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How to make carrot lox – vegan smoked salmon recipe

How to make carrot lox – vegan smoked salmon recipe

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Even more delicious than real salmon, but without fish or other animal products is the carrot lox. Here I show you how you can make it yourself. On bread, vegan smoked salmon is ideal for breakfast or as a snack in between. But you can also prepare various vegan or vegetarian main dishes with it. A detailed carrot lox recipe with exact quantities and step-by-step instructions can be found below.

How do I get the fish flavor and aroma?

The real fish flavor and aroma is given to the carrot lox by algae. They make vegan smoked salmon taste and smell really like the sea, just like vegan caviar you may have made yourself. I used nori leaves as seaweed in the carrot lox recipe below. You can use others, though. How about wakame or dulse, for example? The real smoked salmon flavor is provided by the liquid smoke or the smoked salt.

Vegan smoked salmon

Vegan salmon with smoked salt or liquid smoke?

You can use both smoked salt and liquid smoke for the recipe. Unfortunately, the liquid smoke is very hard to find in local stores. You can order it mainly online. I had made the vegan salmon with smoked salt.

Ideal fish alternative for smoked salmon

You live vegetarian or vegan, but you feel like smoked salmon from time to time? Then this carrot lox recipe is just right for you! The vegan smoked salmon is an ideal fish alternative that tastes no less delicious, is healthy and easy to prepare. Surprise your loved ones with it! I am sure that not only vegans or vegetarians will love the carrot lox.

Vegan smoked salmon

Quick carrot lox recipe without baking

In many carrot lox recipes, you have to bake the carrots in the oven before you make vegan smoked salmon out of them. This usually takes a few hours. It’s much faster with this recipe, which calls for steaming the carrots for just 10-20 minutes. This not only saves time, but many vitamins from the carrots are not lost. You only need to allow enough time for the carrots to marinade.

Serve the carrot lox

Vegan carrot lox tastes very delicious on baguette. You can serve it as follows:

  1. Cut baguette into slices.
  2. Spread vegan butter or margarine on each slice.
  3. Spread the carrot lox on it.
  4. Now add fresh dill and some fresh onions – delicious!

But the vegan salmon also tastes delicious with normal, especially homemade bread. You can first spread vegan cream cheese on the bread and serve various fresh herbs with the vegan smoked salmon. Capers also go perfectly with it.

Moreover, you can use the vegan smoked salmon made from carrots to prepare various vegetarian or vegan main dishes that are usually made with real salmon. For example, you can use it to prepare poke bowl or sushi.

Carrot lox vegan

This carrot lox is

  • vegan – without fish and other animal products,
  • incredibly tasty,
  • healthy,
  • with real fish taste,
  • with vitamins,
  • perfect for breakfast or as a snack on bread,
  • suitable for the preparation of various main dishes,
  • easy and quick to make yourself from a few ingredients,
  • ideal vegan fish alternative.

Vegan smoked salmon from carrots: the recipe

The exact quantities and step-by-step instructions, according to which you can make carrot lox vegan yourself, you will find below in the box recipe.

The recipe for vegan smoked salmon is quite simple. You need very few ingredients for it. These are

  • carrots, of course (it’s best to take large ones so your “salmon” strips are wide),
  • liquid smoke or smoked salt,
  • nori leaves,
  • vegetable oil,
  • some soy sauce,
  • some rice vinegar (or other vinegar)
  • and possibly sea salt if you use liquid smoke.

How to make carrot lox

  1. Using a peeler, slice carrots lengthwise into thin, long strips. Place steamer insert in a large saucepan with some water or hang a heatproof strainer over it. Place the carrot strips in the steamer insert or colander, place the lid on the saucepan and steam the carrots for about 10 – 20 minutes. They should become soft, but not mushy. Then let cool to warm.
  2. For the marinade, mix vegetable oil, soy sauce, liquid smoke or smoked salt, nori leaf cut into pieces, rice vinegar and sea salt if desired in a large bowl.
  3. Add the warm carrot strips to the marinade and mix gently until all the carrots are coated with the marinade.
  4. Pour the carrot strips along with the marinade into a large screw-top jar, seal, and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Your vegan smoked salmon is ready!

Vegan lox

Vegan lox: with these tips and tricks you will succeed perfectly

  • When steaming the carrots, make sure that they become soft but not mushy. The steaming time specified in the recipe may vary. It also depends on how thinly you cut the carrots.
  • Liquid smoke or smoked salt and nori leaves give the vegan salmon the popular sea and smoke flavor and aroma. So you should not do without these ingredients.
  • Look for good quality liquid smoke and smoked salt. Smoked salt should ideally be sea salt.
  • If you use smoked salt, you don’t need to add sea salt. Unless you like your carrot salmon very salty.
  • Instead of nori leaves, you can use other seaweed to your taste.
  • Instead of rice vinegar, you can use another vinegar.
  • To slice carrots lengthwise into thin, long strips, you’ll need a peeler.
  • To steam the carrots, you’ll need a steamer insert or a heat-resistant strainer.
  • To marinate the carrots, you will also need an airtight container. For example, you can use a large screw-top or canning jar.
  • It is important to seal the carrots well in the marinade and let them marinate for at least 12 hours. This is the only way they will get their sea flavor and smoky aroma.
  • Keep the vegan carrot lox in the same screw-top jar in the marinade. It will keep for about 4 days. You can take out the jar from time to time and shake it gently so that the carrots stay evenly coated with the marinade.

Vegan smoked salmon from carrots

Have you made vegan smoked salmon yourself using this recipe? I’m looking forward to your result, your star rating and your comment on the carrot lox recipe below, how it turned out and tasted to you.

Carrot lox (vegan smoked salmon)

Carrot lox (vegan smoked salmon)

Even more delicious than real salmon, but without fish or other animal products is the carrot lox. Here I show you how you can make it yourself. On bread, vegan smoked salmon is ideal for breakfast or as a snack in between. But you can also prepare various vegan or vegetarian main dishes with it.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 8

Equipment

  • peeler
  • steaming tray or heat-resistant strainer
  • screw jar

Ingredients
  

  • 600 g large carrots (cleaned)
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke or smoked salt
  • 1 nori leaf
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • possibly sea salt (if liquid smoke is used)

Instructions
 

  • Using a peeler, cut carrots lengthwise into thin, long strips.
  • Put some water in a large saucepan and place a steamer insert in the saucepan or hang a heat-resistant strainer over the saucepan. Place the carrot strips in the steamer insert or colander, put the lid on the cooking pot, and steam the carrots for about 10 - 20 minutes. They should become soft, but not mushy. (For this, note the detailed tips and tricks for making your own carrot salmon at the top of the post). After that, let the carrots cool a bit until they are warm.
  • In a large bowl, mix vegetable oil, soy sauce, liquid smoke or smoked salt, nori leaf cut into pieces, rice vinegar, and sea salt if desired.
  • Add the warm carrot strips to the marinade and mix gently until all the carrots are coated with the marinade.
  • Fill the carrot strips together with the marinade into a large screw jar and close it. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

Notes

  • Adjust the steaming time of the carrots if necessary. They should become soft but not mushy.
  • Make sure the liquid smoke and smoked salt are of good quality. Smoked salt should ideally be sea salt.
  • Instead of nori leaves, use other seaweed.
  • Instead of rice vinegar go another vinegar.
    It is important to seal the carrots in the marinade in a container and let them marinate for at least 12 hours. Only in this way they get their sea flavor and their smoky aroma.
  • The time to steep the carrots in the marinade is not included in the preparation time.
  • Note the detailed tips and tricks for making carrot lox yourself at the top of the post.
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