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Sushi krab stick tasting fishy

Bridge13 Jun 18, 2013 06:16 PM

I make homemade sushi and every time I've bought the frozen crab sticks to use at home. They end up tasting really fishy. Anyone have any advice? I never taste any fishy ness when I'm at a sushi restaurant.

  1. hill food Jun 18, 2013 06:28 PM

    I have no problem with krab, but be warned you are going to stir up a storm with this question. it really does depend on the brand and the handling (I have no advice on the brand other than some are better than others)

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    1. re: hill food
      Bridge13 Jun 18, 2013 06:54 PM

      What brand do you use? I've only ever seen 1 brand of the surimi like crab stick.

      1. re: Bridge13
        hill food Jun 18, 2013 07:16 PM

        oh there's a ton out there, some mess with the sugar and dye and flavoring more than others and some suppliers maybe don't keep them at the consistent frozen temp the way they ought...

        what's at the sushi bar isn't what you get at the store, upon that we can rely.

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      mwhitmore Jun 18, 2013 08:39 PM

      Not to be snarky, but 'krab' is made out of fish--why wouldn't it taste fishy?

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      1. re: mwhitmore
        Bridge13 Jun 19, 2013 05:14 AM

        Well I've had it before where it hasn't tasted fishy so I think it's a packaging or brand thing. Kind of like I never think shrimp tastes fishy at restaurants but when I bring home raw shrimp to cook it stinks up the whole house.

        1. re: Bridge13
          JayL Jun 19, 2013 05:23 AM

          You don't normally stand in a restaurant kitchen while they are cooking your shrimp, nor do you have a range hood that sucks 10 billion cfm of exhaust and replaces it with fresh air from outside.

          That makes a tad of difference. ;0)

          1. re: Bridge13
            1sweetpea Jun 19, 2013 05:27 AM

            I never buy surimi frozen. Perhaps it alters certain ingredients' properties. Years ago, I shopped at a Korean store that carried a number of different surimi brands. Some were fishier than others. Some were a bit chalky in texture. Others were saltier or sweeter. My guess is that the brand available to you is not the same brand that your local sushi places are using.

            As for the shrimps, I have a Vietnamese cookbook and in it, the author states that when using previously frozen shrimp, she soaks them in a bowl of cold water to which she has added salt. She rinses them when she's ready to cook with them. She claims that the brininess returns a bit of the sea freshness to them and removes a bit of the chemical taste that is the result of whatever preservatives are necessary to keep the shrimp intact while frozen.

            1. re: 1sweetpea
              JMF Jun 19, 2013 05:28 AM

              All surimi is shipped frozen. I've seen it made. When you buy it unfrozen at a market, it has be thawed.

              1. re: 1sweetpea
                hill food Jun 19, 2013 07:24 PM

                nice tip sweetpea - will try (can't hurt!)

            2. re: mwhitmore
              ferret Jun 19, 2013 05:48 AM

              Because it's had the "fishiness" extracted from it. It's usually made from pollock or other inexpensive fish which is then minced and cooked to extract the fats leaving the fish protein behind as a bland, blank canvas.

            3. JMF Jun 19, 2013 05:30 AM

              If you go to a good Asian supermarket you will see up to a dozen different brands of the surimi Krab sticks. They vary in price, and I find the more expensive ones are much better. And the most expensive ones aren't pricey at all.

              1. MGZ Jun 19, 2013 05:59 AM

                That Krap is one of my guilty pleasure. The supermarket "seafood salad", spread on toasted bagel slices, and dolloped with hot sauce. It's kinda like havin' a crush on some B movie actress.

                And, please. tell No One!

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                1. re: MGZ
                  hill food Jun 19, 2013 07:27 PM

                  naw it's like you've been seated in the director's chair on a 'B' movie set and, well, where that goes from there is best left unsaid.

                  surimi or krab is a guilty pleasure of mine too.

                  1. re: hill food
                    MGZ Jun 20, 2013 01:37 PM

                    Sometimes you gotta love the girl who's happy to go right after. Even if she has implants. At some point they start to feel real.

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