“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Frozen Food „
With moving homes I am currently in the process of trying to eat up all the food in my two freezers to save taking it with me.
I am a a huge fan of fish fingers and usually opt for cod however recently when out and about shopping I spotted these in a Heron store costing about £2.00 for ten of them. Usually I buy whatever cod fish fingers are on offer in stores and pay around a pound a box if I'm lucky so buying these for £2.00 was a little out of the ordinary for me however I bought them for me and my boyfriend as he is more than I am a fan of salmon and I thought we may enjoy them for a change.
These come in an oblong box and the box is mainly blue in colour and on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are made by and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with a photograph of the salmon fingers then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to cook them, the ingredients and allergy advice is stated, there is a full nutritional chart shown as is the weight stated which is 280g for a pack of 10 of them and contact details for Birds Eye are given. Nice enough and informative box this is and of course they are home freezable too.
Basically you can cook these in all the usual ways, me I grilled mine and they took just a few minutes from frozen.
The fingers are oblong in shape and not all that long or thick and when cooked the breadcrumbs go a light golden colour, cling onto the salmon they have inside of them well and they smell....well a bit fishy but thankfully not too stinky!
Tastes wise we enjoyed these. The breadcrumbs were seasoned and added crunch and packed into each one was nice light pink salmon which was flaked, moist and again very tasty. They weren't one bit greasy the way I cooked ours and I served them with peas and potato wedges and with a hefty serving of our favourite salad cream and we loved them!
These are excellent quality we found no dark bits of meat or any fish bone or anything adverse like that in any of them. They looked nice served and didn't fall apart and although faintly smell of salmon we weren't left with my flat stinking us either! All in all we feel these are worth the £2.00 ish a box for ten fingers they cost me and I will certainly be buying these again in the future and whats more per 3 of these fish fingers only contain 185 Calories and and 1.1g of Saturated Fat so they are reasonably healthy too........just have em with a salad if your worried!
Great buy once again from Birds Eye and these are widely available in all good supermarkets etc.
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Birds eye pink salmon fish fingers are a good alternative to the dwindling cod or haddock versions and if you like pink you will love them even more
The outer packaging has Captain birds eye stood next to the logo with a picture of the fish finger itself and to be honest these look exactly the same once you open up the box so you do not feel as though you have been robbed on value. Each fish finger is approx 10 cms in length and covered in golden breadcrumbs and is packed full of salmon, each one is good size versus value
A box of ten cost around £2.48 in most supermarkets, this is for a 280 gram box which is a bit pricey compared to the lesser brands but the taste makes it worth while
About the Taste?
The fact that these are salmon does not really make these taste too much different from others, the breadcrumbs add a nice flavour where as others I have tried do not taste as prominent as these do. The fish is a real good quality flavour and is not overly fishy in its taste, just has an undertone of fish I would say.
Traffic lights have the Sat fat and sugar as green and the fat and salt as amber these come in at 225kcal per 100 grams, 9.5 gram of fat per 100 grams, so not overly bad.
Great alternate to cod and haddock, great tasting breadcrumbs
Birds Eye Salmon Fish Fingers
Description: Manufacturer: Birds Eye / Type: Frozen Food
So I am guessing that we have all seen the advert? Sexy, slinky, femme fatal fish finger teasing her male counterparts, "I'm the new salmon fish finger". Male counterpart asks if that means that she is pink all the way through and she replies "I am, wanna see?" before seductively slipping out of her batter coat and revealing her pink bits. It is silly and funny and definitely catches the eye!
As a huge fish finger fan, I looked out for these as soon as I had seen the advert and spotted them in my local Morrison's, on special offer for £1.49 for a pack of ten. They come in a white box with the Birds Eye logo, a picture of Captain Birdseye and a picture of the fish fingers on the box.
And how do they taste? Actually they taste delicious! They are covered in light crunchy breadcrumbs, and as soon as you cut into them, you can smell the salmon. It is fresh tasting and has a lovely appetising pink colour. They are also quite tender and not at all dry like some fish fingers can be.
