Ocean banana blossom – vegan fish substitute

This is my own recipe for Ocean Banana Blossom AKA vegan fish! I experimented with different flours and flavours to create the perfect batter coating. Have you ever wondered what to cook a vegan instead of fish? Look no further! This is wonderful with french fries, mayonaise and fresh lemon. Keep a can of banana blossom in the cupboard for a quick and easy, tasty alternative to fish.

ocean banana blossom

Ocean Banana Blossom

A good vegan substitute for fried fish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • mixing bowl
  • Frying pan
  • whisk


  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 1 cup gram (chickpea) flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 sheets Nori paper
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 can banana blossom (usually containes four sections)


  • Shred or chop the nori paper into small pieces
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl EXCEPT the banana blossom
  • Add water slowly until you have a pourable batter
  • Carefully drain the delicate banana blossom and place on kitchen paper
  • Gently place the blossom in the batter and spoon over mixture until covered.
  • Heat cooking oil ready for deep frying
  • Gently place the blossom pieces one by one into the hot oil.
  • Fry until golden.
  • Drain on kitchen paper, and sprinkle with a little salt.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword banana blossom, vegan

I created all these recipes to feed a non vegan in my household. I only cook food I know everyone will enjoy. My son pestered me to write down my recipes, so here I am sharing them on YouTube, TikTok and Instagram. Ocean Banana Blossom can be eaten in a sandwich, dipped in soy sauce and eaten with rice or on top of some delicious fresh herb mash, as in the video above.

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There are so many amazing alternatives to meat, fish, dairy and eggs. A plant based diet is good for you, your heart and our beautiful planet.

Now…cook off!

Gail x


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