Introducing the new Gluten-Free Rice Crusted Fish line by Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods consisting of all natural Fish Fillets, Fish Sticks and Fishies. All three products are certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG), and are also certified Kosher.
Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods is a family-owned company, founded by Dr. Peter Praeger, a New Jersey cardiothoracic surgeon, and his medical partner, Dr. Eric Somberg. The company is dedicated to providing a healthier line of frozen, all natural, vegetarian, vegan, kosher and gluten-free products. Simple ingredients are used and no artificial flavors, colors, junk fillers or preservatives are added. I’ve been a fan of Dr. Praeger’s Gluten-Free California Veggie Burger’s since reviewing them a while back, so I was looking forward to sampling more of their Gluten-Free products!
Dr. Praeger’s switched from using a potato crust to a more crunchy rice crust for their new Gluten-Free fish line (which do not contain wheat, barley, rye, bran or oats). I was sent a box each of the Fish Sticks and Fishies (the Fishies are from their Kid’s line) to sample for the purpose of this Review.
I baked the Fish Sticks and Fishies in the oven, which was the recommended method of
cooking, but if short on time you can also cook them in the microwave or via stovetop skillet. Be sure they are fully cooked for food safety, but keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking. The result was lightly browned, crispy, crunchy outer crusts with just the right amount of flavor, without being overly salty. The Fish Sticks contain a layer of whole Pollack while the Fishies’ Pollack filling is minced which may appeal to finicky kids who don’t like to bite into an actual piece of fish, but are still reaping the Omega-3 nutritional benefits! When I set the pan on the countertop, I was surprised by how fresh the Fish Sticks in particular smelled. Certainly not an overwhelming fishy odor, just a subtle smell of … freshness! I’d say this is pretty unique for a frozen product and a testament to the good quality wild caught fish used. (Tip: Be careful when lifting the “sticks” out of the pan to your serving dish, as they are fragile, and you’ll want to avoid the coating from falling off. I used a spatula.)
Both the Fish Sticks and Fishies were delicious! The first time I made (& enjoyed!) them for myself. Later in the week, I prepared them again for my non-Gluten-Free teens, and they also loved them. I’m always on the lookout for new Gluten-Free products that both my kids and I can enjoy (cutting down on the gluten-filled products entering my home). I’m looking forward to trying out the Rice Crusted Fish Fillets next.
Fish Stick ingredients: Pollock fillets (wild), rice crust (rice flour, whole amaranth flour, yellow corn meal, corn starch, salt, dextrose, raisin juice concentrate, honey, expeller pressed canola oil, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast extract, spice), expeller pressed canola oil.
So glad to see they are free of preservatives!
Fishie Ingredients: Minced Alaskan Pollock (wild), rice crust (rice flour, whole amaranth flour, yellow corn meal, corn starch, salt, dextrose, raisin juice concentrate, honey, expeller pressed canola oil, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast extract, spice), potato flakes, potatoes, expeller pressed canola oil, salt, garlic, brown sugar, black pepper.
Dr. Praeger’s Gluten-Free Rice Crusted Fish Sticks sell for $5.99 a box and the Fishies are $4.99. Look for them throughout the US in the frozen section at select grocery and natural food stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Costco and hopefully your favorite local market.
Check out the entire certified Gluten-Free line by Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods’ products here.
Note: Dr. Praeger’s Gluten-Free products are made in a facility that also contains wheat (soy, milk, eggs & fish). However, the company is committed to keeping it’s celiac, gluten sensitive and wheat allergy consumers safe by taking steps to avoid cross-contamination during manufacturing processing. They have also taken an important safety step by having their Gluten-Free products certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG). As Dr. Praeger’s also offers products made with wheat, be careful when making your GF selection. Look for the “Gluten-Free” Label, usually in red.
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CeliacCorner partnered with Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods to help spread the word about their new Gluten-Free Rice Crusted Fish line. The opinions reflected above are my own and have not been influenced in any way … Paula, CeliacCorner