Vegan Calamari / Fried Shrimp
This vegan calamari recipe hits the spot for so many seafood cravings. It really has the taste of the ocean and it is so incredibly easy to make. It’s labeled calamari/shrimp because it does the job for both as far as satisfaction goes. These are beautifully crispy and golden and oh my, I should really make a batch of these today! haha
One ingredient you definitely do not want to skip or skim on is the nori/seaweed. This is what will give you plant based shrimp that ocean flavor that you want in a dish like this. You can also use dulce flakes in place of the nori if you have that on hand instead.
You add the nori sheets into the flour mixture and that sticks to the coating when you fry it, and bam you get the magic flavor!
Ingredients 1 (14oz ) can hearts of palm, Whole NOT chunks 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning 2 nori sheet, crumbled to small bits 1 cup flour 1 cup water 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Sauce 3 tbsp mayo 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp chipotle sauce (from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can or sub chipotle powder) Oil for frying
Instructions Start by draining the hearts of palm from the can. Slice each stick into wheels, slightly thicker then 1/4". If you can remove the center of the hearts of palm by hand, start to do so. I removing the center is to tough by hand, cut out little circles from the center of each wheel with a 1/4 tsp measuring spoon.
You can also just use the wheels as is, if you don't mind not having a calamari shape.
Place the cut wheels aside and begin preparing the batter.
In a medium mixing bowl, add in flour, nori, old bay, salt, and pepper. Mix these dry ingredients until well combined. Add in the water and mix well, until everything is well incorporated. Set aside. To make the sauce, simply mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and mix together. Set oil to heat on high, in a pan for frying.
Add panko bread crumbs into a ziploc bag. Dip the vegan calamari into the flour batter mixture, to coat. Being careful ot to break them apart.
Remove the vegan calamari from the batter mix and toss into the ziploc bag. Seal bag and toss around to coat in crumbs.
Fry the vegan calamari, until they are golden brown. Remove from heat onto a paper towel lined plate to drain any extra oil. Serve up and ENJOY! Tip: You can double the bread crumbs and the hearts of palm and make a double batch.