Vegan Calamari with Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli Dip

Vegan Calamari with Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli Dip

I guess you can say I have a little obsession with being able to prove to my friends and family anything they can eat, I can make Vegan! I used to love seafood, I am originally from New England, so it only makes sense. Duh! I am happy that I no longer contribute to the pain and suffering of animals of the sea. Once I transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle I started to learn more and more just how horrible the fish and other living creatures of the sea have been treated. Not only that but the health of myself and my family, was a huge factor. Have you ever seen how the fish gets from the sea to your plate? Everything in between those two points is nauseating. I couldn’t do it any longer, once I knew the process.

This tasty appetizer or main dish {if you decide to keep it all to yourself that is}, is the perfect cruelty-free option for that fried up seafood replacement!


Add some oil to a small pot on medium high heat. Let it get hot enough so you’ll be ready to fry once your “Calamari” is coated in the flour mixture.

Breading & Frying the Vegan “Calamari”:

To start, prepare the flour station. In a small bowl, add in the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, old bay seasoning, garlic powder and sea salt.

Whisk the ingredients together so it’s fully distributed throughout the flour.

Next, drain your hearts of palm. DO NOT dry them.

Now, slice the hearts of palm into ½” pieces. Gently remove the inside circles. They should just pop out. 

Toss the somewhat wet slices into the flour mixture and be sure to fully coat on all sides. Tap the excess flour off into the bowl.

Add the flour coated “Calamari” to the hot oil and let it fry just long enough to brown it. It can be between golden-a medium dark brown. You don’t want to fry it too long because they will burn very fast.

Preparing the Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli Dip:

Now, prepare your dip. In a small dish, add the vegan mayonnaise, freshly squeezed lemon juice, chopped parsley, drained capers, olive oil and minced garlic.

Be sure to thoroughly mix together all of the ingredients. You want everything to be distributed evenly so you get the full flavors from each ingredient used.

Plate and serve your Vegan “Calamari” with the Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli.


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Vegan Calamari with Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli Dip
A cruelty-free, vegan option for the perfect “seafood” replacement as an appetizer!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli Dip:
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli Dip:
Instructions
  1. Add some oil to a small pot on medium high heat. Let it get hot enough so you’ll be ready to fry once your “Calamari” is coated in the flour mixture.
Breading & Frying the Vegan “Calamari”:
  1. To start, prepare the flour station. In a small bowl, add in the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, old bay seasoning, garlic powder and sea salt. Whisk the ingredients together so it’s fully distributed throughout the flour.
  2. Next, drain your hearts of palm. DO NOT dry them. Now, slice the hearts of palm into ½” pieces. Gently remove the inside circles. They should just pop out. TIP: you can save these for a different recipe!
  3. Toss the somewhat wet slices into the flour mixture and be sure to fully coat on all sides. Tap the excess flour off into the bowl.
  4. Add the flour coated “Calamari” to the hot oil and let it fry just long enough to brown it. It can be between golden-a medium dark brown. You don’t want to fry it too long because they will burn very fast.
Preparing the Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli Dip:
  1. Now, prepare your dip. In a small dish, add the vegan mayonnaise, freshly squeezed lemon juice, chopped parsley, drained capers, olive oil and minced garlic.
  2. Be sure to thoroughly mix together all of the ingredients. You want everything to be distributed evenly so you get the full flavors from each ingredient used.
  3. Plate and serve your Vegan “Calamari” with the Lemon-Garlic Caper Aioli.
Recipe Notes

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