Traditional Scottish Food

These recipes are inspired by Traditional Scottish recipes and cooking methods and are as close to the original ways of making them as is possible today. Scotland has such a vast variety of fresh and seasonally available meats, fish, fruits and vegetables and we have a habit of creating delicious dishes that survive the test of time. Many of our old food traditions are still alive and popular to this day. Although we’ve been known for inventing the deep fried mars bar in relatively recent years we still enjoy a traditional bowl of Scotch Broth or Clootie dumpling and quite often the recipes are passed on down through the generations for all to enjoy!

Below is a selection of Traditional Scottish recipes throughout this blog, some of them also have supporting videos on my Youtube channel – The Wee Larder and these will be linked in the blog posts if nessecary. If you have any questions please drop me a line in the comments box under the recipes. Enjoy your Scottish cooking! Angie x

Traditional Scottish Food Collction

Baked Crab & Lobster Salad – Ethical Shellfish Company

We loved cooking up these delicious recipes using a freshly caught Scottish crab and lobster from The Ethical Shellfish company who dive fish around the Mull area in Scotland. Their ethos is simple but beautiful – “We will pick the apples without trampling the flowers beneath”.

Smoked Salmon Summer Salad & Oat Bannocks

These lovely traditional Scottish Oat Drop Bannocks went really well with the fresh seasonal Summer salad vegetables, crowdie cheese and award winning Smoked Salmon from John Ross in Aberdeen. This delicious recipe is part of my food tour around Aberdeen and showcases the delicious melt in the mouth award winning Smoked Salmon from John Ross. … Read More

Herring in Oatmeal

This delicious traditional Scottish recipe is so easy to make and really nice served with the creamy egg and potato salad in the recipe below. The cheesy bacon scallops are a fishy bonus for you all and based on a traditional way to serve them

Summer Strawberry Tart with Mackays

We love those delicious mini strawberry tarts that arrive on the Scottish baker shelves in the Summer months they are soooo good! I thought it would be good to make a giant version, to share with everyone…of course! lol! 😉

Chicken and Oatmeal Soup

If you love chicken soup your going to love this delicious Chicken and Oatmeal soup recipe its so easy to make and is enjoyed throughout the year in our house. It is best made the day after a Sunday roast chicken dinner.

Easy Scotch Pie

These easy traditional Scotch pies are so quick to make using a basic shortcrust pastry and lamb mince. The traditional Scotch pie was made with finely chopped or minced mutton I believe so in this version of a traditional Scotch pie I am using minced lamb to recreate the flavour inside and have used similiar … Read More

Wild Garlic Lamb Shoulder

I love using scottish wild garlic in the Spring time and I particularly loved creating this delicious and nutritious Wild Garlic Slow Cooker Lamb recipe using local Scottish lamb PGI meat provided by our local butcher and The Scotch Kitchen. The combination of the juicy tender lamb and the wild garlic flavour is incredible!

Oatmeal Drop Scone

These traditional Scottish Oatmeal drop scones are so easy to put together and make a delicious breakfast or snack. The kids love them and they are delicious served with a drizzle of honey and a spread of cream cheese.

Winter Veg Soup

This traditional Scottish Winter Vegetable soup is so good on a cold Winters day. It’s made with a hearty selection of seasonal Scottish root vegetables and a piece of beef rib to sweeten and add flavour.

Heather Honey & Oat Pancakes

These Scottish Heather Honey and Oat Pancakes are so easy to make and are really delicious for breakfast with fresh fruit and a drizzle of raw honey or maple syrup. They are fluffy and light and are so quick and easy to make for breakfast.

Scottish Haggis Balls

These Scottish haggis balls made with Traditional Scottish Haggis are so easy to make and delicious served up with some neeps (turnip) and tatties (potatoes) or some clapshot. I’m serving my balls up with some clapshot in this recipe as they work so well together.

