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Vegan Fish Tacos

By request! Vegan fish tacos. Or maybe it needs to be vegan “fish” tacos. Either way, here’s why I’m sharing the details today. A few weeks back I published the coleslaw recipe I’ve been making on repeat all year. In the post I mention one of my favorite ways to enjoy it – piled into these tacos. Specifics were requested, and here we are! The recipe is a bit of a weirdo, and came together one day when I was pulling things from the fridge – slaw, tofu, tortillas. This was a meal without much of a plan, and it has since become one of my favorite ten-minute lunches. Quick-marinated slabs of tofu are coated in a dusting of cornstarch and cooked until you get a golden crust. Tacos are assembled with a good slather of avocado, the tofu, tempeh bacon (if you want to double down), and finished after browning in a pan with a couple generous scoops of this spicy sesame coleslaw.

Each component can be prepped ahead of time, and will last for days in your refrigerator. When it’s taco time – cook up the tofu and/tempeh, assemble your taco, and finish with the slaw. I’ll also add another photo down below. I sometimes make a bowl-situation with the components of the vegan “fish” tacos swapping out tortillas for soba noodles.

Tofu: Puffy vs. Not

Tofu steps in for the fish component in these tacos. I use a strong, simple marinade plus a quick pan-fry. I should mention, on occasion, I’ll sometimes make a more puffy, beer-battered version of these – where you coat the tofu with a much thicker batter and then fry it in more oil than you see in todays recipe. But, the process is messier, a lot more decadent, and for an average weekday lunch or dinner, I prefer this version. I suspect you might too? It’s lighter and you get a lot of interesting flavors from the spicy sesame coleslaw dressing as well as the tofu marinade.

Can I Bake the Tofu?

Yes! If your oven is already going, and you don’t want to cook the tofu in a pan, bake it. Rub the pan with a bit of olive oil, skip the cornstarch step, and bake at 350F until the tofu is golden and bouncy in texture. Flip once along the way. You won’t get as much crispiness, but it’s still all good.

Vegan “Fish” Tacos: Make Ahead Components

The three main components for these tacos are the tofu, the coleslaw, and the tortillas. Tempeh bacon is optional, but I actually really love it in this recipe. It lends a nice smoky depth to the whole taco. Wayne often buys it, and the brand is Lightlife. If you don’t have it, or can’t get it, just leave it out – still so good! I make these often without the tempeh, but love them extra extra much when I have it.

  • Coleslaw: this is the coleslaw I’m talking about. It’s the only one I use for these tacos. The spicy sesame dressing is the magic that pulls everything together. Don’t skimp, pile on the slaw. The spicy sesame creaminess from the slaw dressing, the sweetness of the apple, and crunchiness of the cabbage is what makes these tacos special. Slaw can be used up to 4 or 5 days after making. So, slaw made on Sunday can be used throughout the week.
  • Tofu: You can whip up the marinade and add the tofu up to 3-4 days in advance. Or, start some on Sunday, and use throughout the week.

I hope you try these and enjoy them as much as I do! let me know if you play around with any variations.

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Easy Homemade Parmentier Potatoes

A super simple recipe for easy homemade Parmentier potatoes – small and ultra crispy potato cubes flavoured with rosemary and garlic. The perfect side dish for a special occasion!

A serving bowl of Parmentier potatoes with a text overlay.

The humble potato has got to be one of the most incredible foods on the planet. It doesn’t look like much, but man, it can make a good meal. Parmentier potatoes are one of my all-time favourite potato side dishes – they’re super crispy, herby and garlicky, and pretty much just everything that a potato dish should be.

Crispy Parmentier potatoes on a baking sheet.

What are Parmentier potatoes?

Parmentier potatoes were named after a French man called Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, who lived in the 17 and 1800s, and is apparently best remembered as a ‘vocal promoter of the potato’.

(…I think I’ve just found my life’s purpose…)

I imagine modern-day Parmentier potatoes are probably a little different to what they were back in the 1870s, but these days Parmentier potatoes are basically small cubes of potato, cooked until crispy.

In my view, they’re like a mini version of a classic roast potato, except with even more flavour, and even more crispy bits.

A bowl of crispy Parmentier potatoes with fresh rosemary and garlic.

How do you make Parmentier potatoes?

