Fish finger sandwich

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Fish finger sandwich
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Fish finger sandwich made with lettuce, tartare sauce and lemon garnish.
Type Sandwich
Main ingredients Bread, fish fingers
Cookbook: Fish finger sandwich  Media: Fish finger sandwich

A fish finger sandwich is a sandwich made with fish fingers. It is a popular dish in Britain where it is a comfort food.[1][2] Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver considers it to be a guilty pleasure, "As a chef I always feel I shouldn't be eating something like a fish finger buttie – but you know what, I think that makes it taste even better."[3] The earliest example of the fish finger sandwich being created is probably during early 1981 when a nursing assistant at the old county psychiatric hospital of St Audry's in Melton, Suffolk found that he regularly had a lot of fish fingers left over following serving the patients breakfast. He discovered that although fish fingers were not particularly popular as a breakfast food, nevertheless, the kitchen served them each morning. So, rather than throw them away he decided to try them as a sandwich snack for his colleagues. Initially they simply consisted of four fish fingers between two slices of white bread along with a little tomato ketchup. They eventually proved quite popular with nursing staff and it seems quite likely that news of this simple, tasty snack spread by word of mouth and now seems popular throughout the UK.


  1. ^ Susan Smillie (5 June 2007), "Is this the perfect fish finger sandwich?", The Observer 
  2. ^ Gill Holcombe (2010), "The Ultimate Fish Finger Sandwich", Eating and Cheating, Hachette UK, ISBN 978-1-84894-670-5 
  3. ^ Jamie Oliver, "Fantastic fish finger buttie", Happy Days with the Naked Chef, p. 39