Six Easy Ways to Cook with Whisky

Six Easy Ways to Cook with Whisky

Believe it or not, cooking with whisky is on the rise and for some, this may not be the go to ingredient to grab from the pantry as that merlot on the top shelf would be. However, whisky has a wide flavour spectrum which makes it perfect for adding flavour to your food. We’re talking about salty, smoky and sweet flavours that will enhance fish, meat, chicken, sauces and even deserts! Back in the day, our parents and grandparents swore their good health was due to a shot of whisky in their morning porridge.

So how does one cook “With Whisky?” There are three important rules to know before you start your taste adventure. Firstly, don’t use the cheapest whisky you can find; but a good quality bottle; just make sure it’s not your dad’s Macallan Rare Cask Speyside Single Malt! Secondly, try to pair the flavours the whisky embodies with the food, so if it’s a smoky whisky, it will go well with a steak, a roast or ribs. Fruity honey flavours will work well with chicken, fish and deserts. Thirdly, you only need a shot or two, maybe three. You really don’t need much, unless you need to quench your thirst whilst cooking!

With that said, here are 6 (easy) ways for you to try your hand at this whisky cooking business!


Simply add a tablespoon of whisky while you cook your morning oats, along with some sugar and milk. Finish off with a drizzle of honey.

Easy Marinade for chicken, pork or steak

Add about ½ a cup whisky to your marinade along with your other ingredients such as sugar, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Seal in an airtight container and shake and let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

Salad Dressing (yes, you read that right!)

Mix the following together: 1/3 cup Whisky, 1/2 cup olive oil, 4-6 tbsp. good quality balsamic vinegar, 1/2-1 tsp brown sugar, 1/2 salt, 1-2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme, 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper, dash of cayenne, 1/2 clove of garlic VERY finely chopped. Ideal over mixed leaves and hot chicken or fish strips.

Whisky Cheese Sauce

Whether it’s a fondue or a sauce for your pasta, stir in your whisky after your cheese has melted. Cook at a low heat for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Bread Pudding with Whisky Sauce

Use your favourite bread pudding recipe and use the following recipe for the sauce:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons whisky. Melt the butter, sugar and heavy cream together in a small saucepan over low-heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat and stir in the whisky. Serve the sauce with the bread pudding while warm.

Scotch Coffee

Pour a shot of espresso into a mug along with a shot of single malt Scotch whisky. Steam and froth the milk and pour over the coffee/whisky. Dust with your favourite topping.

Easy Peasy! The rest is up to you, experiment and find your flavour and share your taste adventure with us! Taste local and whiskies from abroad at the Whisky Live Celebration in Cape Town from the 12th to the 14th of April at The Lookout. Tickets are available online at TicketPros and at the door.

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