Vegan Eel Recipe

Vegan Eel Recipe

vegan eel recipe

Vegan Eel Recipe

You’re going to absolutely love this vegan eel recipe. Everyone at my house agreed that the mock “eel” was absolutely spot on as far as taste and texture went.

For this recipe you will need:

1/2 block of extra firm organic tofu

1/4 c. of eel sauce ( some eel sauces are NOT vegan, so be sure to check the ingredients)

1/2 c. of eel grilling sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 cup of corn starch

1/2 tsp onion powder

2 tbsp corn oil

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp soy sauce

salt to taste


  1. Freeze the block of tofu completed.
  2. Remove the tofu from the freezer and place on a microwave safe plate. Microwave the tofu for a minute at a time. After each minute, remove the tofu from the microwave and press down gently on the tofu with a paper towel in order to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Continue this process until the tofu is completely thawed and you have removed as much moisture as you think possible. The more liquid you remove from the tofu, the more of the marinade’s flavor the tofu will be able to soak up.
  3. Combine the eel grilling sauce, garlic, onion powder, sesame oil, soy sauce, and  maple syrup into a zip lock bag. Place the drained tofu into the bag. Marinate for at least an hour. Overnight is best.
  4. Remove the tofu from the bag and cut it into “slithers” about the size of a typical eel slice for sushi. I make mine about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  5. Heat your corn oil in a skillet on medium high.
  6. Pour your corn starch along with a pinch of salt into a bowl.
  7. Dip just one side (this will be the top of your “eel”) of the tofu in the corn starch. Do this for all the tofu pieces.
  8. Put your tofu pieces into the hot pan with the corn starched side facing down. You should only have to fry them for about a minute or two. Do not flip them. You should only have ONE crispy side. Remove them and place onto a paper towel to remove the excess oil
  9.  Spray a small baking sheet with any vegan cooking spray and turn your oven’s broiler on high.
  10. Coat the crispy side of your tofu pieces with eel sauce and broil them, crispy side up, until the tops have carmelized and crisped.

You can use these tasty vegan eel pieces with plant based sushi, in a sushi bowl, or just serve them with some vegan spicy mayo and call it a day. Either way, it’s sure to be delicious!



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