Aldi carries an array of Regular Buy fish selections, ranging from salmon to tilapia to shrimp to breaded fish sticks. The store occasionally rolls out Special Buy items such as this Specially Selected Top Crusted Flounder with coconut.
This fish comes in a box in the freezer and is advertised as “sweet lean flounder fillets topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, coconut flakes, mango, papaya, and cilantro.”
A closer look at the ingredients list shows a lot of added ingredients, including some preservatives and a small amount of high fructose corn syrup, so this may not be the healthiest option for your dinner. If you’re trying to get some fish into your diet, though, this isn’t a bad option, and it certainly tastes good. I don’t like fish that has too much of a “fishy” taste, and these flounder fillets are perfect in that regard.
On a healthier note, because Aldi has pledged to remove artificial dyes from its own brands, this fish gets its color from natural ingredients such as fruit and vegetable juice and paprika.
The box features a seal indicating it contains “certified sustainable seafood.” The box also indicates the fish is manufactured in the U.S. and is wild caught. For those interested, the fish’s scientific name is Limanda Aspera, found in the Northeast Pacific and caught using the trawl method.
Inside the box are four skinless fish fillets with a bready coating. To prepare, place your oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place frozen fish in a single layer on a shallow baking pan. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
Aldi’s Special Buy Specially Selected Top Crusted Flounder with coconut is a tasty choice if you’re trying to eat more fish. These have good flavor and don’t have a strong “fishy” taste. With a long ingredients list that includes preservatives, these may not be as healthy as the plain fish fillets Aldi sells among its Regular Buy items, but these are probably okay to eat occasionally.