Jan 30, 2013

Review: McDonald's - Fish McBites

McDonald's Fish McBites are bite-sized pieces of Alaskan Pollock, breaded in a seasoned blend flour and corn meal, then deep fried.

A snack-size portion cost $2.29 at my local McDonald's.

I'll preface this review by saying, I don't really eat/like fish, but I ate this for the blog.

Each Fish McBite is about the width of a quarter and are overall plumper, bigger, and more uniform than the chicken version.

The breading on these weren't too greasy and had a nice crunch to them. It was very lightly seasoned though without much flavor coming through. There's a little more texture and crunch to these than the breading you find on a Filet-O-Fish (As I look at the picture I took, I'm imaging cheese in the middle of each bite... mmm...)

Inside each piece was a moist and delicately tender piece of whitefish. I was really surprised at how soft and smooth the meat was. Like the breading, there's not too much flavor to it save for the slightest bit of a fishy aftertaste. With the decidedly light flavors, these were definitely meant to be dipped.

Overall, I found McDonald's Fish McBites to be a superior product to last year's Chicken McBites. The pieces of fish came in decent chunks and I didn't find any pieces that were pure batter. Also, the fish is much more tender and juicy than the any pieces of chicken I got in the Chicken McBites. If I actually liked fish, these's a fair bit to like here.

If you like fish, these might be worth a try. They are a little pricey for a snack, but you can always wait until the $1 promotion.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Fish McBites - Snack Size - 3.4 oz (98g)
Calories - 250 (from Fat - 80)
Fat - 13g (Saturated Fat - 2g)
Sodium - 420mg
Carbs - 21g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 11g


  1. I found the batter to be a little too dry and heavy. The fish inside was good. I would have preferred a batter closer to the filet o fish. The issue i have with it is that, like the filet o fish, if it sits even a couple minutes too long, they are not very good. To get around this isuue, I always order a double filet o fish, they generally make them fresh from the fryer when i do that.

  2. I'm quite fond of these! The fish is so flaky and tender, and I don't find the batter to be that bland (though that doesn't stop me from smothering it in tartar sauce). I like the nice crunch to the batter, too, but my only complaint is it tends to crumble off if you bite a piece in half. They're basically deep-fried, premium fish sticks when you think about it, but McDonald's does it well.

  3. These are exceptionally good!

  4. Hey Scott, if you haven't grown too fond of the double portion, simply ask the employee taking your order that you would like your fish well done. This seems to result in a just-fried fish filet every time without fail. The sticker that's affixed to your sandwich will indicate it as so. Aside from the fish being just-cooked, it's not appreciably crunchier, drier or overdone in any fashion. My Mom discovered this trick when she got fed up with one stale fish sandwich after another. Take care!

  5. I love your site almost more than I love my Asian mother and her food. Thanks for writing these epic reviews!

  6. Haha... Thank you for the kind words!

  7. You can actually just ask them to make you one fresh as well.

  8. Hope they make it over to Asia as I haven't had a chance to review them on my blog either -

    Love your site. Hope my blog could end up as big as yours one day.

  9. Thanks! I think it's more important to just keep at it and make sure you enjoy it.

  10. I agree with you, I was pleasantly surprised. With the $1 promo they have now, it seemed like a great value. I might even get them again sometime at the regular price, although it seems a bit high for $2.29.


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