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Why do I buy these?
I will openly admit that I am really not a fan of fish at all, and never have been. I have however, always loved Birds Eye fish fingers! These are a childhood favourite of mine; I don't think I really associated them with the whole fish I saw in the fish counter in the supermarket, so they were perfectly fine by me! My Mum has always said that fish fingers are the best food for when you are feeling a little poorly, and I used to have them on days I had colds and coughs. I've tried other brands, but these seem to be the 'classic' fish fingers, and I will always continue to buy them.
What do they taste like?
Gorgeous, in a word! Birds Eye products are known for being good quality, and these definitely are. The fish is white and flaky, and doesn't taste overly 'fishy' so I think they would appeal to others like me. The breadcrumbs turn a lovely golden colour in the over, and have a nice crunch to them, which contrasts well with the fish inside. They always cook beautifully, and I've never had any problems with the fish being dodgy. My favourite way to serve them is on a sandwich or baguette! Brilliant comfort food, and they fill you up.
The packaging is very simple, just a thin cardboard box, which will easily fit into anyone's freezer. The classic 'Birds Eye' logo is clearly visible on the front of the packet, with a little illustration of 'The Captain' so I think overall it looks fairly bright and eye-catching. It definitely looks like a high quality product, and I think this would appeal to most people.
Price and availability.
Birds Eye fish fingers are widely available as they are so popular, I'm fairly certain that you will find these in every supermarket! They currently cost £2.49 for a 12 pack from Tesco. I think this is fairly reasonable as they really are a high quality product.
I never feel too guilty eating these, as I'm always hearing about how good fish is for me. I suppose it's just the breadcrumbs that make these a little unhealthy! Overall though, I think they are fine as part of a balance diet. 100g provides 218 calories, 9.0g of fat, and 0.7g of salt, these figures seem fairly decent to me, as I find that fish fingers really do fill you up. If I was going to be really healthy I would probably serve these with a nice jacket potato, and perhaps some frozen peas.
Another important thing to mention is that these fish fingers contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
I would have no qualms about buying these again in the future. They are just so useful to have in the freezer to knock up a cheap and healthy meal, or even as an afternoon snack.
I absoloutely love fish fingers, my guilty pleasure being late night fish finger sandwiches covered in salad cream! However I am a bit funny over the fish fingers that do I like. The only fish I really like is cod and it has to be bright white, good quality cod at that. I went off fish fingers a while ago due to eating cheap ones too often (Asda Smart Price ones) and now I do eat them I have been buying these Birds Eyes 100% cod ones.
These set me back £3.00 for two boxes of 10 fish fingers as they were and still are on offer in Asda however usually these cost about £2.29 for a box of just 10 of them which I think is actually rather pricey, however to be fair they are worth the price tag!
These come in an oblong dark blue box with a picture of the Captain on the front and a photograph of a cooked fish finger on there and we are told that they are Birds Eye 10 fish Fingers 100% Cod Fillet and on the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is a ful nutritional chart stated and we are told how to cook them, the weight is stated which 280g for a box of 10 of them and contact details for Birds eye are given. Nice enough and good quality box this is.
The Fish Fingers:
These are very easy to cook and you can grill them, fry them or even oven cook them...me I grill mine from frozen in a few minutes flat and all I have to do is turn them a couple of times to make sure they are evenly cooked through. The ones I have are the ones coated in breadcrumbs and this gives me oblong and thick pieces of cod in a thick bread flavoured orangy coloured coating.
The fish is of superb quality. White, no bones and no skin in sight. Its juicy fish, my fishfingers are never soggy but at the same time although these are crunchy they are not teeth breakingly crunchy either. They are not heavily seasoned and not overly fishy either but simply have a nice fresh taste to them.
With only 185 calories and 0.8g of saturated fat per 3 fish fingers I think these are great and tasty and I quite simply love them!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
I have always thought of Birds Eye to be of quite good quality and I wasn't dissapointed with these Cod fish fingers in breadcrumbs. In the past i have tried certain value range fishfingers, but never again! You won't find grey coloured fish or scales with Birds Eye. They are made with 100% cod fish fillet. The fish meat is white, quite chunky and taste great with the breadcrumb coating. Birds Eye also do fishfingers in batter, if that is your preference.