Ingredients are as follows;
Pink Salmon (58%), Breadcrumb (Wheat Flour, Water, Paprika, Salt Yeast, Turmeric), Batter (Wheat Flour, Water, Potato Starch, Salt) and Vegetable Oil.
Nutritional info (based on a 10g serving) is as follows;
ENERGY (kcal) ... 225 kcal
PROTEIN ... 13.2g
CARBOHYDRATES ... 21.7g
FAT ... 9.5g
FIBRE ... 0.9g
SODIUM ... 0.27g
SALT ... 0.7g
I did really like these but they are a bit different to normal fish fingers so won't be replacing them, in fact, I will be buying both. Normal ones to eat with potato waffles and baked beans and these ones to have with new potatoes and petite pois. They taste more like little salmon fillets and have a certain posh quality that you don't normally find with fish fingers, classy little things indeed!
~~~ Introduction ~~~
We first bought Birdseye Salmon Fish Fingers a couple of months ago. It wasn't a product that we had seen advertised and they weren't on our shopping list either. They were simply something we "discovered" whilst looking for something tasty for our baby boy whilst shopping at Asda. He doesn't really seem to like eating meat but enjoys fish ... so when we saw 10 Birdseye Salmon Fish Fingers were only £2.50 we bought a box for him to try. The good news was that he loved them and we have since bought them on a regular basis and have also tried them ourselves.
~~~ Birdseye Salmon Fish Fingers ~~~
My dad refers to these as "posh fish fingers" and they are certainly different to the other fish fingers that are found in the frozen foods section of the supermarket. The first thing you notice is the fact that the packaging is much more sophisticated then many other Birdseye products. With a tasteful ocean scene in the background, the box features a single salmon fish finger that has been cut in half and is in the process of being seduced by a slice of lemon. The packaging also displays the Birdseye promise that the product is made with 100% Wild Pink Salmon Fillet ...
So what is a fish finger made from salmon actually like ? Well, to begin with, the salmon gives these fish fingers a distinctive (and natural looking) pink appearance which in my opinion looks far more appealing than the greyish white colouring of most of the other fish fingers I have eaten in the past. They also taste much better too with a richer, creamier flavour and a delightfully delicate texture.
However, anyone who knows their fish fingers will know that the breadcrumb coating is just as important as the fish and Birdseye seem to have perfected the art of creating a wonderfully crisp but tasty breadcrumb. The breadcrumb coating itself has a slightly zingy taste (it does contain paprika and turmeric) but this doesn't overpower the delicate taste of the salmon. We have grilled these and oven baked them and every time the end results have been impressive ... a succulent fish finger surrounded by a quality breadcrumb coating.
When you slice through the delightfully crisp golden breadcrumb you are rewarded with the fragrant aroma of a fresh salmon fillet and they taste delicious. These fish fingers have a delicate texture and melt in your mouth. My baby son loves these with peas and a slice of brown bread and butter whilst I quite like making a late night snack which involves grilling four and whacking them between two slices of white bread and adding a generous dollop of mayonnaise!
In my opinion these are great items to keep in the freezer as they can be oven baked or grilled from frozen and take just 12 minutes to cook (both methods). They are far superior to the standard kind of fish finger although those of you who love to eat salmon will probably prefer it fresh. In our house they are a hit ... my baby son loves them, my missus loves them and I love them. They also contain a natural source of Omega 3 which again is beneficial as part of a healthy diet. Birdseye Salmon Fish Fingers, therefore, are highly recommended and if you haven't tasted them all I can say is that they are well worth a try !
So there you have it. No song lyrics this time just a simple and straightforward review * of what in my opinion is an extremely tasty product ...
* Or is it ?
~~~ Gray Discovers Something Fishy On The Packaging ~~~
Just before I published this review I realised that I had stated that this was a product that young children would enjoy so thought it best to include the information relating to ingredients and nutrition (to give other parents as much relevant information as possible).
It was at this point when I discovered a startling fact ... and something which I feel contradicts the information that is so clearly displayed on the front of the packet.
