Traditional Irish recipes from Irish stew, colcannon, and soda bread to rustic apple cake and homemade Irish Cream!
IRISH APPLE CAKE
This is an authentic old fashioned Irish apple cake, the kind that would be made throughout the apple harvest season all over Ireland, where every farmhouse has its own prized version of the recipe. It’s delicious with or without the traditional custard sauce.
IRISH OATMEAL SODA BREAD
Rustic Irish soda bread made with oatmeal is delicious. It’s a miracle how this easy no-yeast, one bowl recipe bakes up into an authentic, crusty, artisan loaf. Serve for breakfast with butter and jam, or alongside any soup or stew.
INSTANT POT IRISH STEW
The real deal, a classic rich stew made with lamb, potatoes, root veggies, cabbage, and, of course, a good dose of Guinness.
CLASSIC FISH PIE
Delicious fish pie topped with mashed potatoes ~ I’m crazy for a great creamy fish pie. You can use all sorts of fish or shellfish in this uber comforting meal.
Cottage Pie and its cousin Shepherd’s Pie is as traditional as it gets. Cottage pie is traditionally made with ground beef, while shepherd’s pie is made with ground lamb. Serve with peas, Brussels sprouts, or a fresh salad.
One of my favorite of all Irish recipes! Onions, potatoes, sausages, and bacon (basically all the best things) get slow cooked together in this wonderful dish. The name comes from the fact that the ingredients were traditionally coddled or slowly cooked over a long period of time.
TRADITIONAL IRISH LEEK AND POTATO SOUP
Leek and potato soup is a traditional Irish recipe that has been popular in Ireland for many years. Its origins can be traced back to the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, when potatoes and leeks were two of the few ingredients that were readily available.
IRISH SODA SCONES
For an authentic Irish country breakfast, it doesn’t get more perfect than these scones, some Irish butter, and a dollop of homemade jam. This recipe comes from Darina Allen’s Forgotten Skills of Irish Cooking.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish recipe made from mashed potatoes, butter, milk, and seasonal vegetables like cabbage and kale. In some regions, spring onions and bacon might also be added. Colcannon has been a staple in Irish kitchens since the 17th century.
CLOTTED CREAM SHORTBREAD
Crisp, buttery shortbread proves that dessert doesn’t have to be decadent to be fabulous. While Ireland can’t lay claim to the invention of shortbread, it’s a hugely popular snack. Irish variations include brown sugar shortbread, and oatmeal shortbread.
BOXTY ~ Farmette
A traditional Northern Irish potato cake made quick and easy in your cast iron skillet. Irish Boxty can be served with butter, bacon, sausage, or eggs and can be eaten as an accompaniment to a main meal or as a light snack.
SLOW COOKER CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE ~ foodiecrush
The slow cooker makes this St Paddy’s Day must-have super convenient. No collection of Irish recipes can be complete without a great corned beef and cabbage!
IRISH BROWN BREAD
An ancient whole grain bread with a rustic texture and hearty flavor. This Irish recipe for brown bread has been passed down for generations. Its origin can be traced back to ancient Ireland when the Celts began baking flatbreads made with water and grains.
NO CHURN BAILEY’S ICE CREAM
A dangerously easy no churn ice cream made with Bailey’s Irish Cream! Not sure if this is a traditional Irish recipe, but it should be! The history of Bailey’s Irish Cream dates back to 1974, when it was first introduced by a man named Tom Jago. He was inspired to create this unique cream liqueur after trying a concoction of whiskey, cream, and coffee made in a bar in Ireland.
GUINNESS BEEF AND ONION POT PIE ~ My Kitchen Love
This beef and onion pot pie with potato topping looks like it would be right at home on an Irish farmhouse table. Cooking with Guinness beer can add a rich and complex flavor to so many different kinds of dishes ~ I always keep a few bottles in my pantry.
IRISH BREAD PUDDING WITH WHISKEY CARAMEL SAUCE ~ The Cookie Rookie
Transform a plain loaf of bread into a sumptuous dessert by making classic bread pudding. I think I need to start putting whiskey caramel sauce on everything!
OVERNIGHT STEEL CUT OATS WITH WHISKEY BUTTER
This Irish style porridge is a fantastic way to treat house guests — or your own family — to a cozy, bed & breakfast style morning with little effort. Healthy porridge or oatmeal has been a staple of the Irish diet for centuries.
CHEDDAR AND BACON IRISH SODA BREAD ~ Jessica Gavin
A colorful ‘bacony’ twist on a simple Irish recipe for no-yeast soda bread. The habit of adding a little bit of bacon is a frugal way to enrich recipes and is classically Irish.
FAMILY IRISH STEW ~ Donal Skehan
Irish stew is the ultimate Irish meal, but there is no definitive recipe for Irish stew; the dish has evolved over time as different regions and families have added their own variations. l love the thick layered potato crust on this one!
IRISH FISH CAKES WITH 30 SECOND TARTAR SAUCE
These fish cakes are made extra light and fluffy with mashed potatoes. And of course the creamy homemade tartar sauce takes them over the top. This kind of crispy fish cake is often served as a snack in pubs.
HOMEMADE IRISH CREAM
Because no Irish recipe round up would be complete without a little tipple ~ cheers!
Want to put more authentic Irish food on your table? Check out these books for more gorgeous, traditional Irish recipes~
- Darina Allen is the queen of farm-fresh Irish cuisine, and she’s written loads of great cookbooks.
- I especially love Irish Traditional Cooking.
- One of my other favorite sources for authentic Irish fare is The Country Cooking of Ireland, it’s a big gorgeous book worthy of a spot on your coffee table!
- The National Trust’s Book of Scones is a must if you love them like I do.
- The Farmette Cookbook is from a fellow blogger!
Questions and Reviews
In your “potato. And leek soup” you mention that ‘only potatoes were plentiful.’
Honey, it was a FAMINE and there’s weren’t any.
Tried the Coddle. Loved it! The stews look great too, although not too much different from the stews I’m used to cooking. And I’m not even Irish!
Love your recipes. Grew up in North Hampton!!
Oh my! I’ll definitely be cooking up some of these Irish dishes for my family. Last name Kelley here with strong Irish background. Hoping some day to make the trip over to visit, who knows possibly relocate!
I was born in Wisconsin but my heart is in Ireland. Both sides of my family were mostly Irish. My grandmother came from Ireland and still spoke Gallic. My Maiden name as Gallagher and my Mom was McCarthy. I want to learn as much as I can about family and the Irish. I don’t care if they are Catholic or Lutheran. It does not have me. I love them all.
I started my love affair with Ireland with Ireland 47 year ago….love that wonder “little bit of heaven” and its history but most of all I love the people and love the food …. so wholesome, so down to earth.