Battered sausage

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A battered sausage, sliced in half after cooking

Battered sausages are a type of sausage, found all across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

British battered sausage[edit]

The battered sausage is a standard menu item in fish and chip shops across Great Britain,[1] often described as an "essential" staple of the fish and chip shop menu.[2] They consist of a pork sausage dipped in batter (usually the same batter used to batter fish), and usually served with chips.[3]

One Irish variation that can be found in County Meath is known as the "Boardsmill". Named after the small village between Trim and Longwood, it consists of a battered sausage that is split lengthways after cooking and filled with ketchup and onion.

Australia and New Zealand[edit]

In Australia, it may be referred to as a "battered sav"[4] (saveloy is a type of sausage). This may also have given rise to the local expression "fair suck of the sav". In New Zealand, they can be found either with or without a stick inserted (similar to a corn dog). If served with the stick, it is referred to as a hot dog and usually dipped in a generous amount of tomato sauce and consumed immediately. In Australia, this variant may also be referred to as a Pluto Pup or a Dagwood Dog.

International comparison[edit]

Battered sausages are sometimes said to be similar in concept to a corn dog (a hot dog sausage coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter), although in fact all elements are different - corn dogs use a different type of sausage, a different type of batter, and are normally served on a stick. Traditional British battered sausages are not served in this manner.

Nutritional information[edit]

There can be 750 calories in a typical battered sausage and chips,[5] but this varies greatly.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Serving style, with photograph, at Parkers British food website.
  2. ^ See, for example, Fry Magazine's description.
  3. ^ Anderson, Ross (2006-08-11). "In cod we trust: fish'n'chips is polishing up its image". The Times. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Fair suck of the sav definition". 9 June 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Battered Sausage And Chips". Retrieved 5 August 2016.