“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
I've never been mad keen on these fish in sauce meals but today I fancied some fish for dinner and this was all there was in the freezer because we're going to do the shopping tomorrow and all the cupboards are bare! lol
It wasn't bad actually and loads nicer than some I've had in the past. The cod is quite thick and flakes lovely when it's cooked, you boil it in the bag and it takes about 20 mins to do.
The parsley sauce is proper nice, it's thick and creamy with a wickedly fresh herb taste. I think it tastes like brill quality and isn't thin and watery like I thought it would be because of it being an own brand product. The sauce goes lovely with the fish and gives it a nice flavour but you can still taste the cod under it, like I said the fish flakes up when it's been cooked and it's like having a fresh piece of cod on your plate and not one that has been boiled in the sauce!
I reckon it's cooking it in the sauce that gives the fish such a yummy taste and texture, the fish stays lovely and moist and the flavour of the parsley gets into the fish big time so it's all seasoned proper nice.
The sauce has got a bit of a salty taste but that doesn't bother me, it's not madly salty to put you off the meal but you can deffo taste it and I know it's the sauce not the fish because the saltyness comes through more when you're just having a bit of the sauce.
There's plenty of sauce in it as well so if you have the fish with mash or chips you can use it to dip them in, it goes proper nice with peas as well and I love the taste of the peas when they're coating with this yummy parsley sauce.
You get 4 in a box and like all this sort of fish the fillets are quite small so sometimes I'll have 2, usually it's just 1 though and I'll top my dinner up with veg or chips.
Tonight I fancied having some fish for my tea and looked in the freezer and found a box of Tesco Cod in Parsley Sauce. The box is about 8 inches by 5 and about 2 inches deep and it contains four portions of fish in sauce.
The fish comes in separate bags all sealed up with the sauce inside which is good as you can cook as many portions as you need. I only ever have one of these portions at a time but they are not very big so you might want two of them if you have a bigger appetite.
You can cook the fish either by boiling in the bag in a saucepan of hot water on the hob or by cooking in the microwave.
To cook it on the hob you bring a pan of water to the boil (just fill the pan half way or it will spillo over when you add the fish in the bag). It is best to cook from frozen so take a bag or as many bags as you need and place them in the boiling water and bring it back to the boil. Then you turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Once the 20 minutes is up you have to carefully get the bag out of the water and onto a plate then cut the bag open, it is easier to open it with scissors than trying to do it with a knife. You must be carefull you dont burn yourself while doing this as it is very hot.
If you prefer to cook it in the microwave then again it is best to cook from frozen. You need to place the bag on a plate that is safe to use in the microwave first. I think it is best to do just one portion at a time doing it this way but as it doesnt take long to do it is ok. You will need to pierce the bag a few times with something like a sharp knife or a fork to let the steam out. Then cook on full power for 2 minutes. After this time you shake the bag about a bit to move the sauce round the fish then you put it back in the microwave again. Depending on what power your microwave in you will need to cook it again for - 650w = 2 1/2 minutes, 750w = 2 minutes and 850w 1 minute. Then you take it out and put it on the plate and cut open the bag and pour the fish and sacue out.
When cooking in the microwave the sauce seems to go a lot thicker than if you are cooking it on the hob so you might need to scrape the bag with a knife or something to sqeeze all of the sauce out.
The fish piece that you get is about 3 inches square and about 1 inch thick. It looks white once it is cooked. The sauce is very nice and you can have it with just about any kind of dinner. Today I had mine with some potato wedges and peas but you could have it with mash and veg or baked beans, I have even had one before with roast potatoes and all the trimmings (I dont eat meat except fish so find something else to have when the others are having a roast dinner).
The nutritional information for the product is for each portion - 115 calories, 2.2g sugar, 4.3g fat, 2.6g saturates and 1g salt so it is quite good for you. The pack weighs 552g.
There are warnings on the packet that says it might contain small bones and that it contains raw fish.
At the moment these are on sale for £3.99 a box which works out to £1 a portion which is very good value for a meal. You often find they are on a specail promotion though which makes the price even cheaper.