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Maybe you’ve never heard of 'surimi', but chances are you’ve eaten it, it's commonly found in popular sushi dishes like California rolls and crab salad, surimi is fish that is flavored, shaped, and sometimes colored to resemble shellfish like crab or lobster
Often referred to as “imitation” seafood, surimi is actually made with real seafood – usually sustainably caught wild Alaska pollock. It's a great source of protein, low-calorie, and versatile
THE HISTORY OF SURIMI
Surimi was created by Japanese chefs in the 12th century who would grind and salt leftover fish as a means of preserving their extra catch. In the 1960s, a Japanese chemist discovered that he could stabilize the product, freeze it, and preserve its shelf life. Hugely popular in Japan, South Korea, France, Thailand, and Spain, surimi can be flavored and molded to resemble a variety of seafood the most popular being 'crab sticks' - developed to replace the highly valued king crab thigh meat