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Fish McBites – Is The Latest Item On McDonald’s Menu A Good Catch?

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.

McDonald's Fish McBites Snack size

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.

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McDonald's Fish McBites

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.

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  • I didn’t even know McDonald’s was doing the fish bites! But, I’m not sure if I’d do them. I mean, if I”m going with fish, I want a fillet in a sandwich. Not little bites. But I can see them being good for kids; but I think they need a bit more flavor.

  • I haven’t tried these yet, but I’m pretty sure that we won’t be trying them. My daughter hates fish, and the boys only eat it when I make it, no special requests lol

  • You all go ahead and eat that fish from Alaskan waters where all the radiated stuff is beaching. You don’t think that radiation is in that fish, you eat it and tell us in a few years.

  • I was thinking maybe the kids would eat them since they resemble chicken nuggets, but they probably wouldn’t go for it. I don’t think I would eat these either and would most definitely stick with the chicken sandwich too.

    • Yeah, not all kids will go for these. I was actually surprised that Z.E.N. was willing to try them. He’s not very adventurous when it comes to food.

  • Like you I have fast food once in a while when we’re on the road or in a rush. I have seen ads for these and was interested in trying them out – probably on Friday as we observe Lent, too. I’m going to try the Sweet Chili sauce.

  • We actually love them! lol Andre orders them instead of the chicken now. I think for a quick snack they are okay.

  • I rarely eat fast food, but I haven’t eaten at a McDonald’s in over 15yrs. I decided as a kid to stop eating it and don’t intend to ever eat there again. So I don’t being trying their Fish McBites, if I want something like that, I’ll make a recipe for it at home. It’ll be healthier anyhow, plus I would use Cod…more nutrients in that.