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Why Do People Eat Fish On Good Friday?

by Toni Olukiran

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Many people opt for fish dinners on Good Friday, but what’s the reason behind this? Read on for where the tradition stems from, as well as vegan fish alternatives and where to find them for those who are plant-based.

What’s the significance of fish on Good Friday?

The tradition of eating fish on Good Friday actually dates back to the Roman Catholics. It was customary to not eat a warm-blooded animal on Fridays, to acknowledge the day Jesus was crucified. In the 1960s, the Pope amended this to acknowledge that it wasn’t compulsory to eat fish, just to not eat a warm-blooded animal, but the tradition still stands today. 

Are there vegan fish alternatives to buy?

If you would still like to observe the practice of eating fish on Good Friday but you are plant-based, there are indeed vegan options available. Quorn do vegan fish fillets, which are made from their classic key vegan ingredient, mycoprotein, to give it it’s meaty texture. Tuno from Loma Linda is also a great vegan alternative for fish, providing canned ‘tuna’ made from soya protein. For more supermarket recommendations for vegan fish, check out our blog post here next. 

Are there plant-based alternatives to make yourself?

fish tacos

Absolutely! If you’re looking for vegan fish recipes that’ll blow you away, you’ve got to try this vegan battered fish and chips. Flaky, crispy and tastes just like the real thing, except it’s made from banana blossom, which is pretty wild. You can also get stuck in with making these vegan fish tacos for a dinner that packs a punch — the flaky ‘fish’ paired with the sweet mango salsa is simply heavenly. 

Let us know which recipe you’ll try in the comments below!

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By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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