Is there any better way to express your Irish side than serving traditional Irish food recipes to friends and family? We can't think of one! And you don't even have to wait for St Patrick's Day. Good Irish cooking is welcome on any day!
Here are 31 of our favorite delicious recipes, with examples of Irish main courses, side dishes, desserts and drinks. The fun facts and stories about Irish cuisine come at no extra charge :-). For example: corned beef? Not so much. More on that later.
If you are in a hurry, here are some quick links to 10 of the most popular recipes on our list. Click on one and enjoy!
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Serving Irish food is a great way to express our love for Irish culture. We'll start with short descriptions of 10 of our favorite Irish dishes. Links inside each description will take you to the recipe itself. Then we'll keep going and before you know it you will have seen 31 easy Irish food recipes. Enjoy!
Basic Irish lamb stew is one of the most traditional dishes, based on lamb/mutton, and root vegetables including potato and onion. These were the ingredients that were cheap and available to Irish farmers who based their living on sheep and root crops. Click on the picture for our favorite Irish Stew recipe.
Ever wondered why on earth they call it 'bangers and mash?' Click on the picture to find out! And oh yeah - you'll get the bangers and mash recipe, so you will be able to make this incredibly delicious meal from home.
Ok, this picture was taken in a restaurant in Cork, on fancy tableware. But you get the idea - a traditional Irish dish containing hearty meats and vegetables topped by ...mmmm... mashed potatoes. Click the picture for our favorite recipe!
A famous and delicious Irish food recipe that enhances almost any meal is traditional Irish Soda Bread. It comes in many shapes and flavors, all delicious! Click the picture for our favorite recipe!
The humble potato takes another bow with this delicious Irish comfort food and preview to a perfect Irish meal. Click on the picture for our favorite potato soup recipe.
Side dish? Main course? Who cares? In our opinion, no Irish recipe book would be complete without Irish Boxty. Think of it as Irish potato cakes. Frankly, we could eat this delicious dish morning, noon and night. And many people do! Click on the picture to find out why!
Our visitors love to contribute Irish dessert recipes - so much so that we have an entire section dedicated to Irish desserts! Our favorite? You guessed it! Click on the picture to find out why we love Guinness Chocolate Cake, and how to make it from the comfort of home!
So many wonderful Irish recipes to taste, so little time. We had better get started! A perfect way to start is with Irish Apple Cake. Click the picture to find out why!
A discussion of Irish food recipes would not be complete without a selection of Irish drinks. Among the best is the classic Irish coffee, with its tot of Irish whiskey and dollop of whipped cream. If you are not an expert in 'tots' and 'dollops' you should probably click the picture to learn how to make a proper Irish Coffee!
Ireland sports a number of excellent beer brands, including such recognizable names as Guinness Stout and Harp lager. Click the picture to learn more about Guinness and other quality Irish beers.
What, you thought we were going to stop with 10? Nope. The list of traditional recipes (and some not so traditional) goes on.
Once you have a corned beef and cabbage recipe under your belt, you are 'all set' for Irish cooking, right? Well... no. But it's a really, really good start! Corned beef is not very common in Ireland - a more authentic Irish dish is actually boiled bacon and cabbage. But let's start with more globally popular vision - find a delicious recipe here!
We love Irish stew in all its varieties, and Guinness beef stew is one of our absolute favorite meals from the Emerald Isle... As with any Irish stew the ingredients are simple and flavorful. The finished dish is a delicious, hearty meal! Here is our favorite recipe for Irish beef stew with a taste of Guinness Stout!
Steak and Guinness pie is one of those dishes that works for any occasion. Serve it as a simple, stand-alone meal after a hard day at work, or serve it as a unique delicacy during an Irish-themed party or holiday celebration. The addition of Guinness, bacon and onions to the gravy gives this delicious meal a uniquely Irish flavor. Find our favorite recipe here!
Here is Dublin Coddle: one of the most quintessentially Irish food recipes, full of Irish flavors and charm. Easy to make, satisfying to eat, preparing this recipe is a terrific way to express your Irish side wherever you are in the world! Learn how to make it here!
Cabbage has always been a prominent vegetable for the Irish. In fact, historiansbelieve that it became a staple around 600-400 B.C.The Celts brought it to Ireland where the cool climate allowed it to thrive.Even though the potato became quite popular, during the great potato faminein Ireland cabbage surged back to popularity.Today, Fried Irish Cabbage, Cabbage Soup and Corned Beef and Cabbage arevery popular St Patrick Day recipes.The quickest to prepare is fried Irish cabbage with Bacon.
Shrove Tuesday pancakes have as many variations as the tradition they represent...What's the occasion? The start of the Lenten Fast leading up to Easter and the last day to use up your meat, fat, butter, eggs, milk, etc. Shrove Tuesday brings with it a thin pancake which closely resembles the French crepe. This pancake can be made into sweet or savory dishes and eaten all day long. Hungry for more? Here's the recipe!
First preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then:
A traditional Irish Christmas recipe in my house is the classic spiced beef. While there was a time you couldn’t purchase the saltpeter required for the recipe and it never tasted quite as good, you can now get salt peter at most pharmacies or online, so it’s now back on our Christmas menu. This delicious meat is wonderful to snack on throughout the holiday season. It’s also wonderful for a sandwich with a combination of mustard and mayonnaise. Want to give it a try? Here you go!
Today's Irish colcannon has Gaelic origins. 'Colcannon' comes from the word ‘cal ceannann,’ meaning ‘white-headed cabbage.’ Like many popular Irish food recipes, colcannon is simple to make, and involves inexpensive ingredients, such as potatoes and cabbage. The keys to making our favorite version of colcannon are bacon (naturally) and onion gravy (of course!). Here is our favorite recipe!
Irish potato pancakes are made from a combination of mashed potatoes and raw potatoes.Typically made using leftovers from the previous day, this recipe hearkens back to the traditionally frugal Irish lifestyle. Potato pancakes with a little Irish butter are also a terrific meal for the days following a holiday meal, when there’s almost always a bit too much on the table! Have a look and see what we mean!
A traditional food that has firm roots in Irish history - and is a key component of a full Irish breakfast - is Irish black pudding, sometimes referred to as 'blood pudding'. In contrast to sweet puddings, black pudding in Ireland traditionally consists of pork products, onions, oatmeal and additional flavorings. While it s an acquired taste to many, the history of this food shows why it is a key part of Irish culture. Learn a little about that and find an authentic recipe here.
One of our favorite easy Irish food recipes, Irish potato bread, makes a regular appearance on our dinner table. Potato bread is a filling and rich type of bread that is great to serve at parties with various dips or along with dinner or just about any gathering. This bread in its simplest form isn't difficult to make. The fun is in the experimenting! Click here to begin the experiment!
As with so many Irish foods, an Irish brown bread recipe is distinguished by simple, plain ingredients. But don't let that fool you, it is one of the tastiest ways to express your Irish side.Our family loves brown bread from Ireland for breakfast toast or as a side dish to Guinness stew. Want to give it a try? Find our favorite recipe here!
Guinness Bread is surprisingly quick to make. The beer adds an amazing flavor to the bread and the carbonation helps give it the fluffy texture. This recipe makes two loaves, and we recommend you make the full amount, if not more! For one thing it's more frugal to bake two or loaves more at a time.For another, well... there is magic involved. the first loaf will disappear - poof! - by the end of the meal. Learn the spell ... er ... recipe here.
Adapted from the book, “A Taste of Ireland” by Biddy White Lennon andGeorgina Campbell, this is one of our more popular St Patrick Day recipes. Here you go!
Our next Irish dessert recipe, Irish cream bundt cake, qualifies as an Irish expression due to its secret (ok maybe not so secret) ingredient... Wait for it...Irish cream! True Irish cream is made with cream, sugar and typically Irish whiskey. This type of whiskey is very much a part of the recent history of Ireland and therefore, any recipes including Irish cream instantly become Irish expressions. Plus they usually taste terrific! Don't take our word for it - try it out for yourself!
When we first tried Irish whiskey cake we were doubtful. Would the flavors 'work' together? Could you taste the whiskey? After trying it, we knew the answers were 'yes' and 'yes!' Since then it has become one of our favorite ways to express our Irish side at almost any occasion, with or without an Irish theme. Click here to see a couple variations of this delicious dessert.
The uniquely Irish flavor in Irish cream cheesecake is - you guessed it! Bailey's Irish cream. While there are many variations to this dessert, the core recipe is simple and easy to make at home. Here is our family's favorite recipe for this delicious cheesecake!
Irish cream fudge ... mmmmm... Nothing expresses Irish culture quite like Baileys Irish Cream, the delicious beverage that comprises 50% of the spirits exported from Ireland. And we have found from experience that Bailey’s goes great with the taste of good ‘ol chocolate fudge… Sooooo – what better way to get your Irish mojo working than throwing a bangon party, filled with two of Earth’s most delicious flavors? Learn to combine them here!
We've been told Irish bread pudding has no historical roots in Ireland. Awwww...But it's so delicious we don't really care! The recipe below contains lovely Irish flavors. Think of it as an Irish twist on a classic dessert. As with many authentic Irish meals, it is made of simple ingredients and is simple to make. Breakfast, snack or comfort food, Irish or not, you should really give it a try. Your taste buds will thank you for it! Learn to make it here.
When you think of traditional Irish spirits, you normally think of whiskey first. Of course, the vegetable of choice is the potato. Carrigaline whiskey pie combines the two unto an unforgettable St Patrick’sDay dessert. You start this easy Irish food recipe as though you’re making a soufflé by whipping egg whites and beating the yolks with sugar - then the magic really begins! Click here for the magic spell ... er... recipe. I know, I used that one before.
This Irish apple scone recipe reflects traditional Irish thriftiness and also satisfies the typical Irish sweet tooth! Irish scones embody the best of Ireland because they don't use any expensive imported fruit as ingredients – just the simple apple, one of the few fruits that grows well in the climate of the Emerald Isle. I don't know about you, but my mouth is watering. How about we go make one of these?
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