Scottish Leek Soup Recipes

There are a number of Scottish Leek soup recipes but of course the two most famous ones are, "Cock-a-Leekie" and "Potato (or Tattie) and Leek".

It is traditionally served as the starter at a Burns Supper followed by the main course of Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps, with the delicious desert of Tipsy Laird to follow.

After Haggis and and the world-famous Shortbread, I think Cock-a-Leekie soup might be one of the most famous. It is an ancient dish and is served in all walks of life across Scotland.

The traditional way is to make the stock from a whole fresh chicken, rather than just leftovers, although I think today it is often made with the leftover bones after a roast chicken dinner.

The weirdest ingredient is prunes - and for the life me I have been unable to find when they were introduced to this soup, but somehow it works! Like many other dishes, you'll find dozens of varying recipes - I hope you enjoy this one. Both these Scottish Leek Soup Recipes are worth a try.

Other traditional Scottish Soups are Cullen Skink and of course the famous Scotch Broth. My favourite, however, is Lentil - a very easy and simple soup. (If you sign up for my free ezine, this recipe is part of the free gifts.)

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Uncooked Chicken

Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Cock-a-Leekie Soup


10 prunes
1 medium chicken
4 pints chicken stock
8 leeks
1 oz rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped parsley for garnish


  • Soak the prunes overnight in cold water.

  • Remove any giblets from chicken and place it in a saucepan with the stock.

  • Prepare the leeks, removing some of the green tops.

  • Cut into 1/2 inch slices and add to the stock.

  • Season, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 3 1/2 hours.

  • Halve and stone the prunes, add to the stock and cook for a further 1/2 hour.

  • Add the rice for the last 10 minutes.

  • Remove the chicken from the stock, carve off the meat and cut it into fairly large pieces.

  • Place some of the pieces in each soup dish and pour some of the soup over.

Serve garnished with the chopped parsley and eat with homemade wholemeal bread.

There are several Scottish Leek Soup Recipes, this next one is also popular.

Making Leek and Tattie Soup

Scottish Leek Soup Recipes
My Easy Leek and Potato (Tattie) Soup


4 large leeks, cleaned and sliced
2 large tatties, scrubbed and diced
2 pts stock (or 1.5 pts stock, and 0.5 pt milk)
butter or olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste
soured cream to garnish (optional)


  • Melt the butter or heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan.

  • Add the leeks and tatties

  • Stir well.

  • Season, cover and leave on a very low heat for 15 minutes.

  • Add stock

  • Bring to simmering point; cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are really soft.

  • Puree in a blender or pass through a sieve

  • Reheat then serve with a swirl of soured cream.

To see many other soup recipes - have a look at Country Kitchen Soup Recipes

If you have enjoyed these Scottish Leek Soup recipes, see also the following:-

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.
Clootie Dumpling - 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.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.
Roast Turkey - 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 Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
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.
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.
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.
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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