It’s the year 2022, and yes, there are now vegan salmon fillets – but are they any good?
It’s exactly what we wanted to see, beaming off the shelf, at a “big Tescos” that we visited in Warwickshire: 100% plant-based salmon fillets.
Dutch brand, Vivera, are the makers of the new salmon, which excited us as they make pretty decent vegan products usually.
On paper this new product is a bit of a game changer as they retail at £3 in Tesco, which is cheaper than actual salmon!
Made up of wheat protein, they also contain omega 3 fatty acids (just like eating real fish, but plant-based obviously).
Watch our real-time experience of cooking & trying the salmon in the video below
Our Cooking Experience With The New Salmon
We aren’t ones for following cooking instructions religiously, so we went with the classic 200 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes – and they came out great.
You may or may not know that we live in a converted campervan, so convenience & space is always on our mind. In that respect, we bought some roast-in-a-tray potatoes also from Tesco to get the meal started.
Once the potatoes were over half-way cooked, we added some tenderstem broccoli and on top, and both of the salmon fillets, with hope that some salmony juices might flavour up the potatoes underneath.
When all was cooked and ready for plating, we were amazed by how all the food before us looked – it took us right back to pre-vegan days.
The salmon looked, cooked and behaved like fish. It slightly browned on the edges, oozed salmony type juices and was really flaky. Show it to a non-vegan, or anyone, and we are sure they would assume it was salmon.
Make A Simple Vegan Tofu Hollandaise
We aren’t going to give you a specific recipe here, as we don’t have one to hand, but here is the concept to make your own vegan Hollandaise sauce out of silken tofu.
- In a bowl or pan, add one carton of silken tofu.
- Add the fresh juice from half a lemon, and a pinch of these ingredients: turmeric (for colour), black pepper, smoked paprika, mustard powder, salt, kala namak (if you have it, although not essential), and two tablespoons of nutritional yeast.
- Whizz the whole lot up in a blender until smooth (our battery powered blender ran out of power half way through whizzing, but that’s van life for you)
- Warm through the sauce you have just made in a pan. Feel free to add more pepper or lemon juice depending on your tastes.
It Looks Like Salmon, But Does It Taste Like Salmon?
The taste was like fish, but we weren’t 100% convinced it was specifically like salmon. By taste alone, you could probably sell it as a number of plant-based sea fish imitations. But to be honest with you, we didnt care as we loved it regardless.
Would we buy it again? Absolutely, in fact we are talking about having a fake fish Friday each week, with this product being a regular participant – especially as we baked the whole meal in one foil tray.