Don't know if I was unlucky, but my meal was mainly potato. I could count the fish pieces on one hand. It was as if the fish had been added as an extra at the end
With the weather cooling and my flat seeming to be freezing throughout it I have took to making meals fast. A while ago I decided to start getting my food delivered from Asda and I found the website (www.asda.com) very easy to use indeed which led me looking at the prices of ready meals and saw this on offer at only a pound per pie. I am not a huge fish pie sort of fan but felt that this would be warming and feeling and in the cold weather who doesn't want to eat mash potato eh?! lol.
The meal comes in a blue box with a cut open swirl to the front of it to show us a bit of the pie and there is also a photograph of it on the front as well and we are clearly told that it is and who it by on the front of it and that it contains 304 calories and contains 'Alaska Pollock In A Rich Butter Sauce Topped With Mashed Potato' and then on the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and nutritional advice being given, along with cooking instructions, the weight is stated which is 300g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The pie comes in a black tray with a see through plastic and easy to peel off lid.
Well this is a freezable product and should always be cooked from frozen. It takes about 40 minutes to cook in the oven or about 9 minutes in the microwave. Me, well I popped mine in the microwave and in the time stated it came out smelling really heavily of rich and creamy butter and had steam coming off it and was boiling and well cooked through.
I actually rather enjoyed this meal however if I buy it again I will be oven cooking it in the oven opposed to microwaving it as I would prefer the mash to go a browner as microwave cooking this did seem to make it a bit soggy and when I lifted it out of the tray it did splatter everywhere and not look great on the plate!
However flavourwise this was actually rather nice. There wasn't very much of the white pollock flakes in this but what there was, was juicy and succulent but did seem to get a bit lost within the yellowy butter sauce which there was loads of however I loved the sauce and felt that if there wasn't so much of it that the potato although it smelt buttery and did have a small visible grated helping of cheddar cheese on it could have been a bit dry. The mash did smell more buttery than it tasted and the cheese didn't give that much flavour to it really and in my opinion the lovely butter sauce did make this a winner.
Its nicely seasoned though not overly so and ok it could do with a bit more fish in it really but for a quid a meal you can't argue with its quality. Its easy to cook, filling and tastes nice enough and with only 304 calories and 4.6g of saturated fat it isn't that bad for us either so thumbs up from me!
Available from all good supermarkets.
I have been getting Young's fish pies for a few years now, one that I frequently get the is Admiral Pie. They can be found in the frozen fish section of your supermarket, and I am a repeat purchaser as they look a lot more tasty than fish fingers.
The box is quite appealing, it shows a photo of the fish pie with fish, sauce and mash ... all looking very tasty. When opening the box, I expected to see nothing more than mash potato, but I was pleasantly surprised to find some cheese scattered on top .... mmm melted cheese.
Just like a ready meal should be, it is quick and easy to cook. All you need to do is take the tray containing the fish pie out of the box, stab a few holes into the plastic lid (my tool of choice is a fork) and put it in the microwave for the recommended period of time.
The instructions only go up to a 850W microwave, and as I have a 1000W I subtract a minute from the cooking time. In a world, where technology is constantly advancing and 1000W microwaves are not uncommon, putting cooking time on for more powerful machines would be a step in the right direction. However, I have found that this information is something that no ready meals provide.
Once the microwave beeps, leave the pie to stand for a minute (as instructed) then remove it. Be careful that no steam escapes out of the sides of the lid as it will be hot and the lid can come away slightly during cooking (I learnt this today -ouch-). Peel back the lid and enjoy.
Important things the first, the Admiral Pie that I had today had 8 bite size pieces of fish in it. No, I do not count my food as I eat it usually, but for review purposes, I made an exception. If I had made the fish pie myself, I would have put much more fish in it.
It has a cream rich butter sauce, which I love. The sauce is nice and thick, so you can eat it with a fork ... I believe you should only need to eat soup with a spoon not sauces. It also has a lovely thick layer of mash potato on the top, it is piped on so it looks appealing and tasty.
