“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Frozen Food „
I adore fish. Whilst I like plain fish such as Cod and Plaice and the likes baked in the oven and as natural as possible, occasionally I do like a bit of cod or the likes in batter or breadcrumbs. With my bad diet of late I have tried to stop eating batter (I live by the sea now lol) so the other day when I spotted these in Asda costing £1.00 a box (on offer) and with breadcrumbs on I simply had to give it a go!
White and light blue oblong shaped box with a seaside looking background and a photograph of the fish on the front I am told that it is Birds Eye Seaside Specials, '2' Natural Fillets In Crunchy Breadcrumbs and that they are a natural source of omega 3 and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and that they are made from a whole fillet and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the box other information stated includes ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart is stated, I'm told how to cook the fillet/s and contact details for Birds Eye Ltd are given. Nice enough packaging this is and its informative enough of course.
All you do with these small and rather thick looking fillets is to cook them from frozen for about 25 minutes in the oven. Simple enough to do that is!
When they come out they look very evenly covered in orangy coloured breadcrumbs and appear hard and rather crunchy.
Taste wise though these are superb on flavour/s. Not too greasy because they have been oven cooked the breadcrumbs although hard have a nice seasoned taste to them and the crunch against the soft fish that is encased within them is pleasant!
The fish used is Pollock and its white with no skin or bones in it at all, it's moist and easy to eat and again well seasoned. I like the way that the breadcrumbs on this are rather thick giving alot of texture to the dish!
All in all these are of fabulous quality. Not too fishy but of course it is fish so it a bit (lol) the textures and natural flavours this have are excellent and I won't hesitate in purchasing them again time and time again in the future for sure!
Nutritional Information Per Fillet:
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.82 a box (unless on offer like when I found them!).
I got these as they were a super bargain in Sainsburys for 99p!! (not sure what the original price was sorry).
For 99p they had to be worth a try and I'm pleased to say that I was pleasantly suprised!
'Seaside special' is in fact Alaska pollock fillet wrapped in crunchy breadcrumbs. ( I have seen ones in batter but have never tried these)
You get 4 fillets per pack (480g)and each fillet provides 265cal, 1.2g sugars,9.6g fat (1.2g sat fat) and 1.2g salt.
The pack boasts that they are a natural source of omega 3 and closer inspection shows its actually 49% of your RDI in each fillet.
There are also no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.
As this is a frozen product the shelf life is quite lengthy of about 18 months!
They are easy to cook in 25 minutes in the oven (180 oC Gas mark 6)turning half way through (although I did forget to do the turn and still tasted great!)
The fish was really tasty, I have heard that pollock is the cheaper alternative to cod but I actually preferred it as there was much more flavour to it. Sometimes I find cod a bit too subtle in taste.
The colour was lovely and white and there were no bones at all (although the box states even though great care is taken to remove them, some may remain).
They are very convenient on lazy days when you just want to put something in the oven and it means you do not have to comprimise on taste or the health kick!! ( weight watcher points 4)
I would definitely buy these again especially if they were at this price- less than 25p a fillet is great value!
Unfortunately not suitable for those who suffer against allergies of mustard, wheat or fish.
Comes in a fully recyclable box.