Birdseye seem proud of the fact that these fish fingers are made from "100% Wild Pink Salmon Fillets" yet if you read the ingredients it clearly states (in much smaller writing of course) that the fish fingers are made from 58% Pink Salmon. Whilst I accept that no other fish has been used within the recipe it does seem rather worrying that just over 50% of each individual fish finger is actually made from fish. I got one out of the freezer to have a closer look and the breadcrumb coating was actually quite thin and certainly not 42% of the fish finger. I was intrigued so decided to contact Birdseye for an answer ...
~~~ Gray Contacts Birdseye ~~~
I contacted Birdseye's Customer Care Line and had an interesting and informative conversation with a lady who was only to happy to help. I did, however, find a few answers to some of the questions I asked. Here's a short summary of what I found out ...
1) The only fish used in these fish fingers is wild pink salmon
2) Only 58% of the product, however, is fresh fish
3) Out of the other 42% there is a layer of batter (Wheat Flour, Water, Potato Starch, Salt) and then a layer of breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Water, Paprika, Salt Yeast, Turmeric) and also Vegetable Oil.
Whilst speaking on the telephone I had the rapidly thawing fish finger in my hand and I still found it hard to believe that the coating made up 42%. I decided to push the Customer Care Representative a little further where I discovered that water was not included in the ingredients of the batter and the breadcrumbs but was also added to the fish to help it to keep its nutrients and texture during the freezing process.
~~~ A Few Thoughts About What I Had Discovered ~~~
Whilst the announcement on the packaging that these fish fingers are made from 100% Wild Pink Salmon Fillet isn't exactly a lie ... I do feel that it is somewhat deceiving. This is because (in my opinion) this information seems to suggest that the fish fingers have more salmon in them than they actually do.
Having said that, however, would shoppers be less likely to buy a pack of 10 salmon fish fingers if the wording on the packaging was "Made from 58% Wild Pink Salmon Fillet" ? And how much of a risk would Birdseye be taking if the packaging announced that they were "Made from 58% Salmon and 42% water, batter and breadcrumbs" ?
~~~ Summary ~~~
Despite the fact that I have highlighted the issue of Birdseye's slightly misleading use of wording it would not actually stop me from buying this product again. I stick by everything I have already written within this review and as I stated earlier Birdseye Salmon Fingers are a product we all enjoy eating and are simple to prepare.
I have also just been informed by my mum that they are currently being sold at just £1 for a pack of ten at Iceland ... happy days !!!
~~~ Ingredients & Nutritional Information ~~~
~~~ INGREDIENTS ~~~
Pink Salmon (58%), Breadcrumb (Wheat Flour, Water, Paprika, Salt Yeast, Turmeric), Batter (Wheat Flour, Water, Potato Starch, Salt) and Vegetable Oil.
~~~ NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION ~~~
The following nutritional information is based on a 10g serving (which is roughly 4 fish fingers);
* ENERGY (kcal) ... 225 kcal
* PROTEIN ... 13.2g
* CARBOHYDRATES ... 21.7g
* FAT ... 9.5g
* FIBRE ... 0.9g
* SODIUM ... 0.27g
* SALT ... 0.7g
~~~ ALLERGY ADVICE ~~~
This product contains fish and wheat.
On the packaging there is a warning that despite every care being taken to remove all of the bones some bones may actually be present in the fish fingers.
~~~ FINAL THOUGHT ~~~
Birdseye Salmon Fish Fingers may be a great example of how food manufacturers cleverly disguise the ingredients used within their products but this does not in any way take away from the fact that these fish fingers are (in my opinion) a great product. I have included this information so that you can make your own decisions but I would suggest that you give these a try at least once !!!
Thanks for taking time to read this review. I hope that you enjoyed reading it and found the information interesting and informative.
