Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these easy and delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
From corned beef to rich Guinness stew, you’ll adore these dishes from the Emerald Isle.
Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
Make this March 17th extra special with these fun Irish-themed St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
Start with shamrock pancakes, have Irish nachos for lunch, and then beef and cabbage sliders for dinner.
And if you’ve still got room, forget boring old cupcakes and try some potato candy because, yes, that’s a thing!
Start your day with a bang, and make one of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day breakfast recipes.
Baileys is used liberally in this decadent dish – whipped into the rich custard and used to make a dreamy cream sauce. So it’s definitely not for kids.
But don’t worry, it’s not too rich. It’s just right!
These may just be pancakes shaped like shamrocks, but they’re cute, tasty, and perfect for kids.
They’re also vibrantly green, thanks to the green food coloring.
Though you could make them more festive with a splash of Baileys or mint extract.
Either way, serve them with vanilla ice cream and syrup, and enjoy!
Another fun green breakfast, this oatmeal is a much healthier way to start the day.
And no, this one doesn’t contain food coloring. Instead, you’ll sneak in some spinach to give this nourishing porridge a green makeover.
You won’t taste it over the sweet banana and protein powder. But your body will thank you.
Boxty is a thick potato pancake often made with leftover mash.
It’s a very old recipe, popular not just in Ireland but also in the North of England and Scotland.
And like our hash browns, it’s usually served with eggs and bacon for a hearty breakfast. Yum!
A ‘full Irish’ is a versatile thing. Everyone has their own version of this traditional recipe that’s more of an experience than a meal.
The basic ingredients are fried eggs, thick bacon, black pudding, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, beans, and hash browns.
Clear some room in your stomach for this one, you’ll need the space.
No one knows potatoes like the Irish. And one of their most beloved recipes is this twist on the usual mash.
Colcannon is a creamy mix of buttery, fluffy spuds and fresh greens, such as cabbage or kale.
It’s a very flexible dish, and this recipe gives lots of options if you want to get adventurous with your spