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Banana Blossom Vegan Fish
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Banana Blossom Vegan Fish

This Vegan Fish made with Banana Blossoms is life-changing - especially if you thought that you would never eat anything tastes like fish again! The soft and flaky texture of the banana flowers is perfect as the base! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 fish*
Calories 160kcal
Author Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan

Ingredients

Flour Mixture

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

Batter

  • 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
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the banana blossoms. 
  • 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 banana blossoms 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 banana blossoms 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 banana blossoms onto a kitchen paper to remove excess oil. Serve with tartar sauce, fries, and mashed peas, for example. Add fresh dill on top and squeeze with lemon juice. 

Notes

*With how many vegan fish pieces you will end up, depends on how many banana blossoms are in the can. I've had 4 large ones, 2 smaller ones, and then used parts of the banana blossoms that fell off during the process to make 2 additional pieces.
Tips:
  • The vegan fish will taste a lot fishier if you add dill and lemon juice on top, and when it's served with typical sides for fish e.g. tartar sauce, potatoes or mashed peas.
  • You can re-use the frying oil. Let it cool off completely, then pour it through a strainer to remove small bits and crumbs. Fill it in a bottle and store it at room temperature. You can use it for approx. 3 times!
  • Can I make the batter gluten-free? You can use rice flour or chickpea flour instead to make it gluten-free.
  • Can you bake/air-fry the banana blossom fish instead of frying? You can probably do that BUT you will have to make the batter thicker so that it sticks better to the banana blossoms.
  • Can I use fresh banana blossom instead? Check out Vegan Miam's post on how to prepare fresh banana blossoms because not all parts are edible.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 33mg | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1.5mg