“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Fish „
I like trying new vegetarian foods, but I don't buy Quorn that often. I think it is because I personally feel that a lot of it tastes the same, and I do not like that taste a huge amount. I also get a bit fed up with the fact they mainly produce vegetarian versions of meat products, which seems unadventurous. I still like to try quick to prepare foods for the days when I don't have time to cook much myself, which led me try Quorn's "Crispy Fillets." I mainly bought them because they were on offer in Iceland for £1, whereas the usual selling price in Sainsburys is £2.45. This buys you a pack of two fillets, each weighing 100g.
The fillets look like battered chicken or fish fillets, although they don't taste of either as I will describe below. Each one is a good size, and it doesn't shrink at all on cooking. They do not colour up to look quite as golden on the outside as they are depicted on the packet, but they still look appetising enough. I cooked them for just a little longer in the oven than the 20 minutes recommended, because of the fact they did look paler than I thought they would but I didn't want to risk over cooking them and drying them out. Once I could see the batter was crispy, I turned the oven off.
The fillets themselves are close in taste and smell to the Quorn chicken style fillets, but they are plumper and juicier to me. I do not think they taste like chicken, but these particular fillets do not say anywhere on the packaging that they are supposed to. The flavour is of Quorn only, which is is a little bland, although it doesn't leave me with an aftertaste as some products do. Quorn is actually made of a mycroprotein, which is relative of a fungi, but don't expect it to taste of mushroom! The crispiness comes from the batter coating, which I really did like. It tastes fresh and has a good crunchy texture. It also stays in place over the fillet rather than flaking off, so you get to enjoy the contrast between the batter and the softer inside. Despite my fears that it would taste dry, the Quorn is really succulent which means I enjoyed it much more than similar products even though the taste wasn't that exciting to me. It tasted nice with ketchup, so I think that if I had them again I would ideally serve them with chips or potato wedges rather than salad as I did last time. I say ideally because each fillet contains 25% of your RDA of salt, and as I would usually add salt to my chips, I would end up with a high intake of sodium. I just wanted a lighter meal, and I found one fillet was properly filling in any case, so I was happy enough with my salad at the time. In other aspects of nutrition they do fare better, coming in at 10% of your recommended calorie intake, and 8% of your saturated fat.
Overall, I would recommend these if you like other Quorn fillets, because the flavour is mostly the same, except for the nice addition of batter. They also have the advantage of being simple to prepare, and quick to cook, despite being frozen. If you don't enjoy other Quorn though, I doubt these fillets will change your mind. I think these are just ok, and if I am going for a vegetarian convenience food, I would choose one of the many options with more flavour and less salt. I didn't mind paying a pound to try them, but I do feel that they are a little expensive at full price. I would check Iceland first, if you want to buy them, because they are often a bit cheaper on Quorn items. I think that the offer I used has now expired. You can find them in most supermarkets, where they are with the other frozen vegetarian foods. They are Vegetarian Society approved, but they are not suitable for vegans as they contain egg.
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I buy a lot of the Quorn products but one of my favourites are these Quorn Crispy Fillets. They come in a pack of two and you find them in the freezer bit of the supermarket.
The fillets are not a bad size, I find one is plenty enough to have as a meal along with whatever I fancy. I usually have these as a nice treat with some frozen chips and baked beans as it makes a change from all the healthy meals I try to do.
You can either cook these fillets in the oven for 20 minutes or you can do them under the grill for 18 minutes. I have never tried grilling them before, I always do them in the oven as I prefer just putting them on and then getting on with something else instead of standing there watching them.
These fillets are covered with batter which is why they go crispy and is quite different from other veggie products of a similar kind as usually you find they are with bread crumbs. The fact that they have batter makes the fat content go up a bit more than you usually find with a Quorn product, there are 8.5g per 100g and the traffic light for this is yellow. The salt content is also higher and that is yellow as well at 1.5g per 100g but as I only have them as a treat when I feel like it I dont worry about it. The sat fat is only 1.5g and the sugar is 2.5, these are both green lights. You will take in 184 calories per fillet so a good amount if you are watching your calories. Seeing as one fillet is 100g it makes it easy to work out too what your are eating for all the stats.
When they are cooked the batter is quite a thin coating, not like you get on fish from the chip shops, it is really thin and tastes delicious. The Quorn inside the fillet is made up to look like chicken but it tastes much better in my opinion (I have gone right off the taste of meat and dont eat it anymore). It feels a nice texture to bite into, not at all rubbery like some of their burgers go like, I think the batter over it makes it really moist inside but crispy on the outside.
You can have these dished up with any thing really, I have had them with my Sunday dinner before now and even had one with some egg fried rice and noodles, very versatile, just whatever you fancy.
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I am most definitely a card carrying meat eater but as my boyfriend is a veggie, there are always lots of Quorn products in the freezer/fridge (usually dependent upon what is on special offer!).
As shopping is something of a painful chore at the moment - I have a lingering slipped disc, I am somewhat at the mercy of my boyfriend as to the products he buys. Therefore I have found myself cooking and eating whatever is available.
