“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Fish „
I got some Pollock the other day as I picked up one of the sainsburys recipe cards and it was for pollock bites (actually pollock balls but I guess that's a pretty bad name).
I have never eaten pollock before, I've never really heard of it, so I was eager to see what it was like. It was basically a white fish that came in a plastic packet.
The prices of this product vary on whichever weight you get, so it depends how much you want, but we got about 280g for 2.50, which I think is a pretty good deal. The fish comes filleted but does have the warning on the front that says it may still contain bones.
When I opened the pack I was pleasantly surprised, there were quite a few fillets and they looked clean and I didn't see any bones. The recipe we were doing required us to blend it anyway so I had a quick feel for bones while breaking it up and only found one, so I would suggest having a quick check if you buy this product.
The fish itself broke up very easily and looked very similar to cod except it had a slightly more pink colour to it. It smelled quite fishy but not to the extent of something like mackerel.
The recipe we created from the card was to blend the fish with a couple of chillies, some chives, and an egg, and then roll the mixture into balls and coat the balls in toasted sesame seeds.Then cook in the oven for about 10 or 15 minutes. These came out lovely, they could have done with more chilli but that's just me, and served with a bit of salad and some sweet chilli dipping sauce, they were great. Really tasty.
So the fish worked out extremely well, and I will make these balls again, and I would also buy this to use in things like fish pie, just make sure to check for bones first. I wouldn't serve this as fillets as the pieces in the pack are a bit random, but used in recipes it's ideal. A really great cheap alternative to cod.