Not only is fish good for you, with plenty of protein but these fish fingers make a quick, great tasting and reasonably healthy meal for the kids or for the whole family. In saying that, there is salt in them, but unfortunately salt seems to be in most things; just something you need to bare in mind, particularly in regard to children's salt intake. Three of these fish fingers contain 15% of the recommended GDA salt intake per day for children aged 5-10 yrs.
My son and myself both like fish and he has these frequently. I am trying to persuade my daughter to eat fish but she won't! She doesn't realise what she is missing!
You can have fish fingers with a variety of vegetables and potatoes, or even with rice. Personally i enjoy eating them in the following ways; with jacket potatoes and salad, peas or sweetcorn or with mashed potatoes or chips (if I am not on a diet that is!). They also taste great in a sandwich. My own preference is to put lemon juice on the fish fingers rather than vinegar.
Per 3 fish fingers (unless otherwise stated).
Kcal; 185 (60 kcal for one approx)
Carbohydrate(inc. 0.3g sugar)18.0g
Fat (inc 0.8g saturates) 7.6g
Sodium; 0.24g(equivalent as salt 0.6g)
Currently these Birds Eye Fish fingers are available in Iceland for only £2.50 (with 3 extra fish fingers; so rather than 12, you get 15). I call that a bargain!
my 5 year old son just chocked on a bone that was in one of the fish fingers i had to do hemliech manouver and my dad stuck his finger in my sons mouth to take it out. I will speak to the complaints department....meanwhile i wanted to share this here so people could be aware of this too.
I eat fish fingers at least once a week because at lunch time it's easier for me to just eat the same as my 2 year old sister on the days that it's down to me to prepare her meals.
We do eat any old fish finger that's in the freezer because neither of us are fussy, but now I've discovered Birds Eye Cod Fish Fingers I don't think anything else will do! They're yummy and you can tell they're brilliant quality compared to ANY other fish fingers you can buy.
The fish inside is obviously off a whole fish fillet because it isn't all mushed up inside the breadcrumbs, it flakes like proper fish and actually tastes strongly of cod.
The breadcrumbs are nice too because they're a bit crunchy but have still stayed nice and soft. The flavour of the breadcrumbs goes proper nice with the fish, I always put salt and vinegar on mine to bring the taste out a bit more but even without these are delish.
I love cod and love how you can taste the fish big time in these fish fingers, I've got used to the cheaper ones that just taste of any old fish and you can't even tell from the mashed up texture what fish it's likely to be. I don't think anyone could miss the fact that these are made with cod.
They cook proper nice in the oven too, like I said the breadcrumbs stays soft but another thing is that the fish doesn't go dry or anything while it's cooking. Thinking about it thats a very good thing because after 20 mins in the oven you'd expect it to dry up a bit, the cheaper fish fingers have obviously got other things mixed in with the fish to stop it drying out but this is pure fish! Dead surprised it's stayed so moist!
These fish fingers also go lovely in a butty, fresh white bread spread with butter and topped with fish fingers and ketchup. Can't beat it! These have got a lovely flavour that goes wicked with the soft bread and also the ketchup is good with the taste of the breadcrumbs.
Oh how I love fish fingers ................ and luckily my children do to.
I always have a pack of fish fingers in the freezer although they don't last very long once my daughter realises they are there. At the moment they are on special offer at our local coop and at 99p for 10 (i think!) that is a bargain.
Now my love of fish fingers stems back to when I was quite young - we sometimes had them for tea with chips or with mashed potoato and peas but my favourite was for breakfast with grilled tomatoes. My mum was a stickler for a good breakfast before going off to school, so we used to have fish fingers or chipolata's with grilled tomatos, toast etc.
My ultimate favourite though has to be a fish finger sandwich! I have to say it is my daughters as well, although there are very stringent requirements on the bread - it has to be white and very very fresh, with butter or whatever you usually have and in my case mayonnaise and in hers mayo on one side and tomato sauce on the other.
Right now onto the fish fingers themselves. The are about 4 -5 inches long and about 1 - 1.5 inches wide and about 0.5 inches thick. They are made of 100% cod, coated in breadcrumbs which are an orangey colour due to the paprika and tumeric in the coating.
