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When I was young, I loved shrimp, crab and lobster. Sometime in my twenties, I started to develop a mild allergic reaction to them (i.e. tingling in the throat), so I have for the past years been avoiding them. Once in a while I will steal a spoonful of my wife's seafood bisque, but that's about as far as I will push it.

Last week I read a recipe for Shrimp Scampi, and that got me thinking about how I could make it without shrimp. My first thought was to use imitation crab, which I can eat with no problem.

Does anyone have any suggestions for substitutions for shrimp for those with shellfish allergies?

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Use a vegetarian alternative! I just ran across these recently myself, and I am finding the idea really intriguing. Not sure how they compare in flavor or texture, so your mileage may vary... http://www.vegecyber.com/cgi-bin/vege_item.cgi?detail=10416

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Asian cultures have figured out how to make vegetarian and mock meats of all kind, since buddhism and vegetarianism in general is so common in their parts of the world. I love the diversity of it all.

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I hadn't thought of going the vegetarian route. Thanks. –  jwernerny Mar 29 '11 at 17:26
    
Yeah, be careful with that. Just as secular "vegetarians" have different levels of strictness (and reasons), so do religious ones. Plenty of (Asian) people consider themselves 'vegetarian' even if they eat fish (like elsewhere); even among those who won't eat fish, many would eat fish sauce (or oyster sauce). –  hunter2 Jul 16 '13 at 6:44

I am also allergic, and have been searching for alternatives. So far I have found seafood extender which I believe is white bait based. It's been 30+ years since I've had shrimp/lobster, so I can't guarantee how much it tastes like shrimp, but doesn't cause a reaction for my allergy.

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I called an imitation crab company to ask if there was crab meat in the product and they said there was. Perhaps you should call the manufacturer on the package and you will find out.

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Hi Bunny and welcome to the site! Your answer doesn't help the person who asked the question, so I'm afraid I have to give you a downvote (because the answer is not helpful). But don't feel discouraged though! If you edit it in a good way, I might turn that downvote into an upvote. –  Mien Jul 15 '13 at 19:51
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@Mien This might've been better as a comment and/or with a link/details, but I disagree that it's "not helpful" - folks trying to avoid shellfish (like the OP) might find this to be a very pertinent warning. ... Typed that before I looked at the edit history. I see your point. // Bunny, if you can provide verification of what you're saying (and stick to an SE-appropriate style of writing), this could be useful. Not strictly relevant to the Question, but a worthwhile tangent, at least. –  hunter2 Jul 16 '13 at 6:38

You can also buy a shrimp version of the imitation crab--both are examples of what the Japanese call surimi. If you google "kosher imitation shrimp" you will find sources.

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I would substite king oyster mushrooms or even shitake mushrooms. It doesn't have to be fake meat, right? Try bite sized chicken breast pieces or Japanese eggplant.

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