Is a hot, fried fish sandwich the new chicken sandwich? It can be, for a limited time at least. Lent is the peak season for fast-food fish sandwiches.

By Sheri Castle
March 04, 2020
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Some of our favorite fast-food chains add fish sandwich specials to their menus during Lent, the six-week period leading up to Easter, which falls on April 12 this year. Some people who observe Lent modify their diet during the time (such as abstaining from meat on Fridays), while others always enjoy a great fish sandwich and appreciate the surge in choices.

Here are a few limited-edition fish sandwiches to catch while you can. Come Easter Monday (or while supplies last) these choices swim off and we have to wait another year. A few of these special Lenten sandwiches are found only in select markets, so check local availability, plus keep an eye out for hometown restaurants and regional chains that create their own fish specials during Lent.

Popeye’s new fish sandwich for Lent features a crisp flounder filet layered with tartar sauce and pickles on a brioche-style bun.

Chick-fil-A offers two styles of fish sandwich. The traditional is made with two cod filets and pickles on a toasted bun with a packet of tartar sauce on the side. The deluxe also includes cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

Wendy’s sandwich is made with a wild-caught North Pacific cod filet covered in crunchy panko breading and topped with tartar sauce, three dill pickle slices, and lettuce.

Bojangle’s BojAngler is an over-size wild-caught cod filet rolled in their special Cajun-inspired seasoning blend, topped with cheese and zesty tartar sauce on a toasted bun.

Arby’s has three fish sandwiches for Lent this year. The Crispy Fish is a wild-caught Alaskan Pollock fillet topped with tartar sauce and shredded iceberg lettuce on a sesame bun. The Fish N’ Cheddar adds cheddar sauce to that, and their King’s Hawaiian Deluxe adds tomato, swaps a slice of cheddar for the sauce, and upgrades to a King’s Hawaiian bun.

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Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. uses a beer-battered filet (made from Redhook Ale) topped with lettuce, tomato, and a drizzle of tartar sauce on a sesame seed bun.

Dairy Queen’s sandwich is a crispy, breaded Wild Alaskan Pollock filet on a toasted bun with lettuce and tangy tartar sauce.

White Castle is making a slider from panko-crusted Alaska Pollack topped with a slice of cheese, your choice of American, jalapeno, or smoked cheddar.