Back when I was a kid (cue the flashback music), fish sticks were all the rage. I loved ’em too. Tasty breaded sticks o’ fish dipped in loads of creamy tartar sauce. What’s not to love?
I’m actually a huge fan of seafood. Shrimp is probably my favorite of all, and if given the opportunity, I could probably eat my body weight in the little guys. Shrimp cocktail. Shrimp fajitas. Popcorn shrimp. Shrimp Lo Mein. You put shrimp in it, and I’ll eat it! Not to mention fried clams. Mmmmmmm…
Fish, on the other hand, I’m not a huge fan. Especially salmon. I know it’s super healthy and my wife’s always making it for us (and yes, I eat it begrudgingly), but I just don’t really love salmon or any regular ol’ fish. Stuff it with crabmeat or fry it up and I’m a big fan. But just a big grilled, poached or baked slab of fish really isn’t my thing.
I was recently given the opportunity to try out Gorton’s line of grilled products. That yellow raincoat-wearing fisherman’s an old friend of mine. I practically grew up on his fried fish products, so how could I turn him down?
Gorton’s sent me a few full-value coupons to purchase some grilled fish products (free food!), and that’s exactly what I did. Well, to be fair, that’s what Allie did, since she’s the one who usually goes food shopping.
Last night for dinner, we chowed down on Gorton’s Grilled Salmon and Italian Herb? Allie simply put the fillets on a baking sheet, tossed ’em in the oven and when ready, served them up along with some rice and baked asparagus.
I have to point out to my readers and the Gorton’s crew that this was an incredibly special meal too. For this one, my wife broke out her rice cooker! The very same rice cooker she’d been dying to have for years. The very same rice cooker I gave her for her birthday last summer. The very same rice cooker that’s been sitting in its box unopened for months…
Anyways, on to the fish!
To be fair, frozen fish is never as good as the fresh kind you get at the store. But even so, frozen fish can range from good to bland to bad.
So what’d Allie think? She really liked the salmon! Seeing as how easy it was to make, she said she’d definitely make it again.
As for me, I tried the salmon and didn’t hate it. Seriously, that’s high praise coming from me since I loathe salmon. (That is, unless it’s smoked and put on a bagel with cream cheese!) It was actually pretty good and if I had to eat salmon (i.e., my wife cooks it), I’d certainly eat it.
What about the Italian Herb? I’m more of a fan of cod, flounder or pollack. When I think of “fish” for dinner, that’s the basic kind I think of. It’s usually a bit lighter and less “fishy” tasting. This one was actually pretty good, I’ll say. I liked the herbed flavoring on top and the fish was fairly flaky too. I’m a big fan of flavor though so I added a bit of salt and pepper myself, but otherwise, I really liked it and finished off both pieces, while Allie took to the salmon.
Besides taste and convenience, one thing I noticed about Gorton’s grilled line is that they’re gluten free. I really have no clue what gluten tastes like… but I certainly didn’t miss it. I know a lot of people have gluten allergies (like my blog buddy FabGrandma!), so it’s always great to see more and more gluten-free products hitting the market.
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- 1 pair of Gorton’s-branded oven mitts
- 1 Gorton’s spatula
- An assortment of Gorton’s recipe cards
Giveaway ends on January 24, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The 1 winner will be chosen at random and announced on this site. Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia), who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The 1 Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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