They are easy to cook - pre-heat grill and stick them under for 15minutes, turning at least once until they are nicely crisp and and an even colour. you can oven cook them, which is fine if you are putting the oven on for chips etc.
Three of these lovely fish fingers will set you back 165 calories. For a child this is 10% of the recommend daily intake of Fat. The are low in sugar but high in salt according the packaging and if you look at the % not the actual amount.
Taste wise - well these do taste very much of fish with out being overpowering or smelling very fishy. The fish is flaky rather than minced (which is what the value ones are made of and as my daughter said once - they obviously use the fishes hands for these ones!), so you can tell it is the real thing as I doubt even Captain Birdseye could replicate flaky fish.
Fish Fingers are available from all supermarkets and they all do there own make ones but I haven't found anything to replace Captain Birds Eye Fish Fingers.
PS. Daughters Boyfriend has now been introduced to fish finger sandwiches - at the age of 19 he had never had them !!!
Do you remember the days when your dinner consisted of "bits and bobs". Maybe this was a time when your mum was using up the odds and ends in the fridge, or maybe it was a time when you were a student and couldn't really cook to save yourself. But i'm sure everybody can remember at least one occasion when there meal consisted of things such as chips(usually a mixture of different varietys), onion rings, beans or spagetti hoops, and there was always that one thing that appeared...FISH FINGERS.
Not any fish fingers though, oh boy no, the only fish fingers these could be are _BIRDSEYE_.
I used to have fish fingers all the time, not kidding, at least two to three times a week, usually served up with chips or smiley potato faces and beans and spagetti. We used to have so many after school activites on and my mum was constantly looking for quick meals to cook. She would often buy new ones too try out such as fish cakes, or chicken burgers, but our meals always seemed to come back to centreing around the same one thing, fish fingers. I wasn't complaining however. I am a huge fan of fish fingers and I often get cravings for them (sometimes during the night- we wont go there). I find them to be very versitile and often find myself shoving a few under the grill for a little snack.
Anyway, on with my op. My mum and siblings had deserted me, and gone to Deep Sea World for the day. This meant I would have to cook myself my own tea. Now me, not being the best cook, was planning on going for something like a toastie (yes I can work the toastie maker), but me, being me, was feeling ravenous by tea time, and sadly felt a toastie wouldnt satisfy my hunger. So I dug into the freezer looking for something decent to satisfy my needs. I automatically pulled out a bag of frozen oven chips, however I couldnt find anything esle to go with them. I dug right to the very back of the freezer, and came accross what looked like a decent partner for the oven chips- _Fish Fingers_. PERFECT!
Surprisingly the box of Fish fingers was unopened. I examined it closer (no I don't do this on a regular basis- it was for the purpose of Ciao). It was a reasonable sized box, and felt a reasonable weight. The particular box I had discovered contained 8 fish fingers- though I am informed that you can also buy larger boxes, contained either, 10, 16, 20, 24 or 36. I was quite happy with my box of 8 however and proceeded to examine the box.
It was fairly attractive. The top half of the front of the box was a deep blue colour with "_8 100% fillet fish fingers in crispy batter_" written in white writing, though the words CRISPY BATTER were written in much larger yellow writing. In the left top hand corner there was a picture of Captain Birdseye, with the words BIRDSEYE underneath.
The bottom half of the box, was pretty attractive too, not too over complicated. Basically all there was, was a picture of a delicious looking golden battered fish finger on a fork, clearly showing the supposed snow white fish inside. The serving suggestion on the box is to serve them with sweetcorn, brocoli and chips.
===Cooking/Looks before cooked===
I opened the box and I was presented with 8 rather pale looking fish fingers, oh boy i thought, i hope these aren't going to be too soggy and tasteless. They were a reasonable size and looked quite chunky.
I decided i was feeling quite hungry, so i plonked 5 of the little beauties onto my oven tray (i was assuming I could oven bake these) and then I looked at the cooking guidlines.
I was right in thinking, there were various methods of cooking, I was given the choice to either-
*Oven - 15 minutes at gas mark 8/230 degrees.
*Fry - Quite obviously this is the most unhealthy way to cook them, and the fat content will obviously shoot up.
*Grill - 15 minutes on medium heat.
