Cullen Skink
cullen skink

Cullen Skink

Last Updated on 14/04/2022 by richard

Cullen skink is a thick Scottish soup made with smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. The name originates from Cullen in Moray, Scotland.

This comforting soup is frequently served as the starter for the traditional meal on Burn’s night.

cullen skink

Cullen Skink

Cullen skink is a thick Scottish soup made with smoked haddock, potatoes and onions.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Starter
Cuisine Scottish
Servings 4
Calories 226 kcal
How Difficult Easy


  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 400 g medium potatoes about 2, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 250 g smoked haddock
  • 250 ml whole milk
  • ½ small bunch of parsley or chives finely chopped


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, then add the onion and fry for 5-8 mins until translucent but not browned. Add the potatoes and 300ml water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 10-15 mins.
  • Meanwhile, put the haddock in another pan and cover with the the milk. Cook gently for 5 mins, or until just tender. Remove the haddock from the milk with a slotted spoon (reserving the milk), transfer to a plate and leave to cool slightly. When cool enough to touch, flake into large pieces, removing any bones.
  • Put the reserved milk and flaked haddock in the pan with the potato mixture and cook for another 5 mins. Season and sprinkle over the parsley to serve.


Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 20gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gFiber: 3gSugar: 5g
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