“ Type: Frozen Food „
I don't like fish that much so when I buy it I like the ones that have got a sauce or different flavour with them. I love both of the Birds Eye Fish Melts but this garlic and herb one is nicer than the tomato flavour that they do.
They're only small but the white fish is lovely and flaky and the breadcrumbs taste proper nice. It's really soft and the sauce inside is nice and creamy and goes lovely with the fish. I think it tastes a bit like a kiev only with fish instead of chicken because the sauce is so thick and creamy.
The sauce doesn't take too much of garlic and that's good because I think a lot of these frozen garlic foods are too strong. There is a bit of a herby flavour but again this isn't too strong and goes dead nice with the fish and garlic.
They only take about 15 minutes to cook and by then the fish is cooked just right. I have mine with salad and chips and always put a bit of salt and vinegar on the fish to give it a bit of extra flavour.
Even though these are only small I think they are dead filling and so tasty that its not like eating a plain piece of fish. The sauce is quite thick and melts down the fish as you cut through it so that it all gets a bit of the taste of garlic and tastes proper nice.
I got mine from Cooltrader and they are £1.29 for 2 pieces in there but in the supermarket I think they are £1.99. I think they are only a limited edition but I hope not because they are so yummy I could eat them all year round.
I'm always up for trying something new especially when it's on offer in the supermarket. This packet of fish melts jumped out at me on a BOGOF offer, meaning I could get four portions for the same price as I would normally get two for. Seeing as there are generally three people who eat the same meal at the same time, a packet containing two usually isn't any good to me.
The fish melts looked appealing as they were still wrapped in a crumb which my daughter seems to like but they also had a layer of garlic and herb butter that acts as a melt. It's a good idea to grab some flavour into the otherwise plain fillet of fish that we eat.
I have bought these fish melts on a few occasions in the last six months, and all through that time the box has branded itself with a limited edition stamp across it. Whether Birds Eye are realising they are popular or they're just eeking out the most they can from the product I'm not sure.
On the front of the packet the fish looks very tasty with a slice taken away to show the middle with a succulent thick layer of a green herb sauce. I almost couldn't wait to eat them again.
Simply pack aged with no extra frills inside the box, the fish are just sitting there waiting to be taken out. I like the fact there is no extra plastic tray that you need to dispose of when you get around to cooking.
The fillets look smaller than I hoped they would be. It gets me every time I open one of these boxes, as I must forget the size and think they're on par with the usual battered fish fillets I buy. The thing that I think makes these fish portions smaller is the fact that they have the smaller ends of the tail chopped off to make the portion a perfect rectangle size.
I also have to remember these are wrapped in breadcrumbs and not batter that my older daughter prefers, but on an occasion she will put up with it.
The melts only take 15 minutes in a 180 degree oven which is almost super quick for a piece of fish. I always forget and have to let them sit in a warm grill whilst I wait for my jacket potatoes to finish off in the oven.
Appearance wise when these come out of the oven are fairly nice. The crumb turns golden brown when cooked correctly and I always find that the sauce starts to ooze out of a couple of holes.
The only thing that I can say lets these melts down is that if you leave them on the plate too long before serving, they seem to go a bit flat. Not mashed on the plate fat by any means, but they seem to deflate a bit between oven and plate.
As you cut into the fish you realise straight away that the fillet is thinner than you would probably hope for in a decent size meal. I always have to give my partner an extra large portion of potato and veg or salad when we serve these up as otherwise the meal won't be large enough. It does however have a meaty texture to it which helps to appear bulkier than it is when eating.
The garlic and herb sauce is fairly ample but a little watery in texture. The taste of it powers through the fish as well as the breadcrumb and makes for a nice flavoursome meal. The sauce isn't too overpowering but definitely contains more garlic than the herbs can deal with.
I do prefer my fish to be battered as I find that breadcrumbs can become soggier than batter does. This fish does tend to become a bit soggy when you get more than half way through which is a shame and I always have to top up my mayonnaise supply to get through the last bit.
Overall this fish is a welcome change to our meal times when we have fish on the menu. There are some faults to the meal but generally it's a nice flavour and when mixed with the right accompaniments then it makes a refreshing change for a meal.
Nutritionally this fish will provide you with 260 calories and 16grams of fat. Not a bad all rounder albeit the fat is a little high, but that will have something to do with the butter content in the sauce.
I appreciate the fact that the fish is Pollock rather than cod which helps sustain the cod population
It was whilst in my local Farmfoods store that I was looking for some handy fish products to stock up with, as my other half is a huge fan of eating all things from the sea! I on the other hand, am quite choosy when it comes to fish, and prefer it to be flavoured with something, as I find it a bit more palatable.
With this in mind, I was busy perusing the freezer compartments in the store, looking for something a bit different, other than the usual "fish and lemon" fishcakes that I would normally buy. It was then that I happened to notice the Birds Eye Fish Melts that were on special offer for the cost of £1. As the box contained two pieces of fish, I felt that this was an absolute bargain, and figured I didn't have much to loose for that small cost, if I didn't like them I wouldn't be too much out of pocket.
With my decision made, I did the rest of my shopping and headed for home where I packed the shopping away. I would point out at this point that this was particularly easy with this product, as the fish melts are provided in an ultra-slim type of cardboard box, making it very easy to slip into my freezer until they were needed - no bulky packaging here!
