by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Eats.


The LA Times recently caught up with Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson (we’ve been seeing interviews with ‘the captain’ all over the place, so the media blitz is obviously on) and of particular focus was the vegan nosh served on board the S.S. Steve Irwin during campaigns. “I run my ship as a vegan vessel,” says Watson. “It’s not for animal rights reasons but to set an example and to try and get people to think about the connection between what they eat and what we’re doing to the oceans, because it’s quite simple, really.”

The Steve Irwin’s main chef is Laura Dakin, who Watson regards as a great vegan cook. “People think we’re some wacky animal-rights group,” he adds. “We’re not. We’re a conservation organization but what we’re saying is, look, we’ve got to be very aware of what we eat if you’re going to call yourself an environmentalist or a conservationist.”

Want a sampling of the grub Sea Shepherd enjoy while on the high seas? Hit the fold below to check out some vegan recipes Laura uses to feed the crew.

Fluffy Vegan Pancakes

This is the favorite Sea Shepherd breakfast for sure!

10 cups of plain flour (or buckwheat flour for gluten-free pancakes is also yummy)

5 teaspoons sea salt

5½ tablespoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

16 tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons vanilla

10 cups soy milk (or half soy, milk half water works well)

16 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix together dry ingredients, sifting to avoid lumps.

Beat together wet ingredients, and then add to the dry and mix well until smooth.

For each pancake I put a little vegetable oil in a pan and then pour in desired amount of batter. When pancake is bubbling and almost cooked through, flip it and fry for about 30 seconds on the other side.

You can add 6 mashed bananas for banana pancakes or 2 cups of dark chocolate chips (they are usually vegan but be careful because some brands include milk products), or both, or anything else yummy you can think of.

This makes enough pancakes for a crew of 50! Any leftover goes well in the fridge for a few days.

Sea Shepherd Chili

Nice thick chili fills your belly and warms your core after a day on deck in freezing Antarctica. This also freezes well.

6 onions, diced

10 medium carrots

3 red bell peppers

2 yellow bell peppers

6 tablespoons olive oil

Place vegetables in a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 1 hour or so on about 150 degrees, stirring from time to time to get an even roast.

In a stock pot, add:

18 cups diced tomato (cooked)

3 cups tomato paste

12 cups chickpeas (cooked)

3 cans of corn

6-10 tablespoons of chili powder ( depending on how spicy you like it!)

3 tablespoons pepper

8 tablespoons curry powder

10 cups of vegetable stock

Add the roasted vegetables.

Simmer on medium-low heat for up to 1 hour, stirring from time to time

If it dries out, add a little vegetable stock. If it is too moist, cook for a little longer.

Add the very end, drop in a few large handfuls of chopped fresh parsley. Add a handful of chopped spring onion and 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano if you have it.

To grab another recipe for Chocolate Banana Cake, hit the rest of the article here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • steph

    wow…i wish they were sized to feed 20 people XD sounds delish

  • Patty

    The Whale Wars show is absolutely fabulous. We watch it every Friday night and if we miss an episode we catch one of the reruns during the week. Three cheers to the Sea Shepherd crew for all their hard work in a such a good cause– saving the whales –and for following through by eating vegan. Hopefully soon the world will take notice and do something about the illegal Japanese whaling. we’re looking forward to seeing the new documentary “The Cove” which exposes the Japanese dolphin slaughter.

  • hil

    If you divide everything by 5 you’ll have the equivalent of 10 people…then you can adjust from there :) Sorry I’m a recipe nerd lol

  • Stephanie

    Sea Shepherd is great and I love that the crew only eats vegan food. However, as a vegan and animal rights advocate, I feel that they seem kid of negative to the idea of animal rights.

  • Tim Madzia

    Paul Watson has some giant kahunas! To ram a Japanese whale ship – Wow, just don’t start a war over this. Way to make a statement about illegal whale slaughtering. Question/ suggestion for Paul; What kind of new technological weapons / launchers could you get to battle the japanese fleet and please show or use them for future episodes. Bravo Paul.

  • Whoever…

    This will shut up those who have insinuated that meat (including whale meat) is eaten on board of the Sea Shepherd.

    Although (contrary to what it might seem) I’m not a supporter of any organization (including SS), I have to say that my respect and admiration for Sea Shepherd is growing exponentially.

  • maelstrom

    No garlic in the chili??? Shame!!!

  • Ann

    Hey, these all sound great, the chili sounds so yummy, I love chili, being vegetarian is easy for me as I am italian so lots of vegi there and pasta. I do not think I can go totally vegan tho. I can subsitute but not totally, soy milk is so good. I hope to see more of these recipes.

    I watch the episodes on tv and wondered what they ate and what it is like to be on that ship. some wild time mixed with danger. But they are doing a good thing tho. I do not think they are crazy at all, I think they have a purpose to do which is what they are doing and they believe in it, so do I. I am an on line activist myself so BRAVO for the sea shep crew.

  • veghead

    “People think we’re some wacky animal rights group”? Excuse me?! First of all, the Sea Shephard crew shouldn’t concern themselves with what people think about them. And the negative comments about animal rights folks who care as much if not more about ALL animals as they do are inappropriate and divisive. I applaud them for practicing vegan living because most environmentalists don’t bother, but cool it with the dissing.

  • Mangerati

    You might think that a sea shepherd recipe contains something relating to the sea (other than the salt, of course).

  • Ann

    I am signed up for the newsletter and have watched it. it is heartwrenching to watch. I wish there were more recipes from the sea sheppard i could sign up and get in my email. would be fun going on an expedition with the crew. not fun when it gets scarry or choppy out there.

  • blakmira

    I agree with the comments from people who are puzzled by Sea Shepherd’s anti-animal rights comments. Of course they are for “animal rights”! These whales & dolphins, etc. have every “right” to not be persecuted and slaughtered and Sea Shepherd must believe that.

    I’m puzzled if they think it’s actually okay to slaughter [other animals] pigs, cows, chickens, etc. for food but only this is not the statement they want to make. Regardless, I applaud them for what they do and am very happy they eat vegan food. Some species may be more intelligent but all are just as deserving of a life free from use and abuse.

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  • G

    Well well, saving whales is one thing, but liberty and freedom of expression are an entirely another apparently… ahh, the irony.