This konjac shrimp recipe uses a great vegan/vegetarian substitute. If you have allergies or just looking for a healthy but tasty and easy substitute we've got you covered and no worries we also share a few resources on where to buy plant based shrimp
Full Recipe Ingredients/Instructions are available in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. However you can find important tips/tricks in the post.
We're always looking for quick and easy recipes to make that are flavorful and filling and these vegan shrimp tacos fill the bill and will not disappoint.
Craving more Mexican inspired vegan recipes? Try our easy to make mushroom fajitas, empanadas, pecan taco bowl, salsa and breakfast quesadillas.
Tacos are such as easy and versatile food item; especially in the middle of the week when leftovers are abundant to make a number of variations on the classic. Most days tofu is our filling of choice but for our first taco recipe, we wanted to add a different vegan twist by adding Vegan King Prawn shrimp as the centerpiece.
What Are Vegan Shrimp Made From?
What is vegan shrimp, you ask? The main ingredient in this vegan shrimp is Konjac (pronounced kon-jack) root with the addition of some starches, spices and paprika for color. Konjac is the shortened name of an East Asian root vegetable that produces an edible tuber. Other common names for it are devils tongue, voodoo lily and elephant yam. But don't let the nicknames intimidate you from trying it. We purchased this shrimp substitute product by the brand Vegan King Prawn and we really like it. The texture and the taste of it are honestly very shrimp-like. So, say hello to all your favorite shrimp dishes and make this a freezer staple you always have on hand when that craving hits.
Where To Buy Vegan Shrimp?
You have two options online or in-person:
You can order from Beleaf Vegan Shrimp brand, a package of 17 cost $9.99 from the GTFO Its Vegan website. They have a lot of great plant-based meat alternatives. Vegan Essentials is another online retailers that sells several brands also
In person we have purchased from the Loving Hut vegan restaurant chain’s brand; they have locations in the following states: Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington,
- Vegan shrimp replacement
- Gluten-free Corn tortillas
- Sriracha - for the spicy sauce
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Easy Vegan Shrimp Tacos (Where To Buy Vegan Shrimp)
- 1 package Vegan King Prawn
- 1 package Corn tortillas - we use Mission, Street Tacos - Mini Corn Tortillas
- 1 bag Coleslaw mix
- 1 cup Neutral oil - such as EVOO or canola for frying
- 1 Lime
- 1¼ cup Gluten-free flour
- 2 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon Onion powder
- ¾ teaspoon Salt
- ¾ teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Vegan egg - we use Bob’s Red Mill replacer
- 1 cup Plant based milk - we use unsweetened almond milk
- 1½ teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
Vegan Mayo Sriracha
- ½ cup Vegan mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha
- ¼ cup ketchup
- In a container with a lid combine the ingredients for the buttermilk
- Add vegan shrimp to buttermilk mix and let it sit for 10 minutes
- Combine the ingredients for the breading
- In a small pan heat oil on medium heat
- One by one take vegan shrimp from the buttermilk and add them to the breading, coating them completely, then add them to the heated oil.
- Fry vegan shrimp until crispy and golden brown about 3 minutes per side.
- Remove and place on a paper toweled plate to drain excess oil. Prepare vegan Sriracha mayo.
- Add shrimp, coleslaw mix to tortillas, topping them with vegan mayo sriracha.
- Add a squeeze of lime juice
These nutritional figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe.
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I’m going to try making this this week. Can I use regular unbleached flour rather than gluten free?
Nija Clark | The Vgn Way
We are a gluten-free & vegan family so we don’t test with any wheat based flours. Please let us know how it turns out.
Deb in Atlanta
We're big fans of Loving Hut and have tried the shrimp there. Terrific! I can't wait to try this recipe
I'm so happy you told me what vegan shrimp is, because I was definitely going to ask! I have several friends/ family that are vegetarian and vegan, so I'm sending them this recipe right now!
These vegan shrimp tacos look delicious! I never knew vegan shrimp existed, a perfect alternative for taco Tuesday.
So excited to find this recipe! I've never tried vegan shrimp but it looks so good!
I don't know if I'm more in love with the taste or the variety of names for konjac (which I've never heard of before this post).
You introduced me to something new with the vegan shrimp!! Adding this recipe to my Rolodex.
Voodoo Lily, Elephant Yam. I am here for it! I've never seen vegan shrimp but now I am excited to find it and try this recipe! It looks delicious!!
I've never been able to find vegan shrimp around here! Now I'll be on the lookout!
We get our at Loving Hut, its a national vegan restaurant chain that also sells lots of vegan products.
I think it's amazing that there are so many vegan options out there. This looks so delicious!
I know what I'm cooking tonight 😍
Vegan shrimp..... definitely trying this to see what it tastes like