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Does Irish cooking bring back fond childhood memories?
Do you remember some traditional Irish foods cooked by a family member in years gone by, and you would love to recreate these dishes?
Or perhaps you are searching for the perfect dish to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day.
Traditional Irish recipes are simply delicious, and Irish cooking tends not to be overly complicated. Easy, tasty Irish recipes are perfect for family dinners.
I love to cook recipes from my Irish childhood, but over the years I have found my mother’s traditional Irish recipes and cooking methods sometimes need to be tweaked a little to ensure cooking success in America.
This page is a compilation of all my favorite Irish recipes from appetizers, to dinner party favorites, to quick and easy everyday suppers, and all have been reworked for the American cook.
You’ll quick links for all of my Irish recipes featuring step-by-step photographic instructions, I hope these dishes will help you create a wonderful menu to celebrate being Irish, whether you do so everyday of the year or just on St. Patrick’s Day.
Each dish is in a separate category, such as appetizers or main courses. I hope you find what you might be looking for.
Here’s a quick video to whet your appetite…
If you wish to replicate Irish style cooking in America, you’ve come to the right place. All my recipes are tweaked for cooking success in America.
Appetizers & Party Foods
Irish cheddar and mushroom potato bites are tasty appetizers, that can double up as a side dish. These versatile little morsels are perfect for parties, especially Irish themed celebrations. Irish cheddar gives them an extra tangy flavor that will meet the approval of any Irish person’s taste buds… Recipe.
Puff pastry shells filled with chicken and mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce remind me of Irish parties of the 1970’s. They continue to be a favorite appetizer for entertaining in Ireland. Here’s my recipe with a little white wine in the sauce to add an extra depth of flavor. Simply delicious… Recipe.
Curried parsnip crisps are a perfect garnish for soup, a healthier alternative to store bought crisps or chips, or a simple tasty snack. Baked in the oven, these crispy vegetable wafers can be seasoned and spiced up whatever way you choose. And parsnips add a lovely peppery bite to these munchies…. Recipe.
Irish salad sandwiches have been made by nearly every Irish house wife over the past five decades and are served in hotels, pubs and Irish homes. Sometimes called egg and onion sandwiches, or egg and tomato sandwiches, these triangular sandwiches may or may not include lettuce…. Recipe.
Sausage rolls are very popular in Ireland, served as party appetizers or sold in bakeries as take-away food. I recreated the sausage rolls of my Irish childhood using my own recipe for pork sausage filling, mildly seasoned with a blend of herbs to mimic the taste of the original Irish sausage…. Recipe.
Scotch eggs are whole hard boiled eggs, wrapped in sausage meat, then dipped in bread crumbs, before being deep-fried. This recipe may have originated in England or Scotland, but Irish people have embraced these picnic eggs since their inception. Learn how to cook the inner egg to perfection
Shrimp and cucumber starters are easy to assemble. I make them for many occasions – summer barbecues, Christmas feasts, and Paddy’s Day get-togethers. The Irish link is the vegetable colors – green, white and orange, like the Irish flag. Perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day… Recipe
Making a veggie platter for a Saint Patrick’s Day party is easy. Luckily the colors of the Irish flag are green, white and orange, and there are plenty of green and orange veggies to choose from. Here’s my instructions for a very simple Irish themed crudité platter based on the Irish tricolor… Recipe.
Rainbows are a beloved symbol of Ireland with the promise of leprechaun gold at the end of every colorful arc. This may not be traditional Irish food, but is a wonderful presentation for any Irish party. Why not make a fruit rainbow for kids of all ages to help celebrate Ireland’s favorite saint? Check out my choices for fruits of every color of the rainbow…. Recipe.
A boiled egg presented in an egg cup is an ever-so-Irish breakfast, or sometimes it’s served for lunch. Learn how to make perfect soft boiled eggs with buttered toast soldiers for dipping into the soft egg yolk…. Recipe.
Scrambled eggs are taken to a whole new level of excellence by adding the much loved and widely used ingredient in Ireland, smoked salmon. This tasty fish makes this scrambled egg dish an elegant start to the day. I also like to use wholewheat toast – the texture and taste goes best with the smoked salmon…. Recipe.
Soups & Stews
Carrot soup is a popular choice in Ireland and is often sold in Irish grocery stores in prepackaged containers. Here’s my recipe for homemade carrot soup with coriander spices to add an extra layer of depth to the sweet carrots…. Recipe.
