I had a double take moment when I added these to my grocery cart. This packet of fish sticks from Gorton’s was North of the $10 mark at my local Kroger. Inflation in action I suppose, but wow, I never thought I’d see the day. Here fifteen frozen cod fish sticks come packaged in a cardboard box – it cannot be resealed once opened – so you might want to transfer to something freezer safe.
Cooking: The packaging lists only the oven as cooking method. As ever I reached for the air fryer – the perfect tool for this job.
Taste and texture: Texturally these hit the mark, at least air fried. The exterior casing has a pleasing crisp and crunch, yielding to soft white fish inside. There’s little mushiness… but… there’s little fish or flavor either. The cod content is overwhelmed by the breading, and the flavor of the fish is completely lost. This may or may not be a good thing for you. Loaded up onto a toasted bun, with crisp fresh lettuce, tartar and a little hot sauce – they made for a solid lunch.
Overall: A so-so product. I’ve experienced many a fish stick far worse than this, gummy messes shrouded in breadcrumbs – these don’t fall down that trap thankfully. I’d probably have to rate them as merely average, given the overall lack of any real cod flavor. Trident’s Ultimate Fish Stick product is still hands down the winner in this category overall if you’re looking for THE best fish stick around.
Gorton’s Cod Fish Sticks nutrition and cooking
Are Gorton's Cod Fish Sticks any good?
A middle of the road product. They won’t knock your socks off, nor will they disappoint with mushy watery interior either. There are better fish sticks around though for sure.
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