Skirlie/Oatmeal Stuffing

Skirlie/Oatmeal Stuffing is a popular traditional Scottish dish, it is most commonly used as a side dish or as a stuffing for meats such as Chicken/Turkey.


50g (2oz) Butter, Lard or Dripping (I used Butter)

1 finely chopped Onion

ย Course Ground Oatmeal

Salt & Pepper


Melt the butter over a moderate heat, add the onion

Stir until the onion is lightly browned

Add as many oats as you need until all the fat is absorbed and the mixture is fairly firm

Add the salt and pepper to season and cook gently for a further 8-10 mins stirring occasionally until the mixture is golden brown

Skirlie/Oatmeal Stuffing

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  • That looks good. It looks so simple to make too. I know it is common as a side dish, but it would also make a good breakfast. Thanks for posting such a simple, but amazing recipe.

    • No probs! For breakfast thats not something I would have thought about but it might be interesting to try it with bacon maybe? Usually its with roast meats/stews or anything with a bit of gravy on the side as it soaks it all up and tastes amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That is a different twist on the traditional stuffing. I just might have to make chicken soon and accompany it with this recipe to see how it tastes. I am very curious. It looks good in the picture.

    • It is great with any kind of roast meats/stews anything with a bit of gravy and this is great on the side as it soaks up all the juices ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This recipe sounds like something our family may enjoy. I have never heard of it before. Are you Scottish yourself or did you find this recipe somewhere else?

  • This looks delicious! I am not a fan of traditional stuffing so next time I’ll be sure to try this out. Nice and simple, I love recipes that don’t require too much work, I tend to get a bit lazy in the kitchen so this is perfect.

  • This is definitely an interesting concept I should inform my relative about! She usually eats salad for lunch, and I feel that this would be a useful side dish seeing how she buys oatmeal every week.

    Thanks for providing the ingredients! Maybe sheโ€™ll start mixing this around with other meats like Sausage, and hopefully something for stuffing for Thanksgiving later in the year.

  • I am going to try making that! I love trying new things in the kitchen, and we love British food around here. Scottish foods are so interesting and it looks pretty easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  • I am always on tho lookout for good recipes that use oatmeal because it is so inexpensive. Plus the fact that I’ve always been fascinated with Scotland makes this recipe even more appealing. Thank you for sharing this.

  • I had never heard of Skirlie until I started dating my husband and never realised it was a traditional Scottish dish. We’ve only ever had it with Turkey for big holiday meals though, maybe I’ll make it with a roast soon. I always just use butter too but I bet the meat drippings would add a nice flavour. Thanks so much for posting this.

  • I absolutely love finding recipes that use five ingredients or less! I will be giving this a try because my family could definitely use the health benefits of oatmeal.

    I’m thinking of using it to stuff a piece of fish (roll-up style)… maybe like haddock or flounder. Do you think that would work as well as meat?

    • I hate recipes with millions of ingredients it drives me mad!! I never thought of using it with fish but I think if you use a simple white fish like Haddock it may just work? Let me know how it goes if you decide to try it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I will certainly let you know. I had a recipe that I haven’t made for years (and it’s lost now) that uses a roll-up style fish stuffing with a dry bread crumb stuffing. I’m thinking this wouldn’t be so very different from that. I like experimenting with new recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • I like trying new recipes as you can get stuck in a rut eating the same things week in week out so I am determined this year to try lots of new things!

  • I’ve always wanted to try making stuffing from scratch but most of the recipes I’ve found have been way too difficult for my liking. This seems easy and still tasty enough for me to give it a try sometime. Thanks

  • I’ve only tried the more traditional U.S. dressings,the ones made from dried bread crumbs and cornbread. This looks as if it would be good. I love oatmeal, and since it’s been found to have heart benifits I’m always looking for new ways of preparing it. That and my grand mother swears we’re of Scottish ancestory, but it would have been so far back none of us can trace it. Anyway I am also fascinated by all things Scottish and this looks like a good dish to try out on the family.

  • I have never heard of oatmeal stuffing before. This looks amazing, and it doesn’t look too hard either! I cook for my family a couple nights out of the week. I’m going to try this one! Thanks for sharing.

  • That is simple just like the yogurt cheese recipe. I wonder how it tastes as it is a scottish dish. I never tried any scottish dish yet. I can easily find the ingredients in the kitchen so I can surely experiment by tomorrow. Thanks for sharing Ms. Mary. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • First off all again can I say how easy this recipe is! I have never heard of such a thing. (I’m American what do i know about other countries foods.) This sounds and looks very delicious. I will have to try this one too! lol Its perfect because i love stuffing but now that I am gluten free i cant eat it! But oats are not wheat and are safe for me to eat! So this will be perfect for stuffing the holidays with flavor!

  • My family has used this recipe (albeit with rolled oats) @ Thanksgiving for about 40 years. We talk about returning to my grandmother’: cornbread dressing, but always do this because it is so delicious!

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