On the packaging of this product Young's say that these fish are "The perfect way to enjoy the authentic taste of the chip ship in the comfort of your own home". It also says "No wonder we are the nation's favourite". I had only tried their fish cakes before but thought them reasonable quality so was willing to try these large cod fillets. The first thing I checked when in the shop before purchase was that the cod comes from sustainable sources. It does say on that pack that this is the case and that the company is "Good for the sea". I am becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of the fishing industry on ocean ecosystems so this was good to hear though it is still an issue that I think needs more probing after further thought.
Anyway in the meantime back to this individual product. The fillets can be cooked in either the grill or the oven. Grill is for 24 mins and oven is for 32 minutes. Oven temps are given for both fan and standard ovens. Mine is an electric fan oven and I found the cooking times accurate. In the oven the fish is to be put in the wire shelf over an oven tray which will catch any dripping fat. This is the best way to cook it though I have accidentally cooked it directly on an oven tray. This just makes the batter underneath not as crisp.
The fillets are not really large. They are nowhere nearvas big as a medium did in my local chippie. They are 100 per cent cod though unlike some frozen cod fillets that have a lot if cheaper fish like Pollock snuck in to bulk them out. Also the batter looks lovely and golden and is genuinely very crunchy. That is actually better than my local chippie. I recommend them based especially on that.
I am not a big fan of seafood but I do love going to the chip shop for an occassional treat to get myself a lovely big fish supper. I was in Tesco recently and buying some groceries and came across Youngs Chip Shop Large Cod Fillets. They come in a cardboard box and inside are four large fillets. They normally cost around around £3.94 but I think mine were on offer so were slightly cheaper than this. I cant remember the exact price as I bought so many things that day!
The cod fillets are done in the oven and when I took them out of the box, they looked like huge yellow frozen slabs of something. They didnt look very appetising in their frozen state but what does! I was pleasantly surprised by the size of them and they were around the same size as the cod fillets in my local chip shop so I was impressed. After heating in the oven, I took them out being careful with them as they seemed like they would break into several pieces very easily if not taken carefully out of the oven onto my plate.
The batter was a lovely deep golden brown colour and when I put my fork into it, I noticed there was a lot of fish in it which was lovely and flaky and really white. Some cheaper fish fillets have had more batter than fish in my experience which is really disappointing but these cod fillets had loads of lovely white fish in them. The batter just melted in my mouth and was crispy but not overly so. The fish was really flaky and delicious. It wasnt greasy at all like some cod fillets and tasted really lovely.
This fish may contain bones but I was careful eating mine and I was lucky not to find any bones at all in mine and neither did my partner. This is the tastiest fish I have had from a shop and the only one that has ever came close to tasting as good as the cod fillets in my local chippy. If I wasnt having a fish supper from the chip shop, I would go for this one every time as it is delicious and in my opinion very good value for money.
This product is widely available in most major supermarkets and shops and I would recommend it to anyone as it is so tasty!
We bought these when they were recently on offer in Asda, wouldn't normally have bought these as quite expensive but this is definitely one of those things where you get what you pay for. These look like chip shop fish, the box is quite snazzy too, opens a bit like a microwave chip box does with the perforated flap on the top.
These look like they have just come out of a deep fat fryer at your local fish and chip shop, really thick bubbled up batter coating a really fresh tasting fish. The batter is fairly crusty too, not too thin and sloppy like some battered fish can look. The batter is golden in colour. Once past the batter the fish is fairly white which to me shows a high quality fish with no bones nor gills or black bits as some others can have in them.
These don't taste too greasy, I find with some battered frozen fish once these have been cooked taste really oily and greasy, but the Youngs fish is really tasty and fresh tasting for a frozen fish. The balance of flavours is good too, I think they have got the amount of batter coating just right, it does not out balance the fish content or vice versa.
Not too bad really, they say that fish and chips is one of the more healthier take away available compared to pizza, kebabs etc and this chip shop style fish seems to in keeping with this. They have 224kcal per 100 grams which I think is really good considering the batter coating. Fat, Sat fat and salt are all amber on the foods traffic lights with sugar being green. Sat fat is 4.3 grams per 100 grams which for a tea time meal is quite good.
