REVIEW: Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Pouch

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.

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Full

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.

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Split

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.

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Fillet

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.

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Pickles

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*
Size: N/A
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.

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12 thoughts to “REVIEW: Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich”

  1. I’ve had it twice and I’m a fan. I think it is a fine sandwich to uphold the Popeye’s name. It is a significant piece of fish compared to the ‘minced’ variety of other places…I’m looking at you Filet o’ Fish! I love fish and I have tried most of the fast-food options out there, and I consider this one to be top tier. I like the tartar and I love the pickles….same ones as the chicken sandwich. The only thing I will caution about is the amount of spice on the fish. It does have a bit of a kick, so those sensitive to spice might not enjoy it as much, but I like the heat mixed with the creaminess of the tartar sauce. I will probably get this a few more times before it’s gone since the chicken sandwich is here to stay. Wouldn’t bother me to see this as a permanent addition to the menu.

    1. ” Wouldn’t bother me to see this as a permanent addition to the menu.” They totally should! I freaking miss their seafood po’boys, and if this could act as a replacement? I think I could deal with that. And thanks for your input!

  2. ” Also, it tastes less fishy than sandwiches from other chains.”

    Not sure if that’s a compliment (whether heartfelt or backhanded) or not. Do people want their fish sandwiches to *not* taste like fish?

    1. “Do people want their fish sandwiches to *not* taste like fish?” I’ve always put it this way. I hate fishy fish. I only like fish that has a mild flavor.

  3. 6.50 if you live out on a rock…..

    4.49 for people that live in the first 48 states…

    To me this was a 10 out of 10.

  4. So, I think the “barrel” thing is pretty dumb, BUT, in theory, you would have a different pickle if done in a standard, white oak barrel, like what’s used for wine, whiskey, or bourbon. White oak is chock-full of tannins, which help during the pickling process to keep them snappy and crisp and not turn into a mushy mess.

  5. I’ve had it… it enough tartar sauce, too spicy,thin and crunchy for a fish sandwich, Arby’s fish sandwich is much better.

  6. good but way too spicy. wish they offered the same option as the chicken sandwich (spicy or classic). if they would do this, it would be just as great as the first one of their chicken sandwiches way back when.

  7. I find it highly unlikely the fish sandwich is actually flounder as advertised. Certainly no way it is truly flounder from north america. Can you tell us where this fish comes from ?

  8. I had the flounder fish sandwich yesterday couldn’t finish half :(, from 5026 Antoine Dr., Houston Tx 77092, it was burnt hard & tasted awful, very disappointed, it should have been a crime to have let that leave the premises. If that’s the level of there menu they need to CLOSE this location. I called & left a message had no response, called again this morning & really wasn’t impressed. the so called Manager didn’t offer any solution. told her I would be bringing it back tonight. I guess I just have to wait for JACK next year.

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