Last night it was the turn of Quorn fillets
There are two frozen Quorn fillets in each pack. They are easily recognisable - sold in a predominantly green cardboard box, picturing the fillets on the front and displaying the orange Quorn logo on the top left hand side.
The fillets of mycoprotein (69%) are covered in a light, crispy batter and could be likened to those served at KFC as chicken fillet burgers. They are however very oval in shape, no blemishes or imperfections here!
They can be cooked in the oven for 20 minutes or grilled for 18 minutes, so a quick and easy meal when served with salad or chips etc.
100g of the product contains 184 kcals (each fillet weighs approximately 100g) and surprisingly 8.5g of fat.
This is quite high in comparison to most other Quorn varieties, undoubtedly due to the addition of batter - as 100g of the none battered product contains 90 kcals and 1.8g of fat.
So, are they any good? To be fair they are not bad at all!
There isn't much of an aroma of anything whilst they are cooking. When cut in to, the batter is very light (as if it has been painted on!) and crispy although I wouldn't say crunchy.
The fillets are quite moist and taste quite nice, I can't quite describe the taste. Although they kind of remind me of chicken, the texture of the product detracts from that.
It's all very confusing!
The battered fillets are not something I would choose to eat over chicken but then again battered chicken is not something I would normally cook or eat - with the exception of an occasional KFC (and that when cooked properly is in a league of its own, so there is no comparison).
The fillets are currently on sale in Tesco for £2.29. I think this is expensive and tend to stock up when the 3 Quorn products for £5 offer is on.
They can also occasionally be picked up in Farmfoods for £1.
As I don't eat meat, and neither does my daughter (she has recently made this choice) I am always looking for meat free products that I can serve whilst cooking a similar type of food for the rest of the family, who eat meat. This probably sounds daft as Quorn cannot be similar to meat but I think those of you who are vegetarian but still cook meat, will appreciate how much easier it is to serve a chicken style Quorn dish alongside chicken. I find the most difficult thing at meal times is decided what to cook and, when you have veggies and omnivores to cater for things can get confusing.
I have tried many Quorn products although I'm usually happy to have something vegetable based, or a cheese and onion dish, but, now that my daughter comes into the meat free equation I am gradually trying all the Quorn dishes I can find.
Yesterday was my daughter's birthday so we had some family members come round for dinner. I decided to serve a salad with the trimmings, along with boiled new potatoes and roasted chicken pieces. I thought the birthday girl and I could have the Quorn chicken along with a cheese and onion quiche, for everyone to share. Oh! And to be followed, of course, with birthday cake!
I cooked the crispy fillets in a hot oven (220oC/425oF/Gas Mark 7). They can also be grilled for 18 minutes.
Taste wise they were a success and the meat eaters were curious and, even thought we were eating 'real' chicken! They were crispy on the outside and the Quorn was very tender, moist and tasty. I think they came extremely close to tasting like chicken and, in texture were close to that of a crispy chicken type food.
I bought these in Sainsburys frozen vegetarian foods section, at a cost of £2.29 for a 200g pack of two. I do find Quorn products expensive if not on offer and this really is the only drawback. Still, on the plus side they are healthy as Quorn, being a mycoprotein (a member of the fungi family) is low in fat and high in protein and fibre.
* ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains: Egg, Milk & Wheat Gluten.
The carton is widely recycled.
I found this to be one of the best Quorn products I have so far tried. I think when cooked it looked and smelled lovely. The texture and taste was good. I also think this is a very versatile food as it went well with the salad and new potatoes but would go as well with chips, fried potatoes, wedges, jacket potatoes or savoury rice. I think I would like these with baked beans, chips and tomato sauce.
Both myself and my friend whom I am staying with at the moment love Quorn products on the whole. She is a Vegetarian of rather a few years and although I am not it is easier for us both to eat the same things so for the majority of the time I'm eating meat free stuff too and out of all the stuff I've tried to eat Quorn is right up there with the best as far I'm concerned!
Dark green and orange box and on the front of it there is a photograph of the Quorn cooked fillets on there and I'm told of course that they are indeed Quorn 2 Crispy Fillets 'Tasty Quorn Fillets in a light crispy batter coating, they'll be smiles all round at teatime' and I'm also told that they are a great source of fibre and high in protein, of course that they are suitable for Vegetarians, the best before date is clearly displayed and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown on there as well. Other information on the back of the box includes being told a bit about the product and how to cook them, there is a full nutritional chart shown along with a list of ingredients and allergy advice being stated, the weight is stated which in this case for to fillets is 200g and contact details for Quorn are listed. It's a nice high quality looking box which of course is very informative and easy to open etc.
The Fillets Themselves:
Ok so these are made up from Mycoprotein which to me and you is a form of fungi. It's low in fat and actually rather good for you!
What you get in this box of course is two fillets. Both are small and of a sort of chicken breast shape really and coated in a batter. To cook them you simply grill them for about 18 minutes or alternatively oven bake them in about 20 minutes. I have cooked them both of these ways and it really doesn't matter how you cook them really taste wise, though I usually bung them in the oven as it's less hassle!
