In the days of my youth, my parents would occasionally treat me to the only places that turned fish into a highly unhealthy meal choice, either Long John Silver’s or Captain D’s. I wonder what the D stood for? Anyway, I remember how delicious the batter was, as it sweated grease that turned whatever paper container it was in translucent, and if I was really lucky, the smiling food server would dump a pile of “crispies” in my bag for good measure, just in case the fish itself weren’t enough to ensure a heart attack by age forty. Nevertheless, I remember the fish being really good, and if you have a hankering for a much healthier but still very tasty version of this Long John’s or Captain’s fare, well Veganswashbuckler has a remedy for you, matey: Gardein Golden Fishless Filets!
Now, these are frozen and very authentic tasting, and the package may say something about baking being an optional cooking method. If you want to go down that path, I’m sure you’ll have a fine tasting result, but I’ve never done anything other than pan saute mine. When pan sauteing this and similar frozen items, I recommend using a tablespoon at least of oil and cooking over medium heat. To prevent getting oil all over your range top, I would put the oil in the pan, then your filet, then turn the burner on. This way the iciness thaws and splashing is much less than if you were to just stick a frozen filet in hot oil.
A great way to enjoy these beauties is in faux fish tacos. Here is how I recommend you go about doing this.
What you’ll need:
- Gardein Golden Fishless Filets, sauteed then sliced into strips (if you’re gluten-free, Sophie’s Kitchen makes a similar product that’s available in the freezer at Whole Foods)
- Soft tortillas, either corn or flour
- Shredded cabbage
- Cheddar or pepperjack Daiya
- Salsa, your favorite store bought brand or homemade
These are a breeze to make. If you want your Daiya to melt, you’ll want to throw your filet strips into the tortillas while still hot and add the Daiya right away. To assemble, simply cover your tortilla in a damp paper towel then nuke it for about 20 seconds to make it soft and easier to work with. Take it out of the microwave then pour some salsa down the center, top that with filet strips then Daiya, but don’t get too overzealous, as it will be impossible to eat if it’s overstuffed. Top that with shredded cabbage and cilantro then fold it over, and voila! Faux fish tacos that will satisfy any landlubber!