The Filet-O-Fish from McDonald's has been around longer than the Big Mac and is one of the biggest non-burger success stories of the franchise. Although it has held its own on the McDonald's menu for over 50 years, there are still a lot of things about the Filet-O-Fish that you probably don't know.
The Filet-O-Fish was McDonald's first non-meat sandwich addition to the menu. And while it has remained a popular menu item for over 50 years, it was created out of necessity by one desperate franchisee.
The groundbreaking idea to add a mouthwatering fried fish sandwich to the menu of a burger joint was first introduced by a Cincinnati-area franchisee in 1961. His Ohio restaurant was located in an area of the city where over two-thirds of the population were practicing Catholics and didn't eat meat on Fridays. As a result, the burger sales dropped dramatically on Friday nights. He realized he was losing most of his Friday business to another area franchise that had a fish sandwich on the menu. He knew that he needed to act fast to be competitive and save his profit margin. And just like that, the Filet-O-Fish was born.
If you were wondering about just what you're eating when you bite into your Filet-O-Fish, you’re not alone.
But, you can breathe easy. You may be quick to assume the fast food fillet is a mishmash of questionable non-fish ingredients, but there's nothing artificial happening here. The first Filet-O-Fish sandwiches were made with halibut until McDonald's started using cod shortly after in an effort to save money. These days, the Filet-O-Fish is made with sustainable Alaskan Pollock.
Made for Catholics | 0:15
It's really made of fish | 0:57
The steamed bun makes it better | 1:27
The half slice of cheese | 1:53
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