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fried crab sticks

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Lee Thayer
Nakhon Si Thammarat

In my never ending quest to find recipes that use crab sticks (imitation crab, which is just fish), I came across this one, and it is very good! Easy to prepare, these can be shallow fried in a pan or deep fried. I made these on 31 Jan 2022 and the family loved them! Serve as an appetizer or main dish.

★★★★★ 2
serves 1-2 sticks per serving as appetizers, 6-8 sticks per serving as a main
prep time 10 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For fried crab sticks

  • imitation crab sticks
  • 3
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    all purpose flour
  • cooking oil, as needed
  • dipping sauces of your choice

How To Make fried crab sticks

  • 1
    For the crab sticks, estimate 1-2 sticks per serving as appetizers, or 6-8 sticks per serving as a main dish.
  • 2
    Whisk together the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Place the flour in a bowl, and the panko in another bowl. Place a sheet of foil or parchment paper on the counter then unwrap the crab sticks and place on the foil. (And you can see I already had 4 sticks coated already when I took the photo.)
  • 3
    For pan frying: Heat about ½ inch of oil in a pan, you want it hot but not smoking. For deep frying, set the dial to 180° C (350°).
  • 4
    Roll a crab stick in flour to evenly coat, then coat evenly with egg mixture, then coat with panko, and place the crab stick back on the foil. (The coating is not thick, but the panko and egg give a nice texture and flavor.)
  • 5
    When you have 4-6 sticks completed, and the oil is hot, add the sticks to the oil and fry until browned, turn to brown other side, this only takes 2 minutes or so and do not overcook or the crab sticks will fall apart. When using a deep fryer, place sticks in the basket so they are not touching, then deep fry for 1-2 minutes. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • 6
    Repeat the coating and frying for remaining sticks.
  • 7
    Enjoy with a dipping sauce of your choice, such as sweet chili sauce, ketchup, or Japanese mayo (Kewpie).