In my freezer they remained until the other night when my other half stated that he fancied some fish for tea. Remembering the fish melts were safely tucked away in the freezer, I agreed that it would be a nice tea to have, and set about making it for us.
The particular fish melts I chose when I was buying this product were flavoured with a 'Garlic and herb' filling. I know for a fact that variations of this product are available, because I have seen them in my supermarket. Anyway, upon opening the package, I was faced with two oblong-shaped pieces of fish, which immediately were obvious to me that they were kind of 'man-made'. I could tell from looking at the fish that it was not simply two fillets of fish that had been coated. This was confirmed when I read the ingredients on the packaging, and noticed that the fish content was a percentage figure. (Presumably the fish is bulked out with potato or something similar). Not one to be specifically put off by such things, I hadn't bothered checking the packaging for this information in the shop before I bought the product.
I whapped the fish into the oven alongside some potato wedges, and set the timer for the time indicated on the packaging (from memory I think this was around 15 minutes or so). I did check on the fish melts around half-way through their cooking time, and felt I should turn them over, which I did.
The smells wafting from the oven whilst the fish melts were cooking was indeed delicious. Flavoursome garlic-type smells along with the smell of the fish were very appetising.
When the cooking time was complete, I removed the fish melts from the oven, and was a little disappointed to note that the garlic filling had escaped a little, from both pieces of fish. It was there for all to see, on my baking tray. I have found this to be a problem in the past, with similar products such as chicken kiev. The filling that was evident on the baking tray wasn't of a big enough quantity that I was worried that the fish melts would be devoid of filling altogether - it was perhaps just around a tablespoon's worth, all in all. I did cut one of the fish pieces open which confirmed there was plenty of filling remaining inside! Phew, thank goodness!
I served the fish melts with potato wedges and some fresh broccoli, but I'd think that some home-made chips would be a fantastic addition to these. (Obviously not if you are watching your waist line, though!)
Upon cutting into the fish melt on my plate, I was immediately aware that the batter-type coating around the fish was very loose. This meant that when I was cutting it, it all kind of disintegrated on me, which was a bit annoying. I also felt that the batter/coating was rather soggy looking, even though it HAD been given the correct amount of time in the oven and it HAD been cooked at the correct temperature. Tsk! Very annoying!
The white fish inside the batter was much smaller than the size of the coating, so no wonder it was very loose! The fish was for me, a little TOO fishy tasting, almost to the point of being artificial. Whether this is the case or not, I cannot really comment on, as I'm afraid I don't have the packaging anymore.
The garlic filling was very tasty. I didn't actually think that it went particularly well with the almost overpowering taste of the fish, however, which was a little disappointing. I had just assumed that the two taste combinations would compliment each other nicely, which really wasn't the case for my own personal tastes at least.
That said though, my partner thoroughly enjoyed his piece of fish, and even asked to finish off the small piece of my own fish melt, that had been discarded on my plate. (Please note though, that I often leave part of my meal uneaten, I have a very small appetite because of my health problems, so I can't say that I left part of my fish melt because I didn't like it - on a good day I would possibly have eaten it all!)
If my partner was writing this review, it would probably be rather different from mine - he would probably be gushing about how delicious the fish was, and how he would be buying it again. I, on the other hand am not altogether convinced, although I would probably buy it again if it was available at the offer price of a pound per box, as to me, that is an absolute bargain! If nothing else, they are handy to keep in the freezer for my partner for days when he is looking for an evening meal and I am not.
Overall, I wouldn't rate this product too highly - I felt that it was a bit artificial and mass-produced. To be fair though, I kind of got that impression when I was buying it, so I wasn't overly disappointed when I tucked into the fish melt and discovered that I was correct in my initial assumptions.
I would award it 3 stars, but if I had paid full price (I think these normally cost £1.99), I would probably be more disappointed than I was. I feel that on this occasion, I really did get what I paid for.
For tea last night I fancied a salad with something hot to go with it, I dug around in the freezer and found a Birds Eye Fish Melt that I'd bought a while ago while on special offer in Morrisons.
The fish melt takes only 15 minutes to cook from frozen and smells lovely whilst cooking, I could smell a definite garlic butter aroma. Not strongly like when I cook garlic bread, but it was nicely in the air from early on in the cooking time.
The fish fillets are quite small but perfect really for eating with a salad or perhaps some home made potato wedges. The fish itself is tender and moist, looking at the box I can see they are Alaskan Pollock which is generally a mildly flavoured white fish. The fillets are chunky and retain their moisture well, the short baking time helps to keep them tasting fresh rather than dry.
The garlic & herb filling is creamy, thick and tasty. It's got a lovely buttery flavour and the garlic taste is not at all overboard and extremely flavoursome, the herbs calm it down a little although I couldn't pick out any one herb from the general mixture. This filling compliments the smooth flavour of the fish beautifully, as do the crunchy and tasty breadcrumbs which surround the whole thing.
I was surprised at how filling this Fish Melt was considering it's small size, I ate mine with a green salad and found it really bulked out the meal leaving me full up and completely satisfied. It's not bad for my diet either as each fillet contains 260 calories and a large 16g of fat, although only 3.1g of these are saturated. I paid £1 for my box of two, but I think the usual price is around £1.49 which is still reasonable in my opinion.