High Liner Healthy Bake Breaded Fish Fillets

March 28, 2007 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

Frozen Fish
Price: $4.99/box of 10
Serving: 2 fillets (100g)
Calories: 140
Fat: 1g – 0.1g saturated / 0g trans
Cholesterol: 35mg
Sodium: 350mg – 15%
Carbs: 20g – 7%
Fibre: 1g – 4%
Protein: 12g

The Score: 1 out of 5

I love sole and salmon. They are typically the only two types of fish I choose to eat. I especially like my dad’s homemade crunchy fillet (with the light Japanese bread crumbs). We don’t have it often since it’s not the healthiest, but when we do, pretty damn tasty. So when I was at Valu-Mart and I saw these healthy alternatives, I figured for the price, I’d give it a shot. I’m the eternal optimist and wanted to believe that even though it’s frozen fish, it might be half descent.

I was disappointed that the fillets were actually Pollock. Then again, what was I expecting for $4.99/10. Nutritionally it’s not that bad. No trans fats. If you’re worried about sodium, one serving does include 15% of daily-recommended intake and for such a small portion, it might be worth taking note of. However, it does have a respectable amount of protein. And hey – It’s Prepared Without Frying!

The Look: I put the fillets in the pre-heated oven for 16 minutes. I took them out and they didn’t quite look opaque. Since I don’t really want to get food poisoning from frozen raw fish, I threw it back into the oven for another ten minutes. I was also put off by the screaming orange mush that was between the fish and breading – I assume an amalgam of fish juices and breading… Or at least that’s what I hope. Obviously this doesn’t look appetizing. Fish was white with some dark gray/brown areas… I try to overlook some things.

The Smell: Predictably fishy… However, it’s also somewhat nauseating. The fresh fish fillets my dad cooks up never made me make this face…

The Taste: The smell and appearance made me very apprehensive. Crunchy. Slight taste of what I’m assuming is the spices. A chewing consistency. It tastes like subpar frozen fish. Now I wonder if I ate this with my nose plugged would it taste fishy at all? I’m very glad I have the immense helping of Miracle Whip. The aftertaste leaves much to be desired. There seems to be some sort of residue left over in my mouth, perhaps from the breading? Side note – the Miracle Whip is tangy.

The Verdict: It’s not very filling. I want to make a turkey sandwich right now. Obviously because it cost me $4.99 for 10 fillets I’m going to finish the box. I only have a month left of school. But I’m never buying this again. Even if it’s on sale. I’m going to brush my teeth and I’m really glad I had a salad.

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