“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
I seem to have developed a bit of an obsession with salmon recently; I can't seem to get enough of it. I was recently browsing through the fish section at my local Tesco's and I came across their Salmon Fishcakes.
Tesco's Salmon Fishcakes are made from flaked salmon fillets and potatoes and have been seasoned and coated in crispy breadcrumbs according to the product description. Each fishcake is about 4 inches (at the widest point) and nearly an inch deep so they are a fair size and were certainly larger than I expected.
Tesco's Salmon Fishcakes come in a 180g pack which contains 2 fishcakes. Each packet costs £1.14 but they are currently on a long-term price offer so you can buy 2 packs for £2.00 which I think is pretty reasonable.
These fishcakes can be cooked in several different ways - shallow fried, grilled or cooked in the oven. I always cook them in the oven. The back of the packet suggests cooking them at 220 °C / 425 °F / Gas Mark 7 for 15-18 minutes. I have found that they actually need a little bit longer than this, and I tend to cook them for about 25 minutes instead. They need to be turned over halfway through the cooking time.
I adore these fishcakes. The outside of them (the breadcrumb coating) becomes a golden brown colour and is nice and crispy. The inside of the fishcake has a lovely texture which I suppose is quite similar to mashed potato. I have found with some fishcakes, that there never seems to be much fish inside them but I am pleased to report that this is not the case with these as the chunks of salmon are actually quite large.
These fishcakes are actually surprisingly filling too. Sometimes, I just have them on their own for lunch and find them more than filling. I have also had them for dinner, along with a jacket potato and salad.
In summary, I would definitely recommend these fishcakes to any salmon lovers. I think they are pretty good value for money when you consider that you get 4 fishcakes for £2. The fishcakes themselves are a good size, making them suitable to eat either on their own or as part of a meal and they are also very tasty.
I stay well away from ready meals in fact my husband would have a fit if he had to eat a ready meal, having been brought up on everything freshly cooked. I strive to do the same, but sometimes, it is nice to have something to simply fling in the oven such as a quiche, or like these Tesco salmon fishcakes, which are on a continuous offer of two packs (each containing 2 fishcakes) for £2. I usually take up the offer, and put one pack in the freezer for another night.
THey are not the healthiest of fishcakes, with each fishake containing 210 calories, which is why I only ever cook one per person, as well as 10.8g fat content, although it is low in saturated fat.
On the front of the packet, it states that these fishcakes are made of 'delicious salmon and potato...coated in a light and crispy breadcrumb'. It also tates that the fish was caught in the Pacific Ocean, and describes te catch methos as well, for those concerned about the environmental damage.
What is great about these fishcakes are that they only take 16 minutes in the oven to cook, although longer if they have come from the freezer, and thus are ideal for a quick night's dinner on the table.
I first had these fishcakes at my mother in law's house, and as she usually does her shopping in Marks and Spencers, I assumed that they were from M&S. However, after telling her how nice I thought they were, she told me they were from Tesco, which I was quite surprised at, due to the high quality. There is plenty of salmon in each fishcake, and it certainly is a lot easier than making your own - something I tried before, and it didnt really work too well.
These salmon fishcakes are ideal alongside a large salad. Yes, they are quite calorie loaded and quite high in fat, however, they really are delicious, and require you simply to throw them in the oven and 16 minutes later, you can be enjoying them. Due to the high calorie and fat content, they are not something I would have all the time, as I do prefer fresh fish, but they are perfect when you need a speedy dinner without any hassle.
I have very little time on my hands with a young baby and need food that is quick to make, keeps me satisfied and meets my hunger pangs. I have never attempted to make my own fishcakes, so the next best thing is Tesco's range of ready to cook Fishcakes, in particular their Salmon Fishcakes.
Tesco's Salmon Fishcakes are made from flaked salmon fillets and potatoes and have been seasoned and coated in crispy breadcrumbs. The Salmon Fishcakes can be found in fresh fish aisle and are available in an 180g pack of two for £1.14. There is a long-term price offer on these and you can buy 2 packs for £2.00.
The fishcakes can be shallow fried, grilled or cooked in the oven. Personally, I prefer them cooked in the oven. Tesco suggest that you cook them at 220 °C / 425 °F / Gas Mark 7 for 15-18 minutes, however I feel that they are not cooked enough after 18 minutes, so I tend to put them in for around 20-25 minutes and turn them once, halfway through cooking. Each 90g fishcake contains 42% salmon, 210 calories, 10.8g of fat, 2.4g of sugar, 0.9g of saturates and 1g of salt.
How do they taste? Actually they are very nice and filling. I know that the Salmon fishcakes have been seasoned and there is definitely no need to add salt to them, however I do feel that more herbs being added to the fishcakes could improve them. One fishcake may not seem enough, but if you have this as part of a meal it is plenty, or you can have two on their own which is what I do when I want a quick lunch. The breadcrumb coating becomes very crispy and turns a nice golden colour when cooked. You will find chunks of salmon in the fishcakes, rather then the flakes of fish being pureed, which makes a change. Also, they are not too greasy as some foods with a breadcrumb coating can be.
I have rated Tesco Salmon Fishcakes 4 stars. I feel that they need more seasoning and a disadvantage with the fishcakes is that the they have a very quick sell by and use by date, of around 2 days as they are fresh. Therefore if you happen to forget about them in your fridge you will end up wasting them by having to throw them away.
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© sweetdaisy 2008
Flaked salmon fillet and potato, seasoned and covered in a crispy breadcrumb coating.