McDonald’s has launched its first significant offering of the decade with Fish McBites, which are made from Alaskan Pollock caught in the wild. The Fish McBites come in bite sized pieces, and allow you to eat fish without having to catch one yourself! More than that, Fish McBites will also be part of a new Happy Meal, which means they may become popular with the kids.
We were recently invited to try out these new Fish McBites. This family does not eat a lot of fast food, but we do eat it on occasion, mostly when traveling and on the very rare occasion where we have an extremely hectic day, so we agreed to try it.
Since we observe Lent and don’t eat meat on Fridays during this season, I thought that this would be the perfect time to try these. The Fish McBites are offered in three portion sizes: snack size with 10 pieces, regular size with 15 pieces and shareable with 30 pieces. The Fish McBites happy meal comes with apple slices, French fries, a drink and seven pieces of Fish McBites.
McDonald’s is very upfront about the fact that the fish used in making Fish McBites, the Alaskan Pollock, are caught in the wild. It has also clarified that the areas where these fish are caught are classified as sustainable, so that they do not harm the species as a whole.
We ordered both the Happy Meal and the Snack size Fish McBites. The McBites look somewhat similar to Chicken McNuggets. They’re just a little rounder.
The person who took our order automatically gave us tartar sauce to go along with the Fish McBites, but we learned later on that the following dipping sauces were also available: honey mustard, hot mustard, barbecue, sweet ‘n sour, buffalo, ranch, chipotle BBQ or sweet chili .
The Fish McBites are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. As far as taste goes though, I thought these were pretty bland on their own. In fact, the only way I could eat them was with the tartar sauce. Z.E.N. dipped his in ketchup. I’m thinking that I may have enjoyed them more if I had one of the other dipping sauces like the sweet chili sauce.
I’m not sure if I would buy these again. I think If I have to go the way of fast food on no meat Fridays during Lent, I’ll stick to the Filet-o-Fish sandwich instead!
What about you? Are you interested in trying the new Fish McBites from Mcdonald’s?
Disclosure: Samples of the McDonald’s menu items mentioned in the post were provided to facilitate the review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.