Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trader Joe's Oven Ready Breaded Cod Fillets

Well, 'allo guv'ner! Do I fancy these fish fillets? They're rawther lovely, I say!

I felt like I was in a British pub when we cooked up our Trader Joe's fish and chips meal last night. It consisted of these cod fillets, Trader Joe's Crinkle Wedge Potatoes, and Trader Joe's Tartar Sauce. The only thing we needed was a pint of lager, but alas, until the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania reforms their laws about liquor licenses, TJ's doesn't sell beer at any of their Keystone State we made due with Diet Pepsi.

Anyhow, I was a big fan. I like fish. But I don't like fish to taste fishy. It should be flakey, light, and soft. And that's exactly how these cod fillets were. If tuna is the chicken of the sea, then this stuff is...I dunno, turkey breast of the sea? It may not lend itself to a proper Jessica Simpson-confounding land animal metaphor, but its taste and texture make up for that, and then some.

Next, let's look at the potato wedge dealies...So technically, they're "Trader Joe's Pacific Northwest Crinkle Wedge Potatoes." The "Pacific Northwest" part doesn't really work with our British fish and chips theme, but I liked them nonetheless. I really liked them, actually. They weren't greasy at all, just crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and lots of fresh potato taste. Scrump-dilly-icious. I ate mine with ketchup, but they're fine without it, too.

Sonia mentioned a strange aftertaste from these fries that I most certainly did not experience. Maybe she has more sensitive taste buds than I do. I really can't complain about their taste at all.

And finally, we tried the Trader Joe's Tartar Sauce.

That clipper ship on the bottle sure looks like it could be headed back to Great Britain, loaded up with treasures from faraway lands. I imagine the captain of her majesty's ship kneeling down at the Queen's throne and handing her this bottle: a royal condiment for the royal fish n' chips dinner.

Now, I haven't tried many name brand tartar sauces. And if I have, I haven't taken notice of which brands they were. Tartar sauce is certainly not my favorite condiment. The only time I ever eat it is with fish fillets. But all I can say is that this is the best tartar sauce I ever remember trying. As far as I'm concerned, it is indeed suited for royalty...and slovenly middle-class American dudes that like fatty fixins on their fried fish.

So, for the Trader Joe's Oven Ready Breaded Cod Fillets: I give them a 4.5 out of 5. Sonia gives them a 4. Bottom line: 8.5 out of 10.

As for the Trader Joe's Pacific Northwest Crinkle Wedge Potatoes, I give them a 4.5 out of 5. Sonia gives them a 3.5. Bottom line: 8 out of 10.

And the Trader Joe's Tartar Sauce gets a 5 out of 5 from me. Sonia gives it a 4. Bottom line: 9 out of 10.


  1. Did the fish with TJ tots and organic broccoli. Pretty solid meal! High quality frozen fish.

  2. We picked up the cod fillets and TJ's jalapeno tartar sauce. Out of this fricken' world! We baked the fish, smeared the spicy sauce on whole-wheat buns and had our own little Fillet O' Fish sandwiches. Yum.

  3. Something you've missed, the cod fillets in the ginger sauce. Seriously the best fish in the world!

  4. We always stock up on this fish because it is so good. Haven't tried the potatoes or the tarter sauce but will now. We usually do the fish with TJs tator tots. Yum!

  5. We served them last night with TJs Handsome Fries, really tasty!

  6. 'Allo Guv'ner'
    Found some hidden in my freezer, i'm guessing at least a good 6 mos. So i thought what the hell, let's give these boys a shot...just wish I had some of that tartar sauce!

  7. Awesome and I am not a regular fish or seafood person but outside of freshman fish this is a great tasting option. I opted for roasted potatoes and green beans and used peppercorn ranch as a dressing. Love it.

  8. These really are delicious both in flavor and texture. Very light and so fresh tasting. It's hard to believe they are frozen. They are yummy with just freshly squeezed lemon juice.