At a quick glance, the Popeyes Cajun Flounder Sandwich looks like a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. But a closer inspection shows the breading doesn’t look as jaw-rattling as the coating on the popular poultry sandwich.
Within that not-as-crunchy-looking breading, which the chain calls a crispy southern coating, is the new flounder fish fillet that’s seasoned in a blend of mild and spicy Cajun seasoning. The rest of the ingredients include crisp barrel cured pickles and tartar sauce on a warm and toasted buttery brioche bun.
The fillet is one of the meatiest I’ve ever seen in a fast food fish sandwich. It’s kind of fish-shaped, but it also reminds me of a chicken breast. Oh, I feel as if I’m going to go down a Jessica Simpson rabbit hole here. The meat is flaky and tender, and the seasonings give it a mild peppery flavor with a slight spiciness. Also, it tastes less fishy than sandwiches from other chains.
I wish the employee who squirted the tartar sauce on my order offered a bit more Southern hospitality with the condiment. Although, I’m not sure it would’ve made a difference because the topping doesn’t have the same punch as tartar sauce from other fast food chains. But at the same time, I wonder if having too much of it would overwhelm the fish’s Cajun seasonings.
Okay, the pickles, um, you know what, you can tell me they’re “barrel cured,” but that’s as impressive as that time Wendy’s bragged about having hand-torn lettuce. Is curing them in a barrel supposed to give them a woodsy oak flavor or make them tangier? To be honest, they don’t taste that different from other fast food pickles.
With all that said, the Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich has a unique flavor. It’s definitely different from other chains because of the seasonings. Overall, it’s a fine tasting sandwich, and I’d order it again. But, I wouldn’t consider it to be the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich of fish sandwiches.
Purchased Price: $6.50*
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 670 calories. Other nutrition facts are unavailable on Popeyes’ website.
*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.