Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tofu Fish Sticks and Tartar Sauce

A few days ago Krys asked if I had a good recipe for fish and chips. I didn't. So, I thought I would try to work out a palatable fish stick recipe tonight. The results were pretty good--the boys loved them and asked for seconds! I wanted them (the fish sticks, not the boys) to have a fishier taste, but I am not sure how to do that. I would also have liked the tofu to be a little firmer, but that is hard to do when the tofu is marinated. I am not really selling these, am I?

- 1 pkg tofu, cut into strips/sticks
- juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 sheet nori
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Process nori into a powder in a coffee grinder or food processor. Mix with other ingredients in a shallow dish and marinate tofu for a few hours.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp kelp granules (optional)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- freshly ground pepper

- 1 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1 tsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly oil.
1. Mix together breading ingredients in a shallow dish. Roll tofu in breading to coat.
2. Mix lemon juice into soy milk and stir until thickened. Dip breaded tofu into soy milk mixture, then coat again with dry breading.
3. Place on cookie sheet. Lightly spray with cooking oil.
4. Bake 15 mins. Flip. Bake 15 more mins. Seve with tartar sauce.

Tartar Sauce
Mix together the following:
- 1 cup vegenaise
- 1 dill pickle, minced
- 1/2 small onion, minced
- small drop of mustard


John Plummer said...

These look very good. I'm not overly keen on a fishy taste, so the not-so-fishiness of them makes them more attractive.

arthursmommy said...

Vegan Dad,

Wow. That is great. I will make these for Arthur (17month old) next week. Your food is awesome. Glad to hear your boys liked them too. Have a great weekend.


Tambra said...

Those look really good! Maybe next time, since you would like the tofu firmer, you could bake it after marinating? That'd add a fair amount of time, but if you planned ahead it may help out. After baking, let cool, then bread and re-bake. Yum!

mollyjade said...

Have you seen the Vegan Lunch Box recipe for tofu fish sticks? She uses kelp granules to get that fishy taste. They have a stronger taste than nori does. Of course, you may not be able to find them where you live. I sometimes use capers or a tiny bit of miso to replace anchovy in sauces, though that's not quite the same taste as whitefish.

Anonymous said...

Maybe try freezing and defrosting the tofu before cooking it? It tends to lend a chewier texture... not sure if that's what you're looking for.


Fatchan said...

Sometimes we get a fishy taste to our tofu....uhm I think that's because it's gone bad? Sorry that's not much help.

Anonymous said...

Vegan lunchbox has a tasty recipe for these as well :

Anonymous said...

Vegan lunchbox has a tasty recipe for these as well :

Veg-a-Nut said...

Tofu fish sticks are a regular on our menu. I always use firm tofu that has been frozen, defrosted, and pressed. It makes a really nice, firm fish stick. I also use deluse granules. I like your breading and will have to try it. I have never used nutrional yeast in mine. Mine are also made with cornmeal. These really look good!

tofufreak said...

i have no idea if "deluse" granules posted by veg-a-nut is a typo or not, but i recommend dulse granules.

Kelsey said...

I was disappointed when I bought kelp powder because instead of a fishy taste, it just tasted like the ocean. Yes it's different to me. I always thought that it was still a stronger flavor than nori, because my sushi never tastes like fish, but I just bought a pack of nori from a local asian market and it has a STRONG fish flavor. I actually don't like it for my sushi because I like to eat a lot and I get sick of the flavor, but I powdered a few sheets and use it in mashed chickpea "tuna" and am planning to use it in a fish sticks recipe like this one. Thanks for the recipe!! I also may put some of the nori powder into the batter for an even fishier taste.