Does anyone know what imitation crab meat is made of?

Real crab meat is good, but imitation is NASTY! In my opinion anyway, lol. But I can't help wondering what exactly is it made of? Anybody got any ideas?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's made of surimi. This is a Japanese name for a white flavourless substance with the consistency of fish or crab meat, made from cheap fish. Artificial flavour and colour are added so you can make artificial crab, prawns or lobster from it. I don't think it tastes much like the real thing, but it's much cheaper, has a similar texture and most of the nutritional value.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Imitation Crab meat is made from a fish called Red Snapper

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's made from dyed and flavored Pollock or other white-fleshed fish.

    It's OK in strongly-flavored dishes like the cream cheese and cocktail sauce appetizer, but for something like crab cakes, I prefer the real thing.

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  • 1 decade ago

    White fish, some kind of binder, and crab flavoring (artificial or natural, depending on the brand).

    Check the ingredient label.

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  • sapboi
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    1 decade ago

    Its made of a fish called pollok and some other flavors and additives, but its not to bad...

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  • 1 decade ago

    White fish.

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  • 1 decade ago

    ~~~a less expensive fish. I have a packet in my fridge,,,it says made from whitefish. and yes,,,it doesnt taste like crab,,,,tastes like white fish,,,,,

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  • 1 decade ago

    almost any white fish like Pollock

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  • 1 decade ago

    I guess it's the seafood worlds equivalent to hot dogs/balony...lips and a***oles....eeeew always freaks me out

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Pollock. some sort of fish.

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