Imitation Lobster

Made from a combination of real lobster meat and Wild Alaska Pollock, “imitation lobster” is far from being fake. An inexpensive, sustainable, and delicious alternative to real lobster, Imitation Lobster is actually made from real seafood—its main ingredient is a Japanese seafood paste called Surimi.

First created in Japan over 900 years ago, Surimi is now a $1 billion global industry enjoyed in cuisines ranging from French and Spanish to Korean and Thai. Surimi is the camouflage artist of the seafood world; it is typically made with Wild Alaska Pollock and then flavored, shaped and colored to resemble a variety of seafoods such as crab, shrimp, scallops, and of course, lobster.

Low-fat and a great source of protein, you can enjoy Imitation Lobster all year round in your favorite sandwich, soup, or classic seafood recipe.

What is Imitation Lobster?

Imitation Lobster is the result of flavoring, shaping, and coloring a seafood paste called Surimi, combined with real lobster meat, to look and taste like the real deal. To make Imitation Lobster, we begin by finely mincing Wild Alaska Pollock, and then blending it with ingredients like starch, salt, natural lobster meat, and egg white. From there, we add lobster flavoring, and color and shape the product to take on the look of real lobster meat. High-quality Imitation Lobster, like our Lobster Delights® Chunk Style, tastes almost identical to real lobster, without the hefty price tag.

Health Benefits & Nutrition

Since it’s made from Wild Alaska Pollock, Imitation Lobster offers many of the same health and nutrition benefits such as being low-fat and low-calorie. For individuals looking for low-cholesterol options, Imitation Lobster is a great substitute for real lobster and other shellfish.

Is Imitation Lobster healthy? Before being added to your favorite recipe, 3 ounces of our Imitation Lobster provides:

  • 150mg of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • 7g of protein
  • Only 80 calories

Our Lobster Delights® Chunk Style is a great option for gluten-free diets and comes fully cooked and ready to eat like all of our other Louis Kemp Surimi seafood products.


Enjoy your Imitation Lobster in a Seafood Club Sandwich, in quesadillas, or in one of these other tasty recipes straight from our test kitchen!

Seafood Club Sandwich

Seafood Quesadillas with Mango Salsa

Lobster Seafood Slaw with Poppy Seed Dressing


Along with global warming, overfishing is one of the biggest threats to our oceans and their inhabitants. While most species of crabs haven’t been overfished in recent years, they’re not immune from it. Choosing Imitation Crab over real crab can help preserve ocean ecosystems, without sacrificing taste or texture. Our Wild Alaska Pollock is harvested responsibly off the shores of Alaska in the northern Pacific Ocean, meeting (and often exceeding) government regulations. We take our stewardship of the most abundant and sustainable species on the planet seriously.

We proudly oversee every step of the process in producing Louis Kemp Surimi products, including Imitation Crab. From harvesting and processing the Wild Alaska Pollock, all the way to the shelves of your local grocery, we make sure all our products are handled sustainably and responsibly every step of the way.