Call me adventurous (or stupid), but I will often order fish on an airplane. This week’s Meal of the Week looks back to the best fish I’ve ever had on a commercial flight.
I don’t kid myself that fish is the “healthy” option. In fact, I think it’s a safe guess that airline fish is farm-raised, filled with who knows what, and generally bottom of the barrel. Even so, it is often the healthier option and I just like fish.
This flight took place in April 2009 from New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) in first class on United Airlines. At the time, United still served JFK and offered three-cabins of service aboard specially-configured Boeing 757-200s.
Service began with warmed mixed nuts and choice of drink.
The appetizer included shrimp and a chopped wedge salad with walnuts and parmesan cheese.
Fish is usually only an option in premium cabins and is generally served with rice or noodles. For this flight, the salmon was served with white rice and sugar snap peas. The salmon turned out to be tremendous, still ranking as the best fish meal I’ve ever had on a plane. It came out moist and full of flavor without being too fishy. The warmed bruschetta added a tremendous tangy flavor.
I had to pinch myself. How could airline fish be so good?
The meal was not over. An ice cream sundae followed and a hot cookie with milk before landing.
I miss the good old p.s. days.
I’d say a very close runner up was halibut I enjoyed in SWISS First Class. That was an amazing meal as well, but the United salmon actually topped it. I will continue to order fish, when available, on airplanes. It may not be as safe an option as pasta, but it is certainly safer than beef or pork, which is so prone to being overcooked.
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