Monday, November 14, 2011

Follow Your Heart Vegenaise - Tofu Filet w/Tartar Sauce

Follow Your Heart's Vegenaise ® is a product that really changed the vegan world. It is one of the best vegan mayonnaises out there with an incredibly rich taste. They now make many types of Vegenaise ® including the Original, Organic, Grapeseed Oil, Reduced Fat, and Soy-Free.  All of the flavors use expeller pressed oils, which are extracted without the use of any of the solvents typically used in the production of most edible oils. I, personally, prefer the Grapeseed Vegenaise ® as I really enjoy its flavor. Grapeseed oil is one of the few natural foods known to raise HDL, aka the "good" cholesterol.

I was looking for an easy dinner to make tonight so I decided to make the Tofu Filet with Vegan Tartar Sauce recipe I found in the Follow Your Heart recipe handout.  This sandwich turned out to be pretty good. Unfortunately, the tofu filet never really browned as it should have because I opted to bake it on a non-stick pan not using oil. I would recommend that you use oil if you want it to brown. So, it wasn't as tasty as it should have been. The tartar sauce, however, was delicous! And, you could use this on any "fish" filet-type sandwich.

Tofu Filet
  • 1 pound extra firm tofu
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp kelp granules (found with other sea veggies)
  • Safflower oil
Tartar Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Vegenaise ® (I used Grapeseed flavor)
  • 4 tsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 4-8 whole wheat burger buns
  • 4-8 red leaf lettuce leaves
  • lemon wedges
Preheat the oven to 375-degrees. Rinse tofu, then slice lengthwise into 4 slices for the widest, longest pieces possible. Press the tofu slices thoroughly dry on paper towels. In a wide, flat bottomed glass casserole dish, mix together the bread crumbs, flour, onion powder, salt, and kelp. Pour a little oil into a separate bowl and, using a pastry brush, coat the tofu slices with oil, then dip into the breading mix, coating the tofu thoroughly.

Transfer to an oiled baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes on first side; turn over and bake an additional 7-10 minutes until nicely browned.

For the tartar sauce, mix the Vegenaise ®, relish, lemon juice, and cream of tartar together.

Once the tofu is done, cut the filets in half. To assemble each sandwich, put the tartar sauce on the bottom bun, place the tofu filet on top, then top with a lettuce leaf, and a squeeze of lemon juice, and more tartar sauce, if desired.

Cover with the top bun. Serve right away. And there you have it - tofu filet!

If you'd like a free jar of Vegenaise ® along with other great food products made by Follow Your Heart, you can enter for a chance to win a Vegan Made Easy kit by clicking here.


  1. YUM! That looks like the sandwich I had at Leaf. I definitely need to make this. :)

  2. I love Vegenaise, but rarely cook with it. I bought my first jar and have been looking for an easy recipe. This will work nicely for my first time. Thanks!

  3. Your first! Which one did you get? They make a bunch of different kinds. I've always gotten the grapeseed oil one and love it!

  4. Thanks for this tartar sauce recipe - I just tried it with some Sophie's Kitchen vegan fish fillets and it was really good! The fish fillets were a bit too tough but the tartar sauce was perfect!

  5. Awesome! Thanks for letting me know it worked out!