*Microwaved- though i wouldnt reccomend this method- as I'm sure it will just "heat up" the fish fingers and not cook till crispy (which is how i like them).
So it was decided, the oven was the only way for me. My oven chips were to be cooked at 220 degrees for 16 minutes so i shoved the chips in the oven two minutes before the fish fingers, and once I'd put in the fish fingers, I went upstairs.
When I came down fifteen minutes later, the kitchen had been scented with a slight "cooking" smell. It wasn't really a fishy smell however, mostly just of an oven cooking something- which was quite pleasent to be honest.
I opened the door to check if they had cooked yet, and they had, the chips were golden and crispy and the fish fingers had truly been transformed, they were now a strong orange colour, and looked golden and crispy on top. I removed them from the tray and served them up on to my plate, squirted a huge squirt of brown sauce onto my plate, and settled down with my knife and fork.
Now that the fish fingers were out of the oven, the smell was alot stronger. Although it wasnt a deep fishy smell, as I poked my nose onto my plate (not literelly), and took a great sniff, there was a subtle yet delicious smell of fish and I dont know how but i'm sure the batter around the fish fingers had a delicious and adamant smell too!
So now was the time to taste- my tummy was now rumbling quite violantly now, and I wondered if the five fish fingers i'd put in would be enough to fill me up..oh well i though, theres always pudding ;-).
The fingers, like i said were now a lot darker in colour, almost a deep orange colour, and the breadcrumbs around the fish looked quite positively delicious. But what about the inside of them?
I dug my knife in to the first finger, it crunched through the outer coating, but then glided smoothly through the fish. Wow i was quite surprised, the fish inside actually looked like the one on the front of the packaging. It was almost snow white, and it looked flaky and delicious. I stabbed my fork into it and popped it into my mouth.
They had heated up really well, and kept a decent heat for the five minutes i'd been faffing about- infact I almost burnt my mouth on my first mouthful. The first taste I was given was the breadcrumbs, they had a really crunchy texture, and tasted like that you get on breaded fish (quite obviously). After I had crunched away the breadcrumb coating I reached the fish. I had too chew my first mouthful quite quickly as the fish was extremely hot. It was definitly fish. Surprisinly it tasted of "proper fish" and it was definitly flaky.
It was an extremely pleasent taste, and within no time 3 of the fingers had gone. Next I decided to experiment (I like playing with my food- and like a friend of mine, can often be found disecting it and picking it in to tiny peices before eating). So I cut a finger in half and stabbed it onto my fork, then I added an oven chip onto my fork and popped them both into my mouth together to see if the experience would be any different- and it was. The potato of the chip was almost lost and the strong flavour of the fish and the delicious texture of the breadcrumbs took over, however the potato was not all lost and it gave a delicious backing taste to the glorious mouthful.
I relized then, that I had not been using my sauce I had squirted quite generously onto my plate, so with the remainder of my fish fingers, I dipped them into my HP brown sauce. This was my favourite way to eat them, the brown sauce was competition to the fish finger and they both fought to be the predominant taste. DELCIOUS.
Overall i found the taste of the fish fingers absoulutly delicious, and this quite surprised me as i thought with them being "kids" food, they wouldnt perhaps live up to the Birdseye standards.
Now these are not the healthiest, but then again they are definitly not unhealthy. I am told on the packaging that a serving of 3 fish fingers provides me with _165 calories, 14g carbohydrates, and 7g of fat_. Okay so the calorie content isn't too bad if you are only having 3 fish fingers, but if you are like me, you will have to remember to add on the extras, and if served with oven chips and beans for eg, the calorie content will add up and certainly sum up to a sufficant meal.
The _ingrediants_, are stated to be _Cod Fillet (64%), Batter (Water, flour, potato, starch, salt), Breadcrumbs, Paprkia extract and Sunflower Oil_. So obviously anybody with wheat intolerance should steer clear! Also anybody with egg allergies should stay away.
As you may have guessed _Birdseye fish fingers_ are available in almost all supermarkets, and probably little newsagents and shops aswell, as they are so popular.
According to my research (good girl?!) I have found the prices for varoius packets.