When cooked what you get is battered looking chicken. The batter evenly coats the 'breast' and looks golden, tastes crispy and isn't one bit greasy but light and lightly seasoned. The fungi is white within it in colour, again well seasoned and tastes a bit like chicken really but less fatty and of course it contains no grain like chicken does it's simply smooth and not at all chewy.
Easy to cook and nutritious this is great with chips and beans or shoved in a bun with some salad and mayo, I however like to top these with home made sweet and sour sauce! I and my mate love these as they taste light and it's the golden batter that is the winner with these. Love them, vegetarian or not!
Nutritional Information Per Fillet:
Available in all good supermarkets costing about £1.79 a box (I get mine in Asda).
I used to be a vegetarian for about ten years, I stopped when I started cooking for myself and one of the things that I'm very glad about is that I started eating Quorn. Quorn is a mycoprotein, which is a member of the fungi family and although that description probably hasn't got the taste buds tingling I find it's a very nice meat substitute.
These days Quorn do a wide range of different meat substitute products and one of these is their crispy fillets. These are basically just a fillet of Quorn, shaped similarly to a chicken breast and covered in a light batter.
These come in packets of two and the packaging design is similar to the rest of the Quorn range with orange and green branding and a picture of the product on the front.
The packaging also contains various health claims such as high protein and source of fibre which also made this product appealing to me. The nutritional information is prominently displayed as is the Vegetarian Society approved logo.
Inside you'll find two fillets each 100g in weight. They don't look that appetising I must admit but for a quick freezer dinner I find they really hit the spot. You can either oven cook these or you can grill them. Oven cooking takes 20 minutes at 220 degrees or grilling takes 18 - I've tried both, usually I grill them.
So how do they taste? Well they're not packed full of flavour so I usually serve them with a more highly flavoured accompaniment, tonight it was sweet potato. And the batter can be a bit soggy but I still find that when I come in late and don't have much in to cook these are great to shove in the grill, rustle up something to go with them and sit down to eat. They're also not as unhealthy as most other convenience foods.
I'm pretty much constantly on a diet so this is really important to me and Quorn itself is pretty healthy. These don't come in as well as some other products in the range due to the batter but I still think they're better than a lot of quick and easy products:
kcal - 184
Fat - 8.5g
Sat fat - 1.5g
Salt - 1.5g (a bit high)
Fibre - 4.0g
Ingredients: Quorn fillet (69%)(mycoprotein, rehydrated free range egg white, onion, textured wheat protein, flavourings, milk protein, tapioca starch, gelling agent, pectin) breadcrumb, batter (maize flour, wheat flour, wheat starch, raising agents, di-sodium diphosphate, sodium bicarbonate, salt, skimmed milk powder, dextrose, whey powder, wheat gluten, rice flour, vegetable oil)
As you can see from above those with egg, milk or gluten allergies should avoid this product. And although approved for vegetarians no Quorn products are vegan due to the egg white. All Quorn products are acceptable for a Halal diet but should be checked on a product by product basis for Kosher diets.
The carton can be widely recycled and in fact I just popped mine in my red recycling box tonight.
I bought these for £1 on a deal from Tesco and I'll be picking up a few more boxes. Price is usually £2.19 a pack so I'll be stocking up now.
I read that Quorn is a healthy alternative to meat and low in cholesterol so I thought i would give these a try, I purchased mine from Tesco, they were £2.19 for two which to be honest I thought was a bit pricey.
For those who aren't familiar with Quorn: it is a vegetarian product that contains "mycoprotein", which is a foodstuff derived from funghi (mushrooms and the like). Quorn is low in fat, high in protein and has no cholesterol.
The ingredients for the Crispy Fillets is
Quorn Fillet (69%)[mycoprotein, rehydrated free range egg white, onion, textured wheat protein (wheat protein, wheat starch), flavourings, milk proteins, tapioca starch, gelling agent: pectin], breadcrumb (wheat flour, yeast, salt), batter (maize flour, wheat flour, wheat starch, hydrogenated palm oil, raising agents: di-sodium diphosphate, sodium bicarbonate; salt, skimmed milk powder, dextrose, whey powder, wheat gluten, rice flour, rapeseed oil), sunflower oil
You can either cook these in the oven or under the grill, I put them in my George Forman grill for about 8 minutes, moving them around occasionally so they didnt get burnt.
These Crispy Fillets to look at them resemble chicken in a crispy coating, they smell very appetizing and I found that they cooked very well from frozen. I think they taste like chicken, the fillets have a fibrous texture and have the appearance of chicken,they are lightly spiced but a little bit salty in my opinion.
I have to say that they were tasty but I get the impression that it's all the extra things that go into them to make them taste nice, I have no idea what science is used to convert funghi to look like meat but to be honest I couldnt really care because they do taste great and if it helps to lower my cholesterol level then thats good for me.
I would buy these again but they are a bit expensive which is a shame as I think it will put many people off from eating a meat-free product such as this. I do have concerns that they may be high in sodium though.