Kani Nigiri – crab leg

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Real crab leg or not! In this case Alaskan King Crab leg. Soft shell crabs are also a favorite and tasty version of crab leg. Though the authentic version of kani nigiri uses snow crab which is steamed and cold, most sushi places use imitation crab meat.

This imitation crab meat is called Surimi and is made from white fish, either pollock or hake.  This is the crab that is predominantly used in California Rolls.  If you find a restaurant that serves real crab, put a star next to their name in your contact list.


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