Vegan Un-Lobster Roll

Even though it’s been cold and icky, sometimes I can only take so much comfort food before I start to crave more “summery” dishes. A staple of New England, the lobster roll came to my mind recently as just one of those yummy un-comfort summer foods that I was craving. I was a little weary of whether or not I could actually pull off a “fake fish” sandwich, but we were both pleasantly surprised that I managed to. Substituting tofu for fish, adding seaweed for a sea flavor, and Old Bay seasoning, it actually seemed like we were eating a fishy sandwich. Mission accomplished.

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What you’ll need: (Makes 4-5 sandwiches, depending on how packed you like them)

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package tofu, drained
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 large onion)
  • 1/4 cup Veganaise
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove roasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dried seaweed
  • 1/2 avocado to garnish (optional)
  • paprika for garnish (optional)

Start by draining your tofu for 15-20 minutes. While that’s draining, chop the celery and onion. I made them extra small to make sure there weren’t any giant pieces in the sandwich that felt out of place.

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When the tofu is drained, go ahead and cut it up into different bite-sizes. I tried to mimic the lobster a bit here rather than make perfect squares out of the tofu. Add the tofu and onions to the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Really sear the tofu and onions. After it’s seared, remove from heat and let it cool.

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Add the celery, roasted garlic clove, veganaise, seaweed and old bay spices to a bowl. (I used seaweed “snacks” – they’re usually found in small packages at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or any other health food store. Mix everything together until it’s well incorporated.

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When the tofu is cooled, add that to the veganaise mixture and stir until the tofu is well coated.

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Serve the tofu on a toasted whole wheat hot dog bun, add avocado if you like, and top with a little paprika for added red color. I also like to serve with some chips for the ultimate summer lunch feel.

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I’m all about full disclosure and I must say, there are some dishes I make that I will serve to meat and cheese eaters and they will enjoy. I’m not sure if this is one of them. If you’re a huge lobster fan, this is clearly not going to be the same as eating lobster. But for those of us who choose not to eat lobster, this is a great substitution that will cure a fish or lobster craving.

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10 responses to “Vegan Un-Lobster Roll

  1. I’m not vegan, so cheated and used Greek yogurt instead of the veganaise and it was delicious. Thanks.

  2. Pingback: 13 Traditionally Meaty Dishes That Are Totally Vegan | Doomos·

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