We’ve eaten the various incarnations of these Mrs. Paul’s Crunchy Fish Fillets for the past thirty-five years, and these breaded fillets are perhaps the oldest in the entire product line, and still taste great to this day. They haven’t changed much, except for the packaging. Hot sauce still works well on this traditional suppertime main course.
Benefits, Advantages, Pros, and Features
- These breaded, crunchy fish fillets from Mrs. Paul’s have a pleasant, not-too-fishy flavor.
- Their box can be re closed with built-in tabs that fit into slots on the top flap.
- The crunchy fish fillets themselves are packed in a re close-able plastic bag for freshness.
- These Mrs. Paul’s fillets are 100% Alaska Pollock fish, and no fillers. Alaska Pollock is a meek-tasting yet full-bodied fish (at least, as full-bodied as whitefish can be anyhow). So it accepts flavoring spices well without dominating the dish.
- This breaded fish has lots of good-for-the-heart omega-3 fatty acids.
- These Mrs. Paul’s breaded fish fillets absorb lots of Frank’s hot sauce; my favorite topping to drench over them.
- I follow the twenty-eight to thirty minutes in the oven at 425 degrees instructions on the box. This always yields very hot, quite crunchy, and golden brown fish fillets.
- While baking, the fish fillets give off a mouth-watering aroma, so that when they’re finally ready to eat, I’m really anxious to devour them. This aromatic preamble makes actually eating them even more of a delectable treat.
Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns
- Each serving (two small fillets) has 250 calories. Yet I must eat three or four servings to really feel full and fulfilled. The breading no doubt add lots of extra calories.
- Mrs. Paul’s makes the breading from enriched flour. I’d prefer that they use all whole grains in their seasoned coatings.The flour they apply appears to be bleached, though it does not say bleached on the box.
- These Mrs. Paul’s fillets are a bit high on the saturated fat content (5 grams per serving). I’d rather eat things with 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 fish fillets definitely qualify as one of those “dreaded” processed dishes.
- There’s no indication on the box that these Mrs. Paul’s fish fillets have been tested for mercury. That would be reassuring, given the concern these days over heavy metals in the food supply. But I’ve eaten these for so long now without discernible ill effects, that I’m not really worried about mercury in my fish.
- These frozen fish fillets do not heat up well in the microwave. In fact, the box does not recommend microwave preparation. But an ability to “nuke” them would shorten preparation time significantly.
Though they could be better if prepared without the white flour and sugar, they’re good eating nonetheless so long as you don’t gorge on them too often. Over all, I truly love the flavor of Mrs. Paul’s Breaded Fish Fillets. They cost little, are pretty easy to prepare, taste delicious, and are on the whole quite good for you. So I’d highly recommend them to anyone who is hungry for the taste of good fish. If you’re a fish lover as I am, you be quite pleased with the meals in which you serve these Mrs. Paul’s Breaded Fish Fillets. I’d rate this fish item at 93 out of 100.
Where to Buy Mrs. Paul’s Crunchy Fish Fillets
Mrs. Paul’s frozen fish products are available at most small and large grocery outlets. look for them in the lime green box.
- : Moved this post to the Tom’s Diet Quest blog, added whitespace, adjusted ad placement, and tweaked the content.
- 2011-06-02: Originally published.