Dublin coddle is a stew made with sausages, bacon, potatoes, onions and parsley. Served with crusty bread or Irish brown bread it is a comforting stew, perfect for cold winter meals. This is an Irish recipe that finds its roots in the capital city, Dublin…. Recipe
Irish stew is usually made with lamb or mutton, but beef stew is just as popular in many Irish homes. This recipe is a delicious stew made with beef, onions, carrots, potatoes and onions. I love to serve it with Irish brown bread…. Recipe.
Beef stew made with a Guinness gravy is a warm and hearty meal and a great taste of Ireland. This is an easy make-ahead meal for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. Slow cooker or crockpot cooking ensure the deep flavors of this stew fully develop…. Recipe.
Irish people love to cook with parsnips and this trusty vegetable is a perfect base for creamy, delicious soup. Paired with the sweet flavor of apples, this soup is a treat for any Irish taste buds… Recipe.
This is a traditional Irish recipe for potato and leek soup. Potatoes feature frequently in Irish food and cooking and leeks make a perfect partner in this soup with subtle onion flavors. Creamy and smooth this is a delicious soup for lunch or dinner…. Recipe.
Rutabagas are often called turnips or swedes in Ireland. They grow easily in Irish soil and are eaten far more frequently than in the United States. Sweet carrots counteract the savory and peppery flavors of the turnips in this delicious orange colored soup…. Recipe.
Chicken stock forms the basis for many Irish soup and stew recipes. Using the remains of a roast chicken, a healthy stock can be made in the slow cooker or crockpot. Adding aromatic vegetables and herbs provides a deep flavor base for this wonderful stock…. Recipe.
This simple Irish potato soup makes a hearty filling meal, especially when served with Irish brown bread. This is a traditional Irish soup recipe, and a perfect addition to my soup recipe collection. Onions add a lovely aromatic flavor to this soup…. Recipe.
Zucchini and leek soup is not a traditional Irish recipe, but a soup that is enjoyed in many modern Irish homes. Leeks are a favorite Irish vegetable and feature in many Irish recipes. Their mild onion like flavor is perfect as a pairing for zucchini or courgettes as they are called in Ireland…. Recipe.
Carrot and parsnip mash is a popular side dish in Ireland. Carrots and parsnips are boiled and mashed together with a little butter and cream, and seasoned with salt and pepper to create a delicious vegetable dish which is perfect with any roast dinner…. Recipe.
Cauliflower is often served in Ireland smothered in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce. This side is usually paired with a roast Sunday dinner, or may be served at Christmastime as part of an Irish turkey dinner…. Recipe.
Champ is a potato specialty in Ireland and is one of my favorite side dishes. Delicious and easy, champ is made by warming chopped green onions in milk before mixing them through mashed potatoes. Topped with a knob of melting butter these onion laced spuds ooze with buttery goodness…. Recipe.
Chips and curry sauce is a favorite late night snack in Ireland and England. When I say chips I am referring to the Irish equivalent to steak fries accompanied by a sweet, spicy curry sauce. The chips are either dipped in the curry sauce or smothered in this spicy taste of the east…. Recipe.
Hard cider, a sweet and fruity alcoholic drink is very popular in Ireland, and helps transform simple carrot batons into a mouth-wateringly delicious vegetable side. Many cider glazed carrot recipes simply use apple cider vinegar as a base for the glaze, but I like to cook mine using hard cider…. Recipe.
Colcannon is an Irish potato side dish which is made by mixing mashed potatoes with curly kale, onions, milk and butter. Traditionally made at Halloween in days gone by, it also featured on the menu on St. Brigid’s Day in February. But this side is so tasty I recommend it all year long…. Recipe.
Cabbage features on Irish dinner menus very frequently, especially when served with bacon. In America it is the side of choice for corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day. Learn how I boil cabbage Irish style with a little bit of bacon to add an extra layer of flavor…. Recipe.
Irish coleslaw is a creamy, crunchy delight that’s perfect for summer feasting, barbecues, and pot-luck get-togethers. Made with a mayonnaise and cream based dressing, no vinegar is required to create this taste of Ireland…. Recipe.
Potato cakes are a great way to repurpose mashed potatoes for another meal. Perfect with a fry, pork chops, lamb chops or fish, potato cakes are a big hit in our house. Here is my basic Irish potato cake recipe which can be jazzed up to suit your palate with herbs, spices or cheese…. Recipe.
Traditional Irish mashed potatoes are simply delicious, with just the right amount of butter and cream, to make a fluffy, mouth-watering potato dish, perfect for topping with a knob of melting butter or a dollop of savory gravy…. Recipe.
Mushy peas are served with chips and fried fish by Irish and English chip shops. Marrowfat peas are used, but these are difficult to purchase in the United States. Here’s my recipe, using English garden peas, which recreates a taste of home, using a substitute ingredient…. Recipe.
