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My Copycat McD’s Filet-O-Fish

The year 1962 was a big one in McDonald's history.

The 500th McDonald's restaurant opened in Toledo, Ohio, and Hamburger University graduated its 500th student. It was in that same year that McDonald's served its one billionth hamburger in grand fashion on The Art Linkletter Show. Ronald McDonald also made his debut that year in Washington, D.C., and the Fillet-O-Fish sandwich was introduced as the first new menu addition since the restaurant chain opened in 1948.

Since 1962, the Filet-O-Fish hasn't changed much. It's a steamed bun, tartar sauce, half of a slice of cheese, and a fish filet. McDonald's has used other varieties of fish, such as halibut and cod, but now uses wild-caught, sustainable Marine Stewardship Council certified wild-caught Alaska Pollock.

The Filet-O-Fish isn't just a popular item in the U.S. The sandwich is now served overseas in countries like Russia, Japan and India.

Is a filet o fish healthy?

If you consider calories alone, McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich, at 390 calories, seems like a fairly healthy offering. Compare that to a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, at 740 calories, and it seems like an even better choice. As far as the nutritional value of pollock, like salmon, tuna and cod, it is a good source of lean protein and low in saturated fat.

Pollock is as healthy a fish choice as cod and tuna except it is often served fried, which would negate the benefit of eating fish as your protein choice.

I personally love the Alaskan Pollock. It’s much lighter and milder taste than in the past.


  1. 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  2. 1 tablespoon dill pickle relish, drained

  3. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  4. 1 cup panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)