REVIEW: Burger King Cilantro Lime BK Big Fish

The combination of cilantro and lime sounds like one that we would find either on the menu at a fine dining establishment or in the recipe book that comes with a Magic Bullet blender. But it’s not something I would expect to see on a fast food menu board that also contains Crown-Shaped Chicken Tenders and funnel cake sticks.

Actually, let me take back that last sentence because if there’s any fast food company who has the balls to introduce the Cilantro Lime BK Big Fish, it would be Burger King, or BK if you’re lazy, or McDonalds’ Bitch if you’re nasty. Only a company that could invent chicken fries could create this fish sandwich.

For those of you who have never had a BK Big Fish, it takes everything a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish has, except the cheese and annoying singing fish commercials that make you want to punch your computer monitor, and makes it bigger. But if you’ve seen the minuscule Filet-O-Fish, you know making a larger variation of it is an extremely easy task. Between the buns of the Cilantro Lime BK Big Fish, the usual tartar sauce is replaced with a cilantro lime sauce that looks equally as disturbing as the tartar sauce. While the sauce is made with two green colored ingredients, the sauce isn’t green at all, just like most of the lettuce in the sandwich.

The flavor of the sauce in the Cilantro Lime BK Big Fish almost goes beyond my threshold of what I consider tasty. The cilantro is noticeable, but thankfully isn’t too heavy. However, if the cilantro was kicked up a slight notch, it would probably be more than what I can tolerate. As for the lime flavor, it’s as subdued as the cilantro and does for this sauce what it has done for Corona Beer, which is make something shitty taste a little bit better.

Yes, I did enjoy this sandwich. The fish filet had a crunchy exterior and a soft interior; its bun was of higher quality than the Filet-O-Fish’s; and the sauce had the right balance of cilantro and citrus. I’d probably eat it again if I’m in the mood for something that doesn’t come from a cow or chicken, and if I want to consume trans fats and enough sodium to make my blood pressure as high as the final score of any past NBA All-Star Game.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 sandwich – 630 calories, 31 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 1570 milligrams of sodium, 65 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 23 grams of protein.)

Item: Burger King Cilantro Lime BK Big Fish
Price: $5.49 (small combo)
Size: 1 sandwich
Purchased at: Burger King
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Interesting, tasty sauce. High in protein. High quality bun, when compared to other fast food fish sandwiches. Fish filet had a crunchy exterior with a soft interior. Sauce doesn’t come in a disturbing green color. The Magic Bullet.
Cons: It’s a regional item so it’s not available everywhere. If you hate cilantro, you will curse this sandwich. Contains trans fat and over 1500 milligrams of sodium. Most of the lettuce in the sandwich isn’t green. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish commercials.

9 thoughts to “REVIEW: Burger King Cilantro Lime BK Big Fish”

  1. Sounds yummy because I love cilantro. However, I am always afraid to purchase fish sandwiches from fast food places. Just a weird phobia of mine…so I will leave my tasty fish items for the finer establishments.

  2. The name of this sandwich just sounds SO wrong to me. Plus, I dislike cilantro.

    All these fast food places pretending they are serving fancy food…I wish they would give it up. The sirloin at JITB will never be confused with a Ruth Chris’s steak house meal.

  3. I really wanted to try this last time I was at BK, but it just kinda scared me. Maybe I’ll be brave next time.

  4. If this was in a soft corn tortilla instead of a bun it would be close to the holy mecca that is the fish taco.

  5. Cilantro is one of the few foods that I absolutely, totally, completely hate. It’s so, so harsh and bitter and overpowering! (I’ve read somewhere that cilantro is one of several foods that you are genetically predisposed to either loving or hating, and there isn’t much in-between. Considering my parents both hate cilantro as well, I’m inclined to agree.)

  6. I love cilantro, but I’m not a fast food fish sandwich eater. This does sound/look pretty good for BK standards though. I give props to BK for putting a twist on a menu item that is associated with the elderly (seems to me that the target demographic for the fast food fish sandwich not during lent is 65+)

  7. I love cilantro but it tends to be somthing you like or you don’t like… not much of a middle ground.

  8. The BK Cilantro Fish Sandwich sounds good! I Love Cilantro, so I will try it today. I think that it’s a good thing that they are creating a widespread variety of fast foods that we can have during lent for those of us who are working. Lots of people of all ages are participating in the Lent Tradition. It’s the least we can do for Jesus Christ our Lord!!!

  9. I had the BK Cilantro Lime Fish Sandwich yesterday evening. Even though I like cilantro and lime, I hated this sandwich. The cilantro was very overpowering and I couldn’t tell if there was any lime. The sauce WAS green–maybe leftover from St Patrick’s Day?? (I visited on 03/20). Add to it that the fish filet (square) was a soggy very dark brown, almost burned–not the usual crispy nice fish that I have had from BK in the past. Their fish sandwich is usually very good. I did not have a good experience at the Burger King in Ocoee, Florida!

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