In Ireland, french fries are chips. What Americans call chips, are crisps. Irish chips tend to be a little fatter than American french fries. To create crispy chips with tender centers, I like to parboil the potato slices before deep frying them. Check out my recipe to learn how to make perfect Irish chips… Recipe.
Roast potatoes are a favorite for Irish Sunday dinners. A crispy, golden outer crust hides a tender, soft inner potato center. Learn how to roast potatoes Irish or English style by first parboiling them. Here’s my recipe with step-by-step photo instructions…. Recipe.
Rutabaga is a very popular vegetable in Ireland, but the name is never used by the Irish to describe this favorite side for a chicken roast, ham or bacon dinner. The Irish call this root vegetable a turnip. The English call it a swede, and in Scotland it is often called a neep…. Recipe.
Yorkshire puddings are made by baking whipped batter. It is usually smothered in gravy, and served with roast beef. This side dish originated in Yorkshire, England, hence the name and is very popular in Ireland…. Recipe.
Corned beef is an Irish American dish and a favorite on Saint Patrick’s Day. I add an extra layer of flavor by sealing my corned beef in a delicious apricot glaze…. Recipe.
Fish and chips is an extremely popular dinner in Ireland and nearly every Irish town and village is home to a local chipper, where fish and chips are made to perfection. Learn how I make crispy beer battered fish…. Recipe.
Salmon fish cakes using tinned salmon are an easy, budget friendly dinner. Here’s my recipe for this pantry ingredient dinner dish…. Recipe.
Firm white fish pairs deliciously with shrimp when baked in a creamy cheese casserole. Seafood cheese bake is a favorite Irish recipe, and here’s my version of this traditional dish…. Recipe.
Chicken curry may have originated in India, but it is a firm dinner favorite throughout the Emerald Isle. Many Irish people purchase their curries at local Chinese take-outs, but I prefer to cook mine from scratch…. Recipe.
Cod and parsley sauce is a simple, traditional Irish meal, often eaten on Fridays in years gone by when fish was off limits for Catholics. This is a taste of my childhood, and when made with really fresh fish it’s truly satisfying…. Recipe.
Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake. Boxty makes a wonderful meal when filled with a creamy chicken and mushroom sauce… Recipe.
This is a recipe I learned from my Irish aunt when I first moved to America from Ireland. Slow cooked tender eye of the round is succulent when cooked in a red wine gravy with mushrooms…. Recipe.
Chicken tenders are usually called chicken goujons in Ireland. Here’s my recipe for panko crusted oven baked chicken tenders…. Recipe.
Fish cakes are Irish traditional fare at its very best, and are created by combining mashed potatoes, flaked cooked fish and herbs, then formed into individual cakes, and coated in bread crumbs before frying…. Recipe.
An Irish salad is an ensemble of cold vegetables, meat, eggs and cheese, carefully arranged on a plate, and not tossed or mixed in any shape or form…. Recipe.
Shepherd’s pie is comfort food at it’s finest, especially when it has a little Irish flavor thrown in. Guinness takes this dish to a whole new level. Hope you enjoy my version of this popular main course…. Recipe.
Cakes, Cookies & Desserts
Ground almonds are used extensively in Irish baking. Basic almond cookie dough cut into heart shapes, then sandwiched with raspberry jam and decorated with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar are a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day…. Recipe.
Apple crumble may be one of the easiest and most reliable desserts to prepare, with success simply guaranteed. It can be made in advance, stored and cooked when needed….. Recipe.
If you like crème brûlée, and you like the rich, creamy tones of Bailey’s Irish Cream, then I think you will love Baileys Crème Brûlée. This is my Irish version of this French classic…. Recipe.
The smooth, creamy taste of Baileys is a true taste of Ireland and what better way could there be to create home made gifts for Christmas, than by using Bailey’s cream liqueur for these delicious Irish Cream Mint Chocolate Cookie Truffles…. Recipe.
Berry Almond Tart is a combination of a rich pastry shell, filled with jam, ripe berries, and an exquisite custard topping. Raspberry almond tart is originally a Scottish dessert, rich and decadent and fit for serving at the finest tables…. Recipe.
Easy desserts are perfect for summer entertaining. This Berry Irish Cream Mousse is an excellent make-ahead dessert with a delicious taste of Irish Cream Liqueur blended through the berries and cream…. Recipe.
Blueberry lemon crumb cake is deliciously moist, and speckled with scrumptious, juicy blueberries baked right into the batter, and topped with crumbly, rich streusel…. Recipe.
