Vegan seafood - huh?! That is what is on Sophie's Kitchen's website and is exactly what everyone is thinking. How does one make vegan seafood that tastes authentic? By using Konjac - elephant yam root, that's how. This root has been used by the Japanese for centuries as a high source of fiber with very few calories. Using this root, Sophie's Kitchen has created sustainable vegan seafood products that taste great.
I already tried the calamari and fish fillets, both of which I loved. This time, Zach and I decided to try the breaded vegan shrimp. We wanted to serve the shrimp with cocktail sauce so we found a great sauce made by Wine Country Kitchens in Napa Valley. Beware -- many cocktail sauces contain fish products so be sure to look for a vegetarian sauce.
When we got home, we thawed the shrimp, then placed them on a baking sheet and baked them according to the instructions. The shrimp are made of the konjac powder along with potato starch, paprika, agave nectar, sea salt, cargeenan, alginate from seaweed, and calcium hydroxide. The breading is made of buckwheat, oat, barley, millet, and flaxseed. They are all-natural and contain no artificial ingredients.
We served them cocktail style in little martini glasses with cocktail sauce in the middle. The result was delicious breaded vegan shrimp paired with a horseradish-based cocktail sauce that would please any crowd. The texture was similar to the calamari, but with the shape and color of shrimp. And I really thought it tasted like shrimp. Zach said it was similar, but not exactly the same. Well, that is to be expected. What a great alternative and a great way to have the taste of shrimp without the cruelty!
What do they look like without the breading? I stripped one down so you could see.
I am such a big fan of Sophie's Kitchen's products that I am beginning to feel like I should be paid for marketing for them! Eh, I get my satisfaction from sharing my experiences with my readers. I hope you have the chance to try the shrimp as well. I have not been able to find it in my area, but it is currently available in northern California. For more information on where to find these products, check here.