Vegan fish tacos

Vegan Fish TacosIf you’ve never had (or heard of) fish tacos, which are a Southern California/Baja California regional favorite, you’re in for a treat. You can also make these with a firm white fish like mahi-mahi, tilapia, or cod.

When I moved to San Diego in 1997, I started hearing about fish tacos. They sounded bizarre to me until I tried one at Rubio’s, the most famous chain here. Fish tacos are surfer food, served in shacks on the beach along the Baja coast. Rubio’s was founded by a surfer/college student, who wrote a business plan for a fish taco shop for a class, then made his fortune making it a reality.

Traditional fish tacos are made from battered, fried fish chunks, wrapped in a double corn tortilla, topped with shredded green cabbage, a squeeze of lime, and a creamy mayonnaise sauce. They were a favorite in my gluten-eating days, and I hadn’t had one for years.

After learning how to make tofu “cheese” from Jeff Smith, a local musician and long-time vegan, I learned that his wife Sally makes a vegan version of fish tacos from it.

Suitable for:

vegan, gluten-free, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:

low-sodium or migraine diets

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Vegan Fish Tacos
Vegan fish tacos
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Servings Prep Time
4tacos 15minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Servings Prep Time
4tacos 15minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Vegan Fish Tacos
Vegan fish tacos
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Servings Prep Time
4tacos 15minutes
Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
4tacos 15minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
Servings: tacos
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Instructions
  1. Make the tofu "cheese" by following this method. Slice into 1 inch (3 cm) strips.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F (205C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Put the cashews in a blender or food processor and pulse until finely ground. In a shallow bowl, mix the cashews with the rest of the breading ingredients with a fork. If the tofu is very dry, dip in soy milk, then coat each side with the breading.
  4. Place on the prepared baking sheet and spray the tops with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip over and bake for 15 minutes more. (You can bread actual fish the same way, and bake for 10 minutes per side.)
  5. Grill the corn tortillas and slice the cabbage or bok choy into ribbons. Assemble the tacos and serve each with a wedge of fresh lime.
  6. Top with a drizzle of Joe's mustard sauce or Sally's vegan tartar sauce.
Recipe Notes

Per serving:

  • 220 calories
  • 8 g fat
  • 1 g saturated fat
  • 3 g monounsaturated fat
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 744 mg sodium (38 mg sodium with salt & Old Bay omitted)
  • 274 mg potassium
  • 23 g carbohydrate
  • 5 g fiber
  • 2 g sugars
  • 14 g protein
  • 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus

Hummous mix is a dry mix that is available in boxes or in some bulk sections. If you can't find it you can substitute garbanzo bean flour. If you're gluten-free, make sure the mix doesn't include wheat flour.

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  1. Amy Bee says

    The whole menu looks great. I’m trying it out on my family. Also gives me an option for our omnivore family when I can’t keep track of what fish is sustainable or not in season. Thanks, Stephanie! Still thinking of our dinner last week. Mmmmmm.

  2. Terri says

    Hello! I’d love to make is recipe but I think the link to the tofu “cheese” recipe got broken – it is no longer linked. Could you re-link, or email the tofu “cheese” recipe to me? I’d like to try this for dinner with my vegetarian friends Wednesday (while my family is eating tilapia fish tacos due to Ash Wednesday observation). Thanks!

    • says

      Molly, thanks so much for your comment! Hummus mix is a dried mix you can find either in bulk sections or as a package mix. You just need to check the ingredients if you’re gluten-free, as sometimes they do include wheat flour. I’ll add that clarifications in the post.

      • Molly says

        Oh! Thank you! I’ve been wanting to try garbanzo bean flour, so I think I’ll use this as an excuse to buy *both* of them. ;)

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