Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan)

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Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan) (6) I’m following yesterday’s very summery recipe with another. I’m simply not ready to accept that my summer is over so I’m just going to live vicariously through those of you who live up north.

Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan) (10) Of course, that’s not going to fix anything but I can always hope right? Like, maybe if I think about it hard enough I’ll wake up and find that winter is over and it’s berry season again. Yeah, that would be nice…….but not happening.

Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan) (4) I’ve officially started getting into the winter stash of berries that I’ve been telling you about for the past few months. There are a lot of them but I know they’ll still disappear in a flash because, I’m telling you, my family and I can eat a lot of stinkin’ berries and I am the biggest berry-head in the bunch.

Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan) (5) But that is so completely beside the point because we’re talking about basil and coconuts and fake fish today. These really don’t taste much like fish sticks by the way, but they look exactly like them and are the perfect vegan alternative to those yummy fried sticks of goodness. You guys all know I’m not a vegetarian so I won’t pretend that I don’t totally love the real thing but I also love hearts of palm. If you aren’t expecting these to be fish sticks then they are really, really good. Oh, and when they are hot with that coconut basil crema, YUM!

Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan) (7) Personally I might be willing to step away from a real fish stick in favor of this delicious duo. However, I can’t say the same for the carnivores, I’m sorry, guys. They seem a bit attached to their meat.

Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan) (8) So I’ve had this recipe idea on my list for the longest time but I’ve never gotten around to doing it for some reason. I don’t know why because it’s extremely easy. In fact, I almost titled this as a two ingredient recipe before I decided to make the coconut basil crema, because (if you don’t count the seasoning) that’s how many ingredients there are, two. Just hearts of palm and panko breadcrumbs make up the large majority of these snacks.

Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan) (9) You can get all technical and add the oil for frying and the different seasonings but you could bypass both by, baking instead of frying and using seasoned breadcrumbs. Voilà! Super easy, super fast, and also totally vegan if that’s what floats you’re boat.

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Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: about 15 sticks

Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan)


  • 2 400g (or 14oz) cans hearts of palm
  • 1 1/3 cups panko breadcrumbs, divided
  • 2 teaspoons worchestershire *see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregeno
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Coconut Basil Crema:
  • 1 400ml (13.5oz) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine 2/3 cup breadcrumbs with other ingredients for sticks in a food processor and pulse a few times until roughly chopped.
  2. Form into stick shapes, dip into remaining crumbs, and turn to coat all sides. Heat about 1/4 inch of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Fry a few sticks at a time for 1 - 2 minutes per side then remove to paper towel lined plate.
  3. Crema:
  4. Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan and place over medium low heat. Stir constantly until it begins to thicken, about 4 minutes. Serve warm with sticks or refrigerate to serve cold.


If you prefer, these can be baked at 400 degrees F (200 C) for 12-15 minutes until crispy instead of frying. *if you are a vegan be sure to use a vegan worchestershire sauce because most worchestershires contain anchovy.


Faux Fish Sticks with Coconut Basil Crema (Vegan).

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  2. Chrissy says

    Just a note: the majority of Worcestershire sauces contain anchovy, which for most vegans and vegetarians would defeat the purpose of faux fish sticks. There are vegan versions available though if you want to made this recipe truly vegan-friendly.

  3. Linnea says

    This looks great, and I’m for sure going to give it a try! I had a thought: what if you added a small amount of kelp powder to give it a more… “Fish Sticks” type taste? I might give it a go. I know it always makes my veggie oriental dishes a more ‘authentic’ flavor.

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