“Fish” & Grits: Gardein Golden Fishless Filet Recipe Brings It Down Home

Being from a family of proud South Carolinians, it’s sometimes fun to bring my vegan spin to favorite meals. With Gardein Golden Fishless Filet, we’re having some fun celebrating family food traditions. Today, I share a delicious breakfast dish that you can have any time of day: “Fish” & Grits!

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Momma Macaroon is from what they call “The Low Country” in South Carolina. She and her siblings grew up on a lot of fish and seafood. In fact, my great aunt and uncle were known to go out on their little shrimping boat to catch an array of “delicacies” for my grandparents to make for feasts. Now that I’m vegan, it’s nice that I can re-create some of their best dishes and keep it cruelty-free.

One of our fave family meals was a Sunday breakfast of fried fish and grits. We’d all meet up at my grandma’s house, fix up a plate and sit around the table (and often extend into the living room), before gearing up for football action on the TV. It’s one of my fondest memories growing up, because nowadays we don’t really get together like we used to. While it makes me happy, the fish eating does not. However, Gardein’s come to the rescue with their Golden Fishless Filet! 


If you’re not familiar with grits, it’s made of hominy, which comes from corn. Hominy is made by stripping kernels from the ear, drying them and flaking into a grainy “flour.” You can cook that “flour” to make a cereal, like porridge or farina. Now, to actually make hominy yourself…I don’t know anyone who has…I think it would be rather time consuming. So, you can get it from your local supermarket under brands like Quaker. I grew up with grits made in so many ways, including with gravy, cheese or maple syrup. 


For this recipe, I wanted to kick up the corn a bit. I grilled an ear of corn and shaved off the kernels right into a pot of grits cooked with water and salt, and later mixed in almond milk and vegan butter. On top of the grits, I went back to an old school family preparation with some soy chorizo cooked with onions and olive oil. Then, I topped the dish with a baked fishless filet and a few splashes of hot sauce. We were good to go.

What I love about cooking up grits with the Golden Fishless Filet? You can cook the grits and chorizo in the same amount of time it takes to bake the filets! All can be ready to go in about 20 minutes!

I like shredding up the filet as I eat to make sure I get a bite with each forkful. It really did bring me back to being a kid at my grandma’s dining table. 

What about Carlo? Some of you know that Carlo does not like anything remotely reminding him fish or seafood, even if it’s vegan. However, he did fix himself a hearty plate of the grits and sausage and was pleased as punch with that. He was also happy that the Gardein Golden Fishless Filet didn’t give off a “fishy” odor while it was baking. He thought that was a major plus in Garden’s book!

I hope you try the recipe and let me know how you like it in the comments!  And don’t forget to download your $1.00 off coupon to save on Gardein Golden FIshless Filet and other Gardein products!

"Fish" & Grits
Serves 4
Veganizing a "Macaroon" Sunday morning classic. No fish were harmed in its making, and we're all happy about that, right?
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 pkg. Gardein Fishless Filet
For the Grits
  1. 1 c. old fashioned grits, uncooked
  2. 4 c. water
  3. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  4. 1/4 c. almond milk
  5. 2 Tbsp. vegan butter
  6. 1 ear of corn, grilled
For the sausage
  1. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 c. vegan sausage, chopped (Chorizo-flavor preferred)
  3. 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  4. Hot sauce (optional)
For the Fishless Filet
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes
For the grits
  1. In a pot over medium heat, stir together grits, water and salt
  2. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  3. Remove lid and stir in almond milk and butter until melted and smooth
  4. Cut kernels from grilled corn and fold into grits
For the sausage
  1. In a skillet, heat olive oil
  2. Add onion until they begin to sweat
  3. Add sausage and cook until brown (approximately 7-10 minutes)
To assemble and serve
  1. Scoop a serving of the grits onto a plate
  2. Add sausage and onion mixture
  3. Top with 1-2 Fishless Filet pieces
  4. Splash hot sauce, if desired
  1. Trader Joe's makes a Soy Chorizo in casing. Use 1/2 the package, removing casing
  2. Field Roast makes Mexican Chorizo sausages. Use 2 sausages for this recipe
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