A four pack retials around the four pound mark, this is £1 per fish compared to fish shop fish at a lot more with little taste difference.
A great replacement for real fish and chips, great value per pack, definitely give these a try
I often use Young's Chip Shop large cod fillets as a treat for the family. I have found these fillets more crunchy and succulent than any other I have tried so far. I tend to shy away from the fish and chip shops for two reasons one because it costs so much to get fish and chips at them and the second reason because I don't know how much fat is used and how many calories are in them.
Young's Chip Shop cod fillets are frozen and can be found in most major supermarkets in the freezer section. They are made with a blend of sunflower oil and contain only 5% saturated fat. In the box there are 4 fairly large cod fillets.
The cod fillets can be oven cooked from frozen for best results and cooking times may vary dependent upon whether or not you have a fan assisted oven, cooking guidelines are on the box.
I always place mine on a baking tray lined with tin foil which is suitable for use in the oven. I do not brush with oil as I find that if you move them around a little about 5 minutes into the cooking period there is enough oil already in the fish to prevent sticking.
I have a fan assisted oven and they cook thoroughly at 230 degrees in 20 minutes, I then turn the heat up a little for 2 or 3 minutes to give the batter a crispy finish. They can also be grilled on a medium heat for 22 minutes again from frozen. I have never tried this method so I can't comment on how they turn out grilled.
Once cooked the batter is really nice and crispy and not soggy at all, the fish is pure white and really juicy, I sometimes put a little lemon juice on them for an extra zip, and serve them with Chips and peas or a salad.
Each fish fillet contains 268 Calories, 14.7g fat, 4.4g Saturates and 2.4g of salt.
They must stored in the freezer and not re-frozen if they have been defrosted. If I only cook 2 I take the other 2 out of the box and pop them into a freezer bag to save room in the freezer.
They are currently priced on offer at Sainsbury for £3.00 per box
I love a nice bit of cod from time to time and I enjoy it on its own or with a sauce and the one cod I choose almost always now is the Young's Chip Shop Large Cod Fillets, the main reason for this is that the cod is always of the highest quality and the batter is delicious.
The other great thing with these is that they come frozen so easy to store yet they taste every bit as good as fresh fish when cooked, they are also quite reasonably priced at £3 for a box of four fillets and they are from time to time on offer in Asda at two boxes for £5 which is great value for money.
The cod is a beautiful tasty white cod and these are never too greasy when cooked like many frozen fish can be and the batter never goes soggy nor does it go to hard and crispy it is always a light crisp batter and very, very tasty too.
25 minutes at 230 degrees is the recommended cooking time and if you have a modern fan assisted oven then you will be fine with that time but I noticed when making these in my daughters oven which is not fan assisted that they needed about 5 to 10 minutes longer.
You will also notice with these that the size of fillet you place in the oven is pretty much the size of fillet that comes out and they have not shrunk like cheaper versions do, the fillets are large by name and by nature with one being enough for my wife but me being a greedy bugger I still have two with plenty chips!
I would highly recommend these fish fillets, I think they are the tastiest frozen food I have tried, always high in quality and not at all expensive for what you get.
Having prepared meals from scratch all week, I decided to have a night off, this evening, so I have chosen to do a quick and easy fish and chip dinner. Chop chips, place in my Actifry, and place a couple of pieces of this fish in the oven, what could be simpler?
I always choose Young's above all other fish suppliers because the quality is superb. It has been a company that has enjoyed success for over 200 years - and rightly so!
Young's has a statement on its website that reads:
For over 200 years, the Young's name has been associated with great seafood. Now that heritage is combined with our global sourcing, technical, marketing and chef skills, confirming Young's as a world class independent food company and fish specialist.
We operate in all sectors of the market, using modern and traditional skills to produce a vast range of chilled and frozen seafood, from luxury shellfish to family fish meals. And everything we do is driven by our passion for fish as one of the world's healthiest and most delicious foods.
The fish I picked up Tesco's was on offer at £1.99 for two extra large fillets, instead of the usual £3.99. I bought these for my daughter and my other half.
