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For Fish. Now who thought that one up? I always forget what it is called and go and write something else like Simply Fish on the shopping list.
Anyway, this is by far the best instant sauce for fish on the market. This is my favourite flavour as it is reasonably bland and so suitable for a fish pie with a mashed potato topping.
I have also tried this sauce on lightly steamed vegetables like broccoli, much less calorific than a cheese sauce.
I use it on salmon and cod mainly. I like to make a fish pie with prawns and sliced tomatoes.
I am trying to lose wight and fish is an ideal alternative to more fattening foods, but having tried some dried sauces, I was just baking the fish with herbs which does become a bit boring.
I was glad when I saw this range and on reading the packet realised it would also keep in the cupboard and not the fridge.
There is nothing horrid in this sauce and it contains:
Water, Butter, Double Cream, Onions, Thickener (Modified Maize Starch), Dill, Fish Extract (Concentrated Fish Extract, Salt), Concentrated Lemon Juice, Salt, Black Pepper, Lemon Zest, Colour (Lutein)
Lutein is good for your eyesight, so nothing horrible in that as it is derived from vegetable sources..
This is the calorific information:
Energy: 129 KCal. per serving.
So not slimming, but not too bad.
The sauce comes in a pouch which is not microwaveable. You can either transfer it to a microwave dish and heat it for a couple of minutes or heat it in a conventional way, in a saucepan.
When it comes out of the pouch, it looks a bit gloopy but soon smoothes out on heating.
I do not heat it, I pour it over some uncooked fish, put mash and cheese on top and bake it for 40 minutes- fab!
Flavour- slightly tart, creamy, with a real taste of fresh dill, slightly aniseed. It is marvellous on cod or haddock and even better on salmon with a sprig of watercress.
Enough sauce is within for about 3 people. £2 approx- which is quite dear enough, thanks.
It is not in the least cloying or sickly, a very good product and hardly any point to making a sauce these days!
I tried this with some smoked salmon and asparagus with homemade melba toasts- it made a wonderful starter and someone actually asked me for the sauce recipe. I was a bit embarrassed but I admitted to what it was- the guest was amazed!
Following a period of inactivity after an operation I have gained some unwanted pounds and in a bid to shift them I am trying to eat more healthily. This is quite difficult for me as I love my food and being a girl who loves a bit of sauce in my life (well, quite a bit of sauce, if I'm being honest) I often need something to make my food taste less bland.
Enter Schwatz for fish sauce which is available in many flavours although their low fat dark soy, sesame & ginger sauce is the one I am going to review here. This sauce is free from preservatives, artificial colours and flavours and I bought my 300g pouch from Tesco for £1.99 although they do sometimes have them on special offer.
The sauces come in an easy to open foil 300g pouch and are so simple to use whilst being (as stated on the pouch) a perfect complement to fish. You can heat it either by simmering for2-3 minutes on the hob whilst stirring (be careful not to overheat/boil as this really does effect the taste) or by heating in a loosely covered dish in the microwave on high, again for 2-3 minutes (stirring half way through cooking time).
The pouch states that this goes well with tuna, cod or salmon however, thus far I have used it only with salmon so can only comment on how well it goes with that.
This is probably one of my favourites from the range even though I often find that low fat products can be a bit bland or too artificial tasting for my liking. Not the case here. The dark soy adds a tangy and slightly salty taste, the sesame seeds are abundant and add sweetness and in contrast the ginger adds a little spice without being too overpowering and the three ingredients blend superbly together and complement the subtle richness of the salmon to make a really tasty dish. My husband likes his on the side but I like mine poured all over my fish and find myself dipping my veggies as well as my chips (on my not so healthy days) in the sauce as it goes well with those too!
The fact that there are only 93 Kcals and 1.4g of fat in a 100g serving (the pack contains 2-3 servings) is a bonus although there is always a downside although I was quite surprised to see the sugar part of the carbohydrate was so high: 14.4g out of 18.8g although this does often seem to be the case with many low fat foods but this was much higher than I would have expected and sugar is listed as the second main ingredient after water. I have taken off one star because of this.
What I also like is that on the back of the pouch swartz gives inspirational ideas in how to use their sauces in a recipe so if you feeling adventurous and not pushed for time, give one a go. More recipe ideas can be found on their website: www.schwartz.co.uk.
Once opened, this sauce needs to be refrigerated and kept in an airtight container and be consumed within 3 days.
