Showing posts with label sea food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sea food. Show all posts

Apr 24, 2021

baja tacos


Time: 35 minutes
Dishes: air-fryer or oven, medium bowl, shallow pan 

Hello, hello Dear Readers!

Now that you have your Seafood Tofu prepared, you need to put it to some good use (if you haven't gobbled it up, yet, that is) and this Baja Taco is perfect.

Baja Taco is a regional food to San Diego and is typically made with fish and chiles. As suited to a weekday meal, I skipped all the fancy shmancy chiles and opted for chili powder. Fear not, this did not lessen the delicious factor, however, if you are looking for a more authentic version, take a look at my Baja Tacos made with lobster mushrooms and tempeh HERE.

A few pointers about the recipe:
  1. Store your Seafood Tofu in the broth (fresh vegetable broth or the sea-vegetable broth, as the recipe indicated) because the tofu needs to be moist before dredging - otherwise the breading won't stick. Simply move the tofu from the broth to the breading.
  2. It is vital that you steam your tortillas (especially corn tortillas), else they will break. To steam, just add the warmed tortillas (warmed over a stove top or in the microwave or oven) to a towel and then place in a tortilla warmer or a pot with a lid. The point is to trap the steam coming off the just-heated tortilla. Steam them for a few minutes; it will do wonders.
  3. Double up your tortillas, else the taco will disintegrate. I called for 16 tortillas in this recipe, making 8 tacos, for 4 servings. This is the way taco trucks do it and they have it nailed.

Follow the above pointers and you will be golden.

I had these tacos on the table in 30 minutes, which is totally doable as long as you adhere to the order of cooking them. First the slaw, then the tofu, then the sauce and finally the assembly.

The tacos have just enough of a sea flavor without being over powering. The slaw is nice and bright and the chipotle-lime sauce adds a perfect amount of heat. Skip the chipotle if you are not inclined to heat and add 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika instead.

I give you the choice of using yogurt or mayo for the sauce. And, yes, use more yogurt than mayo. Because mayo has a lot of fat you don't need as much for the tacos and because yogurt has little fat, you can (and should) add more to the tacos. Yogurt is also fermented, so it needs less lime juice, whereas mayo has a lot of fat which needs to be balanced with the lime juice. 

If you need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out ours HERE.


Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Prepare the slaw first.
  • Prepare the tofu, plucking them gently out of the broth.
  • Take care with the tofu to avoid breaking them, if you can.
  • Make the sauce last.

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Baja Tacos

Makes 4 servings 



Preheat the air-fryer to 400F.


1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage (or slaw mix)

1/2 cup vegan mayo or 3/4 cup plain nondairy yogurt

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon agave or maple syrup

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon lime juice

6 tablespoons flour

6 tablespoons dry bread crumbs (not panko)

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 recipe Seafood Tofu, drained but not sautéed

Oil spray

1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo, finely minced or just the adobo part

1 teaspoon agave or maple (if using unsweetened yogurt for sauce)

16 corn tortillas

1 avocado, sliced

Pickled jalapenos (optional)

1. Slaw: Combine the cabbage, 1/4 cup mayo (or yogurt), cilantro, 1 tablespoon agave and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a medium bowl. Toss well. Season with salt and black pepper. Set aside.

2. Tofu: Combine the flour and chili powder in a shallow pan. Season with salt and pepper. Slice the Seafood Tofu slabs in half, lengthwise. Dredge the tofu slices in the flour mixture. Spray with oil and air-fry on 400F for 10 to 15 minutes until crisp. Alternatively, pan fry in 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat until golden.   

3. Sauce: Combine 1/4 cup mayo (or 1/2 cup yogurt), chipotle and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Stir well. Season to taste. Add the agave if using yogurt.   

4. Assemble:  Warm the tortillas over the stove top or in a microwave. Add to a towel and a tortilla warmer and allow to steam for 3 minutes. Assemble the tacos by using 2 tortillas per taco (double them up). Add Tofu, avocado, Slaw, Sauce and jalapenos, if using. Serve. 

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Apr 19, 2021

making seafood tofu

Welcome to Making Mondays, dear Readers! 

Today's Making Monday recipe is Seafood Tofu. This is an easy take on my Marinated Tofu recipe that is from Everyday Vegan Eats.

This tofu can be fried in the air-fryer or pan sautéed. It is perfect for any place you would like a seafood-style flavor. Since the tofu is not marinated overnight or for a long period of time, it can be ready for use in a dish anytime.

