2 Types of Yaki Kamaboko Fish Surimi Snacks

As previously mentioned, Cheese Kamaboko has another name, Chii Kama (チーカマ), which, as you can easily guess, is short for the former.

However, what I introduce here, Yaki Kama (焼きかま), may not be what you are thinking. This is not regular Yaki Kamaboko (焼き蒲鉾).

Yaki Kamaboko (焼きかまぼこ)

Yaki Kamaboko Grilled Fish Cake

When we hear Kamaboko, what comes to mind is usually a fish cake made from white fish surimi seasoned with salt, molded, and heated (steamed, grilled, fried, or boiled).

Among them, the grilled one is called Yaki Kamaboko, as Yaki (焼き) in its name is the Japanese prefix for grilling or baking.

Yakikama Baked Fish Surimi Snack

But as you can see in the photo, this Yaki Kama (焼きかま) is not an abbreviation of that Yaki Kamaboko.

While the former is a savory and chewy Nerimono, this one is a dry shredded snack, even though the ingredients used are the same.

These handmade paper-like strips have a Surume-like tough texture, and as you chew, they get tenderer, and more umami comes out.

These treats are also available by the name of Yaki Kamaboko (焼きかまぼこ), so it actually comes in two different types. 

Yaki Kamaboko Dry Baked Fish Surimi Snacks

As with regular Yaki Kamaboko, we commonly eat these Yaki Kama shreds with alcoholic drinks. 

Although the two with the same names and ingredients have different forms and textures, they are both tasty Otsumami snacks going perfectly with beer and sake.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Yaki Kamaboko (Yaki Kama) Ingredients Nutrition Facts Calories Label

Fish Surimi, Starch, Vegetable Protein, Salt, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Soy Sauce, Sorbitol, Modified Starch, Amino Acid Seasoning

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per 100 Grams
Calories 336 kcal
Protein 20.6 g
Fat 0.7 g
Carbohydrates 61.9 g
Salt equivalents 4.6 g


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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