“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Fish „
I've had mixed experiences with the Birds Eye simply fish range, the prawns in a chilli sauce is one of my favourite foods to keep in the freezer as a standby meal but the salmon fillets in sauce were utterly awful. It was therefore with some trepidation that I bought the basa fillets with a chilli and lemongrass butter sauce as I knew they would either be brilliant or awful.
The idea of the Birds Eye simply fish meals is a good one, inside the box you get two portions of fish in sauce and you simply cook them in the oven for 25 minutes and you have a good quality and easy meal.
The simply basa fillet looks weird before you put it in the oven, the white fish fillet sits inside a bag which is made of foil on one side and clear plastic on the other. You can see a swirly orange pattern where the sauce has been piped onto the fish before it is frozen.
Upon cooking the fish for the allotted 25 minutes it was time to serve it up with some rice and veg. The sauce was far from being a rich buttery sauce, in fact it had split and left a watery orange mess in the bottom of the bag with the bits of herbs and spices still on top of the fish. The fish also had an extremely unappetising white froth on top of it.
I've never had basa before and it is a pretty bland fish, the fish itself was good quality though and cooked perfectly and flaked nicely. The sauce was just as bad as it looked, I could get a slight thai taste of lemongrass and a nice kick from the chilli but the texture was awful and there was not nearly enough sauce to go around and what was there was so watery that it did not stick to the fish. I rescued the meal by using vast quantities of sweet chilli sauce to both give the dish some moisture and taste. The fish may be baked but it is not baked to perfection as Birds Eye would have you believe.