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Jul 14, 2008 12:50 PM

Costco "Ultimate Fish Sticks"--yay or nay?

I'm very new to shopping at Costco. (It was my husband's idea to join, I am just going along for the ride.)

I'm down with the delicious (MSG-laden?) cheap rotisserie chickens, the fresh mozzarella, the giant cans of roasted peppers, and (most recently) the frozen salmon burgers, which I believe I first heard about here. We tried them this weekend, grilled, and they were perfectly yummy served with a delicious fresh mango salsa. They are made with wild Alaskan salmon and the ingredient list is surprisingly simple and pronounceable.

So now I am looking for more preformed frozen fish products!

Just kidding, kind of, but seriously--I am pregnant and know I should be eating (non-mercury-laden) fish, but fish in a recognizably fishlike form creeps me out a bit. (In pregnancy my tastes are reverting to my childhood preferences--scary, right?--and I HATED all fish and seafood as a child, so this is not surprising.)

So, right next to the salmon burgers in the freezer case were the "ultimate fish sticks" made of wild Alaskan pollock and claiming to be very lightly coated in panko bread crumbs.

I know there are some Costco shoppers on the boards--has anyone tried these? What is the verdict?

I would make my own tartar sauce to go with, in case that makes a difference . . .

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  1. These are great, even if they are fish sticks. My husband & I both love these fish sticks. I have some in my freezer right now even. They're really more like the adult version of the kiddie favorite because they are made with fish pieces instead of little flaky bits. I wrote about these on my blog not too long ago when I used them in fish tacos:

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    1. re: kpeterson

      Hey, great blog! Costco is my favorite store so I was very happy to find a blog that focuses on it... nice job! It's now in my bookmarks.

      1. re: kpeterson

        Sounds handy. Does anyone know if Sam's Club sells anything similar? Or is there a comparable regular grocery brand?

        1. re: kpeterson

          Gonna check out your blog again kpeterson but wanted to ask here what you think of the salmon burgers? I got a bag of them and since it is so cold here in Pa I just baked up some. They were okay but I am looking for ideas to enhance them. If I don't come up with something better tasting I've been told the salmon burgers will be eaten but not to buy another bag of them.

        2. If I could make a suggestion, the yellowfin tuna fillets are real good. Grilled is my prefered method, but when feeling a little lazy and wanting something a little more simple, fry a fillet in the skillet, shred it for tuna salad. You will never buy a can of tuna again.
          I won't suggest the Rainbow Trout fillets, as they look like fish, but I will plug them at this point.
          I'll look for the fish sticks. Sometimes quick and simple, but still quality, is essential.

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          1. re: Bobfrmia

            is yellowfin okay for pregnant women?

          2. Those were the first crispy and tasty fish sticks I've ever purchased frozen, pretty awesome!

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            1. re: cstr

              They're the only fish sticks I'll buy. They're kid food, but palatable for adults, too.

            2. Wow thanks for posting this. I am also a Costco noob. I was thinking of joining and asked my fellow hounds if I should. They gave Costco a big thumbs up and told me why and I'm having fun exploring this new world. Hounds are the best! They never steer your wrong. Heading out there today and I'll check out the sticks. And read the costco blog too. Thanks again!

              1. My kids are fish sticks eaters. Until we tried these, we'd been giving them Gorton's.These are more fish, less coating, so the jury was definitely out on whether they would eat these.

                The verdict: They ate these things. That's all that matters in our house!

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                1. re: Bob W

                  Sweet. This thread has convinced me. Heading over to Costco to buy some right now.