We don’t eat a ton of fish in our house (other than going out to the occasional fish fry); mostly because it is hard to find a brand of fish around here that offers quality without costing too much money (I could always go fishing and catch my own, but I really don’t have the time to do that).
However, the other day I was doing some shopping and happened to come across some Whiting Fillets from the brand Fishin’. I had never heard of this brand before and wasn’t really sure what to expect from it. But, it was just $5 for 8 fillets so I figured it was worth picking up a box just to give them a try.
I had planned on making them for a homemade Friday night fish fry. But, because of time constraints, ended up making it Saturday instead. I can’t say it was the best fish I have ever had. But, considering the low price, it did exceed expectations.
The one thing I absolutely loved about this fish was the fact these were true fillets; not fake fillets made from minced fish. They were so large, I could only fit four of them on the pan I took out and, even then, I had to work to arrange them. And, even though my wife and I only made four of these (two for each of us); we still had two leftover when we were done.
Taste wise, I think I would describe these fillets as being a bit bland. The breading lacked any real seasoning to it and, at very least, could have been improved drastically with a bit of salt or pepper (or both). However, I will say the breading did end up being much crunchier than expected. At least in that category, I would rate it as high as some of the more expensive brands.
The one thing that was a bit of a turnoff for both my wife and me when it came to this product was the decision to leave the skin on the fillets. I don’t eat a lot of whiting so this might be a common practice when it comes to this type of fish. But, it isn’t something we are used to with frozen fish and seeing those silver scales did affect our appetite a little bit.
Overall though, I would say this wasn’t a bad purchase. There are things that could obviously be improved and, as I said before, it was definitely not the best brand of frozen fish I have purchased. But, given the low price, it did prove to be an excellent value brand that is worth buying if you are looking for a cheaper brand of frozen fish.