McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

Review of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

What they say:

Delicious white fish fillet coated in breadcrumbs with cheese and tangy tartare sauce.

Price: £2.79.

Calories: 329 kcal.

Hands-up if you have ever tried the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

No? Me neither…

Yes, after approximately 35 years of eating at McDonald’s, I must confess I have never tried the Filet-O-Fish and I bet I am not alone.

But why the aversion? I’ve certainly eaten the odd fish finger in my time and I bet the white fish fillet isn’t a million miles apart.

McDonald's Filet-O-Fish Review

It’s probably that tangy tartare sauce that has always put me off. That, and the fact you’ve got a whole host of beef and chicken options which would normally be my first choice. Except today…

According to Wikipedia, the Filet-O-Fish was created by a McDonald’s franchise owner in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1962.

Apparently, the area where the restaurant was based, had a large Catholic population who did not eat meat on Fridays and thus… the Filet-O-Fish was born.

Priced at an astonishingly reasonable £2.79 and clocking in at a respectable 329 calories I was intrigued by my first foray into McD’s fish sandwich territory.

The Fillet-O-Fish comes in its own box (pictured above) like the Big Mac or Quarter Pounder. I guess I was expecting it to come in a wrap similar to items on the Saver Menu due to the budget price.

And it might be a budget price but the quality is pretty good.

McDonald's Filet-O-Fish Review

Presentation-wise it looks alright. The appearance isn’t the most desirable of burgers on the McDonald’s menu, but for the price I can’t complain. And yes, it does only come with ½ a slice of cheese.

The bun is the same (I think) as you’ll find on the standard Hamburger or Cheeseburger except it is steamed not toasted – pretty no frills but soft, squidgy and fresh.

In my opinion, it’s quite respectable. The Filet-O-Fish has a semi-crispy, golden breadcrumb coating… and the firm, white fish housed within is surprisingly good.

The fish McDonald’s use on the Filet, is filleted Hoki fish – sourced from Marine Stewardship Council sustainable fisheries, according to their website.

If the quality of this is anything to go by, I would love to see the Ebi (prawn/shrimp) variety of burgers from the Far East here in the UK.

McDonald's Filet-O-Fish Review

After years of saying “ugh” whenever mentioned, the tartare sauce is especially commendable. It contains mini pieces of onion and gherkin mixed into it, which gives it an additional tang and because of this, not too dissimilar to the Big Mac Sauce.

I was pleasantly surprised all-round and priced at only £2.79 and 329 kcal it’s good for non-meat eaters and calorie counters alike. I’m neither, and after my experience today I would have it again.

McDonald's Filet-O-Fish Review

My only negative points refer to the dryness around the edges and I don’t understand why there is only half a cheese slice (and some of that was melted onto the box).

All-in-all, the Filet-O-Fish is a reasonable burger for those on a budget, or looking for a change from the beef and/or chicken norm – even if you only regard it as a slightly pimped fish finger sandwich.

I can’t believe it is only now that I have tried the Filet-O-Fish for the very first time – it’s certainly changed my perception of an item that first appeared on a McDonald’s menu over 50 years ago.

Burger Lad®


Filet-O-Fish variations around the world:

Hawaii & Fish France
Double Mac Fish Israel
Royal Filet-O-Fish Netherlands
Double Filet-O-Fish Various
Nacho Cheese Filet-O-Fish Singapore
Tangy Sesame Filet-O-Fish Singapore
Tangy Filet-O-Fish Singapore
Wasabi Filet-O-Fish Hong Kong
Double Wasabi Filet-O-Fish Hong Kong
Ebi Filet-O Japan
Sakana Supreme Hong Kong
Wasabi Sakana SupremeHong Kong
Old Bay Filet-O-FishUSA
Filet MacSouth Korea
Thousand Island Filet-O-Fish Singapore
Premium FishPuerto Rico




6.5 /10


5.5 /10


8.5 /10


  • Price
  • Decent fish
  • Good sauce


  • Half a cheese slice

6 thoughts on “McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

  • 12th February 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Just curious as to why you expected the fillet-o-fish to come in a wrap due to “budget price” when a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder are the same price when purchased alone?

  • 13th February 2017 at 4:23 pm

    The fillet o fish was the first thing I ever ate from McDonald’s back in about 1993. To me it represents the brand and is the nicest thing they sell. The steamed bun, when fresh and warm, can’t be beaten. I don’t eat meat so I always miss out on the specials as they always contain beef, chicken and pork. Maybe you could tell someone at McDonald’s to release a special fish burger one day.

  • 14th February 2017 at 12:53 am

    How freshly cooked was the fish?

    I am put off slow selling products if there is a chance that they were cooked some time ago and kept in hot holding. Fried fish is at its best when it has just been cooked.

    I know that in new style resturants it will have been assembled to order however this does not mean that the fish will be fresh.

    • 24th February 2017 at 8:58 pm

      The fish are cooked 2/3 at a time. And as soon as they come out of the fryer and placed in a tray, there is a timer for about 10/15 mins and the trays are kept in a heated transfer bin. Therefore, when the timer go off, the fish products have to be thrown away as it is not warm and for hygiene reason too.

  • 12th March 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I love the Fillet O Fish, been having them for years, especially when I’m too late for the breakfast menu, just seems right. Half cheese is correct, it is fish after all so that should be the predominant flavour, however I would like to see more tarter sauce personally. Vinegar is a good addition too if you have some to hand.

  • 8th January 2018 at 1:59 am

    Young readers will never know how great tasting the original file o fish sandwich was at McDonald’s. Of course they used good tasting cod back then. Today they are overpriced and tasty at all. Pollock will never be as good as cod.


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