Chocolate biscuit cake, also called tiffin cake, is a favorite in Irish coffee shops and restaurants. Made with chocolate and crumbled digestive and rich tea biscuits, it’s a perfect cake for summer. No need to turn the oven on…. Recipe.
Chocolate Easter Nests are a favorite treat in Ireland. Made with shredded wheat to create realistically twiggy looking nests, these are a simple, no-bake treat for Easter…. Recipe.
Chocolate Yule Logs are a Christmas time treat in Ireland and a baking tradition in many Irish homes, that started many, many years ago to remember a very old tradition. Christmas Chocolate Yule Logs are baked as a more modern representation of the enormous logs once burned in the open hearth all through the Christmas season…. Recipe.
Plum pudding is a traditional dessert, served on Christmas Day in most Irish and British households, and made four to six weeks before Christmas. A steamed fruit pudding with stout and whiskey it’s a true taste of an Irish Christmas…. Recipe.
A mixture of raisins, prunes, dried apricots and cranberries create a dried fruit salad that’s just as delicious for breakfast as it is for dessert…. Recipe.
One of my all-time favorite winter time desserts is bread pudding. Hot and satisfying this is truly Irish comfort food for cold winter evenings. Traditionally in Ireland and England, bread puddings are steamed, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to dedicate a few hours to steaming a raisin pudding. This oven baked pudding is the perfect solution…. Recipe.
Pavlova is a favorite dessert in Ireland, with fresh fruit and whipped cream used to decorate a meringue base. It’s crisp, sweet crust contrasts deliciously with a soft, light center…. Recipe.
This strawberry gelatine dessert with a mousse and cream layer is definitely not one from my Irish mother’s recipe collection. This is a recipe I learned from my aunt, who moved to the United States from Ireland in the 1940’s…. Recipe.
Custard is an all-time favorite accompaniment to many desserts in Ireland. Poured over bread puddings, fruit tarts or plum puddings, it is usually served warm…. Recipe.
Eve’s pudding was a favorite dessert in Ireland when I was growing up. A baked sponge tops deliciously sweetened and stewed apples, making it a comforting winter treat…. Recipe.
Chocolate Rice Krispie Spiders are easy-to-make, no-bake treats, perfect for Halloween. Using a basic Irish rice krispie bun recipe, these spooky spiders are easy to decorate and kids love them…. Recipe.
Mincemeat is a mixture of dried fruit and spices used to make pies and pastry treats for Christmas. Check out this recipe to learn how to make mincemeat from scratch and how to store and preserve it in mason jars…. Recipe.
Pumpkin cheesecake spiked with Irish cream liqueur is a perfect dessert for celebrating Thanksgiving, attending a holiday gathering or hosting a party.The distinctive flavor of Baileys perfectly compliments a creamy, pumpkin cheesecake filling…. Recipe.
In this luscious parfait dessert, green and orange fruits are layered with a white cream and crumbled meringue mixture, creating a lovely Irish flag in a glass…. Recipe.
Irish flan consists of a sponge base, filled with cream and topped with fruit. To give your flan a truly Irish flare, top it with green and orange fruits….Recipe.
A flapjack in Ireland is a homemade oatmeal bar and in no way resembles a pancake. Plenty of healthy oats are transformed with melted butter, brown sugar and delicious golden syrup. These scrumptious finger good bites boast a slight hint of caramel….. Recipe.
Irish sponge cake is a light and delicate egg sponge filled with a layer of jam and lots of luscious cream, with a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar on top. This is a butter free cake, and an Irish favorite…. Recipe.
Kerry Apple Cake, also known as Irish Apple Cake, is a moist cake with a crunchy top, and can be served cold or warm with chilled cream or warm custard. An Irish Apple Cake is technically not a cake at all. Apple bread is a better description, but I suppose our ancestors assigned the title cake to any baked good with a little bit of precious sugar added…. Recipe.
This open faced rustic tart boasts a fruit topping of nectarines and blackcurrants. Blueberries can be substituted for the blackcurrants, since these currants are not easy to find in the United States…. Recipe.
Pumpkin cake is a delicious American fall treat and my version of this simple cake is ever so easy to make. Using pumpkin purée from a can or made from scratch, a simple box cake mix makes this a quick, no fuss cake… Recipe.
Queen of Puddings is a baked custard of eggs, milk, butter, sugar and breadcrumbs, spread with jam and topped with toasted meringue. A traditional British dessert, it was adopted by Irish cooks many years ago, probably because it is a luxurious treat made with the most inexpensive ingredients…. Recipe.
Raspberries and cream fill this gluten free and flour free chocolate roll to create a delicious dessert. Perfect for entertaining, impress your friends with this chocolate cake…. Recipe.
