30-Minute Cullen Skink Recipe: The Scottish Soup Recipe Has a Strange Name, But Incredible Flavors by 30Seconds Food

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30-Minute Cullen Skink Recipe: The Scottish Soup Recipe Has a Strange Name, But Incredible Flavors

Cullen skink may not sound like something you want to eat, but believe us, you do! Cullen skink is a Scottish soup recipe that's made with smoked haddock, potatoes and onion or leeks in a infused milk broth. The simple fish soup recipe is from the town of Cullen in Moray, which is located on the northeast coast of Scotland. Serve this easy soup recipe with crusty bread.

Cuisine: Scottish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 large white, waxy potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 2 1/2 cups milk 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives or flat-leaf parsley
  • bay leaf
  • 1 pound smoked haddock
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped fine or 1 cup sliced leeks, washed well 
  • fresh chives, for garnish

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Put the milk, chives, bay leaf and haddock into a saucepot. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it sit about 5 minutes for flavors to infuse the milk.  
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove the haddock to a plate. Pour the infused milk through a mesh strainer into a bowl. 
  4. Melt the butter in the saucepot. Add the onion or leeks and cook until soft, about 4 to 5 minutes. 
  5. Pour the milk back into the saucepot along with the cooked potatoes. Cook over medium-low heat until it thickens up a bit, about 2 minutes. 
  6. Flake the fish into large chunks and put it back into the pot. Gently cook about 5 more minutes, taking care not to break the fish up too much. Season with salt and pepper. (Watch out how much salt you add because the haddock is already salty.) 
  7. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh chives. 

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Elisa Schmitz
This sounds absolutely delicious. We eat a lot of fish. Looking forward to it!

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