Salmon is often seen as an essential part of the menu at Christmas time, but did you know that there are many meat-free, vegan alternatives that you can have instead? With the launch of our salmon farming campaign this year, we thought we would share with you some alternatives to salmon that you can find this Christmas!
Head to the shops…
You can find vegan salmon in the shops, or online. V-bites do fish-free smoked salmon slices, which you can couple with vegan cream cheese to make a tasty bagel, or use it to make a Christmas starter. There is also now a London-based brand called f-ish which has just launched and provides a vegan alternative to salmon; with two flavours: original, and dill and lemon. Whilst currently this can only be found in London, they are hoping to get postage sorted, so watch out for that (I certainly will be!).
You can also find more smoked salmon alternatives if you look further afield- Sophie’s Kitchen, based in the US, make smoked salmon, and they are also looking to launch vegan salmon pastrami too. Excitingly, it has just been announced that smoked salmon by Sophie’s Kitchen will be available in Sainsbury’s from January next year- a bit too late for Christmas, but still one to look out for in the new year!
The French start-up Odontella has also created vegan salmon using micro-algae. It’s great to see so many companies looking to develop their own vegan version of salmon.
… Or make your own!
If none of these alternatives appeal to you- then how about making your own vegan salmon? There are lots of recipes online that can help you to do this- with most of them using tomato or carrot. To create vegan salmon this way, you cut the carrot or tomato into strips, then marinate it in things like miso paste, liquid smoke, soy sauce and nori to give it flavour.
What are your thoughts?
What do you think- will you be trying any of these this Christmas? Or do you have any alternative that you would like to share with us? Please let us know- we’d love to hear them!
And don’t forget to sign our petition calling for a moratorium on planned expansion of the salmon farming industry in Scotland, until key welfare issues are addressed and that salmon living on farms in Scotland can be guaranteed to have good lives worth living.
Vegan salmon- not just for Christmas!
If you are still interested in trying vegan alternatives past Christmas, you could get involved with Veganuary! This is a challenge where those involved go vegan throughout January. If you are interested in getting involved then check out their website, or read through some of our blog posts from last year, when one of our staff members, Zoya, took on the challenge!