Modern Scottish recipe: Old Pulteney Cullen skink

This recipe is a twist on a traditional Scottish favourite - Cullen Skink.

20 minutes
Published: January 21, 2021

Wash the leek thoroughly and pat dry.

Heat the butter in a large saucepan.

Add the leek and ‘sweat’ in the butter over a low heat for 3 – 4 minutes.

Meanwhile dice the potatoes evenly into 1cm cubes.

Stir into the leek and soften for a couple of minutes.

Add the vegetable stock and simmer for 6 – 7 minutes or until the potatoes are beginning to soften and then blend in the milk and herbs, bring pack to a slow simmer.

Break up the potatoes a little with the back of a fork to crush not mash.

Cut the fish into 2 – 3 cm chunks and stir carefully into the soup.

Poach over a low heat until the fish is just cooked. Avoid stirring to prevent breaking the fish up too much.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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To serve, stir in the double cream and bring back up to boiling point.

Pour into a large soup tureen or deep serving dish.

Heat the whisky in a soup ladle over a gas flame.

Tilt the bowl of the ladle to ignite the whisky and pour – flaming – over the soup at the table immediately.

Tuck in and enjoy with more Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bring out the maritime aromas of the sea.

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Old Pulteney Cullen skink


  • 1 small leek (white part only) thinly sliced
  • 30g butter
  • 450g floury potatoes, peeled
  • 300mls vegetable stock
  • 450mls full fat milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 450g un-dyed smoked haddock, pin-boned and skinned
  • 4 tbsp double cream (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 – 2 tbsp Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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