5 vegan alternatives to seafood to watch out for
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Basic meat substitutes, such as burgers, have become widely available. Today, attention is turning to vegan alternatives to seafood, a change driven by a global drive to reduce commercial fishing.
The global alternative seafood industry has grown by 23 percent in 2020. It is expected to reach $ 1.3 billion over the next 10 years. Both restaurants and direct-to-consumer brands are targeting the vegan seafood trend. With Veganuary well underway, popular chains have announced and reminded consumers of their seafood substitutes. Supermarket refrigerators and freezers are also increasingly filled with animal-free ingredients.
Here are five vegan alternatives to seafood you should know, find, and try:
1. Wagamama fish and chips
Tempura F-ish + Bang Bang Yaki-imo is a Japanese version of the traditional fish and chips. It’s served on newspaper and is the latest addition to the chain’s 50% plant-based menu. Soy, rice and pea protein were used to create the fish fillet, which is breaded in tempura. Pieces of sweet potatoes coated with firecracker sauce replace standard chips. Accompaniments include mushy edamame in place of peas, katsu curry sauce, and pickles.
“We wanted to both surprise and delight our vegan fans, while also allowing our meat-loving guests to try this vegan’s plants,” Steve Mangleshot, global chef at Wagamama, said in a statement. The dish is available for one month at all Wagamama locations in the UK.
2. Jinka’s vegetable squids
California Alternative Seafood Company Jinka has just unveiled its new pre-cooked vegetable squid. Representing a potential world first, the prepared product debuted at a trade show. Tempura breaded rings are believed to be a freezer product. The company claims that they offer an identical taste and texture to squid of animal origin. The product contains protein and omega-3s.
The packaging displays non-GMO labeling but it is not yet known about the ingredients. The official launch date has not yet been confirmed. When they go on sale, the squid will join Jinka’s tuna and crab product lines.
3. Good Catch Salmon Burgers
Philadelphia Headquarters Good catch developed and launched a first salmon burger on the market. It will be distributed by UNFI, one of the largest wholesale grocery operations in North America. The creation of a salmon burger is a response to research supported by the company. She found that 30% of American seafood consumers buy salmon every month. It’s the most eaten fish in the United States, with tuna.
Good Catch has revealed that each burger has 16 grams of protein and is produced entirely in the United States. The brand entered the Singapore market last year.
4. BettaF! Sh TU-NAH Pizza
Based in Berlin BettaF! Sh announced its first launch in 2022. Its TU-NAH frozen pizza will be available at ALDI Germany from mid-January. The red onion, tomato and TU-NAH dish is the latest innovation from BettaF! Sh and is the result of a partnership with ALDI Switzerland. The 225 stores nationwide now stock three TU-NAH sandwiches.
The rollout of take-out sandwich options in Denmark is slated for spring 2022.
5. YO! Sushi’s current vegan fare
Global channel YO! Sushi hasn’t released anything new this Veganuary. He actively reminds plant eaters that he has taken care of them for a long time. Instead of the traditional sashimi, nigiri, maki, and uramaki, vegan diners have options. Inari pockets and tofu tacos are popular, as are avocado-based yasai rolls. The shitake mushroom ramen is an easy swap for the two traditional fish-based ones. Kaiso seaweed gives a taste of the ocean, and pumpkin katsu curry rivals the traditional shrimp option.
Stakeholders are wondering if the development of realistic alternatives to vegan seafood could lead to new YOs! Sushi menu developments in the near future. Other sushi companies are using new developments, so it doesn’t seem like a stretch to assume the same from YO! Sushi.
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