Vegan Filet-O-Fish Sandwich
The classic Filet O' Fish sandwich, only it's VEGAN, so it's a Filet NO Fish!
I gotta be honest, after the age of 18, I didn't really like McDonald's. And I certainly never ate a Filet O' Fish! My taste buds were not advanced enough for fish until I was in my mid-20s. That being said, I can guarantee that this sandwich is a million times better than the original. I would put good money on it!
For the "fish" we are using tofu that's been frozen and thawed. This helps to give it a more "meaty" texture. Simply freeze it and then let it thaw at room temp for 4 hours or so. Then take it out, lightly press with your hands and some paper towels, and then lightly press in a tofu press. We'll bread and fry it and serve it with a ridiculously good tartar sauce! Kelp or Dulse granules will help give it a "fishy" taste as well. Adding a slice of melted cheese and some pickles never hurt anybody too!
Makes 3 Sandwiches (plus some extra Fish Sticks!)
14 oz. block of firm tofu
1/2 cup flour
1/2 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp Kelp or Dulse granules (plus more to taste)
1/2 Tbsp Seaweed Salt (or sea salt to taste)
1/3 cup vegan egg (or use vegan buttermilk by combining 1/3 cup plant milk with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar)
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3 burger buns
3 slices of vegan cheese
dill pickle slices
1/2 cup vegan mayo
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp chopped dill
1/2 Tbsp sweet relish
1/2 Tbsp chopped capers
Freeze and thaw tofu. Lightly press with hands and some paper towels. Then press in a tofu press for 20 minutes.
While tofu is pressing, combine ingredients for tartar sauce and set aside.
Prepare the dredging station. Combine the flour, baking powder, garlic powder and dulse / kelp flakes and salt in a bowl. Season to taste!
Add the vegan egg to a bowl. Add the panko to a separate bowl.
Bring a wide skillet with some oil to 350 degrees.
Once oil is up to frying temperature, dredge your filet first in the flour, then egg, then panko, ensuring that you coat evenly and thoroughly. Add to the pan and fry until golden brown.
While the fish rests, heat up a pan on medium heat and grill your buns in some vegan butter. Once they are golden brown, remove the top one, flip the bottom one and add a slice of cheese. Add a little water to the pan and cover immediately. The steam will help the cheese melt. You can also place the cheese directly on the pan for a few seconds to help it melt (I show this in the video above!)
Once cheese is melted, remove from pan, top the cheese with some tartar sauce, then the fish patty, then pickles, more tartar and the top bun.