Roles of starch in surimi seafood: A review

A. Hunt, K. J.K. Getty, J. W. Park

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Surimi seafood is a cooked gel product that utilizes fish protein from surimi to produce seafood analog products. Starch is the second most important ingredient used in the manufacture of surimi seafood due to its water holding ability and capacity to partially replace fish proteins while maintaining desired gel characteristics at a reduced cost. Typically, starch is added to surimi seafood formulations at 4-12%. Functional properties of surimi seafood to control wetness, stickiness, and/or thermal stability upon different storage and serving temperatures have been extensively studied using modified starches. There is a great need to review the role of starches in various applications of surimi seafood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-312
Number of pages14
JournalFood Reviews International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct


  • Gel texture
  • Starch
  • Surimi seafood
  • Thermal stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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