I use dulse flakes for this recipe, but if you are a fan of seaweed, go ahead and use kelp or wakame - about a 2-inch piece. You will have to cook the broth for 15 minutes first, though, to rehydrate the thicker and denser seaweed, before adding the tofu. 

Old Bay Seasoning is a mixture of herbs and spices that is popularly used to flavor dishes made of seafood. Here I use it to bring some of that same flavors to the tofu. You can make your own or buy a small jar at any grocery store and stash it in the freezer for maximum shelf life.

The tofu can either be stored in the marinade for extra sea flavor or in fresh vegetable broth. 

You can grill the tofu or dredge it in flour or breadcrumbs to panfry or airfry.

It is perfect in sandwiches, as a main meal with rice and vegetables, or as seafood sticks for dipping into vegan tartar sauce. Don't forget the lemon wedges!

This recipe takes a neutral tofu and transforms its texture and flavor in no time. It is easy and fast to make, so anytime you need a flavorful seafood option, head to this recipe. 

Below is the step by step.


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Making Seafood Tofu

Makes 4 servings; doubles easily

14-ounces firm or extra firm tofu

2 cups vegetable broth

2 teaspoons dulse flakes

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1/4 teaspoon salt


4 tablespoons flour

1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil

1. Tofu: Press the tofu for 15 minutes, up to overnight. Cut into about 8 (1/2-inch) slices.  

2. Liquid flavoring: Add the broth, dulse, Old Bay and salt to a medium pot, bring to boil, add the Tofu and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set the tofu aside with the liquid for 10 minutes. If storing the tofu with the liquid, the tofu will get a stronger sea flavor. Store in fresh vegetable broth if this is not desired. Store for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. 

3. Sautee(optional): Dredge the marinated tofu slices in the flour. Shake off excess flour. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the dredged Tofu and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for 2 minutes. Use in recipes or serve as is with lemon wedges. 

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Jul 24, 2017

new orleans vegan shrimp bbq

I've always wanted to try a New Orleans BBQ shrimp dish, but because the ingredients to one is so basic - shrimp, butter, spices and lemon - I was leery of giving it a go.

Then I got The Gentle Sea Cookbook by Skye Michael Conroy (the Gentle Chef) and had my excuse to drown homemade sea food in vegan butter.

This is not a review of the book, but I do have to say that I am loving the recipes from it, so far. I made the Whitefysh Filets for a visiting friend from Norway (who loves seafood) and he liked it! I was very thrilled because he is my daughter's friend (and therefore young) and therefore is quite opinionated about food, especially vegan food. Which means that he was exactly like my kids: a bit picky and not in love with vegetables.

As a quick overview of the book, Skye offers 7 sea foods (shrimp, lobster, whitefish, tuna, scallops, calamari, and clams). He also has a few recipes for caviar, lox and the like. In addition, the book has plenty of recipes for cooking with the sea food you create.

The recipes need a few odd ingredients, but they are available on Amazon, at the least: agar, glucomannan powder, pickling lime powder, kombu and wakame.

For my sandwich, I sauteed my shrymp in garlic oil and added white wine, broth, paprika and lemons. Once you have the shrimp, this is a super easy sandwich to make.

The bread is homemade 100% sourdough rolls (my son has IBS and Jo Stepaniak recommends this in her book Low-Fodmap and Vegan.), but if you don't have homemade rolls (no reason why not if you use my Fridge Dough recipe) get rolls that are crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.

In case you aren't ready to dive into making your own shrimp (it's actually very easy) then use seitan or cubed tofu. Baked tofu would be the best way to go, but I'm not picky - unlike young adult.

And then, you don't even have to make it into a po' boy - just use the bread to soak up the sauce as you dive into all the goodness.

New Orleans Vegan Shrimp BBQ
Serves 4 

2 tablespoons garlic oil (or olive oil)
16 to 20 (1-inch) vegan shrimp (I made my own using The Gentle Chef’s recipe)
1 teaspoon paprika
4 garlic cloves, minced (if not using garlic oil)
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup vegetable broth or seaweed broth
1/4 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce (preferably homemade)
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1 lemon, sliced
Fresh ground coarse black pepper
2 to 4 tablespoons vegan butter

4 crusty rolls, toasted first then split
Vegan mayonnaise
Tabasco sauce

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the vegan shrimp and cook until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes. Add the paprika and garlic, if using, and cook another minute. Add the wine and cook until evaporated. Add the broth, worcestershire sauce, scallions, oregano and lemon. Add plenty of black pepper and season with salt. Add the butter. 
2. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes.
3. Toast the bread, split it almost through, add mayo, shrimp with some sauce and scallions. Pass the tabasco at the table. 

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