Traditional Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day is next week (March 17th) and instead of celebrating with a big bowl of Lucky Charms or eggs dyed green, why not take this time to learn about traditional Irish dishes? We’ve collected recipes for some of the most well-known Irish dishes for you to try out and add to your favorite family meals.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Probably the most well-known "St. Patrick's Day food" is corned beef and cabbage. And while most people in Ireland are not eating this meal, it has become wildly popular for its simple recipe packed with wonderful flavors. Four Generations One Roof has the easiest recipe for this delicious meal that you can easily whip up in your crock pot. Looking for something different? Check out these recipes for Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup from and Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza from Seeded at the Table.

Irish Stew

Lamb, potatoes, onions and carrots make up the traditional Irish stew. Today there are many variations of this hearty meal. Guinness, tomato paste, and different herbs and spices are what set this stew recipe from Season With Spice apart from the others. The dark stout gives the stew a rich flavor and texture. Pair with a glass of Guinness for a perfect cold-evening meal.

Shepherd's Pie

The ultimate comfort food, shepherd's pie is hearty, delicious, and quite easy to make. The Stir shares this recipe, also called cottage pie, which can be filled with either beef or lamb. If you're not keen on meat, Café Johnsonia shares Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie variation that is also vegan and gluten-free! 


If you have never heard of colcannon, you've been missing out! Coming across as just mashed potatoes with cabbage, this full-flavored side dish is so much more than that. The best thing about colcannon is how versatile it can be. You can add green onions, ham, or even replace the cabbage with kale. The Kitchen McCabe has the traditional recipe ready to share, keeping in mind you can add so much to put your own spin on this dish!

Irish Soda Bread

What makes this bread different is that it relies on baking soda instead of yeast to rise. This became a staple in Irish households ever since the early 19th century when baking soda became commercially available. Kitch Me shows just how easy it is to make this delicious bread.

Potato and Leek Soup

Not only is soup easy to make, it helps use up vegetables that you may have lying around. This version of potato and leek soup from Family Gone Healthy also includes celery, carrots, onions, and corn. Switching out the chicken stock for vegetable stock also makes this soup vegetarian! 

Dublin Coddle

A traditional Irish recipe since the 17th century, this coddle is an Irish sausage and bacon stew. According to Uncle Jerry's Kitchen, this stew pairs great with soda bread, which you can use to mop up the leftover juices. 

Irish Apple Cake

A soft and tender cake filled with apples sounds amazing. But what makes this recipe from The Kitchen McCabe stand out is the warm custard sauce topping. Now that is one amazing dessert!

Irish Lemon Pudding

This sweet and tart pudding from The Baker Upstairs bakes into two layers, the top being cake-like and the bottom being a warm pudding. The key to taking this dessert to a whole new level? Topping it off with whipped cream! 




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