Plant-based fish alternatives
Just like all animals, fish are sentient. They can feel positive and negative emotions. Every fish has a unique personality. They can learn to use tools and build nests.
Unfortunately, they are not treated as such. Sustainability concerns, the recent documentary Seaspiracy and welfare campaigns are raising people’s awareness over the suffering of fish.
To protect our oceans and help fish, one of the best things you can do is keep them off your plate. Luckily there are some great options to try.
While some vegetarians and vegans prefer to avoid products that replace meat, because it reminds them of eating animals, others enjoy delicious plant-based alternatives because of their ease of use, texture and taste. The range keeps growing every year, so try them out to see which ones you enjoy most.
You can usually find Gardein and Quorn products in the freezer section of your local supermarket. All you need to do is bake or fry the fish filets or fingers to your liking.
NaturesCharm is sometimes in Supermarkets, often Countdown, but you’ll definitely be able to find their products in local vegan grocery stores such as the Cruelty Free Shop, V1 Vegan, Mostly Vegan and Berkano. The vegan calamari comes ready to eat. The Banana Blossom has a fish like texture, you’ll need to batter and fry these. Serve with some oven chips to get the classic kiwi ‘fish’ and chip meal.
If you're keen to try something with a fish-like taste without buying any new products, check out Angel Food's recipe for Carrot "Salmon."