Imitation crab, which is also called surimi, translates to mean minced fish, and this technique was being used in Japan as much as a thousand years ago. Mild-tasting, white-fleshed fish is used to make it, and this is often pollock or whiting. The bones and skin are removed from the fish, before it is minced and shaped into a paste.
Crab extract and other flavorings are added, along with natural binders and stabilizers like salt, sugar, egg white and starch, and natural coloring. You can get imitation crab in chunks, flakes or even shaped into crab legs. Recipes using imitation crab include various salads, pastas, chowders and soups, and you can use imitation crab instead of scallops, shrimp, or real crab in many dishes.
The following recipe combines the imitation crab with onion, garlic, mayonnaise, and parsley, to make a flavorful salad, before serving it with salad leaves. This simple idea makes a really flavorful lunch or appetizer, and you will love how quick and easy it is to put together. Imitation crab has a very similar flavor to the real thing, but it is a fraction of the price. Anyone on a budget should give recipes using imitation crab a try, because this ingredient is versatile and has a lovely flavor.
- ½ head iceberg lettuce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 lbs imitation crab
- 1 minced garlic clove
- ¼ finely chopped white onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 16 fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
- Chop the imitation crab as coarse or as finely as you want.
- For extra-fine crab, you can whiz it in a food processor.
- For a chunkier result, just chop it coarsely with a knife.
- Combine the mayonnaise with the garlic, onion, salt and black pepper in a bowl.
- Stir in the crab.
- Chop the lettuce and divide it between 4 plates.
- Top with the crab mixture and garnish with parsley.
Because imitation crab tastes almost like the real thing, it is a great ingredient to use when making salads. There are plenty of different recipes using imitation crab to choose from and this one makes a flavorful lunch. Alternatively serve it as an appetizer. The garlic and onion give the crab salad a nice crunch and flavor, and you can also throw in some finely sliced celery if you fancy. This easy recipe requires no cooking. Keep imitation crab in the freezer and thaw it overnight in the refrigerator so you can make delicious salads like this appetizing, colorful one.
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