When I got home, I thought I had purchased the ones with the original crispy, bubbly batter, which complements the fish perfectly. The variety I had picked up was the Salt and Vinegar flavoured batter though. You can also buy them with beer batter!
Opening the box, which is now made easier with new easy open packaging, I was impressed at the size of these portions of fish. They filled the box, so they were a good seven inches long. They were quite a chunky piece of fish.
The batter was bubbly and fresh looking, although very pasty. They hadn't been cooked yet, please remember. They did look like the fish and chip shop versions though, which is brilliant, as they never looked, or tasted the same when I used do my own homemade battered fish.
The instructions for cooking were simplicity itself. Bake in an oven at 230c, 450f or gas mark 8. Place on a wire rack (which I totally recommend, see further on) over a deep baking tray. Place in centre of a pre-heated oven and cook for 32 minutes. Reduce cooking times for fan ovens OR grill under a medium heat for 24 minutes, still on a wire rack, over a deep baking dish.
I could just tell when they were cooked, the whole house had an aroma of salt and vinegar crisps. Not an offensive smell, but weird coming from a piece of fish.
Opening the oven (I baked mine rather than grilled) I wasn't greeted with the strong vinegary smell I was expecting, it had died down a lot. Why? I do not know, but there was just a subtle smell emanating from the fish.
The bubbly texture of the batter hadn't increased, it had just gone golden brown and crispy. The fish however, were swimming, yes swimming in a bath of fat. I cannot believe how much come out of two portions! This is why you need to place the portions on the wire rack, to drain the fat off. I shouldn't have rushed, and read the instructions properly. Sitting in the fat has made the bases of the fish slightly soggier than they otherwise would have become, but that is my fault, not Young's.
As sold, they contain approximately 350 calories per portion, but most of the fat would be drained off if they were cooked correctly, making them a much healthier choice than the fish and chip shop ones, without losing any of the taste.
ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains fish (obviously), gluten, milk and wheat.
Upon serving, the fish was always going to be too big a portion for my daughter, so I divided her portion into two and I had half. The fish was cooked to perfection. It was white and flaky, a pure piece of fish, not that horrible minced up rubbish, that cheaper brands sell. Out of our two portions not a bone was to be found, although the box does state that every care is taken to remove all bones, some might still be present.
The batter was crispy, and tasty. It was very greasy but to be fair, that may have been to do with it sitting in it during the cooking process. My daughter wasn't keen on the Sea Salt and Malt vinegar flavouring, neither was I to be truthful, but my other half thought it was the best batter he's ever tasted. So I'll be buying again if only for him!
Young's have a 'Fish for Life' policy. This means that they invest heavily in environmental and sustainability projects. Therefore, fish comes in whatever fish is available at the time, and whatever has been freshly caught. You have to refer to the best before date on the box to find out whether you have Basa (B), Haddock (H) or Alaskan Pollock (P) in your box. They all taste similar to me so it isn't a worry. It seems we have been eating Basa :o) It is worth noting, that you may get one of the others though, so if you do dislike any of them, you need to take a look at the best before date before purchase.
Would I buy Young's fish again? Undoubtedly, they make the best frozen fish products in the world, in my opinion. Would I buy the salt and vinegar chip shop variety again? Yes, for my other half, most definitely, he loves them.
I plumped for these last week as they were on offer at Sainsburys. They looked nice and big and i love the idea of battered fish ar a better price than you can buy at a local chippy. I know Youngs are regarded as a reputable fish company so, although I have never tried these before, I felt happy about risking it with my toddler (Im a bit of a worrier when it comes to fish products).
The batter in the picture is remarkably like the batter on your fish. For once some packaging which does trully reflect the product inside.
I opted to oven bake mine (I dont like the idea of grilling fish - not thourough enough for my liking). I left them on just over 200 degrees ina fan oven and they were sizzing when they came out. In fact I did notice that the sizzling was mainly due to an AWFUL lot of oil which had collected on the baking tray. I have necer seen so much come from a meal before. in retrospect i suppose this is because the fillets have been battered (and deep fried) but I was still a bit alarmed at how much was there. Nest time I will use a rack over the tray so that this fat drains away.
They did taste beautiful. The fish was nice and white and didnt flake away. The batter was well seasoned. My toddler polished his off quicker than me and asked for more!