>>> jedimastergray73 <<<
Birdseye Salmon Fish Fingers
I actually started buying salmon fish fingers when I saw them in Iceland, they were actually the Iceland own brand, and were £1 for 10 fish fingers. I'm not really a fish finger/chicken nuggets person, and I am one of those who will feed kids what I eat minus the extra salt, and if they don't like it then tough, they'll get it for breakfast the next morning, then lunch, then dinner again until it's gone. But as I don't have kids of my own, and I have a husband who works nights, sometimes it's easier to stick some fish fingers in the oven for 20 minutes than make a big spaghetti Bolognese, most of which will be wasted as I won't be able to eat it all. So we often buy bags of fish fingers for the freezer for quick convenience food for lunch, or for when we get the munchies after going out to the pub and having too much to drink! So back to the story...we saw salmon fish fingers and thought we would give them a go, not really knowing what to expect, but been a big salmon lover I thought they'd be quite yummy, and I wasn't wrong!
I have since bought a box of Birdseye salmon fish fingers which I had seen advertised on TV, which to be honest weren't much different to their cheaper counterpart from Iceland!!
The salmon which is inside the fish fingers is actual salmon, and has real flakes inside, unlike some fish fingers which have mashed up unrecognisable fish inside, and has a real salmon fishy taste, making them much more healthy for kids than the mushed up processed rubbish which you get in a lot of these convenience foods.
If you like salmon steaks, then you will love these little fingers of deliciousness, as they really do taste of salmon and you don't feel like you're eating the off cuts of last month's left over's. The taste is very different to normal fish fingers, so fussy kids might get a little funny about eating them, especially as they are pink inside too, they might think you're trying to feed them hidden veg! But for kids and adults who aren't fussy they're very more-ish, and you'll want more and more!
The breadcrumbs around the edge of the fish fingers is a little soggy, so if you like more crunch in your bread crumbs, you need to cook them for around 10 minutes more than the recommended time, otherwise the bread crumbs do seem very slimy and sticky, but I feel that is the same with all fish fingers be them Birdseye or not and I always cook them for half an hour rather than the recommended 20 minutes.
They have a very yummy taste and are a brilliant alternative to the original fish fingers!!
When the fish fingers are cooking there is a delicious smell which starts to come from the oven when they are getting near to eating time, a gorgeous bread crumby smell mixed with a slight smell of cooking fish. The smell when they are cooking is mouth watering, and really appetisers you for your meal! When the fish fingers are cooked, the smell remains until you have munched your way through the plate's worth!
Birdseye salmon fish fingers come in a small cardboard box which contains 10 fish fingers, which do two adult meals of 5 fish fingers each and around 3 meals for youngsters. The packaging is good, but I find that the thin cardboard can be a little annoying sometimes. When you buy the fish fingers from the freezer section of the supermarket, if your car journey home is more than a few minutes, the cardboard gets very soggy with the condensation coming from the food, and it gets very weak and can easily tear, which is very annoying! But the packaging isn't too much for the product, and can be recycled which is great these days!
The packaging is quite appealing to the eye, with the typical blue Birdseye logo, with Captain Birdseye in the left hand corner, with a photo of the salmon fish fingers on the front, and for once it actually looks like the finished product!
As I said earlier in the review, personally I didn't think that the Birdseye salmon fish fingers were any different to the Iceland salmon fish fingers, which also have real salmon pieces inside rather than mushed up rubbish, and have the same yummy taste and textures!
But, as the Birdseye name is a trusted brand, the product is very good quality and a great new product, which I am surprised took so long to come onto the market (maybe tuna will be next!). They're a wonderful alternative to normal fish fingers and a nice quick meal!!
They are made with 100% wild pink salmon fillet and are 100% delicious!
Calories (per 100g): 225kcal
Of which saturates: 1.1g
Equivalent as salt: 0.7g
As you can see, the fish fingers aren't too bad health wise! And they're rich in Omega 3 which is great for kids development!
I love these new Salmon fish fingers, but I do think that the Iceland ones are just as good as the Birdseye variety, and for just £1 they're even better value compared to the following prices of the Birdseye variety:
So you can save yourself £1.50 on average! I definitely suggest buying the cheaper Iceland variety before forking out more money on the Birdseye just in case you don't like them! I love these fish fingers and recommend them to everyone!!!
