“ Brand: Young's / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I like fish but am not a great cook and often wouldn't know what to do with it if i bought it. With all the hype on diet and needing to eat more fish I have decided to go for the easy option ---- let someone else make it for me. Hence the Young;s ocean pie.
It is priced around £1.30 but was on special offer at BOGOF so i bought 2 one each for my son and myself.
The pie is packaged in a plastic container inside a cardboard box (all recyclable). To cook all you have to do is remove the top plastic cover and pop it into the oven.
The portion size is not too bad but would not feed a hungry man, i added some vegetables to the side and the portion was ok for me.
The pie consists of a base layer of pollack fish in a creamy sauce which is tasty and quite rich, this is covered with a layer of mashed potatoes, which could be a bit thicker, and sprinkled with cheese.
Nice chunky pieces of fish, although not alot of it.
The package states that it is a good natural source of the Omega3 fats (good fats) that we all need to eat more of.
Potato (26%), Alaska Pollock (24%), Water, Partially Reconstituted Dried Potato, Single Cream (2%), Cheddar Cheese (2%) (contains Colour: Annatto), Butter (2%), Vegetable Oil, Cornflour, Fish Stock (1%) (Water, Whitefish, Vegetable Concentrate (Carrot, Onion, Leek, Mushroom, Parsley) White Wine, Herbs and Spices), Milk Proteins, Wheat Flour, Seasoning (contains Flavourings, Soya, Wheat, Yeast), Salt, Skimmed Milk Powder, Parsley, White Pepper, Colours: Paprika Extract, Curcumin; Flavouring.
Per pie provides: Calories 432 22%, Sugar 4.0g 4%, Fat 20.9g 30%, Saturates 9.9g 50%, Salt 2.4g 40 % of an adult's guideline daily amount.
Fat content is high, nearly half GDA, so although it does contain some good fats there is a high proportion of bad fats and the salt content is also on the high side.
Overall a tasty pie, although the portion size would not be enough for some people, okay as a freezer standby but not as healthy as I had hoped.
After eating and reviewing Young's Admiral's Pie the other day, I was interested to re-try their Ocean Pie to see the two compare. For my Admiral's Pie review I did some research on the Young's website, and found that both of these pies have basically the same ingredients, only in different quantities, and so I was interested to see if they did actually taste different from each other. I have had Ocean Pie several times before, but barely remembered the taste of it, as after a while I decided that I preferred Admiral's Pie, and so only ever bought that one. Today, however, I decided to buy Ocean Pie again, and remind myself of what it tasted like.
Well, the first thing that I was reminded of on eating Ocean Pie was why I prefer Admiral's! Despite having roughly the same ingredients (Pollock, mashed potato, cheese and a creamy sauce), Ocean Pie was noticeably poorer in quality compared to Admiral's Pie, and although the taste was similar, there was something different that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The creamy sauce is richer in Ocean Pie, and just as nice really, but for some reason this pie just wasn't as good. The potato seemed blander, and although there was more fish, which I thought would be a good thing, it seems that less is more with Young's fish pies, and the higher fish content did Ocean Pie no favours.
Another reason why I was disappointed with Ocean Pie was how awkward it was to cook properly. I followed the microwave instructions on the packet, which for my microwave meant that I had to cook the pie on high for six minutes, then leave it to stand for one minute, then cook it for a further four minutes. I did this, plus another thirty seconds or so just to be sure, but when I took it out of the microwave, found that the pie was still cold in the middle. I put it in for another two minutes, by which time it was warm in the middle but not hot, and so it took a further two minutes to be done. I know that this isn't a huge problem, but it is awkward, especially if you're trying to coordinate cooking time with that of accompanying vegetables, and also made Ocean Pie pale in comparison to Admiral's Pie, which cooked perfectly in the suggested time.
In conclusion, I was disappointed with Young's Ocean Pie, as it didn't meet the standards of its sister Pollock pie. To be honest, if I didn't have Admiral's Pie to compare it with, I probably would have enjoyed Ocean Pie more, but really while eating it I was constantly thinking of all the ways in which it wasn't as good as my favourite ready meal, and so didn't overly enjoy it. Having said that, it wasn't a bad meal, and is one that I would have again if I was desperate for a fish pie, and it was the only Young's pie available. Since Admiral's Pie is better and 60 calories less, however, I will probably never choose Ocean Pie in favour of my favourite one, and it will definitely just be an emergency solution.
I bought Ocean Pie for £1.19 from Spar, and have seen it for similar prices in other supermarkets. It contains 428 calories and 21.8g of fat per pack, and can be cooked from frozen either in the oven or microwave. You can have it for one person by itself, or between two people with vegetables or other accompaniments of your choice.