“Pseudo” Salmon for Valentine’s Day

Salmon is one of those elegant looking dishes often served on Valentine’s Day.  It is an impressive, romantic dinner recipe and a natural aphrodisiac. Ooh la, la! But what if you want the sophisticated look but still want to “save the fishy’s?” 

TRY VEGAN SALMON!

This recipe is made with fish-free tofu and includes the seaweed Nori to give it that fishy taste.  It is low in calories and saturated fat, high in fiber and protein too. It is an excellent source of calcium and iron!

I served it with a side of Lemon, garlic hearts of palm noodles and some fresh, crisp sauteed asparagus. I also topped it with leftover marinade sauce. Yum!

PLEASE NOTE: THE TOFU IS BEST MARINATED OVERNIGHT, SO YOU WANT TO START A DAY EARLY ON THIS. 

Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 1–15-ounce block of extra-firm tofu  
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 2 sheets of Nori edible seaweed – torn into pieces.
  • 1 slice of raw red beet, skin removed and chopped (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free vegan seafood seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • An additional sheet of nori to assemble the salmon.

Preparation

  1. Prepare the tofu by pressing it for at least 30 minutes. You can also use a tofu press if that is more convenient.  
  2. Once tofu is pressed, place it on a cutting board and cut it lengthwise into 5 salmon-sized pieces.
  3. Then with a small sharp knife, cut 1/8th inch diagonal cuts into the top of the tofu to make it look like flaky fish-like texture. Set tofu aside.
  4. For the marinade, add the broth, nori, beet, vinegar, miso, seafood seasoning and garlic powder to a blender and blend well. 
  5. Place the tofu into a medium size bowl.  Cover and mix thoroughly with the marinade sauce.  Be careful as tofu is fragile. Place it in the refrigerator overnight to really let the flavors meld and allow the color to saturate the tofu.
  6. Once the vegan salmon is marinated and you are ready to cook the recipe, preheat your oven to 400°. 
  7. Prepare a baking sheet. Cover with parchment paper and rub it with a splash of oil to keep the nori skin from sticking.
  8. Cut out nori strips that are the same size as the tofu. Dip them in marinade (so they stick to the tofu) and then attach them to the bottom of the tofu.
  9. Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes on each side. 
  10. Serve immediately with your favorite Valentine Day sides. 

You can also use an air-fryer if you want a crispier texture.

Heart Healthy Tip: This recipe provides less than 1/4th of your daily recommended amount for sodium, which isn’t too bad.  However, if you want to make it more heart beat friendly for your Valentine, replace the white miso paste with a less sodium version and use no to low sodium broth.  

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