I haven’t had a real Shrimp Cocktail before, but I was eager to try Sophie’s Kitchen vegan shrimp. So, I’ve looked online at different types of shrimp cocktail and decided to try a twist on a ’60s classic, using even the Martini glasses for the dish.
To make this Vegan Shrimp Cocktail I’ve used shop-bought ingredients, from mayo to ketchup. It was the first time I bought ketchup in years. I got an organic supermarket’s own brand, Sainsbury’s, and it was really nice. Also, it was just a few pennies more expensive than a branded one, so great value for money. I might buy that one again in the future.
I mentioned that the shrimp is Sophie’s Kitchen. I discovered this on offer at Sainsbury’s (now is full price though). It’s not exactly cheap, but not terribly expensive either. It is made with konjac powder. Konjac is an Asian plant. In the last few years a few brands of konjac pasta became available on the market, but I didn’t like those at all. The texture is all wrong for pasta, but the same texture is really amazing for shrimp-like substitute. I’ve read a few negative reviews about the product, but the thing is that it needs cooking. It says so on the package as well.
So, if you are vegan or interested in trying out new things, get one and see if this is something for you or not. My husband and I both enjoyed this type of fake meat and we will have it again. I even bought a couple of packages (they are frozen) and we will enjoy them soon.
Ingredients for 2 servings of Shrimp Cocktail:
– 250g Shrimps
– 10g pea shoots
– 1 avocado
– 2 tsp mayo
– dried basil
– 1 tsp coconut oil
– chilli flakes
– sea salt
Making a vegan shrimp cocktail is very easy. Heat the coconut oil (or use any kind of vegetable oil you have) and toss in the shrimps. Sprinkle dried basil, sea salt, and chilli flakes on top. Shake the pan or stir using a spatula, so the pieces are cooked on all sides. Cook for around 3 to 4 minutes. Do not overdo it, as they can get rubbery the same as the meaty ones do.
Meanwhile, in two Martini glasses, put the pea shoots. Wash and cut the avocado. In a bowl, mix the avocado with the mayo. Spoon in the avocado. Pour some ketchup and arrange the freshly cooked vegan shrimp in top. The dish is now ready to be served.
Have you ever tried vegan shrimp before? Is it something you’d be interesting in?