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Aug 28, 2009 03:58 PM

Decent Pre-Cooked Frozen Fish

I recently discovered the "Battered Halibut" from TJs and have to say I'm impressed. It's always out of stock, so I'm not the only one. These are not the fish sticks of old that I remember, totally edible. Are there any other decent fish products out there as easy to cook out of the freezer? I'm guessing it would have to be fried, fish is hard enough to eat as is.

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  1. The trident brand fish sticks from Costco are excellent! Light, sweet, not oily but crunchy and flavorul - we eat them plain or use them for a quick fish taco.

    It's a large bag, but they last well in teh freezer and you'll go through them before you know it : )

    1. The TJ's halibut leapt to mind when I saw the title of this post in the Latest Topics box. Halibut is one of my favorites but I don't often see it at the fresh fish counter. I actually don't mind the Gorton's batter-dipped fish fillet's, either - the triangular-ish ones. But I love fish and never have considered it "hard" to eat. I usually bake it topped with shredded vegetables mixed with teriyaki sauce, or make fish chowders.

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      1. re: greygarious

        Me too, greygarious. I try to keep the TJ's halibut on hand for mock Filet o Fish sandwiches. Even my husband, who used to work at a seafood market and is psychotically picky about fish, for once didn't turn up his nose at fish that I bought!

        Bake 'em, dmd_kc, till they're GBD and they do get nice and crunchy, without that gooey batter thing. The fish has been uniformly good too, sweet and fresh tasting.

      2. The flavor of still-wet/uncooked batter inside a crunchy veil of fried coating, reheated in the oven, on a fish stick is one of those deeply unappealing memories from my school-lunch childhood. I've always absolutely hated fish sticks because of that.

        Do you bake these TJs products and get an acceptable result? That would shock me!

        However, fish is hands-down my favorite kind of animal protein, so I may be coming at this from a different place than you, who find fish hard to eat.

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        1. re: dmd_kc

          The TJ Halibut is very edible and worth a try if you haven't had it, for sure. In my neck of the woods (DC area), the most accessible fish, for me at least, is what is offered in the supermarket chains and is absolutely unappealing. Salmon shouldn't be brown. I would take the TJ sticks over most everything available there. My nearest good alternative is the fish section of a larger ethnic market, but that requires a trip just for that. Coupled with the perishable nature of the product and the attention required during cooking (being unforgiving for a bit of under or overcooking, unlike meat), fish just isn't working for me except as an occasional treat. A good, out of the freezer product would. I'm not even caring much for the flash frozen fish fillets from TJs, just can't compare with how it should be. The TJ halibut is, in my opinion, a better fish choice than even that. I'm looking for more of the same.

        2. Haven't tried the halibut but we occasionally get the panko breaded tilapia from TJs, and we find this does pretty well. It certainly isn't the height of seafood preparation or anything, that's for sure, but it's satisfying in its way. Cooking fish in our house has been a disaster despite many many tries; this is about the closest we can get. Based on this we'll perhaps check out the halibut next TJs run. (It's not on the way anywhere else, so we only go over there every 2-3 weeks.)