After reading several positive reviews about the new Birds Eye Salmon fish fingers I decided to try them for myself. Birds Eye have clearly been listening to research that shows that children's tastes are becoming more sophisticated and decided to make the popular fish finger more upmarket.
The fish fingers come in an attractive eye catching box. The picture on the front shows the pink salmon contained inside a golden coloured fish finger. Each box contains 10 salmon fish fingers. I paid £2 from my local Tesco but the recommended retail price is around £2.60. The information on the outside of the box says that the fish fingers are made from wild salmon. However on reading the nutritional information on the back of the box I see that these fish fingers contain 58% salmon. There is no, mention what other type of fish has been used. This is something I would like to know! The breadcrumbs and batter covering contain vegetable oil. A serving of 3 fish fingers will give you 190 calories, and 8 grams of fat.
These fish fingers are very quick and easy to prepare. I prefer to grill them and they will take about 10 minutes under a medium heat. You do need to turn them a few times to ensure they cook evenly. Alternatively you can cook them in the oven at 230c or gas mark 8 for about 12 minutes.
Next for the important taste test. I am not really a fan of white fish fingers, but these were very different. The outer breadcrumb coating was both crisp and tasty. The salmon contained inside was moist and succulent. The salmon flavour was no where near as god as with a fresh piece of wild salmon, but it was pleasant enough. Overall I really enjoyed the taste. My children were impressed too and ate every last bit!
Overall I liked these new fish fingers and will buy them again. However they are not the healthy fish meal that Birds Eye would have us believe. When I have the time I prefer to make my own fish in breadcrumbs using wholemeal breadcrumbs and fresh fish. However these are a useful addition to the freezer and great when you need to prepare something in a hurry.
It had been years since I'd had a fish finger so when I saw Salmon one's advertised for £2.00 in ASDA I just had to give them a go. Well strictly speaking the rather amusing advert had previously brought them to my attention but I didn't give them much thought till I saw I was getting 10 for £2.00.....................20p each they must be pretty poor for that price.
Well no they are surprisingly good and an excellent little dish. They look and feel exactly the same as an ordinary fish finger being that they are a fingers length just over an inch wide. Height wise they are more than a quarter of an inch but not quite a half-inch. The light crispy breadcrumbs are the first thing that you are aware of.
A quick fry either side for a few minutes until the light breadcrumbs become a bit darker, bung on a few chips and some beans or peas and voila. Cutting into one you can feel the now crispy breadcrumbs break and also feel the soft fluffiness of the fish inside. Once completely cut the nice pink salmon is revealed and although I was expecting a slight pinky colour it was certainly more than I envisaged. It was the taste however which would decide on the success or failure of the salmon fish finger.
Again I was pleasantly surprised, the initial taste of the breadcrumbs succumbed to the delicious salmon flavour and the soft flaky fish. Very different from what I remember of an ordinary fish finger which appeared to be a mush of left over fish. These were both tasty and nice to look at and a bargain at £2.00 I thought, until another supermarket had them at £1.00. Even though I could have saved a pound I was pleased with the outcome for my outlay. I enjoyed the salmon fish fingers and will without doubt not be waiting so long before I have them again.
Trying to lose weight and vary my eating habits I have been trying so many new products lately that I probably wouldn't of even thought about before. I love salmon though so when I seen Birds Eye salmon fisher fingers I had to give them a try. They were on offer in Sainsburys at the time a box of 10 for a £1.
They come in your typical cardboard box, a pale blue in colour with the ocean in the background. Birds Eye sailor is proudly showing off the brand logo on the box and a salmon fish finger is sitting neatly in the corner. 10 Salmon Fish Fingers I'm told on the box as well as 'Made with 100% Pink Salmon Fillet. Wild Pink Salmon it says on the side of the box.
3 of these fingers provides;
They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
You can cook these the same as any other fish fingers in the over or under the grill, I'm lazy however and always keep to the over.
Taking them out of the box they looked the same as any other fish fingers, the same finger size the same rectangular shape, perhaps the colour was a little deeper on the breadcrumbs but it was promising that they were coated in breadcrumbs like any others too! Cooking them and cutting them in half however is well different..
