No ONE would Know the Fish is an APPLE

 Did you know you can make a fish substitute from an apple? It’s true, I’m going to teach you how to make this apple fish recipe! This is simpler than you’d think, and tastes so amazing and refreshing. It has the same texture, taste and mouth feel as raw tuna! If you like this recipe, check out this one too! and this one!

Prep the Apples

     To start I cube up and peel three fuji apples. I want to pickle these apples to give it more of a fish consistency. Start with two cups of water in a saucepan along with a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of capers, some of the caper juice, a pinch of salt, and a small square of kelp. Now I turn up the heat, bring it to a simmer, then add the apples and reduce the heat. Then allow it to rest for about ten minutes. 

Cook the Apples

      Now we want the apple fish to cool down and brine in this liquid. I remove the kelp from the pan then dump the apples and liquid into a container along with a tablespoon of olive oil. Next stir that in then toss a lid on it and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning the apples are nice and cold. Then strain the apples out of the pickling broth, and add them back to their container. Next, cover them with a teaspoon of beet powder (this will give them the red color) and a quarter teaspoon of baking soda. Now I fill the container with water then add a bit of salt. Now I throw the lid back on and give the container a good shake. Then back to rest in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

     Now our apple fish is done! These look great and have the texture of fish! I want to add my fish to a poke bowl so let’s get that ready! First we need some rice. I add a little ginger and turmeric to my rice to jazz it up a bit. This will give it some flavor and make it a bit healthier. I’m going to make my own sauce too. Now add some vegan mayonnaise, sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili oil, togarashi seasoning, and some agave to a sauce container. I shook it all up and it turned out perfect! Toss that sauce in the refrigerator.   

Poke Bowl

     I add my rice into a bowl, along with some pickled veggies, some red onion, and avocado. Now in a separate bowl I add some of my apple fish, with a little bit of soy sauce, sesame oil, some everything seasoning, and chopped green onions. Next mix everything up then add to the poke bowl! I sprinkle some more togarashi over top along with the sauce I made! Now we are really all done! And it looks amazing. 

We Did It!

     The apple is a great substitute! It resembles fish so well. It has that awesome savory soy sauce/sesame flavor. Now it also has a nice snap on the outside bite like fish. It’s a smooth bite all the way through. The consistency is spot on, it’s good by itself and excellent mixed with the poke bowl. This whole dish is amazing! Did you know there was even an apple fish recipe? Now you do! Check out the full video here!

No One Would Know the Fish is an Apple

How to make a fish substitute from an apple! Easy and not too time consuming apple fish recipe!
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Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 1 day 3 hours
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


Apple Fish

  • 3 fuji apples
  • water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • caper juice
  • salt
  • small square of kelp
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp beet powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Poke Bowl

  • rice
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • vegan mayonnaise
  • sesame oil
  • rice vinegar
  • chili oil
  • togarashi seasoning
  • agave
  • pickled veggies
  • avocado
  • soy sauce
  • everything seasoning
  • green onion


  • Peel and cube the apples.
  • Add water, apple cider vinegar, capers, caper juice, salt, and kelp into saucepan. Bring it to a simmer then add the apples and reduce the heat. Allow to rest for ten minutes.
  • Remove kelp from pan then dump apples and liquid into container along with olive oil. Stir then add a lid and let refrigerate overnight.
  • Strain apples from liquid and put them back in their container. Cover with beet powder and baking soda then fill container with water and add salt.
  • Add a lid and give it a shake then let it rest in the refrigerator for two hours. Enjoy!
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