Cullen Skink
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Cullen Skink

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Serves 4

A tasty and satisfying soup from the Moray area of Scotland.

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  • Ingredients
  • I tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 300ml water
  • 250g smoked haddock
  • 250ml milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley or chives


    1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add onion and fry gently until transparent. Cook for about 5 minutes but do not allow to brown.
    2. Add potatoes and water and bring to boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile in another pan, cover the haddock with the milk and cook gently for about five minutes until just tender. Remove from the milk and, when cool enough to touch, flake gently into large pieces, removing bones.
    4. Add milk and flaked fish to saucepan containing potatoes and other ingredients and cook for a further 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
    5. Serve with crusty bread and butter.

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12th Feb, 2019
Cullen Skink is possibly my favourite soup, and I must say this recipe results in the best Cullen Skink I have ever tasted. I like to use smoked cod or basa when I am making it and also use garlic pepper for just that little extra finish
30th Dec, 2018
This is the best recipe I have used for making this soup, so quick and easy and tastes amazing.
16th Nov, 2018
Planning to make this tomorrow and serve it in homemade sourdough bread soup bowls. I know how good this recipe is - adding a leek works well.
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Nancy Sutton
19th Mar, 2018
Made this tonight. As good as what we ate while on vacation in Scotland a couple of years ago. Thanks BBC!!
5th Jun, 2017
silly question I suppose, but do you drain the potatoes first or just add the milk to the water
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Debbie Walters
25th Jan, 2018
Hi, I've made this several times and I just added the milk to the water. Bit late to reply but better late than never as they say!! Debbie
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Andrew Close
4th Jan, 2018
Did you get this answered? Thank you Andrew
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David Weir
25th Jan, 2018
Don't drain the water, no. There's good flavour in there!
25th Feb, 2017
I smoked 1.36kg of whiting overnight. This recipe looks perfect! I will make some fish dip also. Thanks!!!
18th Jan, 2017
I didn't have any herbs but I did have a spare leek. I cleaned and sliced it into 1cm slices and added it to the potatoes along with the haddock and milk. 5mins later it's ready to eat. Great recipe!


18th Jan, 2015
Can this soup be prepared in advance and stored either in the fridge for one night or frozen?
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