Review of Great Value Crispy Battered Fish Fillets

My wife needed to pick up a couple things at Wal-mart Friday afternoon and, while she was there, I asked her to pick up some frozen fish for dinner. She did that and one of the items she ended up picking up was a box of Great Value Crispy Battered Fish Fillets.

We've purchased this product before. However, it had been a while since we had this particular brand (I usually try to avoid shopping at Wal-mart when possible) and I couldn't remember much about it. After having it again Friday night, my overall opinion of it was mixed.

Since she purchased this brand primarily on price, my overall expectations were lowered when I ended up preparing the fillets in the oven. As it turns out, the fillets met those expectations but, unfortunately, there wasn't anything about them that really exceeded them.

As far as taste goes, they were OK. They weren't the worst frozen fish fillets I've ever eaten and, to be fair, they weren't dripping with grease (as has been the case with other bargain brands). But, there really wasn't anything special about the taste either. The breading was kind of bland and it was pretty obvious this was processed fish.

I also thought the box was misleading when it referred to these as "crispy" fillets. I kept these in the oven longer than the instructions called for and they weren't even remotely crispy. Since I wasn't really expecting them to be (it's not the first time a box has lied to me) I guess I technically can't say I was disappointed. But, it would have loved to see the fillets surprise me in this category.

I apparently wasn't the only one who was unimpressed with this product. Normally, we can buy a box of fish fillets like this and there won't be any left (everyone loves fish in my house). This time, we had about half the fillets leftover.

As a result of this, I would only recommend this product if you are on a tight budget and it is significantly less than other brands. You only get your money's worth with this brand, nothing more.

My Grade: C


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