Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom “Fish”

Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom “Fish”


Flaky banana blossom faux fish fillets that are made in the air fryer for an irresistibly crispy exterior. This Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom “Fish” is a healthy plant-based fish alternative that is also exploding with flavor! 


Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom "Fish" over a bed of lettuce on a plate


Vegan Fish

Yep, we have another banana blossom recipe coming your way! It’s truly one of those ingredients we always keep on-hand to make healthy Old Bay banana blossom “fish” tacos, vegan “seafood” linguini, banana blossom paella, or vegan seafood jambalaya

Honestly, it’s just SO GOOD and perfect as a vegan faux fish. Well, today we have a recipe that’s crispy, spicy and deliciously flaky just like real fish— air fried blackened fillets! 


A closeup view of vegan blackened banana blossom "fish" filets



  • Canned Bananas Blossoms Layered and flaky banana blossoms are the perfect texture for a plant-based fish option. 
  • Spices –  Savory spices with a touch of seaweed are an amazing coating for these fake fish fillets. 


HOW TO MAKE:Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom “Fish”


Banana Blossoms coated in the blackened spice mixture on a white plate


FAQ & Blackened Banana Blossom “Fish” Tips:

  • Can this recipe be baked instead of made in the air fryer?

    • Absolutely. Although we love the crispness that is produced in the air fryer, this faux fish can also be baked. We would recommend baking it at 400°F  for approximately 30-40 minutes or until browned. 
  • Are these banana blossoms spicy? 

    • Yes, the cayenne pepper does add a little bit of heat. However, it’s always an option to reduce the amount or leave it out entirely.
  • Is there a substitute for the dulse flakes?

    • Yep! Alternatively you can also use finely chopped nori, kelp powder, or it can also be omitted. The dulse flakes provide a little fishy flavor to the fillets but it’s not an essential ingredient. 
  • Tip: Check the air fryer periodically while cooking.

    • We have found the blossoms quickly turn from brown to black, so keep a close eye on them while cooking. However, even if they get a little extra crispy they will still be scrumptious!
  • Tip: Reheat in the Air Fryer. 

    • By reheating the fillets in the air fryer, they will keep their crispiness. Best yet, they will only take 2-3 minutes to reheat. 


Cooking the blackened vegan fish in an air fryer


A Versatile Plant-Based Entree

This is one vegan entree you don’t want to miss! You will never miss fish again, once you have these crispy blackened banana blossoms. Serve them over a bed of lettuce, polenta, or alongside rice for a complete plant-based meal. 🐟 Enjoy! 

Finally, if you have made this recipe, we would love to hear what you think! Please comment down below  and be sure to rate the recipe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks so much!


Ingredients for vegan blackened banana blossom "fish" on marble Coating the banana blossoms in the spice mix in a bowl

Cooking the blackened vegan fish in an air fryer Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom "Fish" over a bed of lettuce on a plate

Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom "Fish" on a plate with lettuce and lemon wedges A closeup view of vegan blackened banana blossom "fish" filets


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Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom "Fish" over a bed of lettuce on a plate

Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom “Fish”

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 5 min.
  • Cook Time: 15 min.
  • Total Time: 20 min.
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom “Fish” filets are coated in a flavorful spice mixture and fried until crispy. Healthy and Delicious!



Spice Mixture: 

Vegan Fish:


  1. Add 1 Tbsp of oil to the air fryer and preheat to 400°F
  2. Combine the spices in a large bowl or ziplock bag. 
  3. Drain and rinse the banana blossoms. Thoroughly coat the banana blossoms in the spice mix by gently shaking them in the bag or adding them to the large bowl with the spices. 
  4. Carefully add the coated banana blossoms to the preheated air fryer and cook for 15-20 minutes. 
  5. Serve on salad or in tacos or fajitas. Leftover spice mix can be saved and used within 1 week. Remove any large clumps from the spice mix before saving. 
  6. Cooked leftover blossoms can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


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Keywords: Banana Blossom Recipe, Vegan Banana Blossom Fish, Vegan Air Fryer Fish


3 thoughts on “Vegan Blackened Banana Blossom “Fish””

  • I made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious! Full of flavor. It is on my list of foods to make often! (Only things I changed were absolutely no oil and used furikake in place of dulse and salt)

    • The air fryer temp should be set to 400℉ as it is stated in the recipe card. However, we would recommend checking the blossoms periodically to make sure you get a desired blackness and crispiness because all air fryers cook differently.

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