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Artichoke Fish (Vegan)

The flaky texture of artichokes is perfect to make vegan fish. It’s super easy to make: The artichokes are battered, fried, and served with potatoes and vegan tartar sauce. It tastes so similar to real fish.

Vegan Artichoke Fish

Lately, I’ve been experimenting a lot with vegan seafood. Salmon was one of the hardest things for me to give up when going vegan, so sometimes I’m craving the flaky texture. I’m not craving the overfishing of the oceans and animal suffering, so I love to explore new vegan options. Most of the store-bought vegan seafood and fish products are not exactly… well, let’s face it … they are disgusting!

I prefer homemade vegan fish recipes. I’ve made Vegan Fish with Tofu (Tofish) and Banana Blossoms Fish before. Texturewise, I’d say that the Vegan Fish made with Banana Blossoms comes the closest to the original but Banana Blossoms are not always easy to find. So I want to provide an option that is much more accessible for anyone: Vegan Fish made with canned Artichokes.

For this recipe, I’m using canned artichokes in brine/water, not oil. I’d really recommend looking for oil-free artichokes because we are battering and frying the artichokes and that would be a bit too much oil.

Vegan Artichoke Fish

The flaky texture of artichokes is perfect for making vegan fish!

How to make Artichoke Fish

The ingredients

You’ll need:

  • artichokes (canned in brine/water – not oil)
  • for the flour mixture: flour, salt, nori, dill
  • for the batter: flour, salt, turmeric, pickle juice, caper brine (or more pickle juice), water, lemon juice
  • frying oil

The basic steps

Vegan Artichoke Fish
Step 1: Rinse and drain the artichokes. Prepare the flour mixture and batter.
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Step 2: Coat the artichokes in the flour mixture.
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Step 3: Dip the artichokes in the batter.
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Step 4: Fry until golden. Place it on a kitchen paper to remove excess oil.
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Serve the Artichoke Fish with…

Served with baked potato slices or wedges this vegan ‘fish’ makes quite an appearance. Don’t forget to add freshly squeezed lemon juice on top and sprinkle it with chopped dill. Makes it only better! :)

The perfect dip is of course: Vegan Tartar Sauce.

Do you know what also would be good with this vegan fish? Rice and peas or mashed peas! Anything you would serve with regular fish would be delicious with this cruelty-free, vegan alternative!

More Vegan Fish Recipes

I hope you will enjoy this ‘fish’ as much as I did! Let me know if you give it a try!

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Vegan Artichoke Fish

Artichoke fish

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan
The flaky texture of artichokes is perfect to make vegan fish. It’s super easy to make: The artichokes are battered, fried, and served with potatoes and vegan tartar sauce. It tastes so similar to real fish.
4.64 from 38 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 2 servings
Calories 439 kcal


  • 1 jar artichokes in brine/water (170g) about 15 pieces – quartered
  • frying oil

Flour Mixture

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon crushed nori


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine (or sub with more pickle juice)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water


  • Rinse and drain the artichokes.
  • In separate bowls, combine the ingredients for the flour mixture and whisk together the ingredients for the batter.
  • In a pot or wok, heat the frying oil. You’ll want enough so that the battered artichokes can swim in the oil but make sure you leave enough space in the pot/wok so that it doesn’t spill over.
  • Coat the artichokes in the flour mixture. Then dip them in the batter. Carefully lower them in the oil. Let them fry for about 4-5 minutes until golden brown, flipping them once. 
  • Transfer the fried artichokes onto a kitchen paper to remove excess oil. Serve with tartar sauce and potato wedges, for example. Add fresh dill on top and a squeeze of lemon. 


*With how many vegan fish pieces you will end up, depends on how many artichokes are in the jar. I’ve had about 15 pieces in mine = 170g of artichokes. My artichokes are quartered.


Calories: 439kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSodium: 1334mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 980IUVitamin C: 20.8mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 5mg
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Recipe Rating


Friday 22nd of March 2024

This was ok. Takes a lot of motivation for me to fry small items in a pan. I cut my thumb on the can of artichokes pretty deeply so my man took over and decided to batter then in the opposite order. Good times.


Sunday 3rd of March 2024

How important is the sparkling water? Can I use regular water?


Wednesday 13th of March 2024

You can! I think sparkling water just makes the batter a bit lighter - more like beer-battered, you know?


Tuesday 6th of June 2023

We tried these last night--they are so good! The Nori is such a smart addition to add the flavour of the sea. Thanks so much for the recipe. It was a nice treat for my son.


Monday 1st of August 2022

Great recipe. I tried it and my family loved it. Thanks


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Fish was the most difficult thing for me to give up before I made the switch to veganism. I finally did it but I am so glad for this recipe!