Specially Selected Top Crusted Flounder

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.

The Verdict:

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.

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About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at rachaelsjohnston.com.

11 Comments

  1. Gross !!! Soo disappointed .

    • Me and my husband love these…they are nice and crunchy on top and have a nice flavor. I usually top mine with salsa.. it’s an easy quick meal.

  2. I enjoyed them. Instead of 375° 15-17mins I heated them @ 400° for 20mins and they came out crisper on top and juicy in the middle. Thanks for the review.

  3. Loved the Tortilla Top Crusted Flounder. I tried it. Loved it and went back to Aldi to buy everything left in the freezer. I know, that’s rude…but it was sooo good. Would love to be able to buy this again!

    • Cannot blame you…I tried to do the same thing because I loved them so much, but have not seen them again in our Texas Aldi stores

  4. Love these put in air fryer

  5. Love these ….. However they don’t always have them … When you see them stock up ..

  6. Cathleen Hutchinson

    Why can’t they keep these as a regular item?

  7. When will they more of the coconut flounder in the stores. I have been searching and no has it. Thanks

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