The only thing missing is some vegetables, a few peas or sweetcorn would go down lovely. I have found that other Young's fish pies do have peas and sweetcorn in, so these are a nice alternative if you need one of your five-a-day.
The main reason that I buy the Admiral Pie is that it only has 347 calories in, making it perfect for lunch while I am on a diet. There is only so much salad a girl can eat ... right?
The following is copied directly from the Young's website:
Typical values as sold per 100g
Energy 443kj / 105kcal
(of which sugars) 1.6g
(of which saturates) 1.9g
(of which trans) Nil
(Equivalent as salt) 0.6g
VALUE FOR MONEY
I would say that the Admiral Pie is good value for money, I usually get them when they are on offer and stock up. The last few I got were from Sainsbury's for £1. Okay, you may only get 8 pieces of fish but for only £1 what more can you expect? When I make my home made fish pie for 2, with a healthy dose of fish and seafood it works out at about £7.
I will definitely continue to buy this product for many years to come.
We always like to have a few ready meals in, for when we haven't got the energy or time to cook, and spotting these on offer at Sainsbury's last week I popped a couple in the trolley. Young's Admirals Pie is just £1 at the moment, reduced from £1.27 and are kept in the freezer so a great, inexpensive quick meal to have in. The Admiral's Pie looks really tasty and creamy on the front of the box when I got these out on Saturday night for tea after a long day out. The box clearly displays the well- known Young's logo and promises "Chunky pieces of Alaska Pollock fillets in our rich Admiral's butter with mashed potato and cheddar cheese."
On removing the pie from the container it looks really lovely, the potato on top is piped into little peaks and there's a light sprinkling of cheese, I'm not a huge cheese lover but I added extra to the top of my girlfriend's pie as there wasn't that much. I cooked these in the oven at 220 degrees for the recommended 45 minutes, although they can also be cooked in the microwave for just under ten minutes, I prefer a nice crispy topping though! Whilst cooking the kitchen was filled with a lovely subtle creamy fish smell, and the smell of home cooking that any mashed potato topped dish gives off. Young's Admiral's Pies are perfect served with some vegetables, which you can bulk out the meal with if you have a larger appetite; we just had ours with peas and parsley sauce which was filling enough.
When I served these up they looked lovely, the pie kept its shape well thanks to the crispy top of the mash and the little peaks had crisped up perfectly. There are decent sized chunks of fish inside, obviously it isn't packed full as it is only a £1 ready meal, but there's enough in there for me and all the fish was nicely tasty and well cooked, flaking a little almost. The sauce is quite thick and covers the fish well giving everything a lovely subtle but delicious flavour. The mash was lovely, very smooth and light and slightly seasoned and again went well with the sauce, the cheese on top was a little bland but this suited me and it's not hard to add a little extra. The pie was a filling enough meal for one with a bit of veg on the side.
Nutritionally, this pie isn't too bad at all:
(of which sugars): 5.5g
(of which saturates): 5.8g
(equivalent as salt): 1.9g
Considering this Admiral's Pie is a main meal it's quite reasonable although the saturates are a little high.
Overall, this pie's a lovely meal, it's good value especially on offer and a great, tasty solution for anyone looking for a quick meal without compromising on taste and quality.
PRICE: Normally £1.27 at my local Sainsbury's : Currently on offer at £1.00 for a 340g pack
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 340g pack):-
(of which sugars): 5.5g
(of which saturates): 5.8g
(equivalent as salt): 1.9g
Alaska Pollock, butter, cheddar cheese, dried potato, vegetable oil, dextrose, salt, potato starch, wheat flour, flavouring, water, milk proteins, cornflour, wheat flour, salt, onion powder, yeast extract, white pepper, vegetable oil, parsley, paprika extract, curcumin, annatto
Contains gluten, wheat, fish and milk
Young's Admiral Pie is to be found in the frozen food section of most supermarkets and other food retail outlets. The box is mostly blue, with a picture of a serving of the product on the front, and on the sides and rear of the pack are cooking instructions, nutritional information, ingredients list, allergy/dietary advice, Young's contact details together with their quality claim and advice for recycling the packaging.
