“ Type: Fish „
When it comes to fish dishes it's something I really do enjoy eating. My mate is a Vegetarian that although won't eat meat will occasionally indulge in fish and with the two of us staying together at the moment we tend to prepare the same meal for two so although I'm barely eating any meat at all I am eating fish and the other day when I saw these cod fishcakes at 10 for £1 in Asda I decided we should try them out!
Purple coloured square box and the front and the back of the box, appearance wise are the same. There is a photograph of cooked fishcakes on there and I'm told that they are Asda '10' Cod Fishcakes and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. Other information listed on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, cooking instructions are listed and contact details for Asda are listed. Nice enough box and it's informative enough etc!
You can cook these in many ways! Either shallow or deep fry them, oven cook them or grill them the choice is yours!
I found these to not be great which is surprising reading through other peoples reviews as they rate them highly but just to check we wernt all that keen on them we did finish off the 10 fishcakes between us lol.
In appearance they are small, fattish and round and evenly coated with breadcrumbs. When cooked they give off a nice golden colour and no smell really at all so at least they don't stink a house out lol.
Taste wise though me and my mate found these to be incredibly boring. Sure the bread coating was slightly crunchy, well seasoned and not too hard but that is really where the compliments end!
The cod inside was blended very well with dried potato so it looked like mash with a small amount of dried parsley within it. It was mushy and didn't taste all that much of fish really. I mean if you like mushy foods as a rule you may enjoy this but I couldn't get my tongue around the cod at all.
They look nice enough, are easy to cook and not to hefty on calories but for us completely lacked flavour and tasted economy. As for seasoning apart from in the coating I detected none at all! I won't be buying these again that's for sure lol.
Nutritional Information Per Cod Fishcake:
of which sugars: 0.5g
of which saturates: 2.4g
equivalent as salt: 0.3g
Only available in Asda stores.
As a student, having cheap food is important for my budget. I do still, however, want to have food that tastes nice and is relatively good for me, or I don't see the point in buying it. While looking for food products that fitted into the above categories, I happened upon this box of Asda's 10 cod fishcakes in the freezer section. Since I love fishcakes, and the whole box only cost £1, it was something that I couldn't refuse, so I popped a box into my trolley.
When I first tried these, I had a couple with some garlic peri-peri sauce, and enjoyed them a lot. The fish centre was very tasty, and was very fishy, which is exactly what you want in a fish cake. It was also nice and soft, and didn't taste cheap at all. The breadcrumbs on the outside weren't bad either, but unfortunately, it was a little bit too hard for a fish cake, and whereas it still tasted nice, it's in no way as good as a fish cake from a restaurant, or even a homemade one.
The fish cakes can be cooked either in the oven or under the grill, and take about 10 minutes either way. I normally grill them in a George Foreman grill, which means that they only take about 5 minutes to be totally cooked, which is very quick considering that you cook them from frozen. The only downside of this is that occasionally they get a bit stuck to the grill, though I'm pretty sure that that's a fault of the grill not the fish cakes, as other foods stick to the grill as well.
These fish cakes are nice either by themselves or with some sauce (try a Nando's peri-peri sauce like I did, or Reggae Reggae sauce, as they're both gorgeous and go well with them), but I would also recommend trying them in a sandwich with some sauce and maybe a bit of cheese. They sound strange, but believe me when I say that they are very good in sandwiches, and I would say that I prefer them like this to by themselves.
In terms of health, these fish cakes actually aren't too bad. They're only 97 calories each, so they're great for a snack between meals as one of you will help to fill you up a little bit without being fattening, and they only contain 5g of fat each too. This means that you can have three or four for your tea without worrying about getting fat, or give a couple to your child without worrying about them getting fat.
Finally, I'll briefly mention the packaging, which actually look different to the picture above. They're in a blue box with a photo of a couple of fish cakes on the front, along with cooking instructions and nutritional information. The packaging isn't exactly exciting, but since you're getting a whole 10 fish cakes for only £1, the packaging isn't important in reasons to buy these.
So, in conclusion, these fish cakes are nice, though the texture of the breadcrumbs does make them feel lower quality than many other fish cakes. Still, partly because of their price, I am on my second box and will buy them again when I've finished my current one, as they are tasty and are perfect for when I want a savoury snack which isn't too fattening or unhealthy, and I would recommend them.