Ever had a California roll? Then you’ve experienced the man-made wonder that is surimi. It’s a processed white fish product that translates to “ground meat.” The paste has a sweet, slightly briny flavor and smooth texture to mimic seafood like crab or lobster. 

Making this imitator takes skinning, rinsing, grinding and cooking the fish into an odorless paste. Then, coloring and flavoring is added for the ultimate disguise. Here’s a secret: when a recipe calls for crab, reach for the real stuff.

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