Inside, the pie which is made from Alaskan Pollock is packed into a card container and covered with a peel-back film. The pie can be cooked in the microwave or in a conventional oven.
I don't usually buy things like this because unless they are largely made of wine, cream and garlic, I'm not fond of foods which are drenched in sauces. However, this caught my eye recently in my local Sainsbury's and feeling that I perhaps ought to think about eating something reasonably healthy and because they were on special offer, I slipped a couple of Young's Admiral Pies into my trolley. Since then, I have eaten both of the pies - one which I microwaved and the other I cooked in my ordinary electric oven.
When removing from the box, the top of the pie looks rather nice with a fluted mashed potato design and a sprinkling of almost orange-coloured cheese. I did find that the cheese hadn't been evenly distributed across the surface of the mashed potato, but considered such to be a minor issue. The card container in which the pie rests is fairly deep, and the potato completely covers the fish and sauce so that you can't see the quality of what lies underneath.
During the cooking time, whichever method is used and on both occasions, a strong fishy smell permeated my kitchen - powerful, but not unpleasant.
On removing the pie for serving, each time I have spooned the mixture out onto my dinner plate and have found that the contents don't stick to the container, so it is very easy to serve; also, the mashed potato topping stays firm, keeping the shape of the pie almost intact. The smell which rises up is only very faintly cheesy; the overriding aroma being that of fish. The sauce is quite thick which I find appealing as I would hate it to be runny and contains sizeable chunks of white fish - a couple of the lumps of fish had the skin still in place, but that doesn't worry me at all because I like fish skin. Although the cheese on top of the potato melts nicely, it doesn't spread across the surface, but I find lightly running a knife over the melted cheese to distribute it evenly across the potato does the trick.
When I first served Young's Admiral Pie for an evening meal, I honestly wasn't expecting it to taste of much other than fish and bland white sauce, but I was pleasantly surprised. The fish has a good, not too overpowering flavour and it is firm and succulent. The white sauce is mildly spiced - very very tasty - and blends extremely well with the fish, plus there isn't too much of it. The potato is lovely, smooth and buttery-tasting with no lumps or black bits in and there certainly are no synthetic undertones as there quite often can be with ready meals which contain mashed potato. My only very very slight gripe is that the cheese could do with hiking up on the flavour stakes a bit - it is distinguishable from the other ingredients, but only just.
I do believe that the 340g pack is intended to serve two people, but I feel half a pack would barely be adequate to satisfy one even mediocre appetite, let alone provide a hearty meal for two. Even so, and bearing in mind that two packs would probably be needed for two people, it is still an economical and reasonably nutritious (albeit fairly high in fat) meal. My preferred vegetable accompaniments are steamed green beans, peas and grilled tomatoes; another good accompaniment is a huge mixed leaf salad.
Going by my own experience, after having tried cooking this pie by both microwave and conventional oven methods, I prefer the latter of those two. The pie is fine whizzed in the microwave, but doesn't come out with such a good consistency - the taste is identical though, regardless of which cooking method is adopted.
All in all and in summary, I feel that Young's Admiral Pie is a very tasty, satisfying and good quality ready-meal product that isn't too cruel with the calories. It is hearty and economical, although for most people one pack probably wouldn't be adequate to serve two.
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I am down in Somerset at the moment having a short break. As i arrived a bit late, i was too tired to go all the way into town to get something to eat. The little spar shop on site is quite good and things are reasonably priced, so i decided to get myself something to eat from there. They have quite a variety of things and i happened to notice this Youngs Admirals Pie. It only cost £1.29 for a 340g serving, enough for one person.
