Mouth-Watering Vegan Shrimp Recipe for You

Hear me, o ye who love savory dishes, for I bring forth a recipe that may seem improbable, but rest assured, it is both delicious and ethical. Behold, my friends, the vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe.

Although shrimp is a popular seafood item that many people enjoy, the treatment of shrimp and other marine creatures in the commercial fishing industry leaves much to be desired. It is said that up to 90 percent of global marine stocks are overfished, and it’s not just the fish populations that suffer. Countless marine animals are caught as bycatch in nets or on hooks, including turtles, dolphins, sharks, and even whales.

But have no fear – with this plant-based recipe, you can enjoy all the flavors of shrimp without contributing to these cruel practices. This dish is not only kind to marine life but also nutritionally balanced and easy to prepare.

I invite you to join me on this culinary journey as we delve into the ingredients list and learn how to recreate this seafood favorite with a vegan twist.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan & Vegetarian Shrimp
Vegan & Vegetarian Shrimp

Oh, dearest reader, let me implore thee to verily consider the wondrous merits of this vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe! I do declare this dish to be a true treasure, an epicurean delight that shall satisfy both thy cravings and thy conscience.

For those seeking to lead a plant-based lifestyle without sacrificing the taste of the sea, this recipe shall surely please. The vegan shrimp made from king oyster mushrooms and gluten flour is a remarkable achievement in culinary engineering, rivaled only by the savory sweet potato puree that serves as a perfect accompaniment to the dish’s spices. The combination of garlic powder, paprika, and Old Bay seasoning creates a harmonious yin-yang balance of flavors that will leave thy palate tingling with pleasure.

Indeed, this recipe will delight both the discerning foodie and the compassionate soul looking to avoid harm to animals. It is not simply a matter of ethics but also of taste – for these vegan shrimps are truly like real shrimp, without any barbarous cruelty involved in their production.

In sum, if thou desirest a meal that art both glamorous and guilt-free – then look no further! This vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe shall truly tempt and tantalize thee with its abundance of flavors and textures. So go on, give it a try – I am certain you will not be disappointed.

Ingredient List

 Get hooked on these vegan
Get hooked on these vegan “shrimp” with the same flavor and texture as the real thing!

Here are the ingredients you will need for this plant-based shrimp recipe:

For the Vegan & Vegetarian Shrimp:

  • 1 ½ cups of king oyster mushrooms, cut into bite-sized pieces that resemble shrimp
  • 1 cup of gluten flour
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet potato puree
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 mushroom stalks, finely sliced

For the Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons of Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

For Frying:

  • 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil
  • Non-stick pan

For Serving:

  • Lemon wedges

Note: If you can’t find king oyster mushrooms, try oyster mushrooms or any other type of mushroom with a meaty texture. Also, when measuring the sweet potato puree, pack it firmly into the tablespoon.

The Recipe How-To

 Ready to dive into a plant-based seafood experience?
Ready to dive into a plant-based seafood experience?

Now that you have all the ingredients listed, let’s embark on the transformation journey from a mere list of items to a flavorful dish. In this section, we will go over the detailed recipe how-to steps that you can easily follow along with.

Step 1: Preparing the Vegan Shrimp

We’ll start by preparing vegan shrimp. Mix together 1 cup of gluten flour and ½ cup of soy milk until combined. Divide it into small pieces and shape it into shrimps. You can make them small or large based on your preference. Voila! Our base is ready!

Step 2: Preparing the Spice Blend

In a separate bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of the famous Old Bay seasoning and mix well to create the perfect seafood spice blend!

Step 3: Preparing the King Oyster Mushroom

Take King Oyster Mushroom and cut off 1-2 inches from its cap. Cut its cap in stripes to make an oyster-like shape. Then, use mushroom stalks to create that classic curved tail-like appearance. Slice it up!

Step 4: Cooking Time!

Now let’s add some flavors! Start by heating some non-stick oil in a pan over medium heat. Add prepared vegan shrimp and sliced king oyster mushrooms to the pan and cook for about one minute on each side until they are golden brown. Once done, remove them from the pan.

Step 5: Making It More Flavorful

Using the same pan, add one tablespoon of toasted sesame oil and sprinkle in our previously prepared spice blend. Stir it around until aromatic. Immediately transfer back the cooked vegan shrimp and king oyster mushrooms to mix everything well.

Now that everything is well-mixed, let’s plate our creation and decorate as pleased! Go ahead and add yellow grits on the side, vegetables or even prepare your own vegan cocktail sauce to make this dish more personal and special!

The final result is so good you wouldn’t believe that it’s not real shrimp – this recipe has got it all!

Substitutions and Variations

 From the sea to the plate, this vegan shrimp dish is sure to impress.
From the sea to the plate, this vegan shrimp dish is sure to impress.

