Surimi: You may have heard of it and you’ve likely seen and tasted it. Today we are giving the 411 on this protein that is an alternative in recipes that call for crab. Affordable, convenient and versatile, this tasty seafood product requires minimal prep work and can be easily found in the refrigerated seafood section of the grocery store.
Surimi is made from white fish – typically Wild Alaska Pollock. In the U.S., it is most often flavored and shaped to resemble a crab leg or flaked crab, with a taste similar to crab, shrimp or lobster.
Surimi is low in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol and provides protein and the minerals phosphorous and selenium. Phosphorous is important for healthy bones and teeth, while selenium is an important immune system-boosting antioxidant. If you avoid shellfish but enjoy the taste of crab, surimi is a good alternative. If you have food sensitivities check the label on individual surimi products.
And now our favorite part? It’s easy to prepare! Because this ingredient is so versatile, there are many fun ways to prepare it. Use it straight from the package for cold dishes like dips and salads, or incorporate it into your favorite crab cake, taco or casserole recipes! We’re sharing five of our favorite summer surimi recipes you need to add to your menu.
Surimi Salad with Sesame Dressing
Need an easy, low-fat dinner idea? This crunchy combination of veggies and surimi is refreshing and satisfying.
BBQ Pulled Alaska Surimi Sandwich
Satisfy your BBQ craving with this drool-worthy seafood sandwich that’s ready in just minutes!
Open Faced Surimi Egg Salad Sandwich
It’s a breakfast sandwich makeover. Take mornings to a whole new level with this light and flavorful treat.
Seafood Enchiladas with Imitation Crab
Make it a Mexican seafood night with these rich and gooey enchiladas.
Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)
Backyard cookouts just got a whole lot better with this yummy seafood-mayonnaise combo.
Homemade California Rolls
Sushi lovers can’t get enough of these homemade California rolls. With minimal tasty ingredients, these rolls are easy to make and absolutely delicious.
Food trend alert: Trident Seafoods has introduced a new Protein Noodle made from Wild Alaska Pollock. Yum!