There is quite alot in this meal and although i had it on its own i would suggest having it with petit pois, green beans or carrots. The front of the box has a picture of the ocean also with a picture of the pie itself with the crispy topping of the mashed potato and the creamy sauce and chunk's of nice white fish inside. On the box Youngs state that they are 'The nations favourite'
The description of this pie is as follows; 'Chunky pieces of Alaska pollock fillets in our rich Admirals butter sauce with mashed potato and cheddar cheese'. If you are looking for a meal with plenty of fish then this is not for you. Personally there is enough fish for me which is in small chunks, but there is not a great deal of it; there is alot more of the mash potato and the sauce. The flavour of the sauce really is nice and buttery and it all goes well together. I would have preferred it if there had been a little more cheese on the topping and not all of the fish itself was pure white in colour as the picture portrays. However, i very much enjoyed this meal and i thought the cost of it was a great bargain. It is also very filling overall pretty healthy.
I cooked this meal in the microwave. It only takes about ten minutes. I would recommend you cook it for 5 minutes first, then turn the plate around and cook if for a further 5 minutes. This will depend on your microwaves wattage of course so you may need to cook it for slightly less or slightly more time. As this is a fish dish it is of course essential that the meal comes out piping hot. If you prefer to get a nice golden brown and crispy topping, then i would recommend you cook it in the oven, which will take around 45 minutes. As i was starving! i wanted it done quick so chose the microwave option, although i have a feeling it would probably turn out a bit better if cooked in the oven
Potato topping (45%). Butter sauce. Alaska Pollock (18%), Cheddar cheese (2%)
Potato topping contains partially reconstituted dried potato (95%), vegetable oil, dextrose, salt, potato starch, wheat flour, flavouring.
Butter sauce contains water, butter (5%), milk proteins, cornflour, wheat flour, seasoning (salt, white pepper, wheat flour, onion powder, yeast extract, vegetable oil), parsley, colours (paprika extract, curcumin, flavouring.
Cheddar cheese contain natural colour (Annatto)
Contains fish, gluten, milk & wheat.
There may be some small bones in this dish although the box states that extra care has been taken to remove all the bones. I have never found any bones in this product myself.
This is a nice simple, overall healthy fish dish. The taste and flavours are very good, so i am awarding it 4 stars. I would have awarded it 5 had there been a little more fish and a bit more cheese topping.
My flatmate eats a lot of ready meals and buys this one a lot even though she doesn't like fish. She says it's because you can't taste the fish. I don't buy ready meals a lot but do like having the odd one in the freezer for when I'm too lazy to cook. I was ordering groceries from Ocado recently and saw this on offer for £1 so I thought I'd try it out.
What exactly is it? Well, it's basically a fish pie consisting of pieces of wild Alaska Pollock fillets in a butter sauce topped with mashed potato and cheese. Sounds quite delicious but unfortunately the taste was a different story altogether.
Packaging and Instructions
The pie comes in a blue and white box that has the familiar Young's logo and a picture of the pie printed on it. To cook the pie, you just take it out of the freezer, remove the outer packaging and the plastic film lid and pop it into the oven at 220 degrees or gas mark 7 for 45 minutes or into the microwave for 6.5-8.5 minutes depending on the wattage. I wasn't particularly hungry so I decided to pop this into the oven as I could wait for 45 minutes before I ate.
While this was cooking in the oven, the kitchen smelt lovely. The scent was dominated by the smell of mash, cheese and butter. When I took it out of the oven once it was done cooking it looked quite appetising too. The cheese on top had browned slightly and looked quite lovely so I dug in. The cheese and the mash and the butter sauce tasted lovely and rich. The potato was light and fluffy and cooked just the right amount and the taste of the cheese and butter sauce was quite delicious too, although I like my cheese a little stronger. What was really disappointing was the fish. The pie contained a decent amount of fish but it was completely tasteless (just as my flatmate had told me) and had a rubbery texture. The fish definitely ruined the meal as I felt that I was eating cheesy mash in butter sauce with pieces of rubber in the middle. The 340g pie did manage to fill me up though.
