Vegan Calamari / Fried Shrimp recipe

This vegan calamari/vegan shrimp recipe hits the spot for so many seafood cravings. It really has the taste of the ocean and it is so incredibly easy to make. It’s labeled calamari/shrimp because it does the job for both as far as satisfaction goes. These are beautifully crispy and golden and oh my, I should really make a batch of these today! haha

One of the most loved recipe is the Veggie Rose #veggiefam community! This recipe is enjoyed by lots of people. Not just vegans and vegetarians but also by regular meat eaters and something I didn’t expect to hear a lot, was that this recipe is also very loved by people with seafood allergies. I love hearing that I can help people in some sort of way, so when I starting hearing that it felt nice that I could help someone with a craving that they are allergic to.

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Why You Will Love This Vegan Calamari

1. Tastes Like The Ocean This recipe really does have that distinct seafood ocean taste.

2. It’s Crispy For some reason crispy food just taste better. This has all the qualities of shrimp in a basket or fried calamari. The crunch feels so nostalgic.

3. The Sauce In this recipe I not only show you how to make the vegan calamari AKA shrimp. I also show you how to make a delicious chipotle sauce to go with it. It just knocks the socks off of the traditional tartar sauce or cocktail sauce known to accompany this type of dish!

Where Is The Fried Shrimp?

I get a lot of people asking where is the recipe for the fried shrimp because I named this recipe vegan calamari/vegan shrimp. This thing is this is a two for one sort of deal.

You get all the craving satisfaction of both fried calamari and fried shrimp with this recipe. Which it why when I came up with this I couldn’t pick one over the other and I had to name it both.

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Vegan Calamari/Fried Shrimp

Veggie Rose
These Vegan calamari/fried shrimp are seasoned perfectly to taste like fried calamari and shrimp. They’re also crunchy and delicious.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 14 oz can hearts of palm, Whole NOT chunks
  • ½ tsp old bay seasoning
  • 2 nori sheet crumbled to small bits
  • 1 cup  flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup  panko bread crumbs


  • 3 tbsp  mayo
  • 1 1/2  tsp  garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp  salt
  • 1 tbsp  lemon juice
  • 1 tsp  chipotle sauce from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can or sub chipotle powder
  • Oil for frying


  • Start by draining the hearts of palm from the can. Slice each stick into wheels, slightly thicker then 1/4".
  • If you can remove the center of the hearts of palm by hand, start to do so. I removing the center is to tough by hand, cut out little circles from the center of each wheel with a 1/4 tsp measuring spoon.
  • You can also just use the wheels as is, if you don't mind not having a calamari shape.
  • Place the cut wheels aside and begin preparing the batter.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add in flour, nori, old bay, salt, and pepper. Mix these dry ingredients until well combined. Add in the water and mix well, until everything is well incorporated. Set aside.
  • To make the sauce, simply mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and mix together.
  • Set oil to heat on high, in a pan for frying.
  • Add panko bread crumbs into a ziploc bag.
  • Dip the vegan calamari into the flour batter mixture, to coat. Being careful ot to break them apart.
  • Remove the vegan calamari from the batter mix and toss into the ziploc bag. Seal bag and toss around to coat in crumbs.
  • Fry the vegan calamari, until they are golden brown. Remove from heat onto a paper towel lined plate to drain any extra oil. Serve up and ENJOY!


Tip: You can double the bread crumbs and the hearts of palm and make a double batch.

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