Rhubarb is used extensively in Irish cooking and rhubarb crumble is one of the most popular desserts served in Ireland during the spring and summer months. This truly is comfort food at its finest…. Recipe.
The Irish verion of rice krispie buns treats are slightly different to the sticky meringue based treats served in the United States. In Ireland rice cereal is coated in a layer of milk chocolate and then piled into cupcake liners to set. Served at birthday parties all over the Emerald Isle, these little treats are very popular with Irish children…. Recipe.
Shortbread is originally from Scotland, but like many tasty Gaelic treats, Irish people have shared a love of shortbread with their Scottish neighbors for centuries. And the best shortbread in the world is baked with creamy butter made from grass fed cows such as Irish Kerrygold butter…. Recipe.
Simnel cake is a traditional Easter cake baked in Ireland and throughout the British Isles. A rich fruity cake, it has a layer of almond paste baked into the middle and is covered with a thick layer of toasted almond icing. A circle of marzipan balls decorate the top…. Recipe.
Bread, Muffins, Pancakes & Scones
Weetabix in a muffin!!!! That’s my secret ingredient for delicious wholewheat banana nut muffins. A little taste of Ireland and England, crumbled into the baking mix adds extra whole grains and fiber…. Recipe.
These muffins are not typically Irish, but I add some good Irish oatmeal to these blueberry-banana muffins, which definitely gives them an Irish twist. They make a great grab-and-go breakfast when in a rush…. Recipe.
Irish scones dotted with raisins or sultanas come to mind when I think of traditional fruit scones. However, my Dad tells stories of how my Granny mixed wild hurts (bilberries) and blackcurrants through her soda breads and scones during the summer months. Here’s a lovely blueberry scone recipe dedicated to my Granny…. Recipe.
This traditional potato pancake dish, with its origins in the northern counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim and Monaghan, is sometimes called stamp. There are many variations on boxty recipes, some calling for only grated potato and a “fistful” of flour, others use mashed potatoes and others use a significant amount of flour. Here’s how I make boxty…. Recipe.
Buttermilk pancakes should be light and fluffy, and oozing with buttery flavor and goodness. Since buttermilk has always been widely available in Ireland, even in centuries past when food sources were limited, Irish mothers perfected the art of cooking buttermilk pancakes….. Recipe.
Drop scones are small, thick pancakes, so named because they are made by dropping spoonfuls of batter on to a hot griddle or frying pan. Originating in Scotland they are sometimes called pocket pancakes. Enjoy them drizzled with honey or golden syrup… Recipe.
Hot cross buns are an Irish and English Easter tradition. Soft, spiced and fruited yeast rolls, they are marked with a cross to symbolize the crucifix, and are baked and served on Good Friday…. Recipe.
Irish brown bread is a wholewheat soda loaf that is served with soup and used to make the most delicious rustic sandwiches. Many tourists who visit Ireland long to recreate Irish brown bread. Here’s how I make brown bread using American ingredients….. Recipe.
Buttermilk scones should be soft and tender and perfect with butter and jam and a cup of tea. Making good scones is difficult and there are some tips and tricks when using American ingredients. Here’s how I make Irish buttermilk scones, like my granny used to bake…. Recipe.
On Pancake Tuesday, the day before Lent begins, Irish people love to serve lemon and sugar crepes. These are the pancakes of my Irish childhood. Learn how to make delicious Irish pancakes and they’re great with Nutella or jam too….. Recipe.
My Irish raisin soda bread is based on my granny’s classic, traditional recipe and tweaked for cooking success in America. No caraway seeds in this bread – that’s how we ate soda bread when I was growing up in Ireland….. Recipe.
Irish raisin tea scones are perfect for an afternoon treat with a cup of tea or coffee. Sold throughout Ireland, this recipe is perfect for recreating this taste of Ireland using American ingredients…. Recipe.
Potato bread made with yeast, flour and mashed potato is a hearty bread, perfect for serving with soups and stews. Here’s my version of these rustic Irish loaves…. Recipe.
Pumpkin pancakes are a hit in our house especially when I use whole wheat flour to add a little extra fibre. This may not be an Irish recipe, but these are some of my favorite American style pancakes…. Recipe.
Drinks & Cocktails
Hot whiskey is the Irish answer to colds and flus. Made with Irish whiskey, lemon, cloves and honey or brown sugar, it’s topped off with boiling water for perfect satisfaction on cold winter’s evenings when you’re feeling a little under the weather….. Recipe.
Thanks so much for checking out my recipes and ramblings.
Wishing you every success with these Irish recipes. May they bring back memories of happy meals and good times with family.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom