The fine folks at Sophie's Kitchen were kind enought to send me a few coupons to sample their vegan seafood. I was finally able to get to a market that carried it, and picked up 3 varieties. Breaded Vegan Fish Fillet, Breaded Vegan Shrimp, and Breaded Vegan Scallops.
The Breaded Vegan Shrimp were pretty interesting. I baked them in the oven according to package instructions for about 15 minutes from frozen. Crisped and brown on the outside, firm, chewy, and white (with a novel orange skin!) on the inside. These were more realistic than I thought they would be. Very shrimpy! I served these up appetizer style with Spicy Sushi Sauce for dipping. Pretty tasty. They are also soy free, so bonus for those with soy sensitivities. Would I buy them again? Sure! The novelty alone is reason enough to pick these up and bring them to a party or potluck.
I used the fish fillets in a sandwich, a cruelty free, healthier version, just ever so sightly reminiscent of one of those at the evil fast food restaurant that employs a freaky clown who lives under some golden arches. I used 2 slices of pumpernickel bread, a fat schmear of Vegenaise, 2 slices of the new Daiya Cheddar Style Slices and 2 pieces of the Breaded Vegan Fish Fillets. I cooked them in my toaster oven, according to the directions on the box, which was fast and convenient, a no brainer. When I pulled them out, they definitely smelled like what I remember a fishstick to smell like. And the breading was definitely what I remember fishsticks were like. They taste good, I would say a little more like chicken then fish, but they do taste good. The texture is interesting. Not flaky, as I would have expected, but more like a cross between tofu that has been previously frozen (which is a good thing) and seitan. Would I buy them again? Sure!
Right off the bat, I will admit that I was the most skeptical about the Breaded Vegan Scallops. Their appearance was more like a short tater tot, than that of a scallop, but of all three, these probably tasted the best! I pan fried these, according to package instructions, straight out of the freezer and served them with linguine alfredo (the sauce was Earth Balance, Garlic, Almond Milk, Daiya Jack Style Wedge, and black pepper.) They were very buttery. The flavor was mild, and they were only lightly breaded (a good thing!) The texture was similar to the shrimp. These are also soy free and gluten free...so bonus for those with sensitivities. Would I buy them again? Sure!
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