(of which sugars) 1.4g
(of which saturates) 1.8g
(of which trans) 0.1g
(of which Omega-3 (EPA/DHA)) 98mg
(Equivalent as salt) 0.6g
The wild Alaska Pollock in this pie is a natural source of long chain Omega 3, which is meant to be the best form of Omega 3.
Contains: Gluten, Wheat, Fish, Milk
Price and Availability
This pie is available in most supermarkets. It normally retails for £1.27 but can often be found on offer for £1. It is currently on offer at Tesco for 99p.
Would I buy this again? No, I wouldn't. Despite being a fish-lover I don't like the fish in this at all (who likes chewing on what feels like pieces of rubber?) and if I wanted cheesy mash in a butter sauce, I'd just make it myself.
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Young's Admiral's Fish Pie.
Admiral's Fish Pie is something that I buy on a regular basis as I really do like fish and this is a quick and easy option. It is just the right size at 300g for a meal for one person on its own or with a few green vegetables, carrots or sweetcorn added. It is quick and convenient, needing no preparation, you just pop it into the oven at 220 degrees or gas mark 7 for 45 minutes, serve and sit down to enjoy.
It can also be cooked in the microwave for between 6.5 to 8.5 minutes depending on your wattage, but I prefer not to do it this way as I find the fish pieces can become a little tough and rubbery.
The pie is made up of:-
Potato Topping ~ 45%
Alaska Pollock ~ 18%
Cheddar Cheese ~ 2%
The allergy advice tells us that it contains Fish, Gluten, Milk, Wheat and Yeast.
The pie comes to us in a very distinguishable blue and white box with the familiar logo of 'Young's' across the top and 'Admiral's Fis Pie' written underneath in large dark blue bold lettering. At the base of the box we are told that the pie gives us the nutritional values of:-
Calories ~ 304
Sugar ~ 3.6g
Fat ~ 11.4g
Saturates ~ 5.3g
Salt ~ 1.9g
When this pie is cooked it gives off the most wonderful aroma of fish and cheese. It looks very appetising with its lovely thick layer of potato and browned off cheese topping. It has a wonderful texture, with it being a creamy and rich sauce. It contains reasonable sized pieces of the fish that are soft and succulent and very tasty. The potato on the top is light and fluffy and that is then topped off with a reasonable strong tasting cheese that has a nice crispy texture once cooked.
All in all this is a delicious fish pie that is quick and convenient to prepare and cook and is great value for money at around £1.00 to £1.20 at most supermarkets. It is reasonably low in calories especially if only accompanied by fresh vegetables that have few or no calories and so is very good for you too. It is a pie that I would deffinatley recommend to anyone who likes fish but doesn't want the inconvenience or the smell of having to cook fresh fish from scratch and is a pie that I buy and will always buy for the taste, health benefits and convenience. It really is very nice!
For more products and information visit: www.youngsseafood.co.uk
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Young's Admiral Pie - I decided to buy this for a meal in a hurry, no preparation, just pop it in the oven for 50 mins and hey presto dinner is ready!
Bought 2 Pies as there are 3 of us. Seemed plenty for 3! Served it up - cooking dish was very hot and very hard to handle so beware! Cooking dish of one of the pies had melted a bit at one side and some of pie contents were on the oven tray! Bit of a mess to clean up later.
Waited for verdict from my son and husband, both not fussy eaters! Son liked the mash and the sauce, he said the fish texture and taste was really horrible. Hence he ate the mash and sauce and left the fish. Husband hated the whole thing, he asked if I had got the cats dinner mixed up with his and started maoning and saying if that was it for tea then he would have to pay a visit to KFC! At this point son agreed and they started planning their order!!!
I thought the pie tasted good, the whole thing not just the mash and sauce, the fish was very good and in this would have been fine for dinner for me if the males had been out for the day, very good value and quality for a quick meal. Will buy some at the weekend for my elderly mother, she is not a big eater and these will be ideal, so very useful for a quick meal for one, for the elderly who are not up to too much cooking, WELL DONE YOUNG'S.
