Is Fish and Chips good for you?


Nutritional Information

... from the Federation of Fish Friers
Comparison against other takeaway food products.

Fat per 100g


Cals per 100g


Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas

153 kcal



871 kcal


Burger and Medium Fries

888 kcal


Doner Kebab

942 kcal

Which Fish?

The UK’s favorite fish is Cod and accounts for 61.5% of total fish consumption. Although the North Sea Cod stocks are a serious problem, Cod landed in the UK is caught within strictly controlled regimes and quota systems, which set safe limits for catches agreed by fishermen, scientists and the Government. Fish caught within these quotas will ensure that our children and grandchildren will also be able to enjoy fish and chips for many years to come.

Haddock is the second favorite fish at 25% total consumption. Regional variations include Whiting in Northern Ireland and some parts of Scotland and Skate and Huss in the South of England.

Which Potato?

A floury potato is preferred as a waxy potato can often result in greasy chips. The best varieties are King Edward, Maris Piper and Santé.

One out of every four British potatoes becomes chips. That's around 1,250,000 tonnes of 'taties every year.

Which Extras?

Apart from salt and vinegar...

Mushy Peas are the classic accompaniment to Fish and Chips. Introduced in the 1970s curry sauce has also gained favour as a side dish and is ideal for dunking your chips into.

The only other sauces considered suitable are a splash of tomato ketchup or some like brown sauce, though mayonnaise is very popular in Europe.