Scottish Potted Trout

This is such a delicious traditional Scottish recipe for potted trout and very easy to make. I like it in the Winter months but it is equally good in the warmer months too. It travels well and goes nicely with toast, crackers and oatcakes. We enjoy it on toast triangles with a bowl of warm … Read More

Scotch Barley & Kale Broth

If your looking for something hearty and healthy this January then this broth is perfect for you. This recipe is biult up on a delicious beef broth using leeks, onions and kale for the vegetable base and can also be served with a wee suppie cream. The barley in this recipe is loved by all … Read More

Christmas Plum Pudding

This Christmas Plum Pudding is light in colour and texture compared to the heavier versions available and it works perfectly as a boozey pudding or as an adorable Christmas pudding with icing and holly.

Scotch Broth

I have shared a few recipes over the years for making Traditional Scotch broth but this recipe has to be one of my absolute favourites. It was inspired by some of the older Traditional Scottish recipes for barley broth.

Haddock Pudding

I love this Traditional Scottish Haddock pudding. It is such a simple but delicious winter dish served alongside greens, broccoli and peas. Its a dish we like to make after our local fish van comes round with fresh haddock for us.

Scotish Yule Bannock

This Scottish yule bannock is halfway between a traditional yule bannock and a modern day shortbread. The flavours are perfect around Christmas with cinnamon, allspice, mixed peel and cherries and the beremeal adds a nutritious traditional element.

Aberdeen Rowies

These Scottish Aberdeen Rowies are an absolute classic from the North East of Scotland. A weekend treat quite often included a buttery or a rowie for breakfast when we were growing up and I’ll never forget waking up to my Dad’s old crackly radio on a Saturday morning and the smell of the rowies wafting … Read More

Smoked Salmon & beetroot Salad

This delicious Scottish smoked salmon salad makes a beautiful starter on Christmas day with its silky smooth smokey slices, crispy red onions and apples, chives and bright red sweet beetroot & horseradish dressing with a shimmer of gold dust.

Scottish Cheddar Cheese Loaf

I love something cheesy and comforting at this time of year and this cheddar cheese loaf fresh out of the oven with a dod of butter on the top hits the spot just nicely. The kids just love this recipe.

Scottish Christmas Trifle

We have always enjoyed Scotch broth, Christmas Turkey and all the trimmings for Christmas dinner and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Granny pulls out her traditional Scottish trifle from the fridge! Delicious!

Christmas Truffles

My mum made the most delicious but simple Christmas truffles around Christmas time and I’ve created this recipe to try and recreate those truffles she made us as kids. They are so delicious and make a lovely gift too! 🙂

Scottish Christmas Cake

We all squeeze in a slice of Christmas cake on Christmas day…well in all honestly its more like a cube of Christmas cake as there’s not much room for anything after a three course Christmas day dinner. This Christmas cake is full of my favourite Christmas spices and gives this cake such a delicious flavour.

Clootie Dumpling

This clootie dumpling reminds me so much of my husband’s Granny Alice MIlne, she was a lovely lady and treated us to many a plate of Traditional Scottish Broth and a slice of her clootie dumpling over the years.. Everytime its simmering away I think of her and her delicious clootie dumpling that I had … Read More

Beremeal Bannocks

I will have to admit that this was the first Scottish savoury bannock that I have made and you know what? …it certainly will not be the last it was absolutely delicious! The kids loved it and the wee one had a few pieces too! I made this special bannock with traditional Beremeal from Orkney.

Forfar Bridies

These traditional Scottish Forfar Bridies orignate from Forfar in Scotland. They are a traditional meat pastry which is thought to date back to the 19th century and thought to be served to the bride on her wedding day, hence the horseshoe shape. Another story is that they were made by a lady called Margaret Bridie … Read More

Scottish Clapshot

I love this simple but classic Scottish dish from Orkney its so easy to make but such a satisfying side to have next to a hearty stew at this time of year. I used my neep carvings to make this when I made my halloween neep. It took me ages to carve by hand but … Read More

Venison Squash & Blackberry Pie

I love saving my favourite pie recipes for the colder months and this pie is definitely one of our faves! We love this delicious Scottish Venison, Squash and Blackberry Pie, it is so easy to cook especially since the filling is made throughout the day in the slow cooker. As a busy mum I love … Read More

