How Many Syns In A Battered Fish? & Lower Syn Alternatives!

Updated on 
17 March, 2022

Can I Eat Battered Fish On Slimming World?

Battered fish and chips is a common dish for many of us brits, due to the batter, however, it's not the healthiest of meals so you should be tracking the syns to keep losing weight as part of SW.

On average, battered fish typically has between 12-15 syns depending on the type of fish and size, making it very high in syns, therefore should only be eaten as treat now again when your syns allow.

We've put together a short informational guide below which will discuss why battered fish is so high in syns, how many syns fish and chip shops battered fish has, syn values of battered fish as well as how to make your SW battered fish.

Why Is Battered Fish So High In Syns?

Battered fish is high in syns due to the frying process of the batter which adds extra calories depending on the oil used. The breading itself also adds syns which is why many slimmers opt to have their fish without breading.

For example, a non-battered cod fillet has 5.5 syns while a breaded one has 11 syns (on average), which is nearly double the syns.

Still, you can happily eat battered fish on the slimming world plan as long as you save some syns from your allowance of 15 a day.

How Many Syns Does Fish And Chip Shop Battered Fish Have?

If you are interested to know how many syns a takeaway battered fish has then you looking at around 18 syns for a large piece which is even higher in syns than the usual supermarket fish syn values. You would also need to take into account the chips since they would have been deep-fried.

Syn Values Of Battered Fish

To help you out with figuring the syns of your battered fish, we've listed the varying syn values from some different battered fish types below.

  • Birds Eye 4 Large Battered Cod Fillets 440G - 13 syns.
  • Birds Eye 4 Battered Fish Fillets 400G - 12 syns.
  • Tesco 4 Battered Haddock Fillets 500G - 15 syns.
  • Youngs Gastro 2 Tempura Battered Fish Fillets 270G - 13 syns.
  • Youngs Chip Shop 4 Large Cod Fillets 440G - 11 syns.
  • Birds Eye Chunky Crispy Batter Fish Fingers x6 360g - 13.5 syns.
  • Sainsbury's Beer Battered Haddock Fillets, Taste the Difference x2 385g - 22 syns.
  • Sainsbury's Beer Battered Cod Fillets, Taste the Difference x2 385g - 18 syns.
  • Sainsbury's Lightly Dusted Yellowfin Sole Fillets x2 265g - 11.5 syns.
  • Sainsbury's Chunky Battered Cod x4 500g - 11.5 syns.
  • Hearty Food Co 4 Battered White Fish Fillets 500G - 12 syns.
  • Youngs Chip Shop Lighter 2 Large Cod Fillets 220G - 11 syns.
  • Tesco Finest 2 Beer Battered Cod Fillets 385G - 19 syns.

Slimming World Battered Fish Recipe

If you feel like getting creative in the kitchen, why not try making your slimming world battered fish for fewer syns?

We've listed the recipe deets below which has 6.5 syns per serving of fish (do note you will need an air fryer for this recipe).


  • Pinch of turmeric, cayenne, paprika and salt/pepper.
  • 125ml of beer.
  • 100g of flour.
  • 500g of cod fillets (serves 4).
  • Spoon of garlic puree.
  • Tablespoon of olive oil.


  1. To begin, make the batter for your fish by mixing the flour, seasoning and your beer, pop in the fridge for an hour or two.
  2. Take your fish and squeeze any excess moisture out then place them into the batter and your air fryer, cook for around 10 minutes at 180 degrees, flip then cook for another 7.

Final Words

To conclude, battered fish is very high in syns consuming nearly all of your daily syn allowance due to the high-calorie breaded coating which is also fried, bringing up its fat content. To save syns, we would opt for a smaller piece of fish or not batter, but if you have the craving, you can always make your battered fish at home for half the syns with our recipe above!

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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