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This Vegan Fish made with Banana Blossoms is life-changing – especially if you thought that you would never eat anything that tastes like fish again! The soft and flaky texture of the banana flowers is perfect as the base!

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I’ve seen a couple of fishy recipes with banana blossoms on Pinterest and immediately knew that I wanted to give them a try. But I’ve never seen banana blossoms in the stores, so I thought it was one of the ingredients I would never get my hands on. You can probably guess how excited I was when I found a can of banana blossoms in brine at my local Asian grocery store. I almost freaked out.

For the preparation, I kind of followed the process of making tofish (fish made with tofu). The banana blossoms are tossed in a flour mixture, then dipped in a batter, and fried until golden brown. I’ve served them with Oven Baked Potato Slices and Tartar Sauce.

This is fishy dream come true! I’ve never had anything that tasted THAT MUCH like fish. The banana blossoms are the perfect base because they are soft and flaky.

Nori, lemon juice, and dillin the flour mixture and batter add the typical fishy flavors. I highly recommend making a tartar sauce to serve with this vegan fish. It’s so good!

What are Banana Blossoms?

Bananas on trees grow in clusters and at the end of the cluster, there’s a purple flower growing – this is known as the banana blossom (or banana blower or banana heart).

The petals are fleshy and soft and therefore PERFECT for vegan fish! For the recipe, we are using canned banana blossoms in brine.

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Where to buy Banana Blossoms?

I’ve found these canned Banana Blossoms in an Asian grocery store, but not all of them carry them. Most owners are really nice and stock up on them when there’s a demand, so it’s worth asking for them!

Until now, I’ve found canned banana blossoms in brine from two brands: AROY-D and CHAOKOH. I’ve found that the banana blossoms from AROY-D are in better shape (bigger pieces) and therefore better for making vegan fish but if you can only find the CHAOKOH ones, that’s okay, they will work too!

You can also order banana blossoms on Amazon.

How to make Vegan Fish out of Banana Blossoms

You’ll need:

  • banana blossoms
  • 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
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See the different layers? Banana Blossoms are perfect to make vegan fish! But if you can’t find banana blossoms, this artichoke fish recipe is a good alternative.

Serve the banana blossom vegan fish with…

  • vegan tartar sauce
  • oven-baked potato slices

Banana Blossom Vegan Fish FAQ

What to do with all the leftover oil?

After frying, let the oil cool off completely. Then strain it (to remove small pieces) and pour it into a bottle to use it the next time. I usually use the oil 4-5 times if it’s not too dark.

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 more to the banana blossoms. Bake it at 350°F/180°C for about 10 minutes.

Where can I buy banana blossoms?

You can find canned banana blossoms in (some) Asian markets. Sometimes even health food stores carry banana blossoms. The third option is to order it online.

Do you have any more questions? Put them in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them all!

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Banana Blossom Vegan Fish

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan

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!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 20 minutes mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine Vegan

Servings 8 fish*

Calories 160 kcal

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 325mgPotassium: 33mgVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1.5mg

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FAQs

What is banana blossom the next vegan food star with the texture of fish? ›

Banana blossoms are an edible flower that grow at the end of a bunch of bananas. Their petals are layered, and many liken the tender, flaky texture to that of cooked fish. If you've ever cooked with young green jackfruit, the texture is a bit similar!

Can you use banana blossom instead of jackfruit? ›

If you enjoy eating jackfruit like BBQ pulled pork, your mind is about to be blown by the next big plant-based meat alternative for fish: banana blossoms.

What does a banana blossom taste like? ›

It is traditionally cooked in South East Asian cuisine, where it is added to soups, curries and salads. Although it grows from bananas, it does not taste like bananas; instead it's flavour is quite mild and more similar to artichokes.

What is vegan fish and chips made of? ›

Vegan fish and chips made from artichoke hearts and hearts of palm which is battered and then fried. I opted for sparkling water so this one doesn't have any beer in the batter but the batter is just as delicious and light!

Does banana blossom taste like meat? ›

Unlike the sweet banana fruit, the flowers offer a mild to neutral taste, making them an ideal vegetarian alternative to fish, absorbing flavors from other ingredients in the recipe and mimicking the flaky texture of some fish.

What is a substitute for banana blossoms? ›

Banana Blossoms are perfect to make vegan fish! But if you can't find banana blossoms, this artichoke fish recipe is a good alternative.

What is the difference between banana flower and banana blossom? ›

You must peel off the outer layers to reveal the edible portion of this beautiful flower, which consists of the florets and the core (heart). You can then use the outer petals, which typically aren't eaten, as serving plates. This delicious bloom is also known as banana blossom or banana heart.

Does banana blossom need to be cooked? ›

The inner peach-pink core of the blossom is what's typically cooked. Since it's quick to oxidize and turn brown, raw banana blossom should be placed in cold water with a bit of salt or vinegar after chopping or shredding. (If you're using canned blossoms, they will come pre-cut or pre-shredded.).

Can you eat banana blossom raw? ›

Banana blossom can be eaten raw, but if you are wanting a softer, fleshier texture, the cooked variety in the tin (that we can buy) will give you the best results.

How long does banana blossom last in the fridge? ›

The results revealed that banana florets remained fresh for 3 days when packed in non ventilated poly propylene 40 micron bag under ambient and refrigerated storage.

Why is my banana blossom bitter? ›

The bitterness is partially due to oxidation and enzymatic browning wherever the flower is bruised or cut (similar to blackening of the banana skin). To avoid this, minimise exposure of any cuts to the air by placing in boiling water (a bit of lemon juice won't hurt either!) to break down the enzymes.

Is banana blossom hard to digest? ›

Digestive Health: Banana flowers are rich in dietary fiber, promoting healthy digestion, preventing constipation, and supporting overall gut health.

What is a vegan that eats fish called? ›

By that definition, a pescatarian is someone who chooses to eat a vegetarian diet, but who also eats fish and other seafood. It's a largely plant-based diet of whole grains, nuts, legumes, produce and healthy fats, with seafood playing a key role as a main protein source. Many pescatarians also eat dairy and eggs.

What is a fish vegan called? ›

Pescatarians have a lot in common with vegetarians. They eat fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, eggs, and dairy, and stay away from meat and poultry. But there's one way they part company from vegetarians: Pescatarians eat fish and other seafood.

Why are potato chips not vegan? ›

Some of the most common ingredients that can make potato chips non-vegan include dairy products like milk, cheese, cream, and buttermilk. You should also be on the lookout for “Natural Flavors,” which may or may not be made using animal products.

What is the food that looks like a fish? ›

Taiyaki (鯛焼き, lit. 'baked sea bream') is a Japanese fish-shaped cake, commonly sold as street food. It imitates the shape of tai (鯛, red sea bream), which it is named after.

Does banana blossom taste like chicken? ›

Typically used in stews, salads and curries in South East Asia, banana blossom is gaining popularity in Western vegan cooking for its ability to replicate the flaky texture of meat. It has a neutral taste, which absorbs the flavours of what it's paired with.

Is banana blossom good for you? ›

Banana blossoms contain significant potassium, calcium, as well as vitamins A, C, and E apart from powerful flavonoids like quercetin and catechin. These can alleviate joint discomfort, increases bone mineral density, and reduce osteocalcin levels thus preventing chances of osteoporosis.

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