World Champion's Cullen Skink

Neal Robertson


This is the recipe I used to win the World Cullen Skink Championship in 2014.
I am also a World Porridge Champion and World Speciality Porridge Champion.

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3 hearty or 4 generous portions
5 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


one medium onion, very finely diced (i lost a bit of fingernail during the competition, that fine)
250g duke of york potatoes from stuart morris at balgersho, diced to 1cm
25g unsalted scottish butter
10ml stark's rapeseed oil
300ml water from your favourite well
250g undyed smoked haddock from the lovely wee fish shop in lady wynd (make the effort, you do want to win!)
500ml full fat gold top milk
chiffonade of parsley and chives
salt and pepper to taste


1Lay the fish in a wide enough pan for it to lie flat, cover with the milk and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and leave to rest for five minutes.
2Tip the onion, butter, oil, salt and pepper into a large pan and fry gently until the onion is transparent, you are smart enough to know that if the onion colours it will become bitter and you will have to start again.
Tip in the potatoes and fry for another few moments. Crank up the heat and add the water, lift the fish from the milk and pour it in, ease down to a gentle simmer (the soup, not you).
3Break the fish into large chunks, removing any skin or bones.
4Chop some parsley and chives until you can't bear to chop any more, that is a chiffonade.
5*Tricky bit claxon*
Not that tricky really. Take a couple of ladles of the soup and pound in a mortar and pestle until smooth, then tip back in. You now have a thick soup that still has chunks in it
Aren't you clever!
6Slide the fish back into the soup, warm through gently then serve with a sprinkle of chiffonade on top and crusty home made bread on the side.
You do make your own bread, don't you!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish Soups
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Scottish