Saturday, 15 March 2014

New Zealand Beer Battered 'Fish' Burgers & Tartar Sauce

This is a vegan version of the kind of burger you find in a New Zealand fish and chip shop: Crunchy battered 'fish', fresh vegetables and creamy tartar sauce.

New Zealand Beer Battered 'Fish' Burgers & Tartar Sauce

Makes 4 burgers and 150 ml tartar sauce

Tartar Sauce Ingredients

150 ml vegan mayonnaise, ready-made or made according to this recipe with silken tofu
2 tbsp minced onion
2 tbsp minced pickle
1 tbsp minced capers

Burger Ingredients

250 ml flour
250 ml beer
1 tsp salt
a dash of pepper
450 g tofu
120 ml vegetable oil
4 burger buns
red onion (optional)
tomato sauce


1. First, make the tartar sauce: mix all the ingredients and set aside.

2. Heat the oil over medium heat. Mix flour, beer, salt and pepper until smooth. Pat the tofu dry with paper towels. Cut the block into four slabs of tofu.

3. Make sure your oil is good and hot. If it's still not hot, give it some more time to heat. Dip two of the tofu slabs in batter, shake off excess batter and place them in the oil. Cook until golden on both sides. Drain on paper towels and salt. Scoop out any bits of batter still in the pan. Fry the other two slabs.

4. Wash the lettuce and cut the tomato and onion into slices. Cut the burger buns in half and toast the cut sides briefly in a pan.

5. Stack the burger with tofu, tomato, tartar and tomato sauces, a few rings of red onion, and lettuce.

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