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Start your day in a typically Scottish way with my super simple Scottish porridge recipe. It is sweet, hearty, and packed with so much goodness from the Scottish oats.
Scottish Porridge Recipe
What is Scottish Porridge?
Porridge, naturally, has found a home in cuisines across the globe, from the snow-capped mountains of Europe to the sweltering deserts of Africa.
Porridge, however, has a particularly special relationship with Scottish cuisine, largely due to the use of oats, which have been cultivated in the country for over two thousand years.
Oats have been a staple food in Scotland for generations, and are used in so many ways and in various foods. The grain is a true source of pride for Scottish people, and this particular breakfast is how historically so many Scots have started their day.
To make my Scottish porridge recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Oats – 1 cup Scottish Oats
- Milk – 2 cups semi-skimmed milk (or reduced-fat milk)
- Salt – pinch of salt
- Honey – 2 tbsp of honey (optional)
- Berries – Fresh raspberries and blueberries (optional)
Traditionally, it is served with salt, so for the savory version, just use oats, milk, and salt. Here we’ve opted for a sweet version, topped with honey and fresh berries.
If you’re in the U.S. and struggling to find Scottish oats in grocery stores, Bob’s Red Mill sells Scottish oats on Amazon.
Variations / Serving Suggestions
Water vs. Milk – In Scotland, people will argue about whether true Scottish porridge is made with water or milk. Our preference is to make it with semi-skimmed milk (reduced-fat milk). However, you can use water, you can use whole milk, or you can use skimmed/low-fat milk.
Liquid to Oats Ratio – In Scotland, many people will use the ratio of 3:1 (3 cups of liquid (water or milk) to 1 cup of oats). 2:1 is our favorite ratio for this recipe, but again, it depends on people’s preferences. Some people will only use 1:1, in which case you’ll get very thick oatmeal. We only simmered ours for 2 minutes, but if you simmer longer, you’ll need a 3:1 ratio.
Oats – Different brands will affect the ratio of liquid to oats, so adjust accordingly. We used a supermarket brand of Scottish oats. In the US, there are limited options for Scottish oats, but Bob’s Red Mill sells some on Amazon.
Note: This recipe makes 2 servings.
Step 1 – Add the oats, a pinch of salt, and milk to a pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and simmer for about 2 minutes.
Step 2 – Adjust the consistency to your liking. If you prefer more of a liquid consistency, add more milk or water. If you want it a bit thicker, simmer it a bit longer.
Step 3 – Spoon your porridge into bowls to serve.
Step 4 – If you want the sweet version, top with fresh berries and honey.
Whether you opt for milk or water, toppings or no toppings, there’s no denying the warmth and heart of Scottish oat porridge.
Fuel yourself up for a busy day ahead, and give this beloved Scottish staple a try. You have so much room to adapt it to your personal taste, all while taking in the goodness of one of the world’s most nutritious grains.
Scottish Porridge Recipe Card
- 1 cup Scottish Oats
- 2 cups semi-skimmed milk (or reduced-fat milk)
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp of honey (optional)
- fresh raspberries and blueberries (optional)
- Add the oats, a pinch of salt, and milk to a pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and simmer for about 2 minutes.
- Adjust the consistency to your liking. If you prefer more of a liquid consistency, add more milk or water. If you want it a bit thicker, simmer it a bit longer.
- Spoon your porridge into bowls to serve.
- If you want the sweet version, top with fresh berries and honey.
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