Vegan seafood for World Oceans Day
June 8 is World Oceans Day. It’s the perfect occasion to reflect not only on the wonderful things the planet’s spectacular oceans give us – like half the world’s oxygen – but also on the ways each of us can help support these fragile ecosystems and the more than 700,000 different species of marine life that call the oceans home.
While reducing your consumption of single-use plastics is a great step towards protecting the oceans, you can actually make an even more powerful impact simply by swapping out some of the seafood you currently eat for vegan seafood. The vegan experts at PETA have shared some of the tastiest and most sustainable products to get fish off the hook.
Gardein F’sh Filets
Golden, crunchy, flaky and with a subtle fishy taste, Gardein F’sh Filets are divine with vegan tartare sauce and go perfectly on a bun. They’re ready in the oven in 10 minutes (or less in an air fryer). They also contain the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which are good for your heart and immune system. You can find them at Woolworths.
Sophie’s Kitchen Plant-Based Smoked Salmon
Nothing says indulgent Sunday brunch like a vegan cream cheese and smoked salmon bagel. Happily, this frozen product from Sophie’s Kitchen means you can enjoy your lox without eating salmon. It’s available at the Vegan Grocery Store.
Lamyong Vegetarian Calamari
If you’ve read up on the staggering intelligence displayed by cephalopods (or seen the Netflix special My Octopus Teacher), you’re likely one of the thousands of people who’ve sworn off calamari forever. Luckily, thanks to Lamyong, you can enjoy vegan calamari, complete with the unique texture it’s famous for. It’s available at lamyong.com.au
VISH Plant-Based Lemon Crumbed Prawns
As you’re reading this, you’re probably already thinking about the impressive ocean-friendly fisherman’s platter you can create. So naturally, crumbed “prawns” must make the list. Zesty and packing a satisfying crunch, VISH Plant-Based Lemon Crumbed Prawns are also great in tacos, as a snack or as party food. They’re available at the Vegan Grocery Store.
Season Caviart Black Seaweed Pearls
Feeling fancy? The award-winning Season Caviart is the perfect vegan alternative to roe. Plus, it’s full of vitamins and minerals like iodine and B12, and unlike real roe, it won’t cost the earth – or the sea! It’s available at the Vegan Grocery Store.
Also on the menu…
As the vegan movement continues to gain momentum, the list of vegan seafood is growing all the time. Crab cakes, fish fingers, cold shrimp – if you can dream it, you can buy it. Prefer to prepare something from scratch? Check out this recipe by vegan chef Zacchary Bird for beer-battered vegan fish using banana blossoms! And if you’re keen to dine out while saving the ocean, check out Melbourne’s own Future Sushi. Australia’s only plant-based sushi brand, it offers vegan picnic platters perfect for sharing.