45 Traditional Irish Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to achieve a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day feast. Here you’ll find 45 Traditional Irish Foods, including favorites like corned beef, colcannon, fried cabbage, soda bread, and more! These Irish-inspired recipes are easy to make and steeped in tradition, and just the ticket to enjoy with a pint of Guinness.

Cozy Mains

Hearty Irish-style main dishes from classics like corned beef and meat and veg, as well as cozy stews and meaty pies.

Corned Beef Instant Pot Recipe with Mustard Whiskey Sauce

It doesn’t get more traditionally Irish than a pot of corned beef – in this case, an Instant Pot! This all-in-one recipe will have your St. Patrick’s Day meal sorted, complete with cabbage, potatoes, and a finger-licking mustard whiskey sauce.

Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef

For a low and slow version of corned beef, try this easy recipe made in the slow cooker! Tender, traditional corned beef brisket made with just two ingredients is the perfect no-fuss meal.

diced potatoes and diced corned beef hash topped with sunny side up eggs

Corned Beef Hash with Eggs

A traditional breakfast of champions! You’ll love combining your corned beef with a delicious crispy potato hash and seasonings, topped off with fried eggs. This recipe is made in a single skillet and is perfect to serve up ahead of the day’s celebrations.

If you're yearning for a taste of London, this skillet English breakfast will satisfy your cravings in the States!

Skillet English Breakfast

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Not only for the English – a traditional skillet breakfast is a staple in Irish culture, too! Complete with pork sausage, eggs, and tomatoes. Top o’ the morning, indeed.

Reuben Casserole is a must make every St. Patrick's Day! Such an easy comfort food recipe, loaded with corned beef, rye bread, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and so much more. I love the flavor combination and love how simple it is to throw together in a pinch. ALL THAT CHEESE ON TOP! Gimme. 

Reuben Casserole Recipe (Corned Beef Casserole)

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A corned beef casserole loaded with rye bread, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese is the perfect anytime meal. Though you’d be hard pressed to find a more delicious and easy main dish to feed a crowd!

Corned Beef and brussels spaghetti in a skillet

Corned Beef and Brussels Spaghetti

And for something a little different, try this Irish-style pasta prepared with corned beef and Brussels sprouts! This inventive spaghetti recipe is the perfect way to use up any leftovers following your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Dublin Coddle Recipe - An easy to make delicious and hearty traditional Irish winter stew with potatoes, sausages, and bacon.

Dublin Coddle Recipe

They don’t call this a coddle for nothing: Layers of sausages, bacon, carrots and potatoes are “coddled” together in broth for an easy one-pot stew. Plus this hearty, homemade Irish stew is like a cozy hug in every bowl!

Bangers and Mash in a dark bowl on a wooden surface with a freshly poured Guinness in the background.

Bangers & Mash with Guinness Gravy | No Onions

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Bangers and mash is a British pub grub classic! Now you can make your own at home with an Irish twist, in the addition of a rich Guinness gravy. Smothered in flavor, this dish is perfect to enjoy with an extra pint (or two!).

Guinness Beef Shepherd's Pie with a spoon in the casserole dish

Guinness Shepherd’s Pie

Hearty beef and potatoes, plus a generous dash of Guinness beer come together in this delicious and flavorful version of a shepherd’s pie.

Lamb and Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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Ground lamb is steeped in a savory brown gravy and topped with fluffy mash in this easy shepherd’s pie! This is the ultimate meal that’s equal parts festive and comfort food.

Serving of Vegan Shepherd's Pie on white plate with fork

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

A classic pot pie for all the vegan lads and lasses in your life, made with hearty lentils and mushrooms beneath a blanket of mashed potatoes. The flavors are garlicky, savory, and downright tasty! Just as satisfying as the original.

A baked beef pot pie.

Easy Beef Pot Pie Recipe

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You’re going to love this incredibly tasty pot pie recipe! Easy, beefy, and loaded with rustic ingredients that come together perfectly between layers of buttery, flakey crusts.

Irish beef stew with potatoes and carrots

Irish Beef Stew

If you’re looking for a dinner that will stick to your ribs, look no further than a traditional Irish stew. Made with succulent chunks of beef, tender veggies, plus a splash of stout beer… just about the trifecta of Irish cuisine!

A spoonful of instant pot beef stew being scooped out of a white bowl.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Make your Irish stew in the Instant Pot, for a delicious bowl of comfort in a hurry. Brimming with potatoes, vegetables and beef in a rich and flavorful gravy.