*8 Fillet fish fingers- Asda- £1.47 - Tesco- £1.47
*10 Cod fillet fingers- Asda- £1.64 - Tesco- £1.64
*36 Cod filler fingers- Asda- £4.99 - Tesco- £4.99
*10 Haddock fingers - Asda- £1.69 - Tesco- £1.69
So, no these are not the cheapest fish fingers on the market, and you can get Supermarkets own brands for a much cheaper price- usually from about 30-70p, but in my opinion these types usually go soggy and are not as nice as _Birdseyes_.
Is versatility a word? Well it is now, what I mean is, there are very many ways in which to consume your fish fingers, wheather its for a quick after noon snack or as part of a main meal.
*Fingers with mayo dip- Nice little snack for when you are watching TV at night, Basically cook till crispy and serve with a little pot of mayonnaise or salsa.
*Fingers with chips and beans/spaghetti- Yep, can work as a main meal. Serve(like me) with oven chips and beans or spagetti hoops. Nice combination- belive me!
*Fish finger sandwich/roll- don't tell me you've never tried this. Two peices of buttered _WHITE_ bread with a layer (or 2!?) of fish fingers with a nice drizzle of HP brown sauce (red sauce-YUCK)!
*Mashed- You may think this sounds disguisting, but beleive me its not. Mash up your fish fingers, mix in some brown sauce, and eat with a spoon- delicious.
===Birdseye and other products===
Clarence Birdseye was born in 1886 in Brooklyn, New York A taxidermist by trade, but a chef at heart, Clarence Birdseye wished his family could have fresh food all year. After observing the people of the Arctic preserving fresh fish and meat in barrels of sea water quickly frozen by the arctic temperatures, he concluded that it was the rapid freezing in the extremely low temperatures that made food retain freshness when thawed and cooked months later.
Birdseye do many more products than the famous fish finger, some of these inclue
*Chicken dippers - 100% chicken breast chunks
*Chicken burgers - Succulent chopped chicken breast, coated in breadcrumbs. Same great taste and now they're even better as they have 10% less fat in them.
*Beef grill steaks
*Original beef burgers
*Ready meals - _including_ roast beef in gravy, Roast pork dinner, Roast chicken in gravy, Steak and Kidney pies, Chicken pies, chicken curry with rice and many more.
===5 Sense summary===
_*Sight- pale before cooked, golden and crispy after cooked
*Smell- Subtle, slightly fishy
*Sound- no sound.
*Touch- crispy, rough breadcrumbs, smooth flaky fish
*Taste- strong but not too strong fish, crumbly breadcrumbs, delicious_.
Overall, if you hadnt noticed, I was thouroughly thrilled with these and think i will be purchasing these again, they were delicious and i'm sure they will be a hit with the younger siblings, and possibly even the parents! Birdseye got it right!
I have to confess to being an avid eater of Birds Eye Cod fillet Fish Fingers.
I first became aware of them when I was about 6 and my gran used to buy them (individually) from our local corner shop. She used to do them with in dripping or lard - not good for you but I loved the greasy taste and with chips and baked beans they're a perfect meal.
Well you can have them with peas, waffles, mash - the choice is yours but I don't consider them just a kids food.
These days oven baking or grilling are the preferred options and they taste virtually the same now as they did then, although I suspect that they've shrunk over the years like most other packets.
The cod version is normally available in packs of 10, 16 and 36 - each one is less than 90 calories (normal fish fingers are over 105). I'm sure everyone has their own personal favourite, but mine is the breadcrumbs - and they do taste different than other versions. Current prices are around £2 for 10, £3 for 16 and £5 for 36, expensive I know but worth it.
They are certainly one of mine and my kids favourites and I can't find anything to fault them apart from price.
You can't mess with fish fingers. You just can't. In the long history of food, they're a relative newcomer, but I firmly believe that when we, the human race, are gone they will remain and all the bacteria will have one hell of a feast.
If you're going to eat fish fingers, they should always be cod and they should always be Birds Eye - if you're going to do it, you may as well do it right.
The fish within Birds Eye's fish fingers is always high quality and tastes excellent. Rather than being more of a fish paste as is the case with some lesser brands, Birds Eye always manage to ensure proper, flakey, soft fish.