Admirals Pie is something that I buy fairly regularly, particularly if I see it on special offer in Asda or Sainsburys where I usually do my shopping. This fish pie is very popular with every single member of my family so it's something I can buy and just place in the oven for almost an hour before serving with some bread & butter and I know it will be an instant hit.
The packaging of this product is nice and simple as it comes in a black tray which has a plastic film and it's all in a cardboard box. To cook this you literally just rip open the box, pull back the plastic film and then place in the oven for 50 minutes. There is nothing to it and you can even cook this in the microwave if you want to. You might want to give this a stir a few times while cooking as although this will spoil the look of the pie a little bit it's good to ensure that everything cooks nice and evenly and my children or husband aren't left with a pie that's cold in the middle and not quite cooked.
Admirals pie is Alaskan Pollock that is served in a butter sauce, there is potato on the top and then a nice layer of cheddar cheese. There is not a massive amount of cheese but just enough to give an added flavour to the pie and a nice crust on the top if left in the oven for long enough. The mash is always lovely and I never find any lumps or anything in this which would definitely be off putting for me. The fish is always well cooked and lovely and flaky and there is just enough to bring a welcome taste addition to the dish without boring my children with fish, fish, fish. The sauce that the fish comes in is lovely and thick and creamy and tastes almost as good as homemade which is always good.
One fish pie has around 350 calories and 15g of fat so should still be enjoyed in moderation and while I usually try to restrict the amount of fat in my children's diet I don't mind them having this too much as I know it's something they enjoy and it is giving them a nice portion of omega 3 as well so keeping their brains nice and healthy.
There is nothing that we don't enjoy about this fish pie in my house and while I usually buy the smaller portions and divide one up between two of my younger children I have been known to buy the family size from time to time. The pie is a great hit in my household and I am sure that it would be in most households. It does take a long time in the oven but I would definitely recommend this over cooking it in the microwave as you just don't get a lovely brown topping to the pie and it needs a lot more stirring to be cooked in the microwave so although you save time you don't really save effort at all.
I always stock up on this fish pie when I see it on 4 for £3.00 or similar offers as this makes it fantastic value for money and the family sized one is usually around £2-£3 so I refrain from buying this unless I can't find any other decent offers and it's been expressly requested by the children.
Young's Admiral Pie is one of my favourite ready meals and the bonus with this one is that it's not as bad for you as most ready meals.
It's made from pieces of fish fillets of wild Alaska Pollock in a butter sauce. It's then topped with potato and cheddar cheese.
This is really easy and quick to cook as it takes only a few minutes to cook in the microwave. It can also be cooked in the oven but this takes around 40 minutes so I always cook it in the microwave as it's much quicker. I do like the potato on top to be a bit crispy though so I sometimes stick it in the oven for a few minutes after just to crisp it up a bit.
The fish fillet pieces are really white and are so soft and flaky so you know they are an excellent quality and the fish contains Omega 3 which makes it very good for you. The butter sauce is delicious and is very creamy and rich. It mixes with the rest of the ingredients really well and makes the whole dish nice and moist so that no extra sauce is needed. The potato on top is like mashed potato - very soft and fluffy and although you can't really see the cheese, it adds a bit of extra flavour to the potato.
I love this fish pie and for the excellent quality and taste of it, I think it's great value for only around £1 in most supermarkets. I like to eat mine with some vegetables such as sweetcorn or a mixture of different vegetables which not only makes the entire meal very simple to prepare but it also makes it a healthy one, despite the bulk of it being a microwave ready meal.
If you haven't already tried this you really should. The whole thing is so delicious and creamy and it's definitely my favourite ready meal.
Young's Admiral's pie is a frozen fish dish that can be cooked in a conventional oven at a high temperature( 45 mins gas mark 7, 220o / 425o F for 45 minutes or in the microwave for between 9 to 10 1/2 minutes according to the setting.
