Roughly seven pieces of battered fish come inside this cardboard packet from Starfish. Once you pop the box open you will see they come packaged in a non resealable plastic bag. Consider transferring them to a freezer safe box or bag once open.
Cooking: Bake or deep fry, so says the box. I’d imagine the latter makes for some seriously juicy fish, but in lieu of allowing the deep fryer back in the home, I went for the air fryer. The result is a decent finish.
Taste and texture: Good. The batter is thick and rewardingly crunchy. There’s not too intermediary mush between the batter and fish layers. The fish itself is firm, and mild. As halibut is such a lean fish, you’ll probably want to be careful not to overcook, and bring some form of extra topping: lemon or mayo or vinegar. The fillet pieces can skew a little dry on their own.
Overall: I thought the pieces were on the smaller side, and the mix of batter to fish, certainly favored the coating. Far from my favorite frozen fish, they were certainly not poor, middle of the pack I would say. We enjoyed them over a couple of meals as a fish and chips option and also then as fish tacos. They worked well in both.
Starfish Crispy Battered Halibut cooking and nutrition
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If you’re looking for a frozen piece of battered fish for your next fish and chips – this could work. The pieces are on the smaller size, and the batter is a smidge thicker than I’d prefer, but overall, very solid.
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