The breadcrumbs are equally satisfying and although I take a different approach than most to said breadcrumbs -- I prefer to cook the fish fingers so they're sloppy and floppy, rather than crispy and lightly browned -- they certainly hit the spot.
Birds Eye are generally more expensive than most brands however, and despite supermarket's own lines not quite reaching their quality yet, they're certainly getting closer and their fish fingers are constantly improving. I therefore don't see myself paying extra for Birds Eye for very much longer.
Fish fingers make a filling snack meal, my grandchildren love them served with a few chips and some baked beans.
In the main they have always been seen as children's food but we often enjoy a few ourselves, we will have them served with a jacket potato and some peas or a salad.
It is well worth paying the extra money for decent fish fingers, maybe I have just been unlucky but each time I have bought unknown brands I've ended up with a finger of grey coloured fish in a soggy breadcrumb coating.
Good old Captain Birds Eye still stands in pride of place on the fish finger packet. A packet of ten Birds Eye fish fingers costs in the region of £1.79, supermarket own brands and unknown discount store fish fingers can be far cheaper at under a £1 for ten but you almost certainly lose out on quality.
Birds Eye cod fillet fish fingers are 100% cod fillet, 3 fish fingers provides 165 calories, they have no artificial flavourings or colourings and are totally free from preservatives.
They make a point of stating that the fish fingers contain wheat and although Birds Eye have taken care to try and remove all of the bones that some may still remain.
Fish Fingers cook under the grill well, I generally brush them with a little bit of oil and then grill them for a few minutes each side, they are quick to cook and very tasty too.
They can be shallow fried, the bread crumbed coating cooks very well in shallow oil.
As you cut through the crisp- crumbed coating of the the Birds Eye fish finger you are looking at pure white flaky fish, when you take a bite you can taste the fish.
Birds Eye fish fingers are also a good source of protein.
The Birds Eye company was founded in the 1960s, the company started with a portfolio of fruit and vegetable products and as time went by they started to include a variety of salad dressings, snacks and canned meals.
Birds Eye are recognised as being leaders in the frozen food market, all of their suppliers are held to strict safety standards.
Any ingredient used in a Birds Eye product has to be verified and undergo a food safety testing process.
The latest addition to the Birds Eye Fish finger range is salmon fillet fish finger, so maybe next week we will give these a trial run.
A good healthy meal for children and adults alike.
There's something about fish fingers which are typically British - not necessarily proudly British, just embedded in the culture.
Birds Eye Cod Fish Fingers take me right back to primary school dinners, where they were (and still are) served with peas, chips, and large amounts of tomato sauce.
I don't buy fish fingers often these days, but when I do I'm reminded by how good they are. Some people enjoy fish finger sandwiches (white bread, of course), but I like mine in the previously stated school dinner way.
I'm quite a fussy eater when it comes to protein, as I've said before. I don't like meat that looks like meat - that means no rind, skin, bones, pimples, visible fat, a head, or anything else icky. This is one of the reasons why I'm a fan of fish fingers - their snowy white insides and orangey breadcrumby outsides are looks that I can cope with. I know that they are nowhere near as good for you as proper oily fish, but this is a great alternative for faddy eaters and kids.
They can be put under the grill or oven baked; I have a fear of grills (I'm so weird), so into the oven they go, usually with some oven chips. They don't taste incredibly strongly of fish to me and are quite mild, but I don't have a problem with that - if I did, I'd be eating proper fish!
My cat and dog will willingly eat them (without the breadcrumbs). This is the ultimate test for me as I know if they refuse fish fingers, sausages etc., that it's not real meat and ground up sawdust or something similar.
My freezer always has at least one pack of Birds Eye Cod Fish Fingers, my son loves them, and me and my husband enjoy eating them too and become big kids with our fish fingers, chips and baked beans. They are simple to cook, not to unhealthy for a prepared dish, and go well with a variety of different meals.
They seem to be bringing out a lot of different fish finger ranges such as
* Omega 3
* Bread crumbed
* With a hint of lemon
* Mini and giant sizes
* Pack ranges from 8 - 30 fish fingers
They also seem to be replacing cod and haddock with more sustainable and similar tasting white fish such as Pollock, and after I accidently picked up Pollock instead of cod fish fingers, I was surprised I couldn't tell the difference.
