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Box of frozen High Liner Tortilla Crusted Tilapia
Frozen Tortilla Crusted Tilapia from Costco
Plate of cooked Tortilla Crusted Tilapia from Costco

This tortilla crusted tilapia from Costco has become one of our quick, go-to meals when we can't figure out what to eat. We cook it using the conventional oven instructions. The instructions say to cook them at 425 degrees F for 10-13 minutes, but we usually cook it for 14 or 15 minutes so the crust is crispy and the fish never gets mushy. One thing that makes this different than other frozen breaded/crusted fishes I've had is that only one side is crusted. It makes it easier to cook because there's no flipping midway.

The tilapia comes out flaky on the inside and crunchy on the outside. It has a nice and savory, well-seasoned Mexican food taste to it, and it has a little bit of spice, as well. Sometimes I wrap one in a soft flour tortilla and eat it as a fish taco -- and it tastes great that way, too. I really enjoy the taste of these, and I'm reminded how delicious they are every time I have one!

Overall Rating:
Delicious
Food: High Liner: Tortilla Crusted Tilapia
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Delicious

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Box of Trident Seafood''s Panko Breaded Tilapia
Trident Panko Breaded Tilapia cooked

When we tried Trident's frozen Panko Breaded Tilapia, we baked three tilapia pieces following the oven instructions on the box. It recommends baking the tilapia for 18-22 minutes -- since I've had problems with mushy frozen fish in the past, we went for a full 22 minutes, flipping the fish after the first 12 minutes.

The outer parts of the fish were nice and flaky, however, the thicker parts close to the center of the fish still came out mushy. It had a mild salty and savory, bready taste. The breading was very crunchy and did taste like panko breading. The fish itself was fairly plain, so the breading added flavor to the fish, however, the breading also made it a little too filling for me.

Overall Rating:
OK
Food: Trident's Panko Breaded Tilapia (Frozen)
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: OK

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Box of Bumble Bee Superfresh Seared Ahi Tuna
Sushi Quality Bumble Bee Superfresh Seared Ahi Tuna

My boyfriend and I just noticed Costco had this frozen "sushi quality" seared ahi tuna a few weeks ago. We both like raw ahi tuna in sushi so these seemed like a good find for us, and we snatched it up!

The package from Costco came in four sealed portions, and it was very easy to prepare: just take it out of the vacuum pack, and thaw it in the refrigerator! However, the instructions said to thaw it in the refrigerator for three hours, which we did... and it was still really frozen. In fact, it was still partially frozen after about 5-6 hours of sitting in the fridge... so we ended up thawing it for an extra hour in room temperature the first time. The next time we had it, we thawed it closer to eight hours in the refrigerator.

We were very happy to find this because it tasted deeelicious! It was seared on the outside with a nice seasoning: a good combination of pepper and soy sauce. It had an overall smooth, savory taste. It also didn't have a strong sour taste that ahi tuna sometimes has. One portion comes pre-sliced in about twelve small slices, which was good for the two of us to share as a side.

Unfortunately, when we went back to Costco last week, we weren't able to find it again.. but it looks like some Safeway stores in our area carry it.. so we will try finding it there next!

Overall Rating:
Delicious
Food: BumbleBee SuperFresh Seared Ahi Tuna (Frozen)
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Delicious

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