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Highliner frozen fillets: a silk purse from a sow's ear???

Was dreaming about fish tacos on the way home tonight and wondered what the most economical way was to make them on a regular basis... Sure there are a lot of wonderful, pricey fish mongers out there, and I appreciate that, but I'm looking for low budget suggestions for easy weeknight meals and lunches... something like those frozen bricks of Highliner fish.... something I can marinade and create some magic with... Is this possible? Yes? No?

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  1. Those things are so soggy and full of water when they thaw that I doubt you'd have much luck.
    I'd try fresh Tilapia or frozen basa filets if you're looking for something economical.

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    1. re: hal2010

      yeah i have no idea how much these things cost because they seem gross but tilapia can't really be much more expensive and will be not out of a box

      1. re: hal2010

        Hey hal2010... I would agree with you about the tilapia, but tilapia scares me re: the whole Asian fish farming thing. Maybe I'm being naive, but I try to only purchase Canadian fish or high quality fish, but I was hoping that I could find a happy medium in this endeavour... I go to a great Asian supermarket weekly that has the live fish tank, but those live fish freak me out - where have they been??????? Am I being paranoid?

      2. Moimoi, I've done that just last week, but I used cheap 'sole' which was in individually wrapped fillets. I've used fresh haddock and cod and it's very good, but for a quick, cheap version, the sole was just fine. Mine was super-cheap--$10 for like 2 lbs from NoFrills. The bag served 8+ people. I used this recipe from CH. I always use this recipe as the slaw is outstanding, especially with purple cabbage and probably more lime than is called for. http://www.chow.com/recipes/29193-bas...

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        1. re: Yongeman

          Which brand of "sole" Yongeman? I have trepidatiously purchased "fresh" cod from my favourite Asian supermarket, but as you may note in my responses, I'm a bit weirded-out about Asian farm fishing and what goes on in those farms. Eeek.

        2. The PC salmon filets are pretty good. Not soggy, pretty meaty fish pieces. There are typically 6 pieces in a box, for $11.49.

          I've never made fish tacos them, but after a very long day at work, those babies are ready in 22minutes, and with a side salad, they make a reasonable dinner. Not at all gourmet, not even Chow-worthy, but very practical.

          1. One reliable type of frozen fish, any variety, is IQF on the package (individually quick frozen). The best will be processed at sea, and more expensive than IQF's from China. Trident IQF halibut from Alaska is a good product, and they have salmon and sable as well. Not the cheapest, which are hit and miss, but very handy to keep frozen for up to six months.

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            1. re: jayt90

              that Trident fish is my go to as well - their halibut is quite good actually especially for frozen, as is the Tilapia. I buy big boxes from costco, then the fresh shells (alba lisa?) and mad mexican stuff from Rowe's and it's bloody great.

              1. If you belong to Costco, they have packages of IQF cod or halibut that would work well and are also very cost-effective.