Haddock with Egg & Sultana Sauce

When I read of this combination in an old Scottish cookbook I thought mmm is that even going to taste good? I trusted my gut feeling and created this recipe inspired by the combination in the Old Scottish cookbook and it was delicious! It was a pleasant surprise and was very similiar in flavour to … Read More

Scottish Sticky Gingerbread

We love a slice of this Traditional Scottish Sticky Gingerbread cake and when its available in the kitchen it gets snapped up for breakfast, school snacks, packed lunches and even afternoon coffee breaks. It goes so well with a thin spreading of butter, some warm custard or a little jam. Such a delicious sticky hearty … Read More

Garlic Rib Roast

This delicious beef rib roast has been on the recipe bucket list for a long time. I knew it was a pretty pricey cut so it put me off for some time but today we decided to give it a try instead of getting a Friday night takeaway and we’ve not been eating out just … Read More

Mince and tatties

This dish is such a classic and a favourite of the Scottish people, especially here in the North East. It’s a hearty yet easy meal to make and is delicious on a cold Autumn of Winters day. We love making this dish now and again and enjoy it with fresh garden tatties (potatoes) and creamy … Read More

Blackberry, Apple & Bilberry tart

I love the deep purple colour of this Scottish blackberry, apple and bilberry tart its so beautiful and the flavour certainly doesn’t dissapoint either. It’s such a delicious warming tart to eat when the seasons change to Autumn and can be enjoyed with freshly made warm custard, whipped double cream or vanilla ice cream. My … Read More

Smoked Salmon pate

We love this creamy traditional Scottish smoked salmon pate. It works really well with pasta, oatcakes, toasted sourdough and you can even make a delicious smoked salmon and prawn terrine with this recipe. My favourite has to be traditional Scottish smoked salmon pate on my home made Scottish oatcakes.

Hotch Potch Soup (Hairst Bree / Harvest Broth)

We love this delicious Tradtional Scottish Harvest Broth called Hotch Potch. It’s so delicious to have at the end of Summer and is the perfect way to use up all of the Summer garden peas and broad beans. The sweetness of the Scottish Summer peas and broadbeans works really well with the lamb neck and … Read More

Scottish Crowdie Cheese

This traditional Scottish crowdie cheese is so delicious and creamy and spreads really well on Scottish oatcakes, biscuits or even in a sandwich. Its really easy to make and traditionally was a great way to use up excess milk.

Traditional Scottish Oatcakes

We love these traditional Scottish oatcakes as they are so easy to make yet so delicious with a slice of cheese and fresh jelly from the garden. I always thought that traditional Scottish oatcakes were difficult to make but they are acutally pretty easy. It just takes a little patience and careful preparation to make … Read More

Traditional Scottish Beef Stew

We love this traditional Scottish beef stew. Its very simple and very much like how Scottish beef stew would have been cooked traditionally. I like to use the slow cooker for this beef stew as it creates the most delicious melt in the mouth stew and the kids absolutely love it! Its packed with nutritional … Read More

Cock a Leekie Soup – Traditional Scottish Recipe

This traditional scottish recipe for cock a leekie soup is based on the traditional simple way of cooking cock a leekie soup. There are more modern variations of cock a leekie soup with carrot and prunes but my version is based on the old traditional way of making cock a leekie. Its really simple and … Read More

Cullen Skink Soup

I have a couple of recipes for making this soup but this one is definitely my favourite. It’s based on an old traditional Scottish recipe by Janet Murray that I have tweeked to replicate the soup my Dad would make us as kids.

Iced Ginger Sponge

Adapted from Janet Murray’s Cookbook – With a fine feeling for food, 1972 I love old cookbooks especially Scottish ones, I love to think and imagine the foods of my ancestors…how they prepared foods, what was available and what they thrived on locally. This delicious recipe is adapted from an old family Scottish Cookbook.

Scottish Pancakes

I don’t think any Scottish foodie blog would complete without these delicious pancakes. You can serve them simple with melted butter or jam or for that special treat with some crispy bacon and eggs on the top.