Imitation Crab (Surimi)
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In many retail markets, Imitation crab represents 50% of seafood sales. Surimi imitation crab is simulated shellfish made from cooked, mild-flavored, lean, white-fleshed fish. The fish is deboned, minced, rinsed and rendered into an odorless, white paste to which flavor concentrates can be added. This paste is typically frozen into block form and sold to imitation crab producers. The producer will knead and braid the paste into a desired texture and shape, then steam, broil or fry for finished goods. When making Surimi paste, Pollock and Hake/Whiting are most common, but Hoki, Croaker, Mullet and several other species are now being used. Alaska Pollock Surimi sets the standard for price and quality.