Instant Pot Pot Roast on a plate with carrots and potatoes

Tender Instant Pot Pot Roast with Carrots & Potatoes

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A juicy chuck roast combined with tender carrots and potatoes cooks up in next to no time in the Instant Pot. Just throw everything in together, and she’ll be grand.

overhead shot of a dinner plate with three short ribs arranged around mashed potatoes, with veggies and onions set on the other side of the short ribs.

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

This rustic beef recipe is braised in the bowl of your slow cooker with a medley of veggies in a fantastic red wine broth! The ultimate comforting meal to carry you through the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Chicken Breasts on a Sheet Pan

Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Breasts with Potatoes & Veggies

Chicken ranks high on the list of most popular Irish foods! As does the classic meat-and-veg combo. This easy chicken recipe shares how to cook the most succulent, tender roast chicken, plus veggies, all in one pan and for any occasion, including St. Pat’s.

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Pan Fried Pork Chops

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Simplicity is key when it comes to traditional Irish cooking. These easy and juicy pan-fried pork chops are no exception! Perfectly seared in a matter of minutes, ready to serve with your favorite sides.

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Oyster Stew

Shellfish isn’t immediately what comes to mind when you think of Irish cuisine. However, oyster stew is a Christmas Eve tradition for many Irish Catholic immigrants! Christmas comes early with this stew recipe that takes fresh oysters and combines them with a silky, creamy broth. A delicious, cozy bowlful!

Side Dishes

Complete your meal with these easy side dishes, for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day dinner!

Colcannon in a black bowl with napkin

Colcannon

An Irish dinner spread wouldn’t be complete without a side of traditional colcannon! This is an easy recipe for the classic side of creamy mashed potatoes mixed with caramelized cabbage.

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Potato Pancakes

Also called boxties, simple potato pancakes are perfect to pair with just about anything! Enjoy this easy recipe for perfectly crispy “boxties on the pan” next to bacon and eggs, or smoked salmon for a classic Irish spin.

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Fried Cabbage and Bacon

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Another infallible side dish you want at your St. Patrick’s Day table: savory fried cabbage with chunks of smoky bacon! Made with only 3 ingredients and a skillet, this Irish staple is simple and so delicious.

Cabbage Steaks

Cabbage Steaks (Oven Baked)

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Turn a humble cabbage into something super savory with this easy recipe for cabbage steaks! Thick cuts of nutritious cabbage are seasoned and then baked in the oven, emerging as a simple and tasty vegetarian side.

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Cabbage Soup

A classic soup recipe that’s certain to warm hearts and bellies! Made with a plethora of fresh veggies and cabbage tucked into a cozy fire roasted tomato broth. This low-carb recipe makes it easy to indulge in an extra slice of soda bread!

A wooden spoon is scooping out fried cabbage and sausage out of a skillet.

Easy Fried Cabbage and Sausage

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For a heartier twist on the classic, why not try your fried cabbage with chunks of smoked sausage? This recipe takes only 30 minutes and one-pan, for a quick and flavor-packed dish with minimal effort and clean-up.

Irish Soda Bread recipe with butter and a knife

Irish Soda Bread

Another Irish tradition you’d be sorry to go without. Irish soda bread is a quick bread that’s a staple of the cuisine, and perfect to make this St. Patrick’s Day. No yeast required, and raisins optional!

Bacon Cheddar Mini Soda Bread Recipe

Try this fun spin on Irish soda bread that brings rosemary and cheddar cheese into the mix! A savory mini bread recipe that you’ll love having as a side for all kinds of meals, from soups to stews.

Two stacked slices of cheddar sausage Guinness beer bread on a piece of folded parchment on top a slate board.

Cheddar Sausage Guinness Beer Bread

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This beer bread is chock full of flavor! What starts as a classic quick bread recipe gets loaded with add-ins like bold cheddar and sausage. Made with Guinness, of course! Use this homemade beer bread to dip into stews, or make corned beef sandwiches.

Guinness Beer Battered Onion Rings

Pub food gets a St. Patrick’s Day upgrade with these Guinness beer-battered homemade onion rings. Enjoy these as an easy side dish or as a fun party food at your St. Patrick’s Day party!

baked reuben dip

Reuben Dip

A delicious and satisfying hot appetizer dip made with corned beef, kraut, cheese and more cheese! A deconstructed version of the classic sandwich that makes a perfect easy starter alongside bread or crackers for dipping!

