Review: Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich

Carl's Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish SandwichCarl’s Jr.’s Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich is pretty much the first of its kind in the fast food kingdom. Fried fish has always been the only way to go for fast food fish sandwiches ever since the highly successful Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’s. Well Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have unapologetically broken that chain. The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich consists of a Charbroiled piece of cod on top of iceberg lettuce and tomato all between a honey wheat bun with tartar sauce on both buns. I picked up this fish sandwich for $3.99.

How Does it Taste?

The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich has a lot of hype surrounding it. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s shot a Super Bowl ad for this sandwich and spent millions promoting it. Does this sandwich live up to the high expectations set for it? Would eating it make me feel as sexy as Nina Agdal on a beach, in a swimsuit, rubbing lotion all over her glistening, supermodel body?

Carl's Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich

I can sum the answer up into this statement: this sandwich puts the “char” in charbroiled. Even before I took a bite out of this sandwich I knew that it was going to have a burnt taste to it by looking at the blackened edges of it. The first bite was filled with a charred fish taste. Cod has a very mild taste to it, so there was no hiding the charred flavor. It stuck out like a Jewish kid at Christmas.

After getting past the burnt part, the fish actually tasted pretty nice. It seemed to be a good quality filet of cod – it was light and flaky with a beautiful white color. Although, even after getting past the black edges, the sandwich still had a slight burnt taste throughout. I’m not sure if this is due to them cooking it too long or simply the way it was cooked.

Carl's Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich

My other complaint about this sandwich is that there was barely any tartar sauce on the thing, which disappointed me because I could tell it was a good sauce. The entire sandwich was just very mild in flavor – nothing really stood out at all. The lettuce and tomato were there mostly for texture as usual. The sandwich was also quite a bit slippery since the produce on the bottom was resting on a thin layer of tartar sauce. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture above, but the sandwich started sliding slowly off the bun. If this sandwich had more tartar sauce on it that would have easily made a tremendous difference in the flavor. If you order this fish sandwich I would recommend asking for a little extra tartar sauce.


The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich has a lot of potential. I’m pretty sure I just got a bad order that was left to cook for too long, because the fish was very good. Every component to this sandwich had a mild flavor to it except for the trace amounts of tartar sauce that were present. Overall, this sandwich would have been great with less char and more tar(tar sauce).

The Score

Taste: 6.5/10
Presentation: 7/10

Pros: Quality piece of cod, tartar sauce, not fried, Super Bowl commercial
Cons: Charred edges, near nonexistent tartar sauce, very mild sandwich

Nutrition Facts

Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich
Calories: 420
Calories from Fat: 130
Total Fat: 15g
Sat. Fat: 2.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 40mg
Sodium: 800mg
Carbs: 51g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 8g
Protein: 20g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.


  1. The only word that I have for the new Atlantic Cod sandwich is NASTY! I would not eat another one if they were free. N-A-S-T-Y.

  2. Hardee’s Cod Fish Sandwich is very good. The fish is moist and flaky while the
    Lettuce/tomato are fresh and crisp. The tartar sauce is very flavorful and pull the sandwich together with the fresh wheat buns. “Love this sandwich.”

  3. This was very tasy, yummy!! My fish was perfectly cooked and the bun was a nice dark wheat color with some seeds on top. Deffinitly exceeded my expectations. Glad I have a yummy sandwich to purchase if needed during lent.

  4. Love this sandwich!! Especially the charbroiled taste! So sick of the fried taste of all other fast food fish. My life is very chaotic and it is awesome to be able to get a quick healthy meal.

  5. Wow, what a wide contrast, why order charbroiled if you don’t like the charred flavor? . . . that’s just dumb.
    “Cons: Charred edges, near nonexistent tartar sauce, very mild sandwich”
    I read ‘cons’ in another review that the sandwich was swimming in tartar sauce.
    Go figure. . . .

    • I don’t mind charbroiled, but my sandwich crossed over into burnt territory. And it’s true, there was virtually no tartar sauce on the thing. One of my pictures shows it pretty well.

  6. hmm that’s weird.. the one that I had was really tasty surprisingly and had a nice soft texture too.

  7. My sandwich was excellent. Fish was done perfectly, very delicate, not alot of sauce, which I liked. Would definitely buy it again….

  8. This sandwich was horrible! Smashed bun, no lettuce or tomato to speak of and sauce as mentioned above! The ad on TV was a gross misrepresentation of what we should expect at the counter. I feel a 6.5 and a 7 out of 10 is also just as horrible. 2/10 is what I rate it at.

  9. Ironically, Carl’s Jr. accomplished with this sandwich what they have been spending millions to tell people with the Six Dollar Burger ads. This tastes like I could have ordered it at a fish restaurant with the great sauce, vegetables and flaky cod patty. On the other hand, the bun is a little lacking. Would definitely order again.

    • I’m pretty sure I just got a bad order. I’m confident this sandwich would have been much better if the patty wasn’t so charred and there was more than just a drop of tartar sauce.

  10. Just had this Char Grilled Cod sandwich and it was very, very good! Two things going for this thumbs up…I’m a 7th generation Commercial Fisherman and know good fish when I see it, second… I vacation in fort Lauderdale Fl in the winter and this is as good as any Grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich that you’ll get there…excellent job Hardee’s !

  11. I think it all depends on which Hardee’s you go to. The sandwich I get is pretty good, tasty, flaky and not char-burnt. Try it at another place to compare if you are having a problem at your local eatery. People need to complain when things are too overcooked or over char-broiled. How else will they know to change something if no one says anything to THEM!! (the manager)

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