I will definately buy these again but it wont be very often as I dont think the fat they contain is condusive to a healthy diet.
Part of the huge pre-Christmas supermarket shop involved stocking up on freezer staples, to delay having to go back out in the snow for as long as possible. Amongst our haul from Tesco was a pack of Young's Chip Shop large cod fillets.
Now, I call myself a 'vegetarian' although I will occasionally eat the odd piece of fish here and there, if the fancy takes me. I generally indulge in 'big fish' from the local Chip Shop, mainly because I love the crispy, slightly greasy batter on the outside masking soft, tasty fish in the middle. I've tried buying frozen battered cod to cook at home before but have always been a little disappointed as they don't really compare to the Chip Shop version.
Young's have done themselves proud with these jumbo sized fillets though, I'm pleased to say and at last I've found a cheaper alternative that can be prepared at home. At just £3 for a box of four fillets, this works out as a real bargain. The fish can be found in the freezer department and comes with the trademark Young's logo and a picture of the finished article which is remarkably accurate. The packaging has recently been reformulated and now comes with a lift up flap. This does mean that the box has to be stored flat once opened and can't be 'strategically' placed.
These beauties can be either oven baked or grilled. I tend to oven bake as I find it more reliable than grilling these fillets. These fillets are surprisingly thick so grilling (even on a low heat) can result in the batter getting burnt whilst the centre of the fish is still only lukewarm. Oven baking is supposed to take around 25 minutes, according to the instructions on the packet but I find that a little conservative, even at the recommended 230 degrees. I would recommend checking the middle of the fish with a fork as it can still be undercooked even if the batter looks temptingly crisp and sizzling. Half an hour usually sees these cooked to perfection.
The fillets hardly seem to shrink at all during cooking, meaning that they are a generously sized portion. Having said that, on a good day, even my two year old has been known to eat an entire one of these fillets (although he insists on calling it 'chickens') because he loves the crispy batter. My ever fussy seven year old will also happily eat a whole fillet without any complaints, again saying how much he loves the crispy batter.
To me, the batter is definitely the best part of the fillet as, in spite of being oven cooked, it has the slight greasiness that I associate with deep-fried battered chip shop fish, but is much healthier. I can't find any fault with the fish inside though (providing I've managed to cook it properly.) It holds its consistency well and has proper flakes of fish, unlike those cheap 'reformed' fillets that you can buy for next to nothing.
After writing this, I'm starting to salivate. Fortunately for me, I've got a couple of these fillets in the oven for lunch so I'm happy!
I quite like fish but don't eat much of it so I'm always looking for new ones to try, Tesco was selling 4 large battered cod fillets for £3.00 when I went up there the other day so I got a box because I like most Young's products.
When I opened the box I was glad to see that the fillets are a lot bigger than the standard size ones I'd brought the other week, the box was at least double the size it needed to be for the small fillets and it left me feeling not only ripped off but still hungry! lol
The batter isn't madly thick on the cod so most of the meal is fish, the fillet of fish is long and quite thick and that makes it brill value for money even when it's gone back up to it's full price. The fish tastes mega fresh and you can tell it's cod even without looking at the box because it's got that yummy meaty flavour and texture that cheaper white fish hasn't got.
The batter is gorgeous, it's proper light and bubbly with a wicked crispiness that goes all the way round the fish. The last lot of battered fish fillets I had were lovely and crispy on the top but a bit soggy underneath where the fish had sat while it was cooking, but that didn't happen with these even though I didn't turn them while they were in the oven.
The batter didn't taste greasy either and I was glad about that, it went proper nice with the cod and actually tastes better than chip shop battered cod I reckon. I know it does actually because the other night my dad rang on the way back from work to say he was bringing a chippy in and I just asked him for chips and put one of these fillets in to go with them because I think chippy fish is too fatty tasting.
I'll deffo buy these cod fillets again because they're delish and mega filling. The larger size of them means that by the time you've finished a fillet you'll be full up and I think they are perfect. The normal price is £3.99 for 4 large fillets and that's wicked value I think, making each fillet just under £1.00..... a fillet this size in the chippy would set you back at least £2.50 so you do the maths!