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Crab Stick and Cucumber Stir Fry

So when my boyfriend suggested crab sticks for dinner the other night, I had no idea what he was talking about. It turns out crab sticks are little pre-cooked, processed morsels that taste like crab but are actually made up of fish parts and other fillers. Sound good? Well, it was. Real good.

Since I have 1,000 Asian spices and sauces in my kitchen, I decided to stir fry these bad boys with onions, garlic, soy sauce, sesame paste, chili paste, sliced cucumber and a mix of canola and sesame oil. The result was a nice nutty flavor with a kick. The crab sticks themselves have a bit of a sweet taste, which blended in well with this combination.

I did (partially) ruin this brilliance by putting it over a couple packs of Ramen noodles I’ve had in the cupboard forever. Next time I will definitely put this mixture over a more quality noodle so as not to insult its integrity. I will also cut the crab sticks into smaller bites before stir frying. (I thought they would break up in the wok, but they didn’t really.)

All in all, I consider my foray into crab stick cookin’ to be a success, but I am definitely anxious to give it another go now that I know these little guys deserve my full attention.

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