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Have You Heard of Surimi?

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You might not know it by name, but you’ve probably encountered it in refrigeration units at fish markets, or savoured it in in salads or a sandwiches! It’s made from pre-cooked fish, usually pollock and whiting, seasoned to imitate crab or lobster.. Surimi has become the fastest growing seafood product in North America since it first appeared more than 25 years ago.


Surimi comes already cooked and ready to eat. Mix it with mayonnaise or salad cream/dressing in salads or sandwiches. Better still, run it through the food processor and use it to stuff crepes, vegetables or sandwiches. Children love surimi sticks served with dip as a snack or with cheese cubes on brochettes. Surimi is also a welcome addition to pasta dishes, stir-fries, pizzas and fajitas. Its delicate, light, slightly sweet flavour compliments a host of foods.

Healthy and Practical

Surimi is a low fat, low cholesterol food with only 70 to 80 calories per 85 g serving. It keeps up to two months unopened in the refrigerator, and lasts about four days once opened. Please note that anyone with hypertension might want to enjoy surimi in limited quantities owing to its sodium (salt) content.

Please consult our All Recipes section for surimi recipes such as:

  • crab stir-fry
  • crab spirals with lemon & dill
  • light and lively lobster salad
  • crabby club sandwich