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The Best Seafood Replacement: Hearts of Palm!

Hearts of palm are the perfect option for us plant based folk that want to participate in the family fish fry sometimes.

I cannot lie and say that I wasn't a bit hesitant on making this dish. Actually let me be honest. I did not believe it the process at all lol! After a year of it sitting in my recipe ideas, I finally decided to give it a try. My parents asked me to fry Swaii for them. It smelled good enough to risk it all for. Instead, I drove straight to the store and purchased a can of Hearts and Palm. Let me be the first to tell you, IT WAS BANGING!

Let me grab a piece a bread and mustard.-Kayla

When my sister said that to me, I knew we had a keeper! Funny story, I usually just make things for my parents to eat and tell them that it is whatever the traditional food is. We called to tell them how well our fish turned out. Sent a photo to my mom and everything. When my dad asked what type of fish it was, Kayla replied: "It's sort of a palmy fish". I almost fell on the floor in attempt not to burst of laughing as my dad sat in confusion lol. Here is the recipe to my version of a gluten free, vegan fish fry! It is very simple to make and turns out great every time.

Palmy Fish


The key to this recipe is shredding the heart of palm without breaking it.

  • 1 cup gf flour (Separate 3/4 cup for dry batter and 1/4 cup for wet batter)

  • 1/4 c cornmeal

  • your choice of plant based milk (I prefer walnut milk)

  • 1 can hearts of palm

  • 2 tbsp dulse flakes

  • Seasoning blend: garlic powder, cracked black pepper, onion powder, turmeric, cajun seasoning, basil and salt: to taste.

  • Grease for frying


  1. Begin by washing your hearts of palm. Turn your skillet on medium-high heat. Locate the slit in the heart of palm and gently slide a knife along the slit to open it a bit more. Place the heart of palm on your cutting board, slit side down and gently flatten it. Flip it over and begin to shred the inside using a fork. This will create the flaky texture.

  2. Season the hearts of palm on both sides with all seasonings above, hold the salt. Adjust the dulse flakes according to how fishy you would like this to taste. Mix 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup cornmeal with seasonings together. Take the additional flour and whisk in milk until you have a smooth batter.

  3. Dip the hearts of palm in the wet batter first and finish in the dry batter. Continue this step until all palms have been dipped in both batters. I use a large bowl for the dry batter and place the hearts of palm directly into the pan from there.

  4. Cook until brown on both sides, remove and enjoy!


To make your own tartar sauce, simply use fresh lemon juice, vegan mayonnaise, garlic powder, fresh dill, dill relish and salt. Whisk everything together, taste and adjust the flavor to your liking. Place in the refrigerator until ready.

Voila! That's it! You have a flaky plant based fish that does not lack in flavor, texture or compromise your lifestyle choices.

Try it out and be sure to come back to share your liking with our community!

Til next time, style for style,

Dommi Raye

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