Food Showdown: Which Fish Sandwich is the Best Catch?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
We're in the home stretch of the Lenten season, and the fish sandwich offerings are still swimming around in fast food restaurants across the country. Fish can be a great alternative to meat, but when it's breaded, fried, and slapped on a white bun, this once-healthy protein turns into a less than ideal choice when you're watching your weight. But if you absolutely must have a flaky fish sandwich, which one should you reel in: McDonald's Filet-O-Fish® or Wendy's Premium Cod Fillet sandwich?

The Winner: McDonald's Filet-O-Fish®

Source: Flickr
The McDonald's sandwich is the catch of the day! At 380 calories and 18 grams of fat, the Filet-O-Fish® beats out the Premium Cod Fillet by a long shot: the Wendy's sandwich is a bit harder to swallow at 510 calories and 26 grams of fat. The McDonald's Filet-O-Fish® also comes out on top in terms of sodium at 640 grams vs. 970 grams in the Premium Cod Fillet. If you're avoiding fried foods altogether, skip the drive-thru and faux-fry your favorite fish by coating it in bread crumbs and then baking it.

What's your favorite way to eat fish?


Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints


I love baked or grilled salmon. Report
The only way I will eat fried fish is from a legitimate fish n chips restaurant that makes it fresh while you are waiting. The deep fried fish patties from fast food restaurants taste horrible.

Other than that, I love just about any kind of fish. Report
If I need to stop for a fast food fish sandwich, McDonalds Filet o Fish is my number one choice over the Burger King Whaler, Wendy Premium Cod, or Jack in the Box fish sandwich. It has acceptable sodium and calories levels in my daily food budget. Better food profile than the big burgers. I ask for Apple slices no carmel dip rather then the Fries when I order a combo. Report
I really don't care for filet of fish all that much and especially if it comes from China. I also don't like tartar sauce so its really bland. Give me tuna or salmon or a fresh caught rainbow trout from a cold stream. Report
the best fish is the one that does not has fish bones. Easy to cook, to eat and to enjoy. Report
I kinda like the Filet-O-Fish once in a while Report
I agree that it isn't set up very well since you see the answer before you have a chance to guess...
That said I don't like fish very much so I'll be skipping both choices. Report
It would be nice to put the choices in the title OR move the answer further down the page. I am seeing the choices at exactly the same time as I see the answer. Since the answer is in bold and large type, I actually end up reading it before I notice the choices.

Thanks Report
McDonalds can kiss my ass!!! Screw fast food and all their lies!
peace and luv
K@ Report
I don't want to eat fish that comes from CHINA since they have no control over pollution there, so I never eat fish out, but buy it frozen with a label that tells me that the fish doesn't come from China. Report
I don't want to eat fish that comes from CHINA since they have no control over pollution there, so I never eat fish out, but buy it frozen with a label that tells me that the fish doesn't come from China. Report
I will typically bake my fish in the oven...though recently, following the purchase of a new grill, I grilled my usual Sockeye Salmon filet to perfection with a light glaze of teriyaki sauce, salt, pepper and a dash of garlic....mmmmm....perfect! I prefer the salmon this way now...though the lighter, leaner fish I enjoy, like flounder and tilapia, i will still bake in the oven with a light "spray" butter and lemon juice marinade and a dash or two of lemon pepper, usually with a side salad....light and refreshing! Report
I love eating Salmon with a little bit of salt free spices on top and a baked potato with a vegetable! My husband and I had that last night and it was so good! Report
Close email sign up
Our best articles, delivered Join the millions of people already subscribed Get a weekly summary of our diet and fitness advice We will never sell, rent or redistribute your email address.

Magic Link Sent!

A magic link was sent to Click on that link to login. The link is only good for 24 hours.