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What is Vegan Shrimp Made Of?

August 09, 2021

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Plant-based Seafood’s Newest Addition is Vegan Shrimp

Shrimp is one of the most popular seafoods eaten globally. On average, Americans eat about 4 pounds of shrimp every year. This not only puts pressure on the supply of shrimp, but it also puts pressure on associated resources like the oceans as they continue to be over-fished. As a result, many consumers are now looking for healthier and more sustainable alternatives when it comes to satisfying their seafood cravings. Enter Sophie’s Kitchen – the company saw a gap in the market for plant-based seafood and it also saw an opportunity for plant-based vegan shrimp.

Plant-based ‘shrimp’ is vegan and packed with nutrients that are good for you! As plant-based seafood becomes more popular amongst the masses, it has also been shown to offer nutritional benefits. More specifically, Sophie’s Kitchen’s Breaded Vegan Shrimp is not only organic but also non-GMO! Sophie’s Kitchen has created a tasty and satisfying alternative to plant-based shrimp for the whole family to enjoy.

At Sophie’s Kitchen, they use the most natural plant extracts to create the briny yet sweet flavours of shrimp, while also replicating shrimp’s traditional texture, resulting in a vegetarian shrimp product that’s crispy and golden. This new shrimp substitute is made of plant-based ingredients and is soy-free and gluten-free too.

As environmental and ethical concerns continue to drive peoples’ diets, there has been a rising awareness of how animal products impact the environment. While the oceans lose up to 20lbs of sea creatures to catch 1lb of shrimp, some fisheries are also becoming known for unethical business practices when it comes to their labour. Consumers are becoming more aware of the effects of fishing on the environment and are opting for more sustainably sourced foods. Not only are plant-based seafood options great for vegetarians and vegans alike, they provide an alternative to those consumers who are focused on making more ethical choices.

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What is Vegan Shrimp Made Of?

There are a variety of ingredients in vegan shrimp that help make it taste like the real thing. A few of them are konjac and fenugreek — these ingredients are not only flavoring agents but they also provide many health benefits.



Konjac is widely used in vegan cooking as a substitute for animal gelatins. Konjac is also known as elephant yam, is mainly used in Southeast Asian cooking and is now used in many vegan shrimp and plant-based seafood products. Konjac has many health benefits including helping to lower cholesterol and reduce gut inflammation, while having a low number of calories and giving you the feeling of being full.



Fenugreek is an ingredient that is widely used in vegetarian shrimp substitutes. It has many health benefits including lowering blood sugar levels, reducing cholesterol levels, helping to improve situations involving diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity.

There are many essential nutrients in both fenugreek and konjac including inositol, biotin, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin D and Iron. For any vegans and vegetarians searching for iron-rich foods, incorporating plant-based seafood in their diet will help supplement traditional proteins, in addition to their other sources of nutrients.

As traditional seafood products are also known to be high in cholesterol, plant-based seafood is a healthier alternative and provides options for those who are wanting to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

Does Vegan Shrimp Taste Like Shrimp?

There are a variety of ingredients in vegan shrimp that help make it taste like the real thing. A few of them are konjac and fenugreek — these ingredients are not only flavoring agents but they also provide many health benefits.

Replicating seafood has been proven to be a much easier process than replicating beef or poultry. There are many flavouring agents and supplements that enhance vegan shrimp and give it that fishy taste. Fenugreek provides exceptional flavourings, while konjac provides a slightly fishy smell and is widely used amongst vegan seafood products. These two flavouring agents help replicate the taste of shrimp that you get when you bite into traditional seafood products.

Vegan shrimp and plant-based seafood have paved the way for vegans, vegetarians and others looking for healthier and more sustainable options in their diets. Not only can plant-based seafood offer health benefits, it is also a more ethical choice when considering the environmental impacts made by the fishing industry on our oceans.

Billy Goat Brands continues to support and advise innovative companies that want to enrich the plant-based sector with healthy and ethnical food alternatives.

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What is a vegan substitute for shrimp?

Sophie’s Kitchen’s vegan breaded shrimp is a crowd pleaser and the ultimate shrimp substitute. Vegan shrimp gets its unique texture from a balanced formula of functional food ingredients including but not limited to alginate (from seaweed) for the traditional fish flavor and konjac to create a firm bite, with rice and starches also helping to create the traditional texture and taste that our customers love.

Who makes vegan shrimp?

Sophie’s Kitchen is a disruptive innovator and high-growth leader in the plant-based food industry. They have spent years creating a seamless experience nearly indistinguishable from their animal-based counterparts. The best way to achieve that goal is to create seafood alternatives that enable people to eat plant-based diets without giving up the flavors and textures that they love. Sophie’s Kitchen’s plant-based brand offers great taste and guilt-free alternatives, free of lab-grown and GMO ingredients.

Does vegan shrimp taste like shrimp?

Yes, vegan shrimp and plant-based seafoods do have flavouring agents that mimic the taste and texture of seafood. There are various ingredients in vegan shrimp that replicate the flavour of shrimp including konjac and fenugreek, as mentioned above. Other popular flavouring agents include algae, soy, seaweed, yeast and vegetables including vegetable oils and starches.

Why doesn’t Sophie’s Kitchen use soy?

Soy is a top allergen. Sophie’s Kitchen is a plant-based brand and is proud to offer products not just free of lab-grown and GMO ingredients, but all traditional common allergens, thereby making its food accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

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