Cullen Skink

May 22, 2015

Author Notes: A traditional fish soup from the northeast of Scotland that incorporates smoked haddock with potatoes and onions.Graeme Taylor

Serves: 2


  • One 250-gram smoked haddock fillet
  • 2 1/4 cups (500 milliliters) whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • White part of 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 potato, diced into 1-centimeter cubes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste (optional)
In This Recipe


  1. In a sauté pan over a low to medium heat, poach the haddock in the milk with the bay leaf for 3 to 4 minutes until cooked. Remove the haddock and pour the milk into a separate bowl and set aside. Discard the bay. Wipe the pan clean of milk with a towel.
  2. In the same pan, sauté the onion and leek in butter until soft, but stopping before they're browned. Add the potato, coating it well in the buttery vegetables.
  3. Add the retained milk and simmer until the potato is cooked.
  4. Remove half the vegetables and mash the milky vegetable mix with a potato masher or fork. Add back the remaining vegetables and haddock to warm through.
  5. Check for seasoning and serve with a good grinding of black pepper.

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2 Reviews

Lesley October 27, 2017
Many thanks for posting this, Graeme! A favourite around our house plus it brings back childhood memories. Didn't change a thing - it's lovely.
Author Comment
Graeme T. October 27, 2017
Thank you Lesley, I love how good and flavour brings back such vivid memories. So glad you enjoyed it.