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Fish Substitutes

Check out these fish-friendly options and get ready to make a positive change for our underwater friends and the ocean!

Gardein Fishless Filets

There’s nothing fishy about these fillets! A sustainable alternative to fish that contains omega-3s and leaves out the cholesterol – talk about the best catch ever! Find them in your local supermarket’s frozen food aisle for a quick and easy meal.

Banana Blossom

Jackfruit has met its match! Also known as a banana heart, these are the flowers that grow at the end of banana clusters on banana trees. Used in traditional Asian and Indian recipes, banana blossom has a flaky, chunky texture making it a fantastic fish-substitute. Banana blossoms are rich in vitamins and minerals and possess antioxidant properties. Not only are they good for you – they’re also super easy to prepare. Drain and rinse a can to make battered fish-free fillets or saute them for a healthy stir-fry.


Finely chopped and marinated tofu works as the perfect fish alternative. Be it fried or baked, placed in a curry or soup, or simply wrapped in a nori roll – anything you can do with fish, you can do with tofu better!

Smashed-Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Sandwich

For a cheap, easy and protein-packed fish-swap, you can’t beat the humble chickpea. Drain and rinse a can, mash and mix in with your favourite dressing (or try the vegan tartar sauce recipe below). Pair with salad ingredients or in a sandwich and voilà!

Vegan Tartar Sauce Recipe
Mix together:
1 cup vegan mayo
1 dill pickle (finely chopped)
1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
1 dollop of mustard

Quorn Fish Free Fingers

Choosing kinder alternatives to fish doesn’t mean you have to miss out on old favourites! These fish-free fingers are an easy go-to and it’s great knowing they’re low in saturated fats.


Available in a variety of flavours, Tuno is a delicious plant-based tuna alternative. Making ocean-friendly sandwiches, pasta or salads easier than ever – this seafood substitute is a game changer!

Check out some delicious fish-friendly recipes!

Sushi Salad
Salt & Pepper Tofu
Lemon Pepper Cashew Cutlets
Quinoa Sushi

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