One of the things that I love is trying new vegan products. Last Friday I ventured into the frozen section to replenish some of my vegetable staples when I spotted (by the waffles for some odd reason), Sophie’s Kitchen products. Their bright yellow packaging caught my attention as they promised Vegan Crab Cake, Vegan Prawns, Vegan Fish Filets, and Breaded Vegan Shrimp. I was intrigued and decided to try the Breaded Vegan Shrimp and Vegan Crab Cake.
Both products are soy free, made from konjac root and flavored with seaweed. I had never heard of konjac before, but I was pleased to see an alternative protein to soy. Both the protein and fiber levels are high and the fat level isn’t too terrible. Sodium wise, they are a little higher than I normally like, but for convenience food, they aren’t bad at all.
The preparation for both was simple–put them in the oven at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes. I was actually able to cook them both on the same cookie sheet. The shrimp were pretty solidly frozen together and separating them caused some of the breading to come off. If we have these again, I would let them thaw for about 30 minutes in the fridge before trying to separate them.
After cooking, the shrimp were super tasty. My husband dug them, as did I, although my toddler had trouble chewing them, so I had to cut them up. If memory serves, they are a bit chewier than real shrimp. The flavor was good though, and I would definitely enjoy having them again with some homemade cocktail sauce (ooo–or as the filling for a Po’ Boy!).
I was less in love with the crab cakes. While the flavor was good, the texture was on the soggy side. Next time, I will pan fry the cakes to crisp them up. On the other hand, my kids loved them more than the shrimp and were about to do battle to the death for the last one.
Overall, I think this line shows promise. I am eager to try the prawns in a stir fry–if they are anything like the vegan shrimp, they should take sauce well and perhaps even soften up in the wok. I’m also thrilled that they were in my normal local grocery store, saving me a trip to the specialty store. The company, judging by its website, seems genuinely concerned about eco and cruelty issues, so I would be happy to give them my business again.