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Scottish Food to Try at Home
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Abundant seafood and local produce have shaped Scottish food culture. Many traditional dishes have a long, storied histories behind them and are still enjoyed today, while other Scottish recipes have chosen to innovate with fresh ingredients and new twists to keep things interesting and modern. At once complex and simple, there is so much to learn about Scottish cuisine. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Scottish recipes so that you can explore all that Scottish food has to offer right from the comfort of your kitchen!

# 1 Clapshot


This traditional Scottish recipe is warm, creamy, filling, and delicious. Made of turnips and potatoes mashed together with plenty of butter and chives, it’s the perfect accompaniment to any Scottish feast. Want to learn how to make this hearty Scottish dish in your own kitchen?

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#2 Rumbledethumps


Another traditional Scottish food, this dish combines mashed potatoes, sautéed cabbage, sautéed onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. The whole thing is baked until the cheese on top is bubbly and slightly crispy, creating a hearty and delicious meal. Bonus? If you have other vegetables or meats on hand, it's easy to use them up by adding them into this versatile dish! Want to learn how to make this Scottish meal in your own kitchen?

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#3 Scottish Lentil Soup (Vegetarian)

Scottish Lentil Soup (Vegetarian)

This economical and delicious recipe is made with just 4 staple ingredients — red lentils, carrots, onion, and vegetable stock (or a stock cube). It comes together in just 35 minutes and is perfect for when you’re craving a warm, hearty meal. Bonus? It’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans, making it a great option to serve to guests, especially during the chilly winter months! Ready to learn how to make this Scottish soup at home?

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#4 Scottish Crumpets

Scottish Crumpets

Scottish crumpets are thinner and more pancake-like than their British counterparts. They pair wonderfully with some jam and butter for breakfast or afternoon tea! They’re also quite easy to make and come together in just 25 minutes. Ready to learn how to make Scottish crumpets in your home kitchen?

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#5 Flummery


This decadent Scottish dessert dates back to the 15th century! It’s made with oats, double cream, whipping cream, sugar, honey, orange juice, and a dash of whisky. Want to learn how to make this traditional Scottish treat at home?

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#6 Cranachan


This layered Scottish dessert is made with oats, raspberries, cream, and Scotch whisky. Sweet, creamy, and a little bit boozy, this is the perfect dessert to serve at a party and is a popular food for Burns Night celebrations – or just whenever you’re craving a delicious Scottish treat!

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#7 Tablet

Scottish Tablet

This unique Scottish dessert is super sweet, slightly gritty, and utterly delicious. While it does take a little bit of practice to get right, it’s well worth the effort. If you’re looking for a unique, melt-in-your-mouth Scottish sweet to try, this is it!

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#8 Lemon Scottish Shortbread Cookies

Scottish Lemon Shortbread Cookies

It wouldn’t be a list of our favorite Scottish recipes without shortbread! These cookies are lemony, buttery, slightly crumbly, and incredibly delicious. They go great with a cup of tea and are perfect for holiday parties. Want to learn how to make your own?

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#9 Abernethy Biscuits

Abernethy Biscuits

Another example of traditional Scottish food, these crisp cookies are the perfect teatime treat. Caster sugar adds a subtle sweetness while caraway seeds add distinctive flavor to these Scottish cookies. Ready to learn how to bake your own at home?

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#10 Oatmeal Rolls

Scottish Oatmeal Rolls

These Scottish oatmeal rolls are delicious and hold up well to spreads like butter, honey, or jam. They’re also perfect for dipping into soups and casseroles. If you’re looking for a unique and hearty bread to try, this is the perfect choice!

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Salt and Pepper Oatcakes

Salt and Pepper Oatcakes

Classic Scottish oatcakes are elevated by the addition of flaky sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper. Crunchy yet buttery and well-flavored, they pair perfectly with a glass of wine or tea. Want to learn how to make this Scottish favorite in your own kitchen?

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