With overfishing plaguing our oceans, it’s best to skip the seafood. However, you can still enjoy some vegan lobster when the craving for a lobster roll hits.
Despite seafood being seen as a more sustainable option than farmed animal products like beef or lamb, the C02 emissions are still relatively high. Limiting your intake of crustaceans can therefore help reduce your carbon footprint and benefit your health.
- Lobster production is unsustainable. According the United Nations State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report, fishing crustaceans like lobster has increased by millions of tons from 1990-present day. They report there is no alternative to sustainability.
- Lobster consumption creates high carbon footprint. Eating crustaceans like lobster is the most damaging seafood for the environment. According to a research paper from PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, crustaceans made up 43 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2011 alone.
- Lobster is high in sodium, which can lead to higher blood pressure.
- Like most seafood, trace amounts of mercury can be found in your lobster. Mercury is poisonous to the human body.
If you enjoy the taste of lobster, you don’t need to avoid it altogether. Learn how to make vegan lobster so you can enjoy the flavor without the huge carbon footprint.
Vegan Lobster Recipe
- 1 can heart of palm, drained and chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1¼ tbsp vegan butter, melted
- 1 tbsp water
- ¼ tsp paprika
- pinch of salt
How to Make Vegan Lobster
- Cut up your heart of palm into large chunks to mimic lobster pieces.
- Add vegan butter, garlic, and water to a large frying pan on the stove.
- Melt the butter on medium heat, and add heart of palm chunks. Allow them to simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until heated through.
- Sprinkle paprika and salt over the vegan lobster chunks, and gently stir to coat.
- Serve with fresh lemon wedges, or chopped up parsley.
Vegan Lobster Uses
Feel free to get creative with how you want to use your vegan lobster, though it’s also great on its own. It would go well tossed with some vegan mayonnaise to create a creamy vegan lobster roll. You could even add it to a vegan lobster bisque. If you’re looking for a quick dinner, add vegan lobster into a simple pasta dish.
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