There are various methods of making Parmentier potatoes. As I was researching this recipe, practically every single recipe I looked at used a different cooking method.

Some recipes involve part-boiling the potatoes before roasting.
Some recipes involve pan-frying the potatoes before roasting.
Some recipes don’t use the oven at all.

It seems that the end result is far more important than the cooking method you use – as long as you end up with delicious Parmentier potatoes when you’ve finished, I don’t suppose it matters too much which method you use.

So, as you might expect – I went for the easiest method, which requires the least amount of effort possible. Because who wants to make life harder for no reason?

Close-up photo of Parmentier potatoes on a baking tray with cloves of garlic.

Parmentier potatoes recipe

Step 1: Peel and cut the potatoes

As you may know, I try to avoid peeling my vegetables if I can avoid it, but this is one of those occasions where it’s actually worth doing.

Just peel your potatoes, and cut them up into little cubes. Ideally, your cubes will be about 1-2cm in size. They do shrink a little as they cook, so don’t go too tiny.

Try to get the cubes vaguely even so they cook at the same rate – but don’t worry if it’s not perfect. It actually gives a nice little bit of variety if some of your potatoes end up crispier than others!

Raw potato cubes on a baking tray.

Step 2: Roast with garlic and rosemary

Add some sprigs of fresh rosemary and some whole cloves of garlic to the tray. Obviously the bulk of these will be removed before serving (I’m not suggesting you munch away on a whole stick of rosemary), but they infuse an amazing flavour into the potatoes.

Toss everything in a good amount of oil, and pop them in the oven to roast.

Raw potato cubes on a baking tray with fresh rosemary and garlic.

Step 3: Serve!

Yep, that’s all there is to it. Just make sure you remove the whole cloves of garlic and any particularly woody stems of rosemary before you eat.

This is the sort of recipe that I really love. It really couldn’t be an easier potato dish – but it couldn’t be more delicious either! These potatoes seem a little fancy, and they’re the sort of thing I’d be proud to serve for guests, but they’re also ultra easy to make.

Crispy Parmentier potatoes on a baking tray.

How to serve Parmentier potatoes

Parmentier potatoes are very definitely a side dish – they need something alongside them to create a full meal.

They’re the perfect accompaniment to a roast dinner (even a fancy one like for Christmas or Easter!).

Of course, if you’re a vegetarian you won’t be making any type of roast meat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a brilliant roast. Here are a few ideas of things to serve alongside your Parmentier potatoes:

  • some sort of nut roast or bean roast (this cheesy bean roast is my all-time favourite)
  • veggie cutlets (and plenty of gravy)
  • a rich gravy-based stew, like my mushroom bourguignon
  • toad in the hole
  • any type of vegetable pie – this mushroom stroganoff pie would work well
  • vegetable en croute

Any of these would work really well with some Parmentier potatoes and some extra veggies.

A bowl of Parmentier potatoes with roasted garlic and fresh rosemary.

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Easy Homemade Parmentier Potatoes

A super simple recipe for easy homemade Parmentier potatoes – small and ultra crispy potato cubes flavoured with rosemary and garlic. The perfect side dish for a special occasion!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 260kcal
Author Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 800 g (~ 1 3/4 lb) potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp oil (I used rapeseed oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Few sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ~ 6 whole cloves garlic

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes, and cut into 1-2cm dice.
  • Toss the potatoes in some oil, and lay them in a single layer on a baking tray. Sprinkle plenty of salt and pepper over the potatoes, and add a few whole sprigs of fresh rosemary and a few whole cloves of garlic (no need to peel them).
  • Roast at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F) for approximately 35 minutes, stirring halfway, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove the garlic cloves and any particularly woody stems of rosemary before serving (small rosemary leaves that break off are fine to leave!).

Notes

If you need to reheat any leftovers, it’s best to use the oven, as potatoes can lose their crispiness in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.7g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 9.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 1046mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 2.9g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Parmentier Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 260
Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.5g15%
Saturated Fat 1.3g7%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 791mg33%
Potassium 1046mg30%
Carbohydrates 40.7g14%
Fiber 6.5g26%
Sugar 2.9g3%
Protein 4.5g9%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/3 of the recipe.

Looking for another side dish good enough for a special occasion? This creamy sweet potato gratin is perfect:

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