My serving suggestions
Fish finger sandwiches on white bread with tomato ketchup.
Fish fingers, mashed potato, cauliflower, peas and parley sauce.
Served with chips or mash and mushy peas
Bird's Eye Cod Fish Fingers are a staple of our freezer. We tend to have fish once a week, usually a Friday. I like fish fingers, as does my husband and my son therefore they have become a regular Friday meal.
For anyone who doesn't know what fish fingers look like they are rectangular shaped, coated in bread crumbs (you can get them coated in batter, but we prefer the breadcrumbs), they are a golden orange colour, when you break them open the inside is pure white cod. Fish Fingers can be found in the freezer aisle in most supermarkets, there are various brands but we prefer Bird's Eye.
I cook my fish fingers in the grill, I have sometimes cooked them in the oven but it is usually the grill. The instructions on the packaging recommend that they are cooked for 15 minutes in a medium grill, turning occasionally. To oven cook this takes 15 minutes at 230c or 210 for fan assisted ovens. I find they cook very easily but just keep an eye on them in the grill as they can burn quite easily. I like my fish fingers to have a little bit of a bite when I am eating them, I don't like soggy fish fingers. Although they are fish I find that there is not a long lingering fish aroma in the house after dinner and although the grill smells fishy a quick wash and it is gone.
Ingredients: cod fillet 64%, batter, breadcrumbs, vegetable oil. There are also details on the nutritional content on the packet, but I am not listing these other than to say 3 fish fingers provides 165kcals.
I usually buy the bag of 30 fish fingers, cheaper than smaller boxes and the bag fits quite well into my freezer, currently £4.82 in Asda. The packaging is quite distinctive, a blue box or bag with the image of Captain Bird's Eye on the front and an attractive picture of a fish finger.
What do they taste like? Well as you would expect they tasty fishy, but not an overpowering taste or smell and there is the added taste and texture of the breadcrumb coating. I don't recall ever coming across any bones in the fish, the fish is quite chunky and is real fish, not just reconstituted parts of fish, it is quite meaty and if you eat off all the breadcrumbs it retains its shape very well. I usually serve them with chips and peas, my son likes to have loads of tomato ketchup and my husband has tartare sauce with his but I prefer mine plain. When I was younger and lived at home we used to eat our fish fingers between 2 slices of bread, mmmm fish finger sandwiches.
I find Bird's Eye Fish Fingers are tasty, easy to cook, not too expensive and can be used in a main meal or as a snack or lunch. They are very easy for children to eat and basically are not too messy, I have always found the quality of the product to be very good. I would recommend Bird's Eye Fish Fingers
Fish Fingers! Yum! As a kid I liked nothing more than to eat a plate of fish fingers and tinned spaghetti hoops for dinner. Now I do try to be more nutritious and will eat them with pasta and vegetables instead. There are loads of different fish fingers out there and they really do have a range of quality and various different types of fish inside them.
Birds Eye Cod Fish Fingers are not the best for the environment though because Cod is running out, if you want to help the environment then buy Birds Eye Fish Fingers because they are made from Pollock which there is a lot more of left in the world and they taste just as good as these. Birds Eye do the best quality frozen food so I knew that these were going to be good before I'd bought them.
They come in a box of 10 (300g) from Tesco for £1.79. You can also get them in a packet of 30 for £4.99 but that's too many for me and it takes up too much space in the freezer. So anyway, the box of 10 is blue. It has a picture of the fish fingers and some peas on the front as well as the Birds Eye eye logo and a picture of Captain Birds Eye himself! On the back of the box are the ingredients and all of the nutritional information plus instructions on how to cook the fish fingers.
Cod Fillet (64%), Batter, Breadcrumbs, Sunflower Oil, Batter: Water, Wheat Flour, Potato Starch, Salt, Breadcrumbs: Wheat Flour, Yeast, Salt, Natural Colours (Curcumin, Paprika Extract)
Contains fish and wheat plus there is a small of chance that there may still be some fish bones although they remove as many as possible.
