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What's a 'dressed' fish?

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WhatamessIgotinto · 24/10/2020 14:50

Arrived in Scotland and it's fish and chips for tea tonight. I have no idea what the difference between a regular haddock and a 'dressed' haddock is! I've never heard of it, help me Scottish Mnetters! 😊

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QueenPaws · 24/10/2020 14:51

Dressed usually means head/tail etc removed but I'm not Scottish so... Grin

InTheLongGrass · 24/10/2020 15:02

I'd agree with its head, tail, find and guts removed.
So I'd guess that might mean bones still in, which I wouldnt expect in fish&chips.
I'm also not Scottish!

Soubriquet · 24/10/2020 15:03

It’s a fish in a ballgown Halloween Grin

AdaColeman · 24/10/2020 15:12

As mentioned, it means gutted, with head, tail and fins cut off, so that it's ready to cook. Usually it doesn't mean boned, so it isn't fillets of haddock. Sometimes it can also mean coated in breadcrumbs.
I'm not sure if all that helps you very much though! [thigrin] Halloween Grin

GreyishDays · 24/10/2020 15:12

Might mean skin taken off in that context.

OnlyJudyCanJudgeMee · 24/10/2020 15:17

I have only heard of dressed crab and that means meat taken out- ready to eat. Assume, it means something similar about the fish, too. But do not take my word for it- I am not Scottish. Or even English!

GreyishDays · 24/10/2020 15:20

The only reason I say about skin is that my Scottish grandma used be horrified by skin on fish and chips when she visited us in England.

Wbeezer · 24/10/2020 15:20

It means covered in orange breadcrumbs rather than batter, fish in Scotland always has the skin removed (unlike the southern England as I discovered to my horror).

Angelbaby1985 · 24/10/2020 15:21

On a chippy menu it will mean in bread crumbs instead of batter

Wbeezer · 24/10/2020 15:22

I am Scottish by the way and often order dressed fish as I find it slightly less greasy. I think it is regarded as the more "refined" option Grin

GreyishDays · 24/10/2020 15:25

Oh I’m pleased some people came along who actually knew. Grin

GreyishDays · 24/10/2020 15:26

We live in Scotland now but I’ve never seen it on a menu.

Are you prepared for being asked about a ‘fish supper’?Smile

ShirleyPhallus · 24/10/2020 15:27


It’s a fish in a ballgown Halloween Grin

It’s in Scotland, so it will be a fish in a kilt Wink
The4ks · 24/10/2020 15:29

Haha just means ruskoline breadcrumbs rather than batter.

Pretty boring answer unfortunately.

Wbeezer · 24/10/2020 15:31

I want some dressed haddock now but the fishmongers van only comes round on a Wednesday

dementedpixie · 24/10/2020 15:33

Where i am its a fish supper (fish is in batter) or a 'Special' fish supper where it has orange breadcrumbs on it instead. Supper means it comes with chips. If you don't want chips its a 'single' fish (although in some place you get 2 bits of fish anyway - just no chips!)

midnightstar66 · 24/10/2020 15:33

I'm Scottish and have honestly never heard of this. Are you ordering fish to cook or from the chip shop?

dementedpixie · 24/10/2020 15:37

I imagine a dressed fish = special fish and its in breadcrumbs instead of batter

sofiessofa · 24/10/2020 15:38

Yup as above - dressed fish is fish in bright orange breadcrumbs, ordinary fish is in batter. Fish supper if you want it with chips, single fish without. Salt and vinegar is normal on the west coast, salt and (vile!) chippy sauce normal on the east/Edinburgh.

ByebyeOcado · 24/10/2020 15:40

Oh lord. Now I want fish and chips!

GreyishDays · 24/10/2020 15:41

Is it a west coast thing?

AllPlayedOut · 24/10/2020 15:41

If it's dressed it'll probably be in breadcrumbs. In my part of Scotland it's called a special fish.


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CraftyGin · 24/10/2020 15:43

A dressed haddock is one that is coated in bright orange breadcrumbs.

haggistramp · 24/10/2020 15:44

East Scotland here and a dressed fish from a chippy is one coated in ruskaline as opposed to batter. I prefer the batter personally.

florascotia2 · 24/10/2020 15:51

Echoling those who said it can sometimes be used to refer to fish with head, tail and fins removed, I've heard someone in the west of Scotland refer to taking their tom kitten to the vets to be dressed (ie neutered).

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