Review: Gardein Fishless Filets

4 Nov

Once upon a time, a long time ago (read: before I had a baby) Gardein sent me a few coupons so I could review their products. Well, those coupons came and went, and I never posted a review.  At the time, I intended to do a review of the new Fish Filets, but they’re old news now. With the new Crabless Cakes and Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites, they have plenty of new offerings that there aren’t hundreds of reviews on already. (Or maybe there are, I haven’t read them!)

But, the fishless filets hold a special place in my heart and my freezer.  I grew up eating fish filets on Fridays during Lent and I loved seafood before I discovered how awful the seafood industry really is.Review: Gardein Fishless Filets

One thing I really appreciate about Gardein is that they don’t cut corners when it comes to “short on time” options. We all know that’s code for “too dang busy chasing a toddler to cook.” I usually bake these if I get a chance to, but there’s been many a day where nap time happens and I use the microwave method. True story-you can microwave them for 2 minutes and get away with eating it floppy.

Review: Gardein Fishless Filets


I obviously had to showcase my new cheddar cheese recipe and the classic veganized McDonald’s filet-o-fish was an imperative. Have I told you guys we have a view of McDonald’s from our living room window? It’s pretty classy and definitely adds to our real estate value.

Review: Gardein Fishless Filets

The filets themselves are extremely reminiscent to their omnivore counterpart. There’s a vaguely fish-y flavor to them that isn’t strong as nori, but definitely makes you think “I’m eating fish.” I’ve had a few “tofu fish” sandwiches and there’s just some things that aren’t perfectly replicated with nori and deep frying. I believe it’s the algal oil that contributes to the fish-flavor, but they probably have some other awesome secrets to the taste. The breading and texture are spot on, they even “flake” apart while you’re biting into them (assuming you don’t swallow them whole.)

I made a simple tartar sauce for the sandwich with vegan mayo (I like Just Mayo, but you can also make your own), pickle relish, dill, parsley, and a splash of vinegar.


Review: Gardein Fishless Filets


If I had a rating system, I’d give these a 9/10. The only reason they aren’t a 10/10 is due to the lack of a family-size package. We can easily polish off a bag of these in one meal and I’d love to have a package that lasts two meals instead of just one.


7 Responses to “Review: Gardein Fishless Filets”

  1. technidave November 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Great post! I love these as well. It’s amazing what Gardein can do with soy protein. I have yet to find a product of theirs that I don’t like.

    • avocadosandales November 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      I wish it was all possible in a home kitchen! I’m not a huge fan of their holiday roast, but I am very partial to Tofurkey which clouds my judgement.

      • lakane November 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

        I love Gardein’s turkey substitutes. I haven’t tried the big roast, but the small individual-serving sized ones (“Savory Stuffed Turk’y”) are delicious – as are the cutlets. But then, I think that Tofurkey tastes like dirt. 🙂

  2. Alia Whipple November 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    I really like their chicken fillets so will have to check the fish out!

    • avocadosandales November 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      They’re so much better than the chicken! I’m a big fan of beyond meat for a chicken substitute now.

  3. yhealthy2000 November 6, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    My daughter loves them. She has these and fries.


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