Allergen Advice: Contains Soya, Wheat, Sesame and Fish.
I would highly recommend this sauce whether or not you are counting the calories, especially if you are partial to oriental style sauces.
Thanks for reading. x
We are big fish eaters in my house I try to make fish for the main family meal at least 3 times a week but sometimes salmon and cod need something a little bit extra to go with it or else it can be very boring. I make lots of different sauces myself but now and again I use Schwartz for Fish Dill and Lemon sauce.
Schwartz makes different flavours for fish but this is easily the family favourite. It is an easy to prepare and serve sauce with a lovely creamy texture, and beautifully flavoured with dill, lemon, and black pepper, other ingredients include double cream (naughty) onions and butter.
Schwartz for fish dill and lemon sauce is free from artificial colours, flavours and has no preservatives, but as you can see from the above ingredients it is a little high on the saturated fats.
To cook you can use the microwave which is how I always do it, cook on high for 2-3 minutes stirring halfway through, or you can heat gently on the hob, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes stirring all the time to prevent sticking.
The 300g contents serve 2-3 and as there are 3 people in my house it is sufficient to pour a nice amount as a topping over each piece of fish. The taste of dill and lemon is very much apparent so if you like these flavours then it would be ideal for you. Benn Junior who turns his nose up at a piece of cod always gobbles it down when I use this sauce, I did pass it off as my own at one time, well I didn't actually say that I just didn't say anything and people just assumed but then I was rumbled when the empty carton was discovered in the bin lol.
Schwartz for Fish Dill and Lemon sauce contains 387 calories, 32.4g fat and 22.2g of saturates per 300g pack, and is sold in most supermarkets at around £1.99. This sauce is not suitable for freezing and once opened must be stored in a sealed container and refrigerated and eaten within 3 days.
I love salmon and try to eat it often, but it was getting a bit boring always having it the same way! I came across these sachets of sauce for fish in my local Tesco and decided to give one a go. I always try to buy low fat products and the creamy sauces in this range are quite high in calories and fat. But there is one little hidden gem of a sauce in the range which is now a regular in my shopping basket! It's the orange and dill sauce. It is one of two low fat sauces in the range and it is absolutely delicious!
It comes in a pouch and says it serves 2. However I find it is easily enough for 3. I use two portions and freeze the third which is good economically speaking as it is quite a pricey sauce. A pouch typically costs around £1.20.
I microwave my sauce for around 1 minute and pour it over my grilled fish, but the instructions on the back say you can use the sauce to cook the fish in also.
The flavour is sweet and tangy with a gorgeous orangey flavour which complements the salmon and also the carrots and baby corn I like to serve with it. It also has a lovely taste of dill which of course is the old and trusted fidhy accompanyment. The sauce is not creamy, but a clear light orange colour with lots of fine pieces of dill running through it. It is not too thick or not too thin. It has the consistency of thicker french dressing I would say and is easy to pour but coats the food well.
It really is a very tasty sauce and I love it!
Ok well to begin I have to make the point that I really am quite a fussy fish eater.... I know what I enjoy fishwise and I do really enjoy it but I do tend to stick to what I am familiar with. Well that was the case until my husband took up fly fishing and began to cram my freezer full of trout. Trout is not one of my preferred fish to eat, to be completely honest I really don't really like it's earthy taste... but it's free, I know it is really good to eat healthwise and as the rest of my family to enjoy it I've got to try and get to enjoy it.
I've always really struggled to know what to do with it, I've always looked for recipes that would disguise it's natural flavour but have found these recipes quite elaborate and time consuming. What I was desperately looking f ior was something quick and simple and that would make me forget that I was eating trout. Then before me like a vision of beauty, while shopping in Tesco's I spotted the Schwartz for Fish Sauces.
I found them in actually right by the fresh fish counter, not with the rest of sauces in the aisle. It was completetely by accident that I stumbled across them and I have to say I felt a new wave of hope in my heart and I was eager to try them out.
The first variety of sauce I tried with the dreaded trout was Chunky, Tomato, Olive & Rosemary. I selected this one because I love Olives and I thought that a tomato based sauce would be strong enough in flavour to compete with the overpowering trout.
