“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
I'm a great lover of fish, but unfortunately, I don't buy fresh fish as I simply cannot bear the feeling of it during preparation!! The eyes, scales and tail, uggh! The only way I can eat fish is if I purchase it in a box already prepared! Sad, I know!! I was surprised to see the fish I'm reviewing was not in dooyoo's catalogue, so I made a product suggestion in order for me to advise you of this delicious inexpensive food. The product I am reviewing is Tesco 4 Breaded Haddock Fillets and the box I am reviewing differs slightly from the picture shown, but the product is the same. My box shows an image of two large pieces of cooked fish that have been cut through the middle. The fish looks particularly appetising as it is accompanied with chips and peas! There is a black banner behind the photograph of the fish with the Tesco logo and the words "4 Breaded" in silver italics and the word "haddock" in large bold red letters. The word "fillets" is located underneath and you are advised the fish is "shaped from pieces of 100% haddock fillet, coated in golden breadcrumbs". You are also advised that the fish is free from artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. What I love about this fish is that there is no skin or bones! I absolutely detest sitting down to a fish meal and having to pick out the bones. I think this may stem back to my childhood when I choked on a bone that lodged itself in my throat and unfortunately, I've had a phobia ever since. The only negative for me with this product is that there is no inner bag and the fish is simply loose inside the box. However, for such a low price tag I don't feel this is a real issue. Each piece of fish weighs approximately 125g and measures 15cm long and averages 8cm at its' widest part and is of a generous size which is adequate for one person. I've found with so many boxes of cheaper fish that the pieces are too small, so I end up having to cook several pieces for each person. The breadcrumbs are plentiful and to cook you simply place on a baking tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes at gas mark 7 or 220 degrees C or 425 degrees F. There is no need to defrost the fish before cooking as it can be cooked from frozen. Tesco advise the fish can also be grilled or deep fried, but I've never tried either of these methods. Unfortunately, the fish cannot be microwaved. I've been buying this fish for approximately six months and have never experienced burning or shrinkage whilst cooking. Now for the important bit - the taste - both the fish and breadcrumbs taste extremely fresh and have a delicious flavour and when cut it looks identical to its' photograph on the box. I would find it extremely difficult to tell the difference between this and one of the leading brand names, as it is very flavoursome and simply melts in your mouth. I have never found any bones or skin, which is a huge bonus for me! When I initially saw this fish in the freezer compartment at Tesco, I was quite cautious, particularly due to its' low price tag of only £2. I compared it to the well-known brand names that were charging in the region of £5 and didn't really feel it could be of a very good quality. I assumed that it did not contain 100% haddock and that it included a combination of cheaper fish scraps, which is normally what you receive with cheaper brands, but this is definitely not the case. This product is high quality and well worth the price tag. To be honest, I am extremely surprised it costs only £2. The nutritional information for each 125g portion is, as follows:- Energy 890kJ, 215kcal Protein 16.1g Carbohydrates 22.4g Of which sugars 6.5g Fat 9.9g Of which saturates 1.6g Mono-saturates 6.0g Polyunsaturates 1.3g Fibre 2.4g Sodium 0.4g Salt equivalent 0.9g This product is also available with batter and the boxes look somewhat similar. If you're like me and dislike supermarket battered fish, double check the packaging before you put it in your trolley as I mistakenly purchased the battered version a few weeks ago and found it to be rather greasy. Tesco 4 Breaded Haddock Fillets can be found in the freezer section and are available in most Tesco stores for £2 per box. I cannot recommend this product highly enough and give it 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars. I hope you found my review useful and I would thank you for reading.