Free From Artificial Colour, Free From Artificial Flavours, Free From Artificial Preservatives
3 Fish Fingers Contains:
165kcal, 8% of your GDA
0.6g, 1% of your GDA
7g, 10% of your GDA
1g, 5% of your GDA
0.7g, 12% of your GDA
As you can see these are not that unhealthy which is great plus they contain Omgea3, something that we all need more of in our diets. They also contain a lot of protein and some Vitamin B12 which is also good for you.
You can either oven cook them or grill them; unfortunately I can't remember the oven cooking instructions as I normally grill them but those instructions will be on the packet. Just put them under the grill for 15 until they go a lovely golden brown colour, you will need to turn them over halfway through. As you can see they are quite quick and really easy to cook.
They look like normal fish fingers, the same size and appearance, I'm sure you all know what a fish finger looks like. These ones are covered in breadcrumbs. They smell like fish fingers, not really sure how to describe it but don't worry it's not a nasty fish smell and it won't linger in your home. The taste isn't nasty either, it's very pleasant and I find that when they have been grilled the breadcrumbs have a nice crunch to them which goes nicely with the soft cod which is a really good quality. They won't give you bad breath luckily and the taste won't linger for hours, phew!
Overall I think that these are a fabulous fish finger but they are bad for the environment so I don't buy them very often, better to stick with the other type. A great addition to any meal and kids love them too.
Remember fish is brain food! Feed your brain!
Before I start, I have to say, the product I am reviewing is the '100% Cod' fishfingers, as Birds Eye do 'fish' fingers made from 'white fish' (generally Alaskan Pollock) and haddock fishfingers too. These do not compare in taste (or price) to 100% Cod.
Lets start with CONTENTS:
Cod Fillet (64%), Batter, Breadcrumbs, Sunflower oil. The breadcrumbs contain: Wheat flour, Yeast, Salt (0.8 gms per 100g, perfectly acceptable), Natural Colours: Curcumin and Paprika extract. And that is it folks, no E numbers, no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours, just, fish, batter and breadcrumbs.
There is something very comforting about the colour of fishfingers as they are grilling or being oven cooked (Never, ever microwave, yuk, soggy). A golden orangey colour that should, in my opinion, be going slightly brown at the edges, and when broken into and/or cut, a healthy amount of steam comes off of the succulent white fish. This is added to by the smell, which is also somehow comforting and reminiscent of childhood comfort food.
Birdseye have a website: www.birdseye.co.uk, which I visited out of curiosity and apparantly (can you believe this?) there was a Mr Clarence Birdseye (Is this an eleaborate hoax?) He discovered that "frozen fish tasted just as good as fresh fish after it had been thawed and cooked". So he then invented and patented a 'freezing machine', which was designed to freeze fish quickly. There are of course, other things that Birds eye freeze too, such as vegetables.
All very interesting, but, how do they TASTE, and why have I bothered with a review? They taste fantastic, I could (and have) eaten 10 at a time before, I particularly love them in wholemeal bread, as a sandwich, with a very light amount of salad cream or ketchup. I also like them with salad, and just sprinkled with lime (yes lime) juice. The breadcrumbs, as I have said, I like slightly welldone, and they taste nice, crunchy, not too doughy (like some cheap fishfingers), and if you cook them in a ceramic dish, with a very lightly oiled bottom (the dish) they come out extra crunchy (and don't stick to the bottom). When you bite into the fish you find that it tastes very fresh, not too 'fishy' like the Alaskan Pollock versions, but just like a nice piece of Cod loin. Not greasy either which is a real bonus. For me I like the fact that they taste as though they are fresh, which in fact, considering they are frozen so quick, they are. The fish tastes light, succulent and juicy, without being mushy, and if you take a look you can see that they are flakes of real fish, not reconstituted mush.
When I was a child, alongside corned beef and pickle sandwiches (unhealthy) and bangers and mash (unhealthy), fishfingers vied with Heinz tomato soup as the ultimate comfort food, they retain that for me. I recently had an operation and my first meal (when I could face it) was a fishfinger sandwich. So not only are they comfort food, but they are one of the only comfort foods that I can think of that are actually healthy.
I personally like the breadcrumb version of fishfingers, though recently tried the batter version which taste great but are a bit on the greasy side for me.
Okay, I must mention that Cod is getting scarce and we should really eat less of it, no lecture, just a fact.
Update of a review posted earlier on Ciao by me (Ciao name paulhanton).