Surimi is a refined form of minced fish meat.
The Japanese word "surimi" literally means "minced meat". However, surimi is more than minced meat.
Raw surimi is a truly bland material, since its flavor components are removed by the leaching process.
Japan's exports of surimi-based products to the U.S. have risen sharply in recent years.
The Japanese government launched an $8.5 million 5- year program aiming to develop surimi from the dark meat of sardine and Pacific mackerel, abundant domestic species.