The beauty of this vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe is that it can easily be adapted to suit individual tastes or dietary requirements. Here are a few substitutions and variations to consider:

– Gluten-Free Option: To make this recipe gluten-free, simply swap the gluten flour for a gluten-free all-purpose flour.

– Sweet Potato Puree Alternatives: If you don’t have sweet potato puree on hand or don’t care for the taste, you can try using pumpkin or butternut squash puree instead.

– Mushroom Alternatives: While king oyster mushrooms are the star of this recipe, you can try using other types of mushrooms instead. Portobello or shiitake mushrooms would be great substitutes.

– Spices and Seasonings: While Old Bay seasoning is classic for seafood dishes, feel free to experiment with other spice blends like Cajun seasoning or curry powder for a unique twist.

– Serving Suggestions: While this shrimp recipe is delicious served over rice, it also pairs well with grits for a southern-inspired shrimp and grits dish. You could also try tossing the vegan shrimp in a vegetable skillet, adding them to a shrimp scampi or grilled shrimp dish, serving them as part of a seafood stir fry, or even creating a vegetarian variation on the classic shrimp cocktail.

– Vegan Seafood Alternatives: If you’re looking for more vegan seafood options beyond this shrimp recipe, there are plenty of plant-based alternatives available on the market. Some of the best brands to try include Gardein Golden Fishless Fillets, Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Crab Cakes, and Good Catch Fish-Free Tuna.

No matter how you decide to switch things up, this vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe provides a versatile base that can be transformed into something truly unique and flavorful.

Serving and Pairing

 No crustaceans needed for this sustainable and delicious meal.
No crustaceans needed for this sustainable and delicious meal.

Hark! The time hath come to partake in the veggie shrimp feast! Once thou hath finished cooking this recipe, it’s time to experience its delightful taste. This vegan shrimp recipe is versatile and can be served in various ways, depending on your preference.

For a lighter meal, try to pair these vegan shrimp with a simple salad drizzled with a vinaigrette dressing, or you could include sliced tomatoes for a refreshing tanginess. If you prefer something more filling, you can serve the vegan shrimp over plant-based grits. It’d be like having fried shrimp and grits without any seafood.

If sauce is what tickles your fancy, then you can whip up some classic vegetable scampi sauce to dip the faux shrimps in. You may also enjoy a sautéed dish with garlic and butter mushroom sauce for added flavor that compliments the dish perfectly.

Another option is to skewer these vegan shrimps and have them grilled if desired to add another level of depth to their taste. For sushi enthusiasts, adding these shrimps into veggie sushi rolls will surely delight you.

This plant-based seafood will also make an excellent filling for tacos, burritos or even stir-fry dishes. These vegan shrimp also can be served as appetizers on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce for an instant party pleaser.

Join me as we embark on a culinary adventure like no other by experiencing the taste of real vegan shrimp made from scratch – let us end our feast with savory goodness that exceeds expectations.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Shrimply” irresistible! You’ll be amazed by how realistic and delicious this plant-based version is.

Fair thee well, noble reader! ‘Tis I, your servant, who doth return to impart knowledge on how to make ahead, store and reheat these microwaved delights of vegan shrimp!

First and foremost, allow me to state that the best way to reheat these vegan shrimp is in the microwave – quick (as a fox!), easy (like Sunday morning), and delicious (like honey in tea). Simply place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat them in 30-second bursts until hot and crisp. Easy-peasy!

But suppose you aren’t devouring these scrumptious bites right away? Fear not! There are ways to make-ahead and store your vegan shrimp for later consumption.

If thou wishest to make-ahead these shrimpesque treats, it is best to do so just after cooking them so they stay crunchy. You may then refrigerate them for up to three days in an airtight container or freezer bag. To reheat them, simply warm them up in the microwave as directed above.

If thou art keeping thy shrimp frozen for longer use (up to one month), be sure to let them thaw completely before reheating them in the microwave or oven. Make sure they are heated all the way through before enjoying.

In addition, I also recommend storing any leftover sweet potato puree separately from the shrimp as it can lose its flavor if stored with other ingredients for too long.

With these tips and tricks, you can enjoy these vegan-friendly shrimp anytime, anywhere! So go forth and feast like a king or queen!

Tips for Perfect Results

 For those craving seafood but prefer a vegan alternative, this is the perfect recipe.
For those craving seafood but prefer a vegan alternative, this is the perfect recipe.

When creating a vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe, there are several tips that can help you achieve the best results possible. Whether you’re an experienced chef or a beginner in the kitchen, these tips will help you create a delicious and satisfying meal.

1. Use the Best Ingredients

The success of any recipe depends on the quality of its ingredients. When making a plant-based shrimp dish, it’s important to choose the best vegan shrimp and other ingredients available. Look for high-quality gluten flour, sweet potato puree, and spices like paprika and garlic powder.

