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Surimi: What is it and how do you cook it?

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.

Surimi salad

Source: Living Sweet Moments. Get the recipe here.

BBQ Pulled Alaska Surimi Sandwich

Satisfy your BBQ craving with this drool-worthy seafood sandwich that’s ready in just minutes!

BBQ Pulled Alaska Surimi Sandwich

Source: The Daily Meal. Get the recipe here.

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.

Open Faced Surimi Egg Salad Sandwich

Source: What’s Cookin Chicago. Get the recipe here.

Seafood Enchiladas with Imitation Crab

Make it a Mexican seafood night with these rich and gooey enchiladas.

Seafood Enchiladas with Imitation Crab

Source: Made in a Day. Get the recipe here.

Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)

Backyard cookouts just got a whole lot better with this yummy seafood-mayonnaise combo.

Crab Salad

Source: Dinner Then Dessert. Get the recipe here.

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.

Homemade California Rolls

Source: The Spruce Eats. Get the recipe here.

Food trend alert: Trident Seafoods has introduced a new Protein Noodle made from Wild Alaska Pollock. Yum!

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