Meatless Monday: “Fish” Tacos and Mexican Quinoa

When I first tried Gardein’s fishless filets the other day, I wanted to put my plate down and give them a standing O. They were that good. Gardein absolutely nailed it with their vegan recipe that replicates fish sticks. Which, by the way, I cannot say fish sticks without thinking of that South Park episode (click on the image below to watch the clip, and if you have time, I highly suggest watching the entire episode). I know, I’m an immature teenager at heart.


Anyway, when I tried out the fishless filets, I thought about how I could make fish tacos out of them – a dish I was obsessed with before I became vegan. I scoured the internet to find a recipe that replicated the fish tacos I used to make with slaw on top and a cream sauce.

Vegan Fish Tacos

I found a fish taco recipe from the blog Homemade Levity, however I wound up just using the slaw mix recipe because the chipotle cream sauce came out too liquidy for me (possibly because I used a blender and not a food processor to make it). With the slaw mix, I also had to drain the excess liquid before serving. My adapted recipe is below. I also found a fish taco sauce that I veganized and changed the ingredients. My version is below, and the original recipe can be found on the website.

I made the “fish” tacos for our friends the other week, and I paired it with this amazing recipe called One Pan Mexican Quinoa. I added a red and a green bell pepper, summer squash, zucchini, and an onion. It turned out delicious and was super easy to make.

Fish Tacos

I found the Gardein fishless filets at my local King Soopers (part of the Kroger grocery chain for my Atlanta friends and family). So, what are you doing still reading this? Go out and get this product and try them out! You’re welcome.

Gardein Fish Tacos

Gardein “Fish” Tacos

Serves 2



  • 1 10oz package of Gardein Fishless Filets
  • 6 small corn tortillas

Pickled Cabbage

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • dash of garlic salt
1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red onion, thinly sliced

Chipotle Cream

  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp Vegenaise, or any vegan mayo
  • 1/4 cup Tofutti sour cream, or any vegan sour cream
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce from can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • dash of both cumin and Mrs. Dash southwest chipotle seasoning

Optional garnish on tacos: fresh cilantro, guacamole, salsa, lime wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare Gardein filets according to package instructions, cooking 10-12 minutes per side.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, agave nectar, and garlic salt. Stir in cabbage and red onion and let sit at least 20 minutes in the fridge. (The longer the cabbage marinades, the better. Also, I would drain the liquid before serving.)
  3. In a small bowl, combine vegan sour cream, vegan mayo, adobo sauce, garlic, lime, and dried spices. Stir until all ingredients are blended.
  4. Cut each of the cooked filets in 3-4 lengthwise strips.
  5. Warm tortillas in microwave following instructions on package.
Place 2-4 filet strips on each of six tortillas. Place two tablespoons of the cabbage mixture and a dollop of the chipotle cream on each of the filets.
  7. Top with any of the optional garnishes and serve warm.

This recipe was inspired by the blog Homemade Levity

3 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: “Fish” Tacos and Mexican Quinoa

  1. Pingback: Vegan News You Can Use 8/3/15 - JL goes Vegan

  2. Hi Alison,

    Just listened to you & JL on easy vegan. I do a similar ‘fish’ taco using the Gardein fish sticks, but instead of your chipotle sauce, I use what has become a staple in my fridge: the caesar salad dressing from Veganomicon with the addition of a shake of cayenne & a strip of nori – so easy to whirl up in the blender. I also use a box of firm silken tofu, which they do not recommend, but works for me……….Cheers, Gail

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