Move Over Fake Meat, It’s Time for Veggie Seafood

Here are six companies bringing you animal-free fish products, from tomato-based sushi to “Fysh Sauce”

Fishless filets are on the rise. (Gardein)
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All at once, it seems, faux meat has gone from the back freezer of the health food store to the front display case at your local Walmart. From the so-real-it-bleeds Beyond Burger to vegan “chicken” at KFC to the plant-based Omnipork taking Asia by storm, mock meat is having its moment in the sun. Swimming up just behind it is artificial seafood, poised for a boom any minute. With overfishing threatening marine ecosystems worldwide, vegetarian substitutes make sense for sustainability. Here are some of the most interesting—and potentially tasty—faux fish products on the market or in the works.

Counterfeit Crab

Meatless meat giant Gardein makes its “crabless cakes” out of textured wheat protein. Their fried “fishless filets” wouldn’t look out of place in a fish and chips shop, either.  

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