Product Type: Tesco Meat / Fish
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Tesco Value White Fish Fillets
Member Name: miffy1
Tesco Value White Fish Fillets
Advantages: Cheap. Taste good. Versatile to use.
Disadvantages: Slightly greyer in colour than cod. Packaging might put people off buying
I think if you asked what most people's favourite food is, they would say fish and chips! What can be nicer than a lovely chunky bit of fish, battered and deep fried, served with chunky chips? Not the healthiest of meals, tis true, but blooming lovely all the same!
I try and give my family a fish meal at least once a week. Fish is so good for you and full of omega 3. Occasionally I give in to their demands and cook fish and chips (I make my own batter) but I also like to cook other dishes with fish. It's so versatile. You can bake it, make fish balls and cook in a tomato sauce with pasta, grill it, pan-fry in lemon butter....the list is endless. That is why I usually buy natural fish fillets...they are so versatile.
Till recently I'd buy something such as cod or haddock if I wanted white fish, but in these tough times I have to count the pennies, so have had to resort to cheaper foods.
When I first saw these Value fillets in Tesco, my first thought was 'oh heck...they are very cheap, so probably taste awful'. Anyway, I saw the price of the cod fillets and realised that if we wanted fish for dinner that evening, these would just have to do! So I went in for the kill and grabbed a pack from the freezer.
When I got them home I had a look at the ingredient list on the back (probably should have taken my glasses with me to Tesco so I could do that before buying!) and it said that the fish inside was Alaskan pollack. Now, having watched Rick Stein's programmes on TV, I knew that pollack was a fish similar to cod, so I felt a bit better about buying it.
The instructions on the pack said to cook the fish from frozen, but since I wanted to coat the fish in batter I thought it would be easier if they were defrosted, so that is what I did. I have to say that they defrosted quickly and didn't fall apart. Once coated in flour and batter, they looked like cod and cooked really well.
I served them to my family without telling them that they weren't the usual cod fillets and they ate them quite happily. The flavour was really good, a bit stronger fishy taste than cod and slightly more grey flesh, but I liked the pollack just as much as cod.
I have since cooked them in other dishes and they always taste really good, so I am a convert to pollack now!
They cost £2.00 a pack and you get about 6 good-sized fillets for that. To date, I haven't found any bones in the fish, though it is always best to keep an eye on that when you are preparing the fillets. It is easier to find bones when they are defrosted though.
So if you want a good alternative to cod, I would recommend these.
Summary: A really good alternative to cod.
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