2. Toasted Sesame Oil is Your Friend

Toasted sesame oil adds an incredible depth of flavor to vegan and vegetarian shrimp dishes. Use it liberally in your recipe, whether you’re sautéing in a non-stick pan or drizzling over your finished dish.

3. Don’t Overcook Your Shrimp

Plant-based shrimp cook much faster than their animal-based counterparts, so be careful not to overcook them as they can turn rubbery quickly. Cook your shrimp for approximately 2-3 minutes per side on medium-high heat until it’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

4. Experiment with Spices

One of the best things about creating vegan or vegetarian shrimp dishes is that you can play around with different spices and flavors without worrying about any ethical issues. Try using Old Bay seasoning, yin-yang sauce, or chili flakes for an exciting twist on your standard recipes.

5. Store Your Leftovers Properly

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can reheat them in the microwave (30-second bursts) or sauté them in a nonstick pan with a little bit of oil over low heat.

With these tips, we hope that you’ll be able to create the best possible vegan and vegetarian shrimp dishes every time. Do not hesitate to experiment and take this recipe further!


But wait! Before you start gathering the ingredients and get started with the cooking process, take a look at some of the frequently asked questions related to this vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe. These questions are meant to give you a better understanding of the recipe and clear any doubts that might arise in the process. So, read along to make sure you have all your bases covered before you dive into preparing this delicious plant-based seafood recipe.

How to cook all vegetarian vegan shrimp?

To prepare the shrimp, begin by thawing them in the microwave in short 30 second bursts. Afterwards, take out a nonstick pan and heat up a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil. Sauté minced garlic and ginger in the pan for no more than a minute until fragrant. Finally, add the shrimp to the pan and cook until the garlic turns nice and crispy.

What is vegetarian shrimp made of?

Looking for a healthy alternative to shrimp? Consider trying a plant-based version made with konjac root! Surprisingly, this 7-ingredient recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients like konjac powder, vegetable gum, vegetable root starch, paprika, brown sugar, sea salt, and plant-based vegan seasoning. Not only does it look like the real thing, but it’s also a healthier option.

What is a good vegetarian substitute for shrimp?

Mushrooms are great meat alternatives, thanks to their natural savory taste or what we call “umami”. With the right seasoning and cooking method, they can even taste like shrimp without relying on animal-derived ingredients.

Does vegan shrimp taste like real shrimp?

The plant-based shrimp has impressed all three testers with its ability to seamlessly complement other ingredients. Its texture and bite are on point and it boasts a subtle but noticeable hint of oceanic flavor. In terms of taste, it can effortlessly compete with its non-vegan counterpart.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe is the perfect addition to any plant-based recipe collection. With its savory flavor and texture that mimics real shrimp, it’s hard not to fall in love with this recipe at first bite.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also versatile and easy to customize based on your preferences. Plus, with a few substitutions, you can make it gluten-free or soy-free easily.

So why not give this vegan and vegetarian shrimp recipe a try? I promise you won’t be disappointed. Let’s enjoy the taste of the sea without sacrificing our ethics or our health with this plant-based alternative seafood dish.

Vegan & Vegetarian Shrimp

Vegan & Vegetarian Shrimp Recipe

This is my alternative to shrimp, which I developed in order to have something shrimpesque in my veg sushi and stirfries! It's actually super easy to make. The type of seaweed/nori/dulse you use changes the seafoodiness of the flavour quite a bit, so try experimenting. I prefer dulse, but it's really down to personal taste. Enjoy!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan/Vegetarian
Calories 178 kcal


For the Vegan Shrimp

  • 1 cup gluten flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato puree (tip ( babyfood works really well)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the broth

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 -2 tablespoon salt, to taste
  • 1 -2 tablespoon dulse seaweed


  • Sift together the gluten flour, garlic powder and paprika. Mix well.
  • In another bowl, combine the sweet potato puree and the oil.
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the wet, and knead by hand until you have a smooth dough. (2-3 minutes only, no need to over-do it. Keep in mind that the longer you knead the tougher the "meat" will be).
  • Pound the dough flat (about 1/2"), and slice into strips, approximately 1/2" thick (maximum) and 2" long. (These will poof up a lot while cooking, so don't be fooled into making them bigger! Smaller is best in this case!) Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine water, salt and seaweed to make a broth. Stir well.
  • Place strips into COLD broth, and then turn up the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until floating to top and cooked through. (Note: thicker slices will require longer cooking times, and less for thinner slices.).
  • Serve with cocktail sauce, or garlic butter or butter alternative, or in your favourite main dish.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 364gCalories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 12.5gProtein: 23.4gFat: 4.1gSaturated Fat: 0.6gSodium: 1802.7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Asian, Easy, Grains, Healthy, Inexpensive, Low Cholesterol, Potato, Vegan, Vegetable, Very Low Carbs, Weeknight, Yam/Sweet Potato
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