What is Imitation Crab?


Invented in Japan in 1973 by Sugiyo Co., Ltd., imitation crab (or kanikama), is made from finely pulverized white fish, most often the Alaska pollock. The pulverized fish is mixed with fillers such as wheat, and egg white or other binding ingredient, such as the enzyme transglutaminase. Artificial crab flavoring is added and a layer of red food coloring is applied to the outside to give it that “fresh from the crab” appearance.

I’m a big fan of “krab”. In fact my mother used to buy it for me as a special treat when I was a wee lass. Other kids wanted candy and soda and all I wanted was some sweet, sweet, succulent seafood sticks.

So tell, me. Do you like imitation crab? If so, how do you like to eat it? I’m a pretty big sushi fan so hit me with summothat any day.