Delicious Burns Night recipes

Celebrate Burns Night with our feast of classic Scottish recipes.

Burns Night recipes

by Emily Thorpe |

If you're planning on taking part in Burns Night, a celebration of the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns, you'll need some yummy recipes to tuck into.

To help you out, we've pulled together a selection of traditional sweet and savoury recipes for you and your loved one to enjoy.

Haggis

Haggis
©Caroline's Cooking

One of the most popular dishes for Burns Night, on the very first Burns Night in 1801, Burns' friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of his death over a supper of haggis.

Cullen Skink

Cullen Skink
©BBC/The Hairy Bikers

This unusually named dish is a classic Scottish smoked fish soup made with velvety leeks and potato.

Black pudding crumpets

Black pudding crumpets
©Jamie Oliver

Described by Jamie Oliver as "the perfect friendship of flavours" this dish combines rich, crisp black pudding with sweet, maple apples and lemony watercress, served on a crumpet.

Scotch broth

Scotch broth
©Great British Chefs

This hearty Scotch broth makes a delicious yet frugal dish, harnessing simple ingredients for a comforting and wintry meal.

Clootie dumpling

Scottish Clootie Dumpling
©The Spruce Eats

This fruit and spice-laden suet pudding is a must for any Scottish celebration. It's boiled in a cloth known as a "cloot", which gives the dish its name.

Black Bun

Black Bun

Although traditionally eaten at Hogmany, we reckon this moist, fruity cake from Paul Hollywood will be just as enjoyable on Burns Night.

Empire biscuits

Empire biscuits

These biscuits from Julie Linn are made of two shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with jam and topped with icing and are great with a cup of tea or hot whisky toddy.

Scottish tablet

Made with very little ingredients, this Scottish favourite is similar to fudge but with a delicious crumbly texture.

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