It really couldn't be easier to prepare, I simply popped in a saucepan on the hob and heated through and then poured it directly over the baked trout filled. It completely transformed my dreaded weekly meal of trout and the sauce tasted absolutely fantastic. I could really taste each of the individual ingredients and the rosemary worked really well. For the first time, I actually enjoyed this fish dish rather than it being a chore that I just had to endure and complete.
The sauce is a rather pricey £2.02 for 300g, but this serves both my husband and myself and our 2 small girls adequately. For me, it's worth every penny. The sauce is also free from preservatives, aftificial colours and artificial flavours.
I would definately buy again and look forward to trying the rest of the range!
I have been determined to clear out the freezer before filling it again, so out came some salmon this morning. What to cook with it proved the problem this evening however until I rooted through the cupboards and found a packet sauce for fish I had bought at the same time as the salmon but forgotten about.
There are different varieties of the fish for sauce, but the one I am reviewing is Lemon Butter sauce mix. I chose this as both me and my partner like our lemony sauces in our meals.
The sauce is made by Schwartz and will cost just over £1 for the packet. It states on the packet that it will serve four, but after serving this between two of us I would say for four you wouldn't get a lot each to make your dinner have that extra flavour from the sauce.
Easily made up by reading the directions on the packet, I realised all I had to do was mix the contents with ¾ pint of milk and an ounce of butter.
It literally is as easy as mixing the powder with the milk and bringing to the boil before adding the butter to thicken for a couple of minutes.
I left my partner to the stirring to make him feel important as I carried on cooking the salmon. The packet states it suits salmon cod and haddock.
You can also microwave this sauce but past experiences and splatters all over the microwave has taught me that's it's easier and quicker in the long run to just boil on the hob.
The sauce comes out looking a nice lemon yellow colour and we found that it thickens up nicely even without the butter being added, but we still added it for maximum creaminess.
The consistency of the sauce wasn't gloopy like custard gets but it wasn't liquid like water either, and it settled nicely as we poured it over the fish and jacket potato.
The taste test is the most important bit of any new product, and I was eager to try the sauced with my dinner.
There was no obvious lemon smell coming from the dinner, and when I tasted it on its own, with the fish and also with the potato, all I got was a very faint hint of lemon. There was more of a buttery taste coming through, but that could have been down to me adding the butter at the end of the cooking.
Overall I thought it was a bit expensive for what you actually got out of it, however it was nicer than just adding mayonnaise to my dinner night after night, so this sauce made a nice change and made the plate look quite pretty as we ate.
I think the price is quite a lot for what you get and I wouldn't want to make this stretch to more than three people in case they got a dry dinner.
I tried to eat at least one portion of fish a week, it's healthy, it contains good oils, etc and my favourite has got to be salmon. Sometimes on its own though I think fish can be fairly bland but it's hard to know what sauce to buy/make as there are not many out there. A few months ago while I was looking for something to accompany my fish I came across these Schwartz for fish packets. They are gorgeous.
Basically Schwartz have come up with a range of different sauces which they say include their specially selected ingredients which complement the delicate flavours of a wide variety of fish. My favourite is the creamy lemon and parsley sauce as it has a quite delicate flavour which does not overpower the fish. It is lovely and creamy too and you can definitely see lots of bits of parsley in it which is nice. Other flavours in the range to name but a few are:
Creamy Watercress and Stilton Sauce
French White Wine and Tarragon Sauce
Tangy Lime and Coriander Sauce (another good one)
The sauces come ready made in a sealed foil package. This ensures that they are still fresh when you get to them. The nice thing is that they last for a very long time. The expiration date on the last packet I used was Feb 2010. That way you can buy a few and store them in your cupboard so you always have one handy when you get some fish. I think this is better than getting the sauces in a jar that go off fairly soon after you buy them. Also, once opened the sauces can be consumed within 3 days so you can use half and then use the other half later in the week.
A 300g pack says it serves between 2-3 people. I find it serves two of us generously with a little bit of waste but I think three is the perfect number for this sauce.
The thing I love about these sauces are that they are ridiculously easy to make. Basically you just open the packet, pour it into a saucepan and heat for 2-3 minutes, what could be simpler than that. I turn mine on to a low heat a few minutes before the fish is ready to ensure it is hot all the way through and then pour over my fish.
The sauces sell for £1.94 each in Sainsburys.
The only not so great thing is that each pack contains quite a few calories, in a 300g pack there are 648 calories so if you do eat half then that's 324 calories but not too bad as part of a healthy meal.
All in all a product I would definitely recommend.