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This Easy to prepare Seafood Salad Sandwich is loaded with Seafood piled High on the pillowy soft Martin's Potato Roll. Always a crowd pleaser from the kids to the adults in my family.
The seafood salad sandwich is the Honda Civic of The salad sandwich world. It’s affordable, looks good but not too flashy and will get you where you need to go. Lobster Rolls are fantastic but sometimes it's tough to decide between having a sandwich and paying the rent. Shrimp Salad is more reasonable but I still feel like it’s not the best value for my money. Adding the imitation crab really stretched those hard earned dollars without sacrificing one cent of flavor.
My other gripe with shrimp salad is that the shrimp never sit on the bun right and half of the shrimp fall off the bun. The imitation crab fills in the gaps and gives structural integrity to the Seafood Salad Sandwich. Every bite is a balanced equal tasty experience from the first to the last. Yes I might be over analyzing my sandwich engineering but these are the things I ponder when I lie awake at night.
I have a confession to make and it’s something I’m not proud of but I feel like I can confide in you. I like imitation crab. Hell I just come out and say it, I love imitation crab meat. I use it in salads, stir frys and all sorts of dishes. I especially love to make this recipe for seafood salad because the imitation crab knows it’s place. It doesn’t overshadow the other ingredients and just acts as a meaty place holder to go along with the shrimp. Seafood Salad is much cheaper to make than just shrimp salad and it’s a great recipe for meal prepping on a budget.
Surimi is a combination of pulverized white fish, starch, egg whites, sugar, salt and other flavorings. It is then cured and shaped into long pieces to mimic Alaskan snow crab. You will see it called Crab Stick, Krab, Crab Delights, mock crab and sea wings. Pollack is the most commonly used fish to make surimi but other mild whitefish are used as well. Surimi can be found in different shapes and sizes. Some in long even sticks and others are flaked into chunks. Some seafood counters at grocery stores will toss the surimi in Old Bay and repackage it to look like lobster.
I’ll be the first to admit that surimi is a highly processed food product. If you want to skip the imitation crab you can always use extra shrimp or substitute lobster, bay scallops or use jumbo lump crab. The price tag will go up significantly but it will be fantastic in the flavor and freshness department. I’m hoping that they come up with a less processed version of imitation crab but for the moment I haven’t found anything healthier.
When I think of the perfect bun for just about any sandwich I immediately think of Martin's Potato Rolls. They have just enough chew to be soft but enough strength to hold up to the juiciest burger without falling apart. You can toast them on the griddle or East them straight out of the bag, either way they are fantastic. Sometimes I find other buns have to be toasted or they are dry and stale but not these potato pillows of deliciousness!!! I simply grab the rolls right out of the bag, load it up with the seafood salad and some baby arugula. If you really want to live on the wild side, throw a few potato chips under the top bun yo crunchify your seafood salad sandwich.