Irish potato recipes

Traditional Irish Recipes for St Patricks Day

This collection of Classic Irish Recipes is so good, you’ll be eating them long after St Patrick’s Day has passed! Skip the green food coloring and go for the traditional Irish foods that are eaten in Irish pubs and homes all year round. Besides, no excuse is needed to load up on these incredible comfort foods so you can bring Ireland to your table any time of year!

Traditional Irish foods are warm, homey and often rustic. Although a lot of people tend to associate Corned Beef and Cabbage with St Patrick’s Day, it is not traditionally eaten in Ireland.

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Irish are more likely to serve comfort foods like stews and pies made from lamb, Irish bacon, and sausage. Side dishes are often creamy, buttery potatoes with leeks and cabbage, homemade soda bread, apple cake, and bread pudding, all accompanied by their favorite stout!

So get ready to celebrate St Paddy’s Day with these classic Irish recipes!

Dublin Coddle from The House of Nash Eats

Dublin Coddle is a classic Irish recipe

Dublin Coddle is an Irish one-pot meal of tender potatoes, sausage, and onions, all slow-cooked in rich broth to create a filling stew that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any cold, rainy weeknight.

Steak and Guinness Pie

Traditional Irish Steak and Ale Pie

The Irish love their savory pies! This Steak and Ale Pie can be found in every home and pub in Ireland. Slow-cooked beef is melt-in-your-mouth tender, with a rich, flavorful stout gravy, all topped with flaky pastry. Comfort food at its finest! The Irish claim that Guinness is the only dark ale suitable for cooking beef so that is what I’ve used in this pie.

Cottage Pie

Shepherds Pie on tartan cloth

Sometimes confused with Shepherd’s Pie, Cottage Pie is typically made with beef while Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb. This recipe can be used with either meat for a homey dinner that is sure to satisfy!

Fish and Chips from Sense and Edibility

Classic Irish recipe for Fish and Chips

Fish and chips are to Irish pubs as chicken wings are to bars in the States. Irishmen (or women) have a favorite pub they patronize which serves the “best fish and chips this side of the Shannon”. So, let’s get authentic and celebrate St. Patrick’s as the Irish do. 

Bangers and Mash

Irish Bangers and Mash for St Patricks Day

This is the perfect meal for St. Patrick’s Day but you don’t have to wait for a holiday to enjoy it! Pubs and restaurants in Ireland serve Bangers and Mash – sausages with gravy and mashed potatoes often with mushy pease or fresh garden peas – every single day. Easy enough for a weeknight meal!

Ginger Whiskey Glazed Carrots

Whiskey glazed carrots

These Ginger Whiskey Glazed Carrots are perfect served with any of the Irish recipes listed here! The carrots are sizzled in butter with snippets of ginger. The whiskey sauce reduces to a syrupy glaze for the perfect of Irishness. A welcome side dish to any main for your traditional Irish dinner.


This Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe is a welcome addition to any dinner. Mashed potatoes and kale come together to make a nutritious and delicious side dish! Spruce up your plain mashed potatoes with this authentic Irish side dish!

Irish Soda Bread

Sliced Irish Soda Bread

No list of Irish recipes would be complete without traditional Irish Soda Bread! Soda Bread is a quick bread made with just four simple ingredients. No yeast or rising time is needed so you can have this delicious traditional Irish bread on the table in less than an hour! Dried fruit is sometimes added, such as raisins or dried currants but it is also delicious with just butter, next to a hearty stew!

Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread is perfect when served with honey butter for tea, with Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie, or a hot bowl of soup. It’s hearty and wholesome and delicious. You won’t even feel guilty for eating a whole loaf of bread!

Irish Apple Cake from Mom The Lunch Lady

Classic Irish Apple Cake

This traditional Irish cake has a beautifully tender crumb and is studded with slightly tart apples. The warm spices and clove make this an intoxicating dessert, perfectly paired with a cup of tea or coffee.

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce from My Baking Addiction

Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel is a traditional Irish recipe

This Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Oozing with flavors that make St. Patrick’s Day a favorite (WHISKEY!), warm, delicious, and SO EASY.

Irish Soda Scones from Global Kitchen Travels

Irish Soda scones

Irish Soda Scones are a bit of a departure from the Classic Scones you may be used to. They are halfway between scones and soda bread. Soft and fluffy on the inside and crusty on the outside, these are delicious with just soft butter or fresh berry jam. You can also enjoy them with classic scone accompaniments of clotted cream, bitter orange marmalade, and lemon curd.

Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Irish Cream Bundt Cake made in Nordic Ware Crown Bundt Pan

This Irish Cream Bundt Cake Recipe is a delicious Irish dessert that can be made any time you want to bring the flavor of Ireland to your dessert plate! The perfect finisher to your St Paddy’s Day celebreation, Irish Cream is in the cake AND the icing!

Irish Cream No-Bake Pie

This creamy no-bake pie is a luscious but easy dessert for St Patrick’s Day thanks to the Irish Cream but can be enjoyed every day of the year! A chocolate crust is topped with a whipped filling of Irish Cream and cream cheese, all topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Dessert is served!

Which of these recipes will be on your table for St Patrick’s Day?

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  1. I love to make Irish dishes all throughout March to celebrate St. Pats and enjoy some great memories of visiting Ireland. I’ve made similar versions of a lot of these–will have to try the others! A couple other absolute favs around here is Guinness Chocolate Pudding (from Kevin over at Closet Cooking) and colcannon. No March goes by without them! (And we can’t wait till travel opens back up–no matter where we end up, it had better start with some good ol’ fish n chips!)

    • YES!! I make a lot of Irish (& British) food all year long! I will be adding to this post as I am able to blog the recipes and the additions will definitely include Colcannon as well as Chocolate Guinness Ice Cream and Irish Coffee!
      Isn’t Ireland an amazing place? I am anxious to travel as well and I’ll meet you at the Chippie!

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