Cutting a cooked finger in half I'm met by a deep pink, flaky piece of salmon. The breadcrumbs were slightly crunchy and coated the salmon lovely. There wasn't enough salmon in the breadcrumbs however to make these fingers amazing but I definitely preferred them to the cod fingers. The fish not only looked more appealing and tasty but I could taste the quality of the fish in the texture alone. It tasted just like any other piece of salmon I've tried only this time coated in breadcrumbs giving it a crunchy texture. The salmon is flakey and moist and tastes so much better than the typical cod. These are much more enjoyable accompanied by a salad and I found them very tasty.
These salmon fish fingers are ok but I don't like them as much as normal cod fish fingers because I think salmon tastes too earthy to enjoy properly and the taste of them doesn't go in a butty either.
The salmon is good quality and flakes nice when you cut into the fish finger but the breadcrumbs don't go well with the flavour I don't think and I'd rather have white fish in my fish fingers.
It's because the salmon is oilier than the white fish that they don't taste as good and I don't think the texture goes well with what a fish finger should be like. The taste of the salmon is quite delicate but it's still a much stronger flavour than I would usually like and it doesn't go very well with sauce either and that's a pain because I love sauce on stuff like this. I had to have tartare sauce in the finish because red sauce would have killed the flavour too much I reckon.
These are the same size as other fish fingers but are a bit firmer because of them being made with salmon and I didn't like that much either because I preffer fish fingers to be softer like my normal Birds Eye ones.
I thought these would be wicked because everyone says how good they are and the adverts make them out to be a bit posh but they're not as good as cod or other white fish fingers I don't think.
PRICE: £2.49 for 10 (280g) at my local Sainsburys
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 3 fish fingers):
(of which sugars): 0.3g
(of which saturates): 0.9g
(equivalent as salt): 0.6g
Salmon (58%), breadcrumb, batter, vegetable oil, wheat flour, water, paprika, salt, yeast, turmeric, potato starch
Contains fish and wheat
Great care has been taken to remove all bones, but some may remain
Maybe my fish reviews are becoming a little tedious for some, but I eat a lot more fish than I do meat, and am ever on the lookout for new and tasty products that I can feast on. Salmon isn't my favourite fish by any means, as I find the flavour of it a little too pungent, but as a new-ish product, Birds Eye Salmon Fish Fingers caught my eye in Sainsbury's deep freeze the other day - naturally a pack sort of jumped into my trolley!
The pack is of very similar design to Birds Eye Cod Fish Fingers, except that the predominant colour is a salmon pink. The back of the box shows nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, storage/cooking instructions (oven bake or grill) and basic general dietary guidelines.
I decided to oven bake a few, and have with jacket potato, peas and tomatoes. Inside the box, each fish finger is uniformly shaped, the same size as the cod variety. The breadcrumb coating adheres well to the fish fingers, and on removing from the box, hardly any of the breadcrumbs fell off - a major asset in my case, as I hate clearing up spillages. To me, the colour of the breadcrumbs seemed a little more orange than that of cod fish fingers, and slightly thicker, but appetising in appearance all the same.
During the cooking time, there was a very faint aroma of salmon rising from the oven - had I not already been sniffing the air to test, I doubt if I would have noticed it.
On removing from the oven, apart from being slightly browned, the fish fingers hadn't changed in appearance at all. There was no shrinkage, and they looked a little dry - there was none of those little bits of fish seepage you get from the sides when cooking cod fingers. They looked attractive on the plate, blending colourfully with the potato, peas and tomatoes.
Taste test time!
As my knife cut through the breadcrumb coating, it seemed a little harder than the breadcrumbs on cod fish fingers. Inside, the salmon looked beautiful. The fish was in firm flakes - not at all mushy - and looked of very high quality, equal to that of fresh salmon. Though I personally don't mind them, there were no little grey bits inside (not everybody likes the grey bits on fish).
There was a faint aroma of salmon as I moved the first forkful of fish finger to my mouth, and I began to chew.
The flavour of the salmon to me was very strong - maybe stronger than I personally like, and I found the consistency a little on the dry side. All the same though, the quality of the salmon generally was very good, and there were no bones at all.
Though I ate the whole serving (4 fingers), by the time I was getting towards the end, I was finding the dryness of the fish not to my liking, so a couple of days later tried another portion - but grilled this time instead of oven-baked, to see if it made any difference - but there was nothing of significance.
There's no doubt that Birds Eye Salmon Fish Fingers is a quality product, and all the fish is definitely 100% salmon, with no other squiddly bits from the sea to eke it out, but overall I'd say it's not quite my cup of tea. For me, the problem centred around the fish being on the dry side, rather than me not being the world's greatest salmon lover.
All the same though, I'd imagine that most would be very impressed with these fish fingers, but it's possible they could be out of some people's price range as £2.49 for a pack of ten is rather expensive, especially if feeding a family.
The only time I'd consider buying Birds Eye Salmon Fish Fingers again would be if they were on special offer, e.g. something like a BOGOF, but that's not to say they go unrecommended by me, as despite the somewhat dry consistency and the strong flavour, they definitely are a quality product.
My star rating doesn't reflect my own personal dislikes....I have rated in an unbiased fashion, solely on the quality, which overall is very good; one point gets knocked off for the dry texture.
Thanks for reading!
I love fish fingers, but I'm pretty fussy about what I eat, and whilst with many products I'm happy to just go with the cheapest brand available, fish fingers for me are always Birdseye.
Most cheap fish fingers tend to be made from the mysterious 'Minced White Fish' which has the texture of mashed up cardboard and tastes like licking a sweaty armpit. You're probably thinking I'm exaggerating there, after all, nobody makes a habit of licking armpits . Well, I did once while a little under the influence - and it was much nicer than a cheap fish finger!
Okay, so now we know why I fixate on Birdseye - I know when the pack tells me it's cod fish fingers, its nothing but cod . However, recently I saw they were now offering a salmon version - and I figured I should definitely try them, since they were on offer at a pound a pack .
Like the cod version, these are made with 100 percent salmon, and they come with a lovely golden crumb coating. They come in a box of ten with a picture of Captain Birdseye on the front, and a picture of the fish finger with the end cut off, revealing pink salmon, sitting next to a succulent lemon wedge . The pack has lots of pink and peach accents, I assume to illustrate the salmon colour .
You can cook them in various ways - frying, grilling, or baking. I prefer to bake mine, since frying is unhealthy and I don't have the patience to watch over a grill, and they always come out crispy and golden. They take about 12 minutes at 230 degrees, and need turning over halfway through to ensure an even colour and texture throughout, I know from experience that not turning them over leaves them crispy on one side and soggy on the other.
Once cooked, they hold their shape well, and don't stick to the tray.Theres not really a strong smell to them when cooked, and the main smell seems to be the toastiness of the coating . Biting into them, the samlon is juicy and moist, and its easy to visibly identify it as a nice chunk of fish fillet, rather than some reformed rubbish. Its tastes like a nicely poached fillet , nothing too strong and overwhelming.
At full price they cost £1.75 for a pack of ten fish fingers, which while more expensive than many other brands, is, I feel, good value for money considering you get good quality. The salmon fish finger variety does seem a little trickier to find than the cod variety, but I've has success with Tescos.
I would highly recommend these as a good quality food, reasonably priced for the quality you get, and easy to cook. I love them!
I first picked these up on a by one get one free binge at my local Sainsbury's. As a student, and a pretty tight one at that I didn't like the idea of paying the regular price for these and not liking them, though I'd seen them advertised and thought they looked worth trying out. From that humble serendipitous discovery, these have become a staple of my shopping excursions, all be it one which I frown at whenever I remember the price.
At 2.49 for 10 I consider these to be a little overpriced, but you do get a good quality product. They look like regular fish fingers with the familiar orangey breadcrumbs, but have a taste far more luxurious and I hesitate to say 'adult'. The salmon inside the breadcrumbs is fairly solid and if you cook them correctly, remains just as moist and tasty as if you'd cooked a fresh fillet yourself.
