Are Current Foods Plant-Based Fish delicious or gross?

Sometimes I get excited to review a new herbal product, but when it arrives, I don’t know what to do with it. Such was the case with Current Foods, a new fake fish. The instructions stated, “Current Foods products are ready-to-eat and best served chilled. Our plant-based seafood pairs well with any dish for which you would use high-quality fish.

But as a vegetarian since childhood, I can’t remember ever eating high quality fish. When I stopped eating critters, my sophistication was fish and chips or shrimp cocktails in small glasses. Did Current Foods really expect me to eat pink jelly cubes straight out of a pouch? My husband didn’t help matters by pulling a face and saying, “Vegan seafood?! Yet, as a vegan journalist dedicated to reducing animal suffering, I bravely set out to investigate this new product.

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So what is Current Foods?

I tasted the original flavor of Current Tuna. The three main ingredients are water, pea protein and high oleic sunflower oil. Tuna gets its texture from bamboo and potato, and its color from radish and tomato. The peas provide protein and a touch of seaweed provides an ocean flavor. The 8.8 ounce pouch contains 4.5 2/3 cup servings (anyone else confused by how 8.8 ounces can provide so many 2/3 cup servings?) of 50 calories each . One serving contains 40% of your daily B12 and 25% of your iron, two very useful elements for vegans. You only get two grams of protein per serving.

What’s not in it: microplastics and mercury. Since many pregnant women worry about mercury levels in seafood, they can eat actual tuna without anxiety. And no one really wants to eat microplastics.

A white square bowl containing current fake tuna with used lime halves in front and a clear juicer with liquid

Taste the current tuna

With a deadline looming, I decided to offer an alternative fish dish to my unsuspecting 4th of July holiday dinner guests. I decided to adapt this classic Food & Wine ceviche recipe, which starts with soaking tuna cubes in lime juice and chopped onion for four hours.

But first I wanted to try an unlimed cube on the household expert. My household is made up of a vegan, a vegetarian, an omnivore and a (mostly) carnivore. Lucifer the black cat is our resident seafood expert. I was very curious to see if Current Foods would trick him. I placed a cube of tuna next to him in his catio. He sniffled. He ignored. Verdict: no tuna.

More surprisingly, my dog ​​Rudy snubbed the cube. And Rudy eats almost anything, sometimes even things that aren’t food. This made me a bit nervous as to how my diners would receive the ceviche.

Fortunately, the lime juice improved the taste of the fake fish. I added the other ingredients – chopped tomato, olives, cilantro, avocado, some orange juice – and all the humans present agreed it was good. My guest, who is mostly vegetarian but occasionally eats fish, said it just tasted like a pickled vegetable to her. My husband, who is now a vegetarian but has eaten tuna more recently than me, said the ceviche tasted like ceviche with no fishy flavor and the fake tuna tasted like “tasteless chunks”. But not in a bad way.

It’s safe to say that for my family, the alternative fish was quite a pleasant but disappointing experience. However, judging by the testimonials on the Current Foods website, many vegans and chefs rave about its quality in poke bowls and sushi. And Time named the fake fish one of the best inventions of 2021. Still, I’m skeptical whether it will suit the majority of people who like to eat fish.

Metal bowl containing a ceviche of fake tuna, vegetables and coriander

Try This Vegan Fish For Yourself

Current Foods is still very new. The company began research and development in 2019 and launched it in 2021. It’s not yet widely available to the public, but some chefs are using it at poke joints and sushi bars in the United States. The store finder on the Current Foods website drew a blank for my area of ​​Oregon.

If you want to try the faux tuna, your best bet is probably to pre-order on the company’s website. You can choose between original tuna cubes or original tuna fillets. Three 8.8-ounce packs are $40. For $50, you can get four packs of cubes or nets, or select a hybrid pack with two of each. Does this price seem a little high for anyone else?

The company is currently developing other flavors, such as Roasted Sesame, Yuzu Chipotle and Ginger Tamarind Tuna. Fake salmon is also in the works, and consumers will eventually be able to choose between smoked or original smoked black pepper.

+ Current foods

Photograph by Teresa Bergen and through Pexels

Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by Current Foods. All product and company opinions are those of the author.

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