Cullen Skink
cullen skink

Cullen Skink

Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
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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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Course: Starter
Cuisine: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scottish
Keyword: fish, potatoes, Scottish, soup
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Richard


  • 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: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

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