We tried these Gorton’s Garlic and Herb Crunchy Breaded Fish Fillets. They’re a bit “herby” and did not bake up to be very crunchy, at least when the included baking directions were followed. But hey, perhaps our oven thermostat is off a bit. We liked the taste and texture overall, and got the crunch we were after, just by adding several minutes to the baking time.
Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features
- These breaded fish fillets definitely had a pleasant yet mild garlic flavor, that was not strong enough to give me garlic breath (that I know of).
- The box says that these fillets have been tested for mercury and contain none. That’s reassuring, as I like to eat these at least a couple times throughout the month.
- These Gorton’s fillets have no fillers, and the 100% fish they used is Alaska Pollock. This is a mild-tasting fish that accepts flavoring spices well.
- They have lots of omega-3 fatty acids that are great for the heart.
- These Gorton’s breaded fish fillets absorb lots of hot sauce; my favorite condiment for them.
- They emit a mouth-watering aroma while baking, so that by the time they’re ready to eat, I’m really chomping at the bit to devour them. This makes actually eating these fish fillets all that much more pleasing.
Disadvantages, Cons, Concerns, and Problems
- Each serving (two small fillets) has 260 calories. Yet I must eat three or four servings to really feel full and fulfilled. The breading seems to add lots of extra calories.
- I follow the twenty minutes in the oven at 425 degrees instructions on the box. But this does not produce very crunch fish fillets. In fact, the ones I had last night were rather soggy. But a few minutes longer in the oven dries them up a bit more.
- Gorton makes the breading from bleached, enriched flour. I’d prefer that they use all whole grains in their seasoned coatings.
- These Gorton’s fillets are a bit high on the saturated fat content (4 grams per serving). I prefer eating things with virtually no saturated fat. But that’s probably more than offset by the omega-3s also contained within.
- They also have added sugar and preservatives. So these fillets definitely qualify as one of those “dreaded” processed foods.
- Nor do these fillets come in a re closeable plastic bag to prevent freezer burn and strange tastes from entering them. I’ve seen other Gorton’s products that do ship in re sealable plastic bags. But as of this writing, our local Walmart store only carries the boxed version of this product.
We liked Gorton’s Garlic and Herb Crunchy Breaded Fish Fillets. They’re inexpensive, taste great, and are on the whole, pretty good for you. Though they could be healthier if made without the sugar and white flour, they’re decent eating nonetheless, so long as you don’t eat too much, too often. So check them out. If you’re a fish fan as am I, you won’t be sorry. I’d rate this fish product at 84 out of 100.
Where to Buy Gorton’s Garlic and Herb Crunchy Breaded Fish Fillets
We got ours at Walmart, but have seen them in many medium-sized and larger grocery stores too. Look for the signature bright yellow box with the well-established-looking fisherman on it.
- Fish Fillet on Wikipedia
- Garlic on Wikipedia
- Gorton’s Seafood Website
- Where to Buy Gorton’s Garlic and Herb Crunchy Breaded Fish Fillets
- : Moved this post to the Tom’s Diet Quest blog, added whitespace, adjusted ad placement, and tweaked the content.
- 2011-06-02: Originally published.