seared surimi crab

seared crab/pizzaThe crab should be honoured – imitation really is the highest form of flattery. How many foods can boast a look-alike, a mimic, a poseur, an impersonator, that actually rivals the real thing? Well, crab does. If you are not familiar with this crab copycat, then listen up. It looks like crab, it acts like crab and for those who really don’t know any better (which is a few of us) it taste like crab – and is a heckuva lot easier to eat, no digging required. If you haven’t wondered yet, you should have – if it’s imitation, then what the heck is it made of? Thankfully, fish does stand in here, as the great pretender – along with a few other ingredients to create this tasty seafood stand-in, known by insiders as surimi. So, do not be afraid – unlike other faux foods – this is simply one which swaps uptown for downtown – seafood for fish – headed wherever you want it to, and in this case, it’s headed for a pizza.

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And when you help it along in the flavour department, and follow it up with some serious searing – your family and friends will wonder how you’re managing to serve one of the most delectable delicacies the ocean has to offer as often as canned tuna – well, it’ll be our little secret. It’s most often found in salad rolls and sushi, served cold – which certainly is a tasty way to enjoy it, but get a little heat going and you will be somewhere else entirely. Where, you ask? Well read on to find out where a mess of seared surimi can end up …

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1. Break up as many trays of crab as like – you’ll find it at the fish counter.

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2. Get a pan on medium-high heat and swirl in a little oil.

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3. And in goes the crab – see? There it is – behind those bubbles, is some serious searing.

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4. And in goes the rest.

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5. Here comes the sear.

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6. And I say, it’s alright!

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7. Get a few seasonings together – and in this case, s & p, garlic & onion powder.

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8. Starting to get some serious action in the caramelization department.

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9. And that’s exactly what we’re looking for.

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10. Continue tossing and searing, until there are brown bits everywhere, remove from the heat, and there you have it – seared crab headed for all sorts of destinations.

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11. And in this case – atop naan, with a smear of salsa, tomato slices, the seared crab, sliced scallions and cheese, a couple of minutes under the broiler, and who did you say made this?

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12. Well, you did, silly!

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