Warm Bacon Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

The perfect recipe that’s sure to give any traditional potato salad a run for its money! This potato side dish is served warm, full of smoky bacon and tossed in a zesty mustard dressing. The perfect pairing with your corned beef!

twice baked potato

Twice Baked Potatoes

What better way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day than with a cheesy, mouth watering twice baked potato recipe! Loaded with all the fixings in the form of bacon, sour cream, cheese and chives. An easy side dish that’s bound to satisfy your holiday crowd!

A hand holding a large bowl of parsnip puree topped with butter and chopped parsley

Creamy Parsnip Puree Recipe

Amongst all the potato recipes, try this easy side of parsnip puree with garlic! The rustic feel and taste of this dish makes it easy to love, while the extra nutrients are an added bonus. Plus, it only takes 20 minutes to make. Winning all around!

Easy Crispy Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

This is a simple, savory recipe for the crispiest brussels sprouts! Even the staunchest of Brussels sprouts doubters will have a hard time resisting. An easy side dish made in the air fryer, full of garlic and parmesan flavor.

A bowl of homemade mashed potatoes with bread and a glass of wine

Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes

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Creamy, delicious, and uncomplicated: just how mashed potatoes should be! A classic side dish for any and all occasions. There’s something that’s just so nostalgic and comforting about a rich and buttery homemade mash!

salad of shredded cabbage and carrots with a mayo and sour cream based dressing

Creamy Homemade Coleslaw

Crisp chopped cabbage tossed in an ultra creamy, tangy coleslaw dressing is the perfect veggie side for all your meat and potatoes! A traditional coleslaw salad that comes together in minutes.

Festive Desserts

With your eyes smiling after a delicious meal, it’s time for a festive dessert! Try these classic treats with coffee or tea as the perfect cap on your St. Patrick’s day meal.

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! This Irish bread pudding with caramel sauce is such a decadent and easy Irish dessert recipe, with the most amazing bread pudding sauce!

Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce

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Fully embracing Irish tradition, you need to try this boozy, sticky, caramel and whiskey-infused bread pudding. This traditional dessert recipe is topped with a warm and rich caramel whiskey sauce, for a hefty dose of decadence!

Amazing magic layer cake

Rich Chocolate Guinness Magic Cake Recipe

Dense, rich chocolate squares doctored up with Guinness are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert! This magic cake is truly magical, with it’s soft and gooey, chocolate-y base and fluffy cake top.

Bailey's Butter Cake is dense and perfect, topped with a glaze icing made with Bailey's Irish Cream!

Bailey’s Butter Cake

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This buttery cake is infused with Bailey’s Irish Cream, and drizzled with an Irish Cream glaze! Doubly delicious and drenched in sweet and creamy flavor. You won’t believe how moist this cake is!

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Guinness Chocolate Cake

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Guinness beer works all kinds of magic in this easy chocolate cake recipe! Bold, rich cocoa flavors spiked with stout beer in the form of a fluffy and moist cake. Topped with frosting made with Bailey’s Irish Cream!

Old Fashioned Tea Cake Recipe

Irish Tea Cake Recipe

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Light and refreshing, this simple Irish tea cake recipe is perfect to serve after a meal, with coffee or (of course) tea. The crumb is moist, dense, and just the right amount of sweet. It also happens to be super easy to make with ingredients you likely already have in the pantry!

Irish cream coffee in a lucky clover Irish coffee glass.

Irish Cream Coffee

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A sweeter, creamier version of a classic Irish coffee that’s perfectly suited for dessert! This boozy, cozy cocktail combines hot coffee with Irish whiskey and Irish cream. Top it with whipped cream for a festive post-dinner sip.

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Flourless Fudge Swirl Irish Cream Brownies

A perfect dessert to indulge in this St. Pat’s, these chocolate brownies are laced with swirls of Irish Cream fudge! No flour involved means these gluten-free brownies are allergy friendly and just as fudgy and delicious.

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Apple Crisp

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A classic dessert that’s also popular in Irish kitchens! A traditional homemade apple crisp made with sweet-tart apples and a buttery, oaty crumble is a perfect cozy treat.

blueberry scones

Buttermilk Blueberry Scone Recipe

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Scones are never far from the table in Irish households! While traditionally served with breakfast or at tea, this recipe for blueberry scones drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze are a deliciously sweet treat!

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