Enjoy a Full Scottish Breakfast

The Scots may well have a reputation for eating healthy breakfasts like porridge, but the reality is they enjoy nothing better than a full Scottish breakfast.

Partly due to the cost of the ingredients, a full Scottish breakfast used to be restricted to Sunday only, when the whole family could gather round the dining table to enjoy a special Sunday breakfast that was different to every other day of the week.

Nowadays, the rate of heart disease in Scotland is soaring thanks to many families deciding to treat themselves to a full Scottish breakfast every day of the week.

A full Scottish breakfast is even more unhealthy than a full English breakfast, containing as it does much more saturated fats than the English version.

While my personal preference is for a Scottish breakfast because it tastes simply wonderful, I would not advise anyone to have a full Scottish breakfast any more than once a week for the sake of their health if nothing else.

Full Scottish Breakfast

How to Make a Scottish Breakfast

Ingredients for a full Scottish Breakfast for two people

4 x square sausages

2 x black pudding slices

4 x eggs

4 x slices bacon

1 x tin baked beans in tomato sauce

2 x tomatoes

4 x potato scones (tattie scones)

2 x mushrooms (optional)

2 x slices toasted bread spread with butter

1 x pottea.


  • Fry or grill the sausages, bacon, black pudding, tomatoes and mushroom until browned all over. This will take about 10 minutes tops.
  • Heat the beans in a pot on the stove.
  • Fry the eggs, sunny side up and soft-yolked.
  • When frying use lard or beef fat (traditional method)
  • Pop the bread under the grill or into an electric toaster to toast.
  • Shove a couple of tea bags in a pot and add boiling water.


Full Scottish Breakfast
Full Scottish Breakfast

Optional Extras in a Full Scottish Breakfast

  • Link sausages
  • White pudding slices
  • Haggis slices
  • Sliced fruit pudding

white pudding, fruit pudding, square sausage, black pudding
white pudding, fruit pudding, square sausage, black pudding
tattie scones
tattie scones
square sausage
square sausage

What are These things?

All of the things here are made up by a butcher and not the cook. Sunday being the traditional day for having a full Scottish breakfast is also the Day of Rest, and that included the busy housewife.

Haggis - made up by butcher and not something most housewives would want to know how to make. Consists of parts of a sheep's organs mixed with oatmeal, suet, chopped onion, spices.and salt and cooked in a sheep's stomach.

White pudding -is made of minced pork meat, suet, oatmeal, spices and bread and shaped into a large sausage.

Fruit pudding -is made of wheat flour, currants/sultanas, beef suet, sugar, salt and cinnamon and is shaped into a large sausage.

Potato scones - flat rolled out scones (cakes) made from cold mashed potatoes, salt, butter and flour. Usually bought ready-made, but can be home-made. Sometimes called griddle scones in some recipe books, or potato griddle scones.

Square sausage -also known as Lorne Sausage, is basically just sausage meat which may be pork or beef or a mixture of the two set out in blocks from which slices are cut as shown in the picture to the right here. Great on Scottish rolls with Heinz ketchup and/or onions.

Link sausage - link sausage is your normal sausage meat shaped into sausage shapes in an edible casing and made from ground beef or pork, or a mixture, and salt, herbs and spices.

Black pudding - this is known in N. America as blood pudding. It's color comes from the blood of pig, cow or sheep and is mixed with suet, bread, oatmeal, spices, salt and barley.

After writing this, my mouth is watering and I would love to have a full Scottish breakfast right now! It really is the tastiest of meals, and black and white pudding and haggis are absolutely delicious despite how they may sound.

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Princessa 6 years ago from France

Black pudding, white pudding, tattie scones, haggis... my mouth is watering. I wish I could find all that where I am. I have never been able to have all that for breakfast as I am not a morning person, but it makes a fantastic lunch for me...

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

There are bars in Benidorm that do all day Scottish breakfasts, but I'm not driving a 40 mile round trip just for that! lol I'm the same as you, this would be a 12 o'clock in the day sort of breakfast for me. Or a 12 o'clock at night (that's the time that fast approaching now and I really want to taste all those again!)

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Loren's Gem 6 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

How interesting to see different authentic breakfasts from different countries. Your Scottish square sausages, haggis and black pudding (or those other black colored goodies over on the plate)... well I have never seen any of those here in Turkey.

Though the tatttie scones look like lava? and the horse-shoe shaped sausages looks like sucuk except that they are pink.

Nice hub, IzzyM! I enjoyed reading it and looking at your Scottish goodies! :-)

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Tattie scones are actually rigid lol - might look like lava but they are great when slightly cooled to eat straight from the hand!

The sausages were uncooked in that picture - they change color when cooked :)

I know you live in Turkey, Loren. Are you from Turkey?

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selrach 6 years ago

You canny beat a good fry up Izzy.You have made my mouth water I am away oot to the nearest cafe for the full monty.

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

LOL selrach - as they would say in the Highlands "and its not even the sabbath!" - yer right tho' - cannae whack it!

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Uninvited Writer 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Oh, so good. I haven't had potato scones and black pudding in so long...

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Can you not buy them online? I know here in Europe you can...I don't know if any of the companies have the licence to send food across the Atlantic? There's an ad above (you won't see it if they don't do the states and Canada) for campbellsmeat.com

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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Perhaps you have found a gap in the market Izzy,if you don't fancy the round trip do you not see a local market opportunity here ?

