Dublin Coddle ~ a quick cooking Irish stew!

Dubblin Coddle in a pot with soda scones

Dublin Coddle is a classic pub meal you won’t want to miss, this Irish stew is made in one pot with bacon, sausage, onions, carrots, and a golden potato crust. A dash of Guinness makes the broth sooooo good!

Dublin Coddle in a pan with glasses of beer

Dublin coddle is a homey, affordable, Irish stew

It’s nourished families during the long winter months for generations. It’s more user friendly than lamb stew or corned beef, and just as delicious, if not more so! Make it for St Patrick’s Day, or any day you just want a comforting meal on the table in about an hour. Once you try this classic sausage and potato casserole you might want to do as the Irish do and vary it up with whatever leftovers you’ve got. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, turnips, or rutabaga would all be good choices.


It means to simmer gently, referring to the way the stew is braised on a low heat until everything is tender. Traditionally it might cook away on a low fire all day long, but we don’t have time for that! Besides, I like my veggies to have a little bite left in them 😉 so this one hour version is a win win.

why Dublin?

According to Wiki: “Coddle is particularly associated with the capital of Ireland, Dublin. It was reputedly a favorite dish of the writers Seán O’Casey and Jonathan Swift, and it appears in several references to Dublin, including the works of James Joyce.”

Dubblin Coddle in a pot with soda scones

what you’ll need for this quick cooking Irish coddle

Like many Irish stews, this one has a simple list of ingredients and a rich, earthy flavor without lots of herbs and spices.

  • sausage ~ bangers, which are a pork sausage, are traditional but sometimes hard to find in the US. I’ve used bratwurst with success.
  • bacon ~ (rashers) give this stew great flavor.
  • onion
  • leeks ~ I love their mild buttery flavor.
  • carrots ~ they add sweetness, color, and nutrition to the dish.
  • pearl barley ~ gives the broth body and makes the stew extra hearty.
  • chicken broth 
  • beer ~ use what you’ve got, but if you happen to have a Guinness…
  • bay leaves ~ the subtle flavor of bay is lovely in this stew.
  • Yukon gold potatoes ~ other waxy potatoes will work. Russets (baking potatoes) tend to fall apart.
  • parsley ~ a small  but essential element to brighten the finished dish.
  • salt and pepper
  • butter ~ I brush it on the potato crust before it goes in the oven.

You’ll also need a heavy oven proof braising pan, or Dutch oven (with a lid) for this stew that cooks first on the stove top, and finishes in the oven.

Digging into a pot of Dublin Coddle with potatoes and sausage

simple layering technique for this Irish stew

  1. Lay down a layer of onions, leeks, and carrots in the fat that was rendered when you browned the bacon and sausage. No need to sauté them.
  2. Top with your crisped bacon and browned sausages.
  3. Add barley, bay leaves, stock, and ale.
  4. Top off with sliced potatoes.


How to layer a Dublin Coddle stew

cook time for this coddle is a quick 45 minutes

We’re all familiar with stews that need very long slow cooking to become tender and flavorful, but this one can be ‘coddled’ in 45 minutes.

Our aim is to get the sausage cooked through, the broth concentrated and thickened, and the veggies to become tender.

how to make Dublin Coddle ahead of time

You can layer up the casserole in the morning, without the sliced potato topping. Cover and refrigerate.

When ready to cook, slice and arrange the potatoes.

I don’t like to add the potato crust early because it can turn brown due to oxidation. Waxy potatoes like we’ve used here don’t brown as readily as russets because they have less starch, but I don’t take any chances.

can you make this in a slow cooker?

You can ~ just layer it up through step #7 (you’ll have to brown your meats on the stove first.)

Cook on low for 6 hours.

Be aware you won’t get the golden crust on your potatoes when you cook it this way.

A plate of Dublin Coddle with soda scones and beer

what to serve with Dublin Coddle

Dublin coddle is a complete meal, combining vegetables, meats, and starch. A good ale, of course, and some sort of bread is ideal to serve alongside because there will be lots of delicious juices to sop up. Here are some suggestions:

Dubblin Coddle in a pot with soda scones
5 from 13 votes

Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle is a classic pub meal you won't want to miss, this Irish stew is made in one pot with bacon, sausage, onions, carrots, and a golden potato crust. A dash of Guinness makes the broth sooooo good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 6 hearty servings
Calories 724kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, rough chopped
  • 8 large fresh pork sausages (or whatever sausage you can get)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 leeks, trimmed, sliced, and washed
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup barley (uncooked)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup beer
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and black pepper
  • 4 large yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • parsley, chopped


