Have you ever taken a bite out of a California roll and tasted a bit of crab in it? Well, the chances are you’re eating a tiny piece of sliced imitation crabmeat. This scrumptious piece of meat is sweet and tastes almost exactly like the real thing. However, you might be shocked to know that imitation crab contains absolutely no traces of real crab in it.
I have an overabundance of imitation crab stored in my freezer. While most of you will know his is a staple in sushi creations, I use it in a myriad of other dishes. For example, I’ve just had an excellent hotpot dinner with some fish cakes, thinly sliced beef, and imitation crabstick last week. I also use this ingredient as a topper for my fresh Thai papaya salad, and you can add it to sandwich spreads for a delightful seafood inspired sub.
Today, I am going to discuss how imitation crab meat can be turned into a star dish. While this sounds like a tall order, there are actually various ways you can use it to create a fantastic lunch or dinner. But before we go into all of this, let me first give you a quick glimpse into the history of this unique and mysterious ingredient.Continue reading