It consists of :
Potato topping (45%)
Alaska Pollock (18%)
Cheddar Cheese (2%)
I often have this dish as a quick lunch, and so I choose to heat it in the microwave. It's so simple to cook in the microwave and it's also economical to heat in this way. I think 45 minutes in the oven is too long a time if you're thinking of fuel. Unless, of course, the oven is already in use.
All you have to do to prepare is to remove the outer packaging and remove (not pierce as is more usual) the film cover. Retain the plastic dish it's already in, then microwave for only 9 minutes if you have a 850w microwave. With a 650w microwave it will still only take 10 1/2 minutes to heat. I think it's nice to serve this with a portion of garden peas or green beans and then you're also including a very healthy addition and making more of a meal of it.
I'm not often overly keen on Young's ready meal type products but find this to be one of the exceptions. It really has got a lovely taste and smell.
Young's Admiral's pie can be bought in just about any supermarket. It's usually sold in Iceland for £1 but I find the price varies, even in the same shop, week to week. I don't pay more than £1.20 for it and usually only £1.00. I have often bought it on offer for the great price of £0.75 so you can't go far wrong with this, if you like fish, that is!
The fish tastes good enough but my favourite part of this dish is definitely the creamy cheesy sauce mixed with the potato topping.
You are warned on the packaging that ' Although extra care has been taken to remove all bones, some bones may remain. I haven't come across a bone yet and I eat this quite a lot.
I had one of these fish pies from Youngs the other day for my dinner and thought it was quite nice but nothing special.
It takes about 45 mins to cook in the oven and comes in a plastic container so you can nuke it if you're starving and want the pie done quicker.
When it's done it looks quite good on the plate, you have to be careful when you take it out of the container because it's hard to get it out in one piece and even though it will still taste the same if it breaks up it looks manky just dolloped on the plate.
There's more fish in it than in other frozen fish pies I've had, it's pollock in the pie and is cooked proper nice so that it's got the same sort of texture as cod. It's got a fishy taste and tastes a lot fresher than I thought it would.
The fish is in a creamy sauce that I don't think is that nice, it's a bit sticky feeling but the flavour goes nice with the fish and potato so it can't be that bad. The sauce has got a nice creamy taste that's picked up a bit of a fishy flavour as well, it's also got a herby taste that brings out the flavour of the fish nice.
The mashed potato is delish, it's the best thing about the pie I reckon! The top is nice and crispy and has gone golden brown in the oven but under that the mash is light and fluffy. It's not very buttery and tastes a bit like instant mash but is still proper nice and mixes with the fish and sauce wicked. There's a lot of mash on the pie but that's the same with all fish pies you buy in the supermarket..... at least the mash is nice on this one not like a low fat one I had the other day that was nearly all potato and the mash on it was disgusting.
The fish pie serves 1 and costs £1.48 so it's handy to keep a couple in the freezer for when you're starving.
If you are the sort of person that needs a filling and delicious meal in a hurry over lunch or dinner then Admirals Pie is one of the best ready meals I have ever tried. Unlike some other fast foods available at supermarkets like pot noodles, Admirals Pie is very filling and good value for money. It can be microwaved in 9 or 10 minutes depending on the power of your microwave, or oven cooked for 45 minutes, and although it is rather high in fat and calories (about 20% of you RDA equally) is still very filling so you won't have to eat something else after.
The value of Admirals Pie is good, as I paid £1.29 for mine from Sainsbury's, but at other supermarkets like Asda and Farm Foods you can expect to pay between £1 - £1.30. It is also very simple to cook and can be served with anything like chips or vegetables to compliment the pie.
The downside to this fish pie though is that whenever I have tried it, I have only ever had a few pieces of the Alaskan Pollock, and they have not been very big individually either. The majority of the pie instead is mash, butter, sauce and cheese. In the picture of a cooked fish pie on the packaging, the picture shows a lot of pieces of fish, but do not be fooled as there is very little chance you will get that much, but when are these pictures ever true. At least the pie does look like the one shown every time, especially when oven cooked.
