Looking for the best vegan shrimp options? Well, you’re in luck! This is the ultimate guide to plant-based shrimp! We have a whole assortment of suggestions for you, from some of the best vegetarian shrimp brands to vegan shrimp recipes totally worth making. Whether you prefer your ethical and sustainable shrimp to be made with tofu, mushrooms, or konjac, we’re willing to bet that there’s just the right kind of out there for you!
Do you ever yearn for the day where you devour a huge tray of vegan shrimp with cocktail sauce, sitting poolside without a care in the world? Yes, you say? Great! While we can’t guarantee that you’ll get to enjoy these delicious vegetarian shrimp recipes by a pool on a sunny day, we can help make at least one part of that scenario a reality. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best recipes for plant-based shrimp and would encourage you to try them all! From tofu to mushrooms, there are many ways to make shrimp out of plants!
What’s Wrong With Shrimp?
When it comes to shrimp, there are several important ethical and environmental factors to consider.
- Organic waste
- Loss of biodiversity
Organic waste, chemicals, and antibodies from shrimp farms can quickly pollute groundwater or coastal estuaries. The pollution from these farms can result in loss of coastal biodiversity, which is essential for a healthy ecosystem. Wild caught shrimp often involves bycatch—the incidental capture of non-target species such as dolphins, marine sea turtles and seabirds.
Raw shrimp also often contains a bacterium called Vibrio, which attaches itself to the shells of shrimp and other shellfish—gross! Why support this harmful industry when you can enjoy delicious and cruelty-free shrimp instead?
Best Vegan Shrimp Brands
We understand that it may be daunting to try and replicate the taste and texture of shrimp all on your own! If store-bought is more your thing, then we’ve got you covered! Every year, it seems there is a new product for vegan shrimp on the market. Don’t live close by to a store with many vegan seafood options? Luckily many of these can be ordered online!
- All Vegetarian Meatless Shrimp
- BeLeaf Healthy 7-Ingredient Plant-Based Shrimp
- Lily’s Vegan Pantry Vegetarian Shrimp Balls and Rolls (order online)
- Loving Hut Fish-Free Shrimp (order online)
- New Wave Foods Soy-Free Veggie Shrimp (soon to be available at restaurants)
- Plant Based Seafood Co. Plant-Based Shrimp and Seafood
- Sophie’s Kitchen Soy-Free Shrimp (made from rice, potato starch, konjac, and seaweed)
- Vegan Zeastar Shrimp
What Is Vegan Shrimp Made Out Of?
But if they’re not made from shrimp, what are these plant-based shrimp alternatives made from? Well, there can be many options for making vegetarian shrimp!
Common ingredients include:
- Seaweed Extract
Best Vegan Shrimp Recipes
What’s tasty and crunchy and good all over? Why, this vegan coconut shrimp from health my lifestyle! Made from ingredients such as vital wheat gluten, tofu, miso, and coconut shreds, all you need is some time and an air fryer to form this vegan shrimp!
The not-so-secret ingredient to this vegan shrimp recipe by Very Vegan Val? Shrimp of the woods mushrooms! Some caution is to be taken when identifying these funky fungi but once you’re in the clear, you’ll love the sweet and savory flavors of this dish. And don’t worry, this recipe uses vegan honey!
Oyster Mushroom Shrimp (& Po’Boy Sandwich)
This recipe for a vegan shrimp is made from marvelous mushrooms—king oyster mushrooms! They are magical, aren’t they? This shrimp also goes beautifully in this vegan Po’ Boy recipe that will make all of your other sandwiches jealous! This vegan shrimp recipe calls for breadcrumbs and seasonings to get it nice and crunchy. Just add some sauce, lettuce, and tomato onto a roll and you’ll be in vegan food heaven!
How to Serve Up Plant-Based Shrimp?
Plant-based shrimp can make a fun addition to your existing vegan meals as well as a snack or meal of it’s own. Here are a few ways you can dish it up!
- A vegan salad topping
- Add to pasta (it’s delicious with this creamy fettuccini alfredo)
- In a sandwich (think beyond the classic Po’Boy)
- Make vegetarian shrimp cocktail
- Breaded shrimp served with tartar sauce
- On a skewer with veggies like red bell peppers and zucchini
- Chop and mix into a vegan jambalaya
There truly are plenty of vegan fish in the sea and we hope this vegan shrimp guide has informed and inspired you to give vegetarian shrimp options a try! Feel free to let us know some of your favorite plant-based shrimp recipes or brands in the comments below.
More Vegan Seafood Resources
- Vegan Seafood Guide
- Vegan DHA
- Seafood’s Dark Secret
- Vegan Tuna Fish Goes Mainstream
- What a Fish Knows
This guide was written by Amanda Meth and edited by Michelle Cehn. Photos by our vegan food blog contributors, shared with permission. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan. Although we love the brands mentioned above, this article is not sponsored by any of them!