If you follow me over on Instagram, you might have seen that I was sent the most amazing hamper of goodies from The Saucy Fish Co. to review here on my blog. I have to say that it was really great to try out all the products and come up with lots of different family meal ideas. The response I received following the photos was really quite something, so I’ve been dying to share this full review with you!
The Saucy Fish Co. motto is maximum flavour, minimum fuss and its mission is to make fish more enjoyable for everyone bringing together great fish with super sauces and simple cooking methods. First of all we tried the smoked haddock fishcakes with a delicious vintage cheddar centre. My children absolutely love fishcakes but these were amazingly good and knocked spots off your standard old fishcakes. I was seriously impressed by just how much fish they contained and the creamy melt in the middle sauce was quite frankly to die for! They took just 20 minutes to bake in the oven and I served them with sweetstem broccoli and baby potatoes with butter and herbs. A perfect midweek dinner.
Next up we tried the terrific seasoned tuna with a sweet soy and chilli dressing from the Fish & Sauce range. You just pan fry the tuna on a medium heat for just 2-4 minutes turning once for rare or 5-8 minutes turning occasionally for medium to well done. The sauce comes in a separate pouch and can be eaten hot or cold. You just simply place the sachet in a cup of boiling water for a minute then add to the finished dish, as little or as much as you like. I served this tuna with a simple vegetable stir fry and rice noodles gently stir fried with a little sesame oil, chilli, garlic and spring onions. Now this was amazing – definitely my idea of fast food!
Next we tried the squid, king prawn and chorizo with a sherry and herb Sauce which is new to the range. This fabulous fusion comes encased in a neat reflective bag that you simply pop in the oven for just 11 minutes until the sherry butter infuses into the freshly baked seafood. No touch, no smell, no fuss! We had this with gnocchi and a simple rocket salad but actually it would be great as a simple supper served with crusty bread to mop up all that lovely sauce. This really was outstanding and had a generous amount of squid and king prawns. Plus it was ready in less time than it would take me to find a takeaway menu which is only ever a good thing!
Next up was another foil bake bag product but this time it was the turn of the smashing smoked haddock in a vintage cheddar and chive sauce. Again you just pop the foil bag in the oven for just 15 minutes and the fish is cooked to perfection and coated in the rich sauce. This really was proper comfort food and we had it with mounds of maris piper mash with double cream and cracked black pepper and braised carrots, dwarf beans and baby leeks. So so good and unbelievably easy to prepare.
Next we tried the superb salmon with chilli, lime and ginger dressing from the Fish & Sauce range. The first thing that stood out was just how generous the portions of salmon were. They can be oven cooked, grilled or pan fried then the sachet of sauce is simply reheated in a cup of hot water and you can add to taste. I served this with fluffy basmati rice, stir fried pak choi and some oyster mushrooms with chilli, garlic and sesame oil. The salmon was just so succulent it was amazing.
Last but by no means least, we had The Saucy Fish Co. Saucy Centre fishcakes but this time with salmon and a heavenly hollandaise centre. Just 20 minutes in the oven and they were cooked to oozing perfection. A lovely lunchtime treat served with rocket with a lemon dressing and British sundream tomatoes cooked on the vine with a little garlic and olive oil. Yum!
We do like fish as a family but we are definitely guilty of not eating nearly enough so it was great fun to get to try out so many products. I have to say that we enjoyed every single one of the things that we were sent to try and they will definitely be making an appearance in my shopping trolley again. I was seriously impressed by not only the quality of the fish but also the very generous portion sizes. The sauces were all perfect accompaniments and really opened my eyes to just how versatile fish can be.
This year The Saucy Fish Co. has officially been named a CoolBrand again for the second year running. The CoolBrands list, now in its thirteenth year, follows a vote by a combination of 2000 consumers and a panel of 37 designers, style experts, media personalities and prominent figures from the worlds of tv, fashion and music. Last year The Saucy Fish Co. became the first ever fish brand to make it on to the prestigious CoolBrands list. This year it remains the only fish brand in a list dominated by premium fashion and technology brands which really is quite something. Although I would have to say very well deserved!
You can find The Saucy Fish Co. in a supermarket chiller near you but for more recipe ideas, do pop along to www.thesaucyfishco.com
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was very kindly sent a hamper of goodies including The Saucy Fish Co. products shown here