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Vegan Calamari

This crispy vegan calamari is made from hearts of palm and served with a spicy vegan tartar sauce. This vegan calamari recipe is so easy and tastes sinfully delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Course: Small Bites, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 187kcal


  • 2 14.5 ounce jars hearts of palm
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons Dulse

Plant Milk Mixture

  • 1 ½ cups Unflavored, unsweetened oat milk or plant milk of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Oat flour or flour of choice

Breading Mixture

  • 2 cups bread crumbs choose gluten-free bread crumbs for a gluten free option
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning

Vegan Tartar Sauce

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 leomn cut into wedges
  • 1 cup sweet red and yellow pickled peppers
  • ¼ cup pickled red onions
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped


Hearts of Palm Calamari

  • Remove the hearts of palm tubes from the jar/can of brine.
  • Rinse and dry each tube.
  • Cut each tube into ½ inch pieces.
  • Using your finger, or a small knife, gently remove each center piece of each ½-inch cut section.
  • Reserve the center pieces for another recipe.
  • Place rings into a refrigerator safe container,
  • juice ½ of a lemon on top of the vegan calamari pieces.
  • Add the dulse and Old Bay Seasoning.
  • Place a top on the contaienr and gently shake to combine the ingredients.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Plant Milk Mixture

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture into a bowl.

Breading Mixture

  • Combine bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, and seasonings to a bowl.
  • Stir to combine.

Preparing the Vegan Calamari

  • Dip each piece of marianted hearts of palm into the plant-milk mixture, then into the breading mixture.
  • Continue until all the pieces are breaded.

Air Frying

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Place the breaded vegan calamari rings in a single layer on te air fryer pan.
  • If cooking in batches, prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat .
  • Preheat an oven to 325 degrees to keep the vegan calamari warm while cooking the remaining batches.
  • Cook for 7 minutes.


  • Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.
  • Prepare a baking hseet with parchemnt paper or a silcone baking mat.
  • Place a single layer of breaded vegan calamari rings on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minjutes, flipping the pieces over half way trhough cooking.

Spicy Vegan Tartar Sauce

  • Stir 2 teaspoons of Sriracha into 1 recipe of vegan tartar sauce.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.


  • Use your pinky finger to remove the centers of the hearts of palm, so as not to break through the outer circle.
  • Reserve the centers pieces for another recipe. Or, serve chopped up on a salad.
  • I prefer marinating overnight for the best flavor.
  • Look for the word "sustainable" on the jar/can of hearts of palm.
  • Blending the milk mixture is much easier than whisking together for the best texture.
  • When lemons are in season, buy them in bulk and juice them. Freeze them in ice cube trays to have lemon juice all year long for cooking.
  • To make your own oil-free bread crumbs, toast pieces of Dave's Bread and crumble them in a food processor.
  • Use gluten-free bread crumbs for a gluten-free option.
  • Choose oyster mushrooms, instead of hearts of palm, as another option.
  • To avoid wasting food, I use the center pieces I removed for vegan lobster rolls, vegan tuna pasta salad, or hearts of palm crab cakes.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 4mg