Monday, August 24, 2009

Tofish and Chips

While some see August as the worst month of the year, I see it as simply a prelude to the greatness that is fall in Dallas.

Yes, it’s still 90+ outside, but there are faint glimmers of what is soon to come in September. Cooler weather, regular season football, and fried foods.

I took inspiration from a recipe I found for cornmeal breaded tofu and made it into a meal even Big Tex would be proud of. If you ever liked fried catfish, this is definitely something to check out.

I used the same breading the recipe called for, however, the base of the “tofish” I thought needed some modification. The easy mock tuna-salad I make uses garbanzo beans as the base, which to me, has a slightly fishy flavor – so I felt that was the key in taking this recipe to the next level.


  • 1 package extra-firm tofu
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 tbsp kelp granules
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds + 2 tbsp water
  • Soy-milk


  • Grind flax seeds into fine powder
  • Mix with water to make a sticky paste
  • In separate bowl, mash garbanzo beans well with a fork
  • Mix in crumbled well pressed tofu
  • Mix in kelp granules
  • Mix in flax seed paste
  • Form into bite-sized nuggets
  • dredge in soy-milk
  • coat in cornmeal mixture

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Cornmeal Mixture

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1 tsp cajun spice (or chili powder)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste (after frying)


Fry these up in some canola oil, and you have yourself some tasty tofish bites that rivals any of the fried food the State Fair dishes out.




Enjoy these with some vegan tarter sauce, fries, and a cold British ale, and you have yourself one happy reminder of the great times ahead in September and beyond!



Jen said...

i believe this will be on my fried foods cravings list the next time i get a hankerin'. thanks for the muse!

Eddie G said...

These look amazing, Jamey!

Jamey said...

Yeah Jen, they were definitely good for a fried indulgence - especially if you like cornmeal-based fried goodies (I should have experiemented with vegan hush-puppies, come to think of it!).

Oh, and BTW - if you don't want to use all of the 'tofish' for frying, it made a great base for mock tuna-salad that I've enjoyed the past couple of days as well!

eyeawry said...

I've made similar, only I was good and baked them instead of fried. ;) The recipe I used was from the Vegan Lunchbox cookbook:

Kit Chen said...

Is Harp vegan? I found one list that says it is, but by most accounts Guinness (its parent brewer) is not a vegan-friendly outfit.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Woah. That cornmeal batter looks killer!