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

butterfat Jul 14, 2008 12:50 PM

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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    kpeterson RE: butterfat Jul 14, 2008 02:59 PM

    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: http://addictedtocostco.com/2008/04/0...

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      monkuboy RE: kpeterson Jul 14, 2008 08:21 PM

      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.

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        Emm RE: kpeterson Nov 7, 2008 10:43 AM

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

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          givemecarbs RE: kpeterson Nov 23, 2008 02:44 PM

          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.

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          Bobfrmia RE: butterfat Jul 14, 2008 08:00 PM

          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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            enbell RE: Bobfrmia Jul 14, 2008 08:26 PM

            is yellowfin okay for pregnant women?

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              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: enbell Jul 16, 2008 01:01 AM

              Small doses are OK. Here's a handy-dandy article for you:


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            cstr RE: butterfat Jul 16, 2008 07:50 AM

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

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              wondertrev RE: cstr Nov 6, 2008 03:08 AM

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

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              givemecarbs RE: butterfat Nov 6, 2008 10:17 AM

              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. Bob W RE: butterfat Nov 7, 2008 06:27 AM

                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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                  givemecarbs RE: Bob W Nov 8, 2008 11:10 AM

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

                2. monkuboy RE: butterfat Nov 8, 2008 12:22 PM

                  I was at the Azusa store this morning.. I didn't even see these fishsticks. In fact I didn't see any fishsticks of any brand so maybe I wasn't looking hard enough. Are they pretty common at Costco?

                  1. alanbarnes RE: butterfat Nov 8, 2008 01:17 PM

                    Another "yay."

                    They're very good, or so my daughters claim. I refuse to eat them, since fish sticks are kid food. Of course occasional quality control is necessary, so now the girls always put a few extras in the oven to account for shrinkage. But I don't eat them. Really.

                    Monkuboy - they're in a big resealable bag; the front is green and white. The brand is Trident Seafood. Don't know about Azusa, but they're almost always available here in NorCal.

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                      Chookalish RE: butterfat Nov 10, 2008 08:44 PM

                      Thumbs up to these fish sticks- I've been an fish stick addict since childhood, and these are amongst my favorites.

                      However, just a few weeks ago, we found something similar at Costco that our kids like even better. In the fresh fish section, we bought some breaded tilapia fillets and the kids just absolutely devoured them. We've gone through a big package of these fillets weekly . My kids call them "grown up fish sticks."

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                        BellaDonna RE: Chookalish Nov 13, 2008 06:15 PM

                        We bought some of these. Higher quality than most leading fish sticks and tastes better. The only problem is that it's such a huge bag.

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                          givemecarbs RE: Chookalish Nov 23, 2008 02:41 PM

                          Chookalish I tried the tilapia filets a few days ago and liked them too. I fried them for my first attempt but then figured out they taste better just baked even though the breading was not as golden or crunch. I have a gas oven so no good broiler.

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