The pros: The taste of Trader Joe's Wild Caught Crab Meat will remind you of the ocean. There is a distinct saltiness that hits you first followed by the soft and sweet flavor of crab. It will take a little breaking up the meat by hand to make it not look so unattractive coming out of the vacuum sealed bag.
The cons: Crab meat not from the US, keep an eye on possible shells. A little grey coming out of the package which visually made me a bit uneasy, but its pre-cooked so you can eat it once the package is defrosted.
The verdict: For $7.99 for 8 ounces, this is cheaper than Phillips brand crab meat that is usually available in many grocery stores, but since this is in the freezer aisle it has a substantially longer shelf life. Out of the package it tasted far superior to Trader Joe's Canned Crab in the pantry aisle. It instantly reminded me of the ocean when eating it.
When dealing with seafood, that is actually a good thing. I think this can be used in many ways such as crab salad, dip, or crab cakes. Since it is packaged in plastic, it will be easier to transport. While there was a subtle grey tone to some of the meat, I took a bite and it was very fresh tasting. I'd buy this again.
It would be better mixed into a salad or crab cakes. But that is always a matter of preference.
Here is a quick visual rundown of this item before I give my final thoughts:
The box of Trader Joe's Wild Caught Crab Meat in the freezer aisle:
The nutritional information and the ingredient:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
How to defrost:
Out of the package you get:
After being defrosted it came out of the package like this:
I broke it up with my hands to make sure I wasn't getting any shells:
Since it was pre-cooked it took a bite of it. It was salty like the ocean, but when dealing with seafood, this is a good quality. It was pretty fresh for being recently defrosted. You could make this into a salad, dip, or as a side by side comparison to Trader Joe's Crab Meat in a can. I chose to make crab cakes out of this product. Here is the finished product:
Here are both batches of crab cakes (one using Trader Joe's frozen, the other using Trader Joe's canned crab):
Cut in half, you can tell which is which.
You could always go the gluten free route here with this recipe for Spicy California Crab Avocado Boats:
Would I buy this again? Yes. If price is a concern, only then should you buy the canned stuff. Otherwise, I recommend Trader Joe's Wild Caught Crab Meat fully and yes, the extra money is worth it in terms of quality. Yes, this is double the price of the canned crab, but there is no comparison as to which is better. Just be aware, once people really find out that this is good stuff, then this product might be hard to come by.
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