  • Peel the potatoes and place in a bowl filled with cold water.
  • In a large braising pan or Dutch oven, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon to a plate, leaving a layer of grease in the pan.
    cooking bacon in a cast iron pot
  • Brown the sausages on both sides, and remove the to the plate.
    Browning sausages in a cast iron pan
  • Add the onons, carrots, and leeks to the pot in an even layer. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
    Veggies for Dublin Coddle in a cast iron pot
  • Arrange the sausage and bacon over the veggies, along with the barley and bay leaves.
    Layering sausages and bacon in a pot for Dublin Coddle
  • Pour the beer and broth over all. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
    Making Dublin Coddle in a large braising pan
  • Thinly slice the potatoes and arrange in overlapping fashion over the top of the pan.
    Layering sliced potatoes over top of Irish sausage casserole
  • Bring the pan up to a boil, then turn down to low, cover, and let simmer gently (coddle it!) for 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 425F
  • Uncover the pan, brush the potatoes with melted butter, and then put in the oven (uncovered) for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and tender. Check the potatoes with the tip of a sharp knife to be sure they're tender. Note: If you like you can place the pot under the broiler briefly to get more color on the crust, but watch carefully so it doesn't burn.
    Dublin Coddle, just out of the oven
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve asap with biscuits and beer!
    Dubblin Coddle in a pot with soda scones

Cook's notes

To prep the coddle ahead of time:
  • You can layer up the casserole in the morning, without the sliced potato topping. Cover and refrigerate.
  • When ready to cook, slice and arrange the potatoes.


Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1098mg | Potassium: 1198mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7775IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    March 17, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing! So easy and delicious. A complete meal.

  • Reply
    March 10, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    5 stars
    This is an amazing and spectacular recipe Sue. Will be making it often. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Karl Scuffil
    March 10, 2021 at 7:34 am

    I’m with the review from Andy,
    Although that looks and reads lovely, it’s not dublin coddle.
    No browning involved and no other fancy stuff.
    Only bacon,sausage, onoins and potato, thays all we had growing up in Dublin, its a poor man’s dinner, although still love it to this day.

  • Reply
    Nikki Moranville
    March 10, 2021 at 5:52 am

    5 stars
    This was dinner last night and not one scrap was left! Everyone at the table was oooohhhing and aaahing and stuffing their mouths! No photo because it was gone in a heartbeat!!

  • Reply
    Donna Gass
    March 4, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    5 stars
    Takes me back to Ireland.

  • Reply
    Denise P
    March 3, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    There is nothing better than a homey meal of sausages and potato! The only problem, which you alluded to, is that one cannot find a decent banger in the US!!! There is an abundance of fabulous sausages everywhere in Britain, and I sure miss that.

    • Reply
      Patty McMahon
      March 9, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      Hi Denise!
      We have a few speciality store that caters to UK tastebuds and memories. You might want to Google zip codes in your area with bangers or British speciality shops; ask family members to do the same. Sausage makers (here anyway) tend to carry at least one type of banger.
      Last but not least, search Amazon! I just searched bangers there and saw our local Whole Foods carry it as well as local sausage makers sell via Amazon.
      Don’t give up hope!

  • Reply
    Andy Skinner
    March 3, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    I’m from Dublin, and I’d stick with the traditional recipe:
    Back bacon cubed, or rashers
    Potatoes – half of them cut small, so they dissolve and thicken the coddle.
    Boil the bacon first for 30mins, remove salt scum, then add the rest of the ingredients.
    Simmer on medium heat for 90-120mins, stirring occasionally.
    That’s it! No oven cooking, no herbs. No browning of the sausages before adding them to the pot either!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      March 3, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      We Americans love our browning…but I’ll try your method!

    • Reply
      Noel casey
      March 4, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Right one Andy It’s the poor mans dinner nothing like it anywhere
      That recipe is Irish stew with sausages

    • Reply
      March 6, 2021 at 7:05 am

      Great option for me to be able to leave out the barley because of not being able to eat gluten!

  • Reply
    Sharon A Walker
    March 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Slow cooker version, please. Looks wonderful.

  • Reply
    March 3, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    This dish sounds very warming. I’m not a lover of the humble sausage but I think I would like them in this ‘coddle’. Lovely word that, it conjures up warm feelings.
    Thanks Sue. :))

  • Reply
    Lydia Beier
    March 3, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Wow! My Mom used to make this often when I was growing up, along with other Irish staples. The problem is she learned them from her Irish Mother and no recipes were written down. I am definitely going to try this, probably on St. Patrick’s day!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      March 3, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      What a shame, I hope this recipe lives up to your memory.

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