They're a great convenience food, taking only 12 minutes in the oven and being able to cook them from frozen is a big plus you don't often get with real fresh fish. The breadcrumbs add a distinctive crunch but do not detract from the flavour of the salmon. They're a versatile ingredient, going equally well with cous cous or potatoes, but I'd avoid partnering them with anything too dry, as they can be a little dry themselves if they are cooked a minute or two too long.
I buy this product occasionally as a different snack to cod fish fingers. The product contains 58% pink salmon and comes in a pack of 10, weight 280 grams and is 190 calories per portion (two fish fingers).
I grill my fish fingers and find they come and crispy and the fish does not dry out. You can definitely taste the salmon through the crumb coating and the flesh has a flaky texture as the meat is not minced but fillet.
The product is very good for children as an alternative to cod as it contains more fish oil and I have found they like the novelty of having pink fish fingers (especially the girls!). As an adult I also like them as a snack food when in a hurry. It is a reasonably healthy product that is convenient to cook (12 minutes under the grill) and has a good taste. It is also useful for weight watchers as they are fairly low in calories.
A decent product that is always useful to have in the freezer.
Fish Fingers have come of age with a new offering from the Birds Eye stable - salmon fish fingers.
I should state that I'm not a fan of convenience foods and fish fingers are particularly easy to make but, with a toddler, it's useful to have something tucked in the freezer for a quick lunch or tea. Salmon, as an oily fish, is a great meal for children (and adults) and so these fish fingers appealed more than the regular cod (or more commonly, Pollock) offerings.
The fish fingers are sized no differently to "regular" fish fingers although a review of the ingredients shows that they are only 58% salmon (as compared to 63% Pollock for Birds Eye's regular fish fingers). One advantage of the salmon over the white fish is that they cook quicker - just 12 minutes in a high oven will see you with perfectly cooked fingers of fish.
The salmon flakes well on cutting. It's perhaps not as moist as a baked piece of salmon but the unmistakable, slightly sweet taste of the salmon comes through clearly when the fish alone is eaten.
So often my complaint about pre-prepared fish fingers is the coating and, alas, these give rise to complaint. The crumb looks no different to a standard fish finger (not value range) but the taste is a world apart. The coating crisps well and, on cutting, holds together. However, the crumb, whilst not appearing dry to the initial taste, leaves a particularly dry taste in the mouth. One is left with the feeling that one has eaten fine sawdust rather than bread crumbs. It's not a nice feeling and makes the whole experience far less pleasurable as the overwhelming taste is one of dryness and not one of the fish.
Ideally these would be served with lemon, mayo or perhaps tartar sauce - they need something to pep them up.
The fingers are available in packs of 10 and are more expensive than standard fish fingers (although I've seen them on introductory offers in many supermarkets at the moment). Why they are not sold in packs of 9 or 12 I don't know as the standard portion, according to the back of the packet, is 3 fingers. 3 fingers will feed my almost 3 year old, they'd no way satisfy me as an adult.
As a change these are acceptable and my son likes his "pink" fish fingers but I couldn't see myself buying these on a regular basis or as something that I would eat out of choice. Salmon is perhaps one of the easiest fishes to handle and, as such, I'll continue to make my own.
I bought these for my 2 year old son and he seems to life them ad I tried them too and think their yummy! Just like a regular fish finger but with salmon. Tastes fresher and less gooey than the cod fingers. I prefer them to cod actually I I'm not normally a fan of salmon. I got these for £1 at morrisonsso great value too. Only bad thing I have to say is the advert for them is a bit wrong... Dont know if uv seen it, with the men (cod) fish fingers asking id the salmon ish finger is pink underneith (why couldnt they just say inside??) and the lady fish finger (salmon) strips off.... But i guess that's a different matter. Anyway TRY them there nice, cheap and just a bit different to regular fish fingers (if uv got kids who are fussy eaters they may not even notice the difference) :)