“ Brand: Asda / Type: Fish „
I always bought youngs fish fillets in batter or breadcrumbs. I saw the asda haddock fillets for 1pound cheaper than youngs for the same weight which was 4 good sized fillets. Coming in just as nice packaging and the more expensive one just a cardboard box with the writing on the box. The fish in the asda fillets is nice and chunky like it is proper fish where as the other ones seemed more like minced fish similar texture to fishfingers. The batter too is much more crisp and not soggy on the inside. I also enjoyed the coating on these where as i dont usually. Given the price and the quantity they are great value. At 50p a fillet you cant go wrong. they cook quickly in around 20mins (depending on the oven) They also seem to be less fatty when i cook them i dont see loads of fat oozing out of them which always puts me off. The have cod too in the same range but in a blue packet and also they have cos in breadcrumbs too.
I never use to be a big fish lover but had started to experiment as I had only ever had Fish Fingers that had about 5% fish in it!!!! I found that this Haddock has more of a strong fishy smell when cooking then your traditional Cod etc, which I think proves that this was 100 % fish in there. You can cook from frozen which is quick and easy and there are no artificial colours or flavours, the batter was just as tasty as what you get in the fish and chip shop but half the price! They take approx 25-30 minutes in the oven and your looking at approx 200 calories for one fish portion which is probably half the amount your would expect from a restaurant or fish and chip shop. The pieces did look a bit small when I first tried them so I had two! I realised soon after that even though they looked small they were quite thick and I struggled to eat the other one! The fish has a lovely texture and strong taste (I did come across a fish bone which they advertise as none in there!) and the batter was fluffy and not as sickly as some I have tasted before, over all I thought it was very good for a supermarket brand and am quite happy to try the other fish ranges that ASDA do, would recommend eating this product.
I love battered fish and I particularly like Haddock so when I spotted this offering in Asda costing £2.00 for 4 haddock battered fillets I decided to get them for tea for me and my friend! I hadn't had anything like this in ages and tend to only have battered fish of any kind when I'm out and feeling naughty cos in my mind batter simply isn't healthy....although I love it of course lol. The Packaging: Red and white box and all over it there are photographs of the fish on there and the front and the back of the box are exactly the same in appearance. I am told that it is Asda '4' Battered 100% Haddock Fillets 'Shaped from pieces of fillet in golden batter' and that all the freshness is frozen in and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the best before date is clearly stated. Other information stated on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice, a full nutritional chart is shown as are cooking instructions given, the weight of the fish is also stated which in this case is 500g (for a 4 portion box and the only size I have seen) and contact details for Asda are clearly given. Nice enough box, informative enough and easy to open etc. The Fish: Inside the box and in a clear plastic bag that is easy to tear open you get 4 similar and rather large portions of battered fish. Best cooked from frozen these are advised to be cooked in the oven for 20-25 minutes and that is how I cook them and simple it is! When cooked the batter goes golden and slightly puffy and basically they look very nice and I like the way they are not all exactly the same shape and size making them not feel so shop bought type of thing. Taste wise these are terrific in my opinion for shop bought, battered fish. Sure they are never going to be as good as fresh and bought from a chippy but these really do taste great. Easy to cook and looking nice as I have just stated the batter on this is thick enough without being too hard. It is nicely seasoned and contains a little grease although they are not too greasy at all. The fish inside is of course haddock and if your familiar with the taste of haddock it tastes like that! Pure white with no skin or bones in it, it is moist and strong in flavour which goes well with the batter! Nicely seasoned and not containing loads of grease this is a very tasty and substantial bit of fish and in our opinion worth the money. Nutritional Information Per Oven-Baked Fillet: Calories: 274 Sugar: 3.5g Fat: 14.1g Saturated Fat: 1.3g Salt: 0.8g Only available in Asda priced at £2.00 a box and other varieties of fish are available to purchase for the same price from within this range.