The Double Filet-O-Fish is a heftier take on the classic Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’s. The sandwich features the steamed bun, tartar sauce, and slice of pasteurized process American cheese like its smaller counterpart, but this one features an extra fish patty. It’s usually only around for the earlier part of the year (during fish season).
Added in 1962, the Filet-O-Fish was the first non-hamburger item ever added to the McDonald’s menu. Since then, the Filet-O-Fish has gone through virtually no changes. About the only changes ever made to this iconic sandwich was the recent switching to sustainably-fished Pollock back in early 2013, and the addition of a second fish patty which created the amazing Double Filet-O-Fish.
The Filet-O-Fish has it’s fair share of complaints from lovers and haters alike, the main ones being “it’s too small”, “it’s not filling enough”, and “there’s not enough fish”. The Double Filet-O-Fish addresses all of the above concerns and elevates the Filet-O-Fish to levels of deliciousness only those that have tried it will understand.
People tend to either love or hate McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, and I’m in the love boat. See, even though I agree with all of the previously outlined concerns, I can’t deny that the sandwich is pretty tasty. Being over $3 for the single-patty version, it is rather expensive given the size of the sandwich. But for just shy of $4, the Double Filet-O-Fish is an amazing deal for lovers of this sandwich.
The sandwich sat fairly tall on its double-stacked fish patties. Although slightly lacking in the width department, this sandwich nearly reaches the sky with its height. The sandwich was quite sturdy, and held together incredibly well thanks to the melted slice of American cheese between the two fish patties and the tartar sauce on the top bun.
The first bite of this thing had me sold. Anything you may have liked about the Filet-O-Fish previously is amplified here. The sandwich indeed has a fishy flavor, but less fishy than other fast food fish sandwiches I’ve tried. The fish patty is moist, flaky, and borderline mushy, but the fried coating keeps everything right where it needs to be.
The tartar sauce was generously applied to this thing, and some people say it’s the best part of the sandwich. The tartar sauce spilled out and down the middle after a few bites, but no drop of tartar sauce was too much here. Some places make their tartar sauce with too much pickle or dill, but McDonald’s has found a great ratio in the tartar sauce for this sandwich.
While a regular Filet-O-Fish would leave me hungrier than I am 30 minutes after an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, the Double Filet-O-Fish managed to satiate me. I only wish this was the standard menu item, because I’d definitely order it more often than I do the single-patty version.
Overall McDonald’s Double Filet-O-Fish sandwich might just be my favorite fast food fish sandwich, and at $3.89, it’s not a bad deal either. But now we must part ways… until next year.
Pros: Double the fish patty goodness, plenty of delicious tartar sauce, slice of cheese keeps the patties together
Cons: People love it or hate it, tons of tartar sauce made it slightly messy, the regular Filet-O-Fish should always come with this much fish.
Calories: 540 / Calories from Fat: 240 / Total Fat: 26g / Sat. Fat: 6g / Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 75mg / Sodium: 830mg / Carbs: 49g / Dietary Fiber: 2g / Sugars: 5g / Protein: 25g