in the world that are begging to be veganized, fish, for me, is the hardest. This may be, in part, because before my vegan days I was not a big fish eater so to recall the texture and taste of something I probably ate only a handful of times over 10 years ago is no easy task. But regardless of my own experience, I think many veganizers would agree that finding the perfect vegan fish recipe is the Mount Everest of veganizing.
As you know, I am never one to step down from a challenge and so today I took on Mount Everest in the form of these Beer Battered Vegan Fish Sticks.
What Are Vegan Fish Sticks
These Beer Battered Vegan Fish Sticks are made using heart of palm and seaweed to attempt both the taste and texture that I have been seeking. The ingredients for these vegan fish sticks are:
- Heart of Palm
- Panko Bread Crumbs
- Roasted Seaweed
- Worcestershire sauce
- Homemade Beer Batter (flour, spices, dark beer, and a chickpea flour egg)
What is Heart of Palm?
If you are unfamiliar with heart of palm, it is a tender and delicate vegetable harvested from the inner core of certain palm trees. The tender texture, as well as the indistinct flavor, makes heart of palm a very popular whole food meat substitute, as seen before on this blog here.
You can find heart of palm in the canned vegetable section of a well-stocked grocery store or grab some online.
How to make vegan fish sticks
To make these vegan fish steps, simply follow these steps:
- Combine ingredients for fish sticks in a food processor. Pulse a few times until ingredients are broken down and well combined. There should still be texture and large pieces.
- Squeeze out excess water and shape the heart of palm mixture into 8-10 fish sticks. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour. The mixture can be hard to handle. For best results, squeeze out the water with a nut milk bag until you have a shapable, firm texture.
- Make the beer batter. The batter should be fairly thick. However, if your fish sticks are falling apart in the batter, thin it with a little more beer.
- Coat the fish strips and fry them in about 1″ of sizzling hot oil, flipping halfway through. Once golden brown, remove from heat and place on a paper tow to absorb excess oil.
voila! You’ve got yourself some vegan fish sticks.
Serving and Storing Vegan Fish Sticks
Since these fish sticks are fried, they need to be eaten quickly after preparation. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself with some soggy battered fish sticks and trust me, they don’t taste near as good.
So whip up a batch of these beer-battered vegan fish sticks today along with some vegan tartar sauce and enjoy the flavors of the sea once again.
These Vegan Fish Sticks are made with shredded heart of palm dipped in a rich beer batter and served with vegan tartar sauce for an unbelievably good snack.
Keyword: Vegan Fish Sticks
Calories: 766 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
- 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 heaping teaspoon sweet pickle relish
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine the ingredients for the tartar sauce and refrigerate until ready to use.
- In a food processor combine ingredients for fish sticks. Pulse a few times until ingredients are broken down and well combined. There should still be large chunks.
Shape the heart of palm mixture into 8-10 fish sticks and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, squeezing out excess water. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
To make the beer batter, combine the chickpea flour with water until thick and goopy. Set aside. In a separate bowl combine flour and spices. Mix in chickpea egg. Slowly add beer, about 1/4 cup at a time, while mixing. The batter should be fairly thick but thin enough to evenly coat fish sticks. If your fish sticks are falling apart in the batter, thin it with a little more beer.
Heat oil in a small cast-iron skillet, filling enough so that it's about 1" deep.
Once the oil is hot, coat the fish sticks in the batter 2-3 at a time. With a flat utensil, gently place in hot oil and deep fry for about 2 minutes, flipping halfway in between if necessary.
- Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
- Serve immediately with prepared tartar sauce.