Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sesame Teriyaki Pasta with Mock Crab

Tonight, we had an engagement party to go to and I knew dinner was going to be quick and rushed.  I had planned to make a lasagna in a white sauce with mock crab meat in the filling.   This was going to take time and effort and frankly, for a rushed meal, I am not willing to put that amount of exertion into it.

It is amazing how we can take a few items from shelves and all of a sudden have a meal.  I had defrosted the mock crab meat.  That became ingredient #1.  Since, pasta had been in my plans, keeping it, made sense.  Out came some spirals.   Then, the key to success, appeared before me, when I opened the refrigerator door.  A bottle of Sesame Teriyaki sauce.  I added some browned vegetables and voila, dinner was ready.

Sesame Teriyaki Pasta with Mock Crab

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 red pepper, chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 celery stalk, chopped
3/4 of a one pound package spirals
2 tablespoons Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
1/2 one pound package of mock crab meat


  • Boil pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, in medium skillet with one tablespoon of olive oil, cook red pepper, celery and scallions for 5 minutes on a low heat.
  • Add mock crab to vegetables and cook for another 3 minutes, turning the fish over, gently.
  • Drain pasta and place in bowl, sprayed with olive oil.  Add vegetables and fish.  
  • Add the sauce and only coat the pasta.  It is almost more a glaze than a sauce.
  • I put my bowl in the microwave for another minute or two to make sure it was served hot.
Before, I was to get dressed for the evening, I ate a small bowl of the pasta, enough to get me through until the next food but not enough for a meal.  I wanted to taste some of the desserts at the party.

When my husband got home, he had a plate and then a second one and suddenly, there was none left.  Does that not speak volumes?

Without Sauce


  1. Meals that get thrown together like that always seem to turn out great. That's deifnitely my kind of cooking! It looks really tasty so thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    I'm also taking part in the Hearth & Soul hop and that's how I found your blog.

  2. Is this my friend Chaya? I saw Bizzy Bakes comments and didn't know it was you. You started another site and I love it - your background is so cute. This pasta looks wonderful - my Mom loves this mock crab but never does anything as interesting as this with it.

  3. I've never heard of mock crab. Is that a vegetarian thing? How clever to put teriyaki with pasta spirals. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  4. I once had an entire party platter of mock crab. It wasn't really supposed to be just for me but the others didn't reach in and before I knew it...it was empty. Love the idea of mixing it with pasta and teriyaki.

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  5. This pasta is really nice. I am hosting Pesto Pasta Nights this week. I would be really happy if you will share this pasta in the event

    Presto Pasta Nights No. 201


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