Product Type: Birds Eye Meat / Fish
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Birds Eye Simply Cod Fillets
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Birds Eye Simply Cod Fillets
Advantages: taste, texture, quality ingredients
Disadvantages: price when not on offer
The 'Simply' range from Birds Eye are a firm favourite in our home and now that we have gone back to making homemade chips again thanks to our trusty 'Actifry' we decided that yesterday we would have a good, hearty meal of homemade Fish, Chips and Peas.
Birds Eye launched their 'Simply' range a few years ago, and the aim of these products is to provide the best ingredients they can and prepare them in such a way that they are quick frozen to preserve all the goodness and then are ready to cook through in an oven. In the case of 'Simply Cod' you can expect thick, white, flaky cod fillets that have a fine, crispy batter coating on them and are essentially a more expensive variation on the frozen fish products that you usually find in supermarkets.
For a four piece box you can expect to pay £3.99 which when compared to other brands and options is expensive, however you are paying for quality with these and when cooked you can really tell a difference between these and cheaper alternatives. Taking the portions out of the box you first of all notice that they are not a uniform size with each piece varying in shape and thickness. For your money you get 450 grams in weight (in the 4 piece box) and cooking instructions advise that they are best eaten cooked directly from the freezer, so don't defrost first.
After around 35 minutes the fish is cooked through and the batter has a golden, crunchy appearance to it. Taking a knife to the fish the batter splits and crumbles beneath the blade to reveal thick, white flakes of cod. The batter gives the fish a crispy coating but doest detract from the flavour of the fish itself which is meaty (fishy? Lol) and breaks up between your teeth. With the addition of lemon or vinegar the whole tasty experience is filling and satisfying and definitely delicious.
It would be easy to dismiss these as an expensive gimmick, after all fish is just fish right? Well in the case of these it is evident that the fish tastes fresh, has been made from whole fillets that have had nothing added to them and they really are leagues apart from the cheaper fish options that you can buy.
As you would expect from the claims surrounding the ingredients there are no added inclusions in these and the ingredient list reveals nothing untoward, and for the reason of a thorough review I will list them in case anyone is interested in trying these for themselves:
Cod Fillet (61%), Batter, Vegetable Oil, Breadcrumb.
Wheat Flour, water, Wheat Starch, Maize Flour, Salt, Baking Powder (contains Raising agents: E450, E500), Mustard, Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Skimmed Milk Powder, Yeast Extract.
Allergen information warns that these do contain fish (!), Wheat, Milk and Mustard so if these ingredients are of concern then do bear this in mind.
Nutrition wise a single portion of fish will provide 245 calories, 15.0 grams of protein, 17 grams of carbohydrates (of which only 0.8 grams are sugars) 13.0 grams of fat (of which 1.8 grams are saturates) and 0.55 grams of sodium. So these figures shouldn't cause too many concerns to anyone really.
In conclusion, for the taste and quality they really can't be beaten. The price does make them a considered purchase for us and not one that we can justify on a regular basis, however for a once in a while change they do make a fantastic meal that we always thoroughly enjoy.
Highly rated by me and well deserving a 4 star rating only losing one star for the price, available from all the major supermarkets in the frozen food section. Priced normally at £3.99 but currently on offer at £3.00 for a box of 4 portions. A 2 piece box can sometimes be found for just over half the usual price of 4 but doesn't seem as widely available as the 4 in my experience.
Definitely recommended and thanks for reading.
Summary: Simply Cod. Just fish and batter that's all. Simply delicious.
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