14 Fast Food Seafoods to Help You Survive the 40 Days of Lent


Around February and March every year, fast food menu boards become inundated (okay, maybe just splashed) with foods which would have no business being there if it weren’t for Catholics. Not to say deep-fried fish sticks, nuggets, and patties can’t be delicious; just that, when seen alongside sizzling slabs of charbroiled beef, they might not be most people’s first choice. Oh, but then Lent rolls around, and reminds us all that man cannot live on burgers alone, that we should do unto fish as we would unto burgers, and . . . any other awful biblical misappropriations you can think of.

So we’ve compiled this quick rundown of the seafood options offered by your favorite fast food chains either yearlong, or especially during Lent. New items are starred.




Reel Big Fillet
Alaskan white fish, tartar sauce, and iceberg lettuce on a toasted sesame bun


Burger King


Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich
Panko-breaded white Alaskan pollock, topped with tartar sauce, lettuce, and pickles on an artisan-style bun


 Carl’s Jr.

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Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich and Taco
*Notably not deep fried. Charbroiled Atlantic cod filet, lettuce, tomatoes, and tartar sauce between two sesame honey wheat buns. The taco version features Santa Fe sauce, shredded jack and cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and salsa on a flour tortilla.


Del Taco


Crispy Shrimp Taco and Burrito
Golden fried shrimp, cabbage, pico de gallo, and “secret sauce” wrapped in either a taco or burrito tortilla. The burrito comes with lime rice.

The menu’s regular beer-battered fish tacos are also available.


Jack in the Box


Fish Sandwich
Fish filet topped with shredded lettuce and tartar sauce


 **Long John Silver’s


Dippin’ Fish Strips
Available in a snack box of five with dipping sauce like McDonald’s fish McBites

The rest of LJS’s Lent-friendly menu is also available.




The old Lenten standby; available for only $1 on Fridays


**Panda Express


Golden Szechuan Fish
Lightly battered North Pacific cod tossed with sugar peas, red bell peppers and Szechuan sauce




Seafood Mardi Gras
Cajun fish, popcorn shrimp, butterfly shrimp, and seafood po’boys, all fried in Popeye’s spicy, Southern-style breading




Lobster and Seafood Sub
51% real lobster salad topped with white sauce and iceberg lettuce




The Original Fish Taco
Beer-battered Alaskan pollock, topped with white sauce, salsa and cabbage




North Pacific Cod Fillet
Panko-breaded cod topped with tartar sauce and lettuce


White Castle


Clam Strips, Fish and Shrimp Nibblers, and Fish Sliders
All coated in savory and crispy breading




UnDer the Sea Trio
Deep fried Alaskan pollock in hot dog, burrito, or  good ol’ fashioned fish and chips form.

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

4 replies on “14 Fast Food Seafoods to Help You Survive the 40 Days of Lent”

Damn I love fish sandwiches. Even fast food. But the best fish sandwich I ever had was at a little seaside cafe in Clearwater, Florida. A HUGE, thick piece of grouper, battered and deep-fried and placed on an 8″ hoagie roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce.

I haven’t had a fish sandwich that delicious since. It was orgasmic.

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