“ Brand: Young's / Type: Fish „
These fish fillets are a disappointing product of the Young's brand. They are good quality themselves, and covered in a sufficient and good quality crumb. They are 3 times the price of the classic frozen fish that Young's produce, but really aren't worth the price. They are sold by supermarkets, usually in the fridges next to their fresh fish counters. They are wrapped in Cling Film and normally only a small amount of them are available each day as they are defrosted daily. The title of this product on this website makes it more obvious that these are not Cod fillets, but in fact Pollock. However the cardboard label that is supplied on the plastic case calls them 'fish fillets', so you may actually think you are paying for Cod.
Cod is a delicious fish, and I assumed Pollock would be of equal quality, but I found it to be very boring, devoid of taste almost. Each bite I took I found myself psychologically thinking 'this is tasteless'. Until eating this I thought Cod was pretty tasteless, but now I know this isn't true. This doesn't mean it should be avoided completely, as it is still a good way to get lots of Protein and Omega 3 into your diet. The crumbing on the fillets is sufficient and when cooked properly gains a nice crunch, though still doesn't add any flavour.
I think that they take approx 18 minutes in a fan oven so they are nice and simple to prepare. One thing I was pleased with is that unlike the frozen and battered Young's cod fillets tend to do, it didn't go slimy and squashy on the bottom. When cooked it also turned very dark which looked very unappetising, it went a very dark brown colour, so might need some chips and greens to make it look a little better, since appearance all adds to the taste.
For the same price, Young's produce a product of 2 Pollock fillets as well as portions of chips. The fish fillets in this item are smaller and probably a better option than this as I really enjoyed the chips. The size of the fillets was still fine and took away some of the 'boringness' since there wasn't as much. I would recommend this instead.
In my diet I do like to consume varied food as much as possible. Although I eat alot of stuff (hence all the reviews I write lol) I don't eat huge amounts and find that to tempt myself to eat I do need to keep my diet as varied as possible.
Lately as I am staying with my mate who won't eat meat but will eat fish, I have been eating an awful lot of it. Getting bored with cod though when in Asda I spotted these fish fillets that were Pollock so decided we would have these simply for a change one night.
The fillets come in see-through plastic tray with cling film over and a light blue and white sleeve that simply pulls on and off and contains all the information you may need. On the front of the sleeve there is a photograph of one of the cooked fillets and I am told of course that they are Young's 'Est 1805' 2 Fish Fillets 'A natural source of Omega 3' the best before date is clearly stamped on, I am told that they are responsibly sourced and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the back of the sleeve includes being told how to cook the fish, ingredients, allergy advice, cautions and storage advice is all listed (these are freezable by the way), a full nutritional chart is shown and contact details for Young's are given. Nice enough packaging that really doesn't give you too much to dispose of and is of course is informative enough as it needs to be.
The fish Itself:
To cook this you are recommended on the sleeve to bake it in the oven and this can be done from chilled in about 18 minutes or about 30 minutes from frozen.
These are rather large and long fillets and rather thick too to be fair to them. Coated in breadcrumbs very evenly, when cooked that coating stays put, goes a little crunchy (cook for too long the coating goes too hard) and inside lots of white Alaska Pollock can be seen.
Taste wise I found these to look better than they tasted really. The coating was bland and I couldn't detect seasoning or a hint of garlic in it at all which on the ingredients are listed. It wasn't a greasy coating and I found it hard to time it right when cooking it so the coating wasn't too hard but to me and my mate it was a little gritty and rather boring.
The Pollock inside was sort of set. not flaky it wasn't even all that moist and was just...well flat and flat tasting. It was all a bit bland and we eat rather a lot of Young's fish but this was just not great and not up their usual standard in our opinion at all.
To be fair to the fish it had a light sort of fish taste to it, didn't stink the house out when being cooked but for us was too bland and uninteresting sadly and it tasted healthy cos it was so dry. If I bought it again I will deep fat fry it to inject some omph into it! Not for us this one it was just dull.. it's that simple lol.
Nutritional Information Per Fillet:
Me and my mate purchased these for £2.78 (for 2) in Asda but they are readily available in all good supermarkets etc.