On a whole, it is really enjoyable and although there never seem to be great amounts of fish available, the other blends of flavours like the mash and buttery sauce taste delicious together. The last negative thing I have found is that Admirals Pie is so much like all the other varieties of fish pie also by Young's, there really is very little difference between this one and the other I have tried.
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I am a massive fan on seafood and I think that Young's ready meals are absolutely fantastic for when you are in a hurry or your life revolves around being on the go the entire time. This review is on Young's Admiral's pie. I purchased it today from Farm Foods for the very reasonable price of 95p. Most supermarkets tend to sell it for around the £1 mark. The Young's product range is available at all good supermarkets and is always reasonably priced, wherever you shop.
As with all Young's products, the Young's logo is displayed in the centre of the front of the box. This logo, for those of you who haven't seen it is a capsule that is burgundy and dark blus split horizontally. There is also a view of a scenic blue ocean on the front of the box and a photo of the cooked pie in the bottom left hand corner to tempt you into buying it. On the bottom right of the box it also has a nutritional information bar for all of you health conscious people out there.
Per pie oven baked, here are the nutritional facts:
Calories - 342, 17% of your RDA
Sugar - 6.9g, 8% of your RDA
Fat - 15.5g, 22% of your RDA
Saturates - 7.8g, 39% of your RDA
Salt - 2.3g, 38% of your RDA
Regarding allergies, this pie contains fish (thankfully!) gluten, milk, soya, wheat and yeast. Although every care has been taken to remove all bones, some bones may remain. It states that this Admiral's Pie accounts for 18% of your RDA Omega 3.
Young's suggest that this pie tastes better oven cooked but I have microwaved it every time and each one has been absolutely fantastic.
To oven cook: preheat the oven to 220 degrees, then remove outer packaging and the film lid. Place onto a baking tray in the centre of the oven and cook for 45 minutes. Reduce cooking time/temperature for fan assisted ovens.
To microwave: remove outer packaging and the film lid then place onto a microwaveable plate. Cook on full power in the centre of the microwave, then leave to stand for a minute. 650W means 10.5 minutes cooking time, 750W means 10 minutes cooking time and 850W means 9 minutes cooking. Adhering to these times means that the pie is piping hot right the way through. The smell that comes from the microwave when this pie is cooking is divine, definitely one for making your mouth water.
Sometimes when there is a photo of the finished product on the box, it is somewhat different to what you end up with at home. However, in this instance this is not the case. The mash really does look delicious, although the cheese is melted together in one massive panel in the middle of the pie and does not look especially appetising. I take a spoonful from the edge and get a nice bit of everything; fluffy mash, creamy, delectable sauce and reasonable sized chunks of fish. The mash has a slightly claggy consistency, but given that it is 45% partially reconstituted dried potato, it still tastes delicious; much nicer than any instant mash that you would buy in a supermarket. The cheese topping adds a mild flavour to the pie but given the number of these pies that I have eaten over the last year or so, sometimes the cheese dries out and sometimes it looks really greasy and stringy and makes me want to gag.
The amount of fish that you get in each pie seems to vary too, as I originally wrote this review based on my last pie and there was a much more generous amount of fish in that one than this one; this was mostly sauce. Regardless of how much there is, it is always high quality Alaskan Pollock. Also, Pollock is a natural source of long chain Omega 3 which is the best form for your health.
The sauce is a nice consistency, not runny but not too thick, with a deliciously creamy, buttery flavour that complements the fish and mash very well. On a whole, there is a generous serving of mashed potato which makes the pie look extremely appetising on first appearances. I have a feeling it would look even better after being cooked in the oven, I just don't have the patience to cook it for so long.
The filling of the pie is appetising, delicious and healthy. At only 342 calories, it fills you up nicely whether it is for a lunchtime snack to tide you over until tea time or a full evening meal. It can also serve 2 as part of a main meal with lots of vegetables, but I can't bring myself to share mine!
Fish in a creamy butter sauce topped with mashed potatoes.