Cullen Skink Recipe

You may be asking yourself, "what is a Cullen Skink Recipe? What a weird name."

Cullen Skink a famous Scottish fish soup made with smoked haddock. If you are not a fish lover, then you might not appreciate it. But if you do like fish, this soup would make an interesting change. However if fish soup doesn't appeal to you, then you might want to try something like Leek and Potato or the famous Scotch Broth. My personal favourite is Lentil. If you'd like a recipe for that, then sign up for my free ezine and it's part of the free gifts.

Scotland produces wonderful fish and there are a number of famous recipes from the famous Fish and Chips in Batter to the traditional Trout in oatmeal.

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But, back to our Cullen Skink recipe - the name of this rich, tasty soup comes from the fishing village of Cullen, in Morayshire. "Skink" is a soup made originally from a shin of beef. But in this case, the main ingredient is smoked haddock. Traditionally it is made with Finnan Haddock which needs to be skinned after cooking. But the recipe below is a bit easier.

This Cullen Skink Recipe makes a filling and rich soup and I think it can be a meal by itself.

Bowl of Cullen Skink

Culen Skink

Cullen Skink Recipe


A large smoked haddock (weighing around 2lb)
1 large onion, finely chopped.
2 pts pints (1200ml) milk
1 large potato chopped finely
Salt and pepper
1 bay leaf
Chopped parsley


  • Skin the haddock before cooking.

  • Place the smoked haddock with milk and bay leaf, in a large pan.

  • Poach gently for a few minutes.

  • Remove fish from pan.

  • Add onion and potato to pan and cook gently until soft.

  • When the vegetables are soft, remove the bay leaf.

  • Liquidise the milk, onion and potatoes until they are like a smooth cream. (If you don't have a liquidiser, try a food processor. If you don't have that, then use a potato masher although you won't get such a good smooth creamy texture).

  • Return to the pan, and add the flaked haddock.

  • Season with pepper. (You probably won't want extra salt, as the smoked fish usually provides enough salt).

  • Add chopped parsley.

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If you have enjoyed reading the Cullen Skink Recipe, see some of other Scottish Recipes on the following pages:-

Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles.
Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream.
Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble.
Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Christmas Pudding - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Christmas Pudding - This traditional pudding is usually served on Christmas day throughout the UK as well as Scotland.
Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.
Roast Turkey Recipe - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.

Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Pretend Haggis - If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Savoury Mince Pies - This pie is made with minced beef (or hamburger meat).
Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish.
Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland.
Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

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