Burns Night recipes

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Whether you're a Scot yourself, want to make a special effort for a Scottish loved one, or just fancy a celebration – our Burns Night supper ideas (with recipes) will do the job

Smoked salmon paté

A perfect choice for canapés if you're having a dinner party.

salmon pate

“I thought this would be difficult to make, but this was actually quite simple and went down very well with all our guests.”

Cullen skink

Basically haddock chowder, except this version adds sweet potato to the traditional ingredients.

cullen skink

“Cullen skink is a most unlikely success of a soup but it really is warming and heartening, perfect cold weather food.”

Rabbie Burns chicken

A creative way to get the kids to eat haggis, if you're so inclined.

rabbie burns chicken

“I've refined and tweaked this recipe by adding and taking away things and changing the sauce base for different occasions. You could always substitute the swede and potatoes for any other veg, I just use it as the standard accompaniment to haggis for ease.”

Mince and tatties with dumplings

A simple but hearty family supper.


“A family favourite from childhood.”

Oatmeal-stuffed neeps

This is a great Burns supper dish for vegetarians (or haggis haters).


“A good seasonal Scottish recipe that's perfect for this time of year, when neeps are in season and the weather is cold…”

Scottish tablet

A traditional Scottish favourite – and one of the world's most sugary treats.

Scottish tablet

“Basically pure sugar but lovely!”

Cranachan (a kid-friendly, non-whiskey version)

Finish your meal off with some oaty, fruity goodness.


“It's a doddle to make, can be done in advance and is utterly delicious.”

If you're looking for more ideas and tips (or have your own to share), you can always talk to other Mumsnetters on the food and recipes Talk board.