Delicious vegan salmon made with tofu and seaweed. Very easy to prepare, delicious and healthy. If you're vegan and you suddenly miss the fishy taste, this vegan salmon works perfect for those occasions.
Today we will prepare a delicious vegan salmon made with tofu and a delicious marinade that will help us achieve a pretty fishy taste.
This very same marinade can be employed to whip up an array of other vegan fish-inspired creations. Simply skip the beets and turmeric if you're aiming for a non-pink rendition.
What is miso paste?
Miso paste is the product of fermenting soybeans with salt and koji. It's not only a nutritional powerhouse but also boasts healing properties. Its distinctive taste, especially when paired with ingredients like nori seaweed, remarkably mirrors the essence of fish or seafood.
What kind of tofu do I need to make this vegan salmon?
Opt for tofu that's exceptionally firm—emphasis on the word "extra firm." Be cautious to avoid packages labeled "silken extra firm," as those tend to be on the softer, mushier side.
If you're up for a culinary adventure, you can even make your own extra firm tofu at home. Here on the blog we have a post on how to make homemade tofu step by step with only 2 ingredients. It’s really good!
- 2 extra firm tofu blocks (900 g)
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- 1 sheet of nori seaweed
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 15 g beets, raw
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- ½ small garlic clove
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 3 nori sheets to simulate salmon skin
- 3 tablespoon cornstarch
- Olive oil
- Blend the vegetable broth, 1 sheet of nori seaweed, apple cider vinegar, beets, miso paste, garlic, salt and turmeric. Reserve.
- Pat-dry the tofu blocks (you can cover them with a kitchen towel and place a wooden board to drain as much water as possible). Cut a block into 4 equal parts (lengthwise). Take one of the 4 parts (lengthwise) and make small cuts with an angle (45 °) to simulate a flaky texture, but without touching the base (you can place a chopstick next to the piece of tofu to keep you from cutting all the way through). Repeat the same process with the rest of the tofu.
- Marinate the tofu in the previous sauce overnight or even 24 hours (make sure to shake it a couple of times so that it is completely impregnated with the sauce).
- Take the marinated tofu and optionally place a strip of seaweed on the uncut side of the tofu (slightly soak the seaweed in the marinade so that it sticks better to the tofu).
- If you want your vegan salmon fillet to be slightly crispy, sprinkle a little cornstarch on all sides.
- Heat up some olive oil and fry the salmon fillets evenly on all sides.