These Vegan Fish Sticks are so unbelievably divine! They are beer-battered, have an amazing texture and are served with a homemade vegan tartar sauce!

These Vegan Fish Sticks are so unbelievably divine! They are beer-battered, have an amazing texture and are served with a homemade vegan tartar sauce! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

OKAY. I never thought I would see the day that I would be making VEGAN fish and chips for you guys! Honestly, it is insane to me the amount of choices that we have available!! These vegan fish sticks are paired perfectly with my favourite way to oven chips/fries, and will definitely satisfy that craving. I didn’t even realise I was having a craving until my first bite. Immediately satisfied.

Heaven.

These Vegan Fish Sticks are so unbelievably divine! They are beer-battered, have an amazing texture and are served with a homemade vegan tartar sauce! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

When I stopped eating meat, seafood was the hardest thing for me to give up. I went pescatarian for about a week, before fully deciding to go vegetarian. Since going vegan, it’s as if this whole new world has opened up for me. That whole new world includes these vegan fish sticks.

Let me tell you – seasoning is KEY here. I took all the fishy and salty seasonings I had – crushed nori and old bay seasoning – and mixed with them the most magical ingredient I’ve discovered this year – hearts of palm.

These Vegan Fish Sticks are so unbelievably divine! They are beer-battered, have an amazing texture and are served with a homemade vegan tartar sauce!

Fun fact: hearts of palm is a vegetable harvested from the core of a palm tree. It’s hard to describe but their texture is very much like artichokes. They work so well here because of their colour, their texture, and their flakiness. Yup, they get kind of flaky like fish once pulsed. For this, hearts of palm make the best texture for vegan fish sticks. That with all the flavours make the perfect base for fish sticks. You need to try these.

After that, I battered them in my beer batter recipe that I used for when I used to eat fish. The result is a crispy, crunchy, batter and an inside that taste like fish! ON top of top, I made you a vegan tartar sauce to dip these in, and to have alongside some delicious chips/fries.

I feel nice and extra eating these. Gavin and I danced around the kitchen snacking on the first pieces, in disbelief at how delicious they were. Take my advice – make these soon. Of course, serve it with some beer (or sparkling water if ya fancy). Enjoy friends! Also, whip up some for me too. I’m coming over.

These Vegan Fish Sticks are so unbelievably divine! They are beer-battered, have an amazing texture and are served with a homemade vegan tartar sauce! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

These Vegan Fish Sticks are so unbelievably divine! They are beer-battered, have an amazing texture and are served with a homemade vegan tartar sauce! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com
Vegan Fish Sticks (with Vegan Tartar Sauce)

Vegan Fish Sticks (with Vegan Tartar Sauce)

Ingredients
For the "Fish" Sticks
  • 1 14 oz. jar (396g) of hearts of palm, drained, rinsed and pat dry and chopped up
  • ½ cup (30g) breadcrumbs, gluten free or regular
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried crumbled nori
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Beer Batter
  • 1 1/2 cup flour of your choice (Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour weight is 222g)
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • ½  teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1 cup beer or sparkling water
Vegan Tartar Sauce (
  • ½ cup (112g) vegan mayo
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickles or sweet relish
  • A pinch of salt (Less than ¼ teaspoon)
  • A pinch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill
Oil for Frying
  • 1 cup (224g) peanut oil or safflower oil
Instructions
Vegan Tartar Sauce
  • Stir all the ingredients together. Taste and add more salt or seasoning as preferred. Set in the fridge until you're ready for it!
Fish Sticks
  • In a food processor, PULSE all the fish sticks ingredients above until combined, for about 1 minute and you can easily stick it together and press into a firm shape. You want to still have some flakiness to it so don’t mix it too much that it’s mushy. 
  • Dump the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat or even a plate lined with parchment paper and press together. Then shape the mixture into individual fish sticks, using about two tablespoons of mixture for each stick, to get about 8 fish sticks. Make sure that you press the sticks firmly together - you want it to be a solid piece for when you are battering it. I did roughly into 3 inches long and 1 inches wide. Set it in the fridge to harden up a bit while you make you batter.  
  • Make the batter by mixing all the dry ingredients together first, then pouring in the beer. Stir together to combine.
  • Heat up a pan with the oil (I like using peanut oil or safflower oil since it won't be bitter). You can definitely make these with less oil, just test one first to see how it works for your preference!

    Remove the raw fish sticks from the fridge, dip into the batter, allowing the excess to drip off.

    Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side on high heat, depending on your oil's heat, until golden brown. Keep an eye on these so you don't burn them, and don't take them out until they are golden down. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to absorb any oil.
  • Make some crispy chips/fries on the side! Serve with some chips on the side and tartar sauce and enjoy !! 
by Jessica

leave a comment

15 comments

  1. Susanne says:

    OMG, they sound heavenly, I know what’s on the menu tonight 🙂 Thank you!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome Susanne! We’re glad you approve!

  2. Albert Bevia says:

    I´m going to be honest with you, I am not vegan…but these fish sticks look and sound so amazing…this is such an incredible recipe, I have to look into those hearts of palm, and that tartar sauce equally sounds devine…2 thumbs up for you

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We thanks a lot Albert!! Yes you should definitely look into it!

  3. cakespy says:

    These look incredible! I saw them on Food Gawker and had to click over. That crispy texture looks simply perfect, and I love the tangy vegan tartar sauce!

  4. stephanie says:

    This looks AWESOME!!!!! I can’t wait to try it….I plan to coat it in panko crumbs….It is so nice to have a vegan alternative that does use soy/fake ingredients. Thank you for this!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      You’re welcome Stephanie!! We’re glad you liked our recipe!

  5. Susanne says:

    I made them last night for me and my youngest daughter who is 23 years old and they were awesome, such a treat ( giving up fish was very difficult when I went 100% vegan 10 years ago.)

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      That’s wonderful Susanne!!! I’m glad that you and your Daughter enjoyed them!!

  6. Celia says:

    Great recipe! Can I air dry these??

  7. Celia says:

    Great recipe! Can I air fry these?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much Celia! We’ve never tried air frying so we couldn’t give you a definitive answer. If you do please tell us how it turns out! I hope you enjoy!

  8. Suzy says:

    These DO look wonderful. 2 questions: 1) could they be baked? And 2), do you have a nutritional analysis? It seems like the sodium would be out of the park with the Old Bay’s. I have to watch that intake. But I can’t wait to try them!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Suzy!! Thank you so much!! We’re working on a nutritional analysis, but we worked out the sodium per fish stick for you which is only 320mg of sodium. The majority of the sodium is from the sea salt so reducing that should meet your dietary restrictions. We haven’t tried baking them so we couldn’t advise you on that. I hope this helps!

in the kitchen everyday

Send this to friend