I have the suppliers here, could also include Arbroath Smokies, Kippers... Aberdeen Butteries, Scotch Pies...

Shall I stop now or carry on torturing you ?

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BRIAN SLATER 6 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Izzy, you should have suggested climbing a munro to work off some of the calories,lol great hub took me right back there.

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Merlin you are evil! I am starving and I would give my right arm for a scotch pie right now - with baked beans and oxo. Yum!

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Can you see that Glasgow lot getting out their beds to climb a munro? lol The most exercise most of them get is using their arm to lift an Irn Bru bottle! lol

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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Izzy, I've had many English breakfasts, but I don't think I have ever had a Scottish one, even when I was in Scotland. I'll have to try one sometime -- but definitely not early in the morning!

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

There's not a lot of difference really between an English fry-up and a Scots one, except for the tattie scones, square sausage, black pudding, fruit pudding, haggis....hmmm...more than I thought! The English have something called hash browns though. They are like fat tattie scones!

No not early in the morning lol

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Kamran100 6 years ago

emmmm...so nice food

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Kamran - high fat and very fattening, but delicious!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hmm, am hungry now, that looks so delicious Mam, I saw your garden blog BTW it is beautiful and Spain id just a beautiful country too, Maita

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Maita, trouble with Spain is there are just too many insects! I'm missing the old country and a good Scottish fry-up!

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I'm hungry for a Scottish breakfast.

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hublim 6 years ago from Scotland

Great Hub Izzy! It’s not something we would eat regularly, some places in Scotland call the full breakfast the Belly Buster, for good reason.

You really can’t beat black pudding, haggis and Square sausage!

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

I wish people would stop commenting, because I then have to open this hub to read the comments, and get hungry all over again!

Thanks for commenting all the same, hublim and Sandyspider :)

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angel115707 6 years ago from Galveston, TX

sounds really good...I don't know about the curdled blood sausage yet, coming from a girl who eats Buodin I can't talk though...LOL...

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

What's Buodin? You can post a link here if that is easier to explain.

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angel115707 6 years ago from Galveston, TX


my mother hates it, she refuses to eat dirty rice or boudin because of the pork liver in it, but my father and i love it....( I was too young to know what was in it when I started eating it..LOL) basically all the dirty left over parts of meat are snuck into boudin even though its considered a favorite among Cajun/Creoles....

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Interesting link thanks :)

I'm laughing at the USDA approved labels!

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dsmiller 6 years ago from Canada

Wow! It would take all day to eat that breakfast. Or maybe a couple of days. Glad my ancestors came to Canada, so I can just have cereal for breakfast. ;-)

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chinweike 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK

I will make out time this weekend to go shopping for the scottish breakfast.

I have spent some time now in Sctland but has not been able to experiment with their food. The reason is purly on cost ground. I find it easier to buy all I need from African shops here than buying stuffs need for scottish meals.

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

There is a supermarket in Byres Road that will sell all you need for a good Scottish breakfast. Have you got a Greg's the bakers shop near you? If so, go in and buy a Scotch pie fresh from the oven. I think it'll cost about £1. Mmmmm!

There are loads of ethnic shops in Glasgow's west end so no doubt you have no need to go local :)

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chinweike 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK

Ok lzzym, i will go to byres road and try Greg's the bakers shop.

Thanks for the information.

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bskinny 6 years ago from US

Is there such a thing as scottish sumo wrestlers? How do they eat like this and remain relatively thin?

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

I expect because its only once a week. A fry-up is traditional for a Sunday, probably because its the 'day of rest' and so folk have time to cook a long leisurely breakfast. They work hard the rest of the week and soon burn it off.

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lyndre 6 years ago from Scotland

Sitting here typing this with 2 rolls from the cafe.One lorne suasage and tattie scone.And one fried egg and black pudding.Both with brown sauce of course.Hope I am making you hungry Ha Ha

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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Hmmm! I can taste it from here! (I wish!) anyway I prefer ketchup :)

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Tera715 5 years ago from Panama City, Florida

I remember seeing all of these things when I lived in London. I never understood the beans for breakfast, but my fellow British friends couldn't get enough. There is something to be said about the concept of sitting with family and enjoying a full Scottish breakfast on a Sunday morning. My friends however, enjoyed these things on Saturday afternoons after being terribly hung over from their night of drinking :) Thanks for sharing!

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

ah yes its a great hangover cure too - probably why its a Sunday breakfast - most people had Saturday night off.

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jreuter 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Haggis! Yikes, was talking to my Scottish friend about this tonight. I've yet to try it, but I he swears by it. I suppose I'll have to suspend my thoughts on where it comes from and just try to enjoy it. ;) Aside from this though, I have to ask, how does one find the time to write over 500 hubs in two years? I've been here for 3 and I've kicked out 49! I wish I had many, many more. Good work.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I don't have a job. All my life I've worked full time and now I don't know what to do with myself. By rights I should have about 3000 hubs by now! You will love haggis, honestly. It is delicious!

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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Yummy! I love this Scottish breakfast but I have not tried haggis , yet. I heard from my hubby that it´s delicious. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and very informative.

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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Thelma! Feeling hungry myself now after re-reading this hub LOL

ellen in nz 12 months ago

yeah but has anyone got recipes for scottish fruit pudding

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