What would you say if I told you that affordable, frozen, gluten-free crispy battered fish entrees are available nationwide in your grocer’s freezer case? Just last night in the grocery store, I, for one, almost fell over when my gluten-mongering husband-type unit blurted “Look Honey, gluten-free!” and held up a box of Oven Ready Gluten-Free Cod by Starfish. There were also boxes of Haddock and Halibut available. The cod was priced under $5.00 for a 10 ounce box, so we decided to try that.
Now, you need to understand that in our current apartment, we have an extremely old gas stove, so the results may differ with a newer and/or electric one.
We raced home and popped them in the oven. 14 minutes later, out they came. On the box it states there are 3 servings – we felt it was more like 2 – which is what we were expecting anyway, so that is not a criticism by any means. One side was a golden brown, the other side paler, again, I believe, due to the old gas stove.
These golden medallions of batter-encased fish were crispy on the outside for certain! The inside was a little doughy, but no more than a tempura-style batter. The fish was somewhat flaky – definitely not spongy. No grit, no strange taste and no mush: they had a buttery flavor that even the non-Celiac at the table enjoyed.
This product is peanut-free, soy-free, milk-free, egg-free, wheat-free and has 0 grams of trans fats. I thought the pricing was reasonable – and these products are available nationwide at your Whole Foods store, or at smaller local venues on the West coast.
If you’ve been missing fried foods – here is your fix! Enjoy.
More information is available about Starfish and their gluten-free fish entrees at www.star-fish.com.
© 2009 K. S. Brooks, Gluten-Free Gusto