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Old 01-13-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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Imitation Krab Newburg?

I have a wonderful Alfredo recipe that with Sherry added makes a easy and tasty Newburg sauce.

I bought some imitation Krab that I want to use, but it's bland.

Do you have any favorite additives to imitation Krab to give it some WOW?

I know a little soy tames the sweetness, but I'm thinking marinating in Sherry might be good.

Any ideas, folks?
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:25 AM   #2
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I think I'll join you with the same question, Zhizara.
It just so happens that I bought a pack of same today...

For the longest time, I'd been deliberately avoiding it.
Every time I'd go to a Safeway market, I would fake ignorance and ask the meat/fish guy, "what's that? can I sample a piece?" for a free snack. "thanks, that's not bad, but $8.99 seems awfully expensive. i'll take a fillet of cod, please."

It's actually not too bad. 20% real crab, I'm told. Looks convincing, texture is also manufactured with good effort. I broke down, purchased a pack a couple weeks back, and put it into a Louie salad that was pretty tasty. I think vinegars would work well with it, but I too would like to see some recipe ideas with imitation crab.
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First of all, watch the sodium content, especially with any add-ins. I've been adding in a bit of salt-free lemon pepper to mine for that extra flavor boost.
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:48 AM   #4
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I think I'll join you with the same question, Zhizara.
It just so happens that I bought a pack of same today...

For the longest time, I'd been deliberately avoiding it.
Every time I'd go to a Safeway market, I would fake ignorance and ask the meat/fish guy, "what's that? can I sample a piece?" for a free snack. "thanks, that's not bad, but $8.99 seems awfully expensive. i'll take a fillet of cod, please."

It's actually not too bad. 20% real crab, I'm told. Looks convincing, texture is also manufactured with good effort. I broke down, purchased a pack a couple weeks back, and put it into a Louie salad that was pretty tasty. I think vinegars would work well with it, but I too would like to see some recipe ideas with imitation crab.
In a frozen 1# package I paid $2.29. It does NOT taste like crab. It's fish. It has a kind of sweetish taste, that a few drops of soy eliminates.

When I lived in Hawaii in the '60s slices of it were added to soups and was called fish cake.

While looking around yesterday I noticed a recipe that used equal amounts of canned crabmeat and that it supposedly wasn't noticeable in crab cakes. I may try that.

It does make an excellent Krab salad, good on sandwiches or stuffed into avocado halves. I'll probably use some for that with HB egg, celery and onion, seasoned with Italian Salad Dressing Mix.

I usually cut the package into 4 pieces and put them in baggies in the freezer to use separately. With egg noodles and sauce I end up with at least two servings, making this an economical purchase.

BTW, I always use Krab in the name. When it first came out the K was used to differentiate imitation from real, but they often don't use the K anymore as well as not bothering to say imitation.

I bought a couple of crab cakes at a fish counter once and was infuriated to find they were not made with real crabmeat!
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Sushi! :) Wasabi and sticky rice makes anything palatable. LOL.

Also: "Crab" rangoons. Shred the "crab" and mix into softened cream cheese. Chop some green onion and mix throughout. Put a dollop on wonton skins and fold over. (sealing the edges with water) Bake or fry until golden and crisp. :)
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Sushi! :) Wasabi and sticky rice makes anything palatable. LOL.

Also: "Crab" rangoons. Shred the "crab" and mix into softened cream cheese. Chop some green onion and mix throughout. Put a dollop on wonton skins and fold over. (sealing the edges with water) Bake or fry until golden and crisp. :)
I've had it from a Chinese take out. It's okay so long as you aren't expecting to taste crab. Real Crab Rangoon is fantastic.
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talking about crabsticks?
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:36 AM   #8
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talking about crabsticks?
What's crabsticks? Anything crab sounds good. Tell me more, please.

Welcome to DC. We'd love to pick your brain for ideas.
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I have been getting it for .99 a pack on sale and freezing it. I use it sushi and seafood newburg.I laso like it seafood pie and just about anything that has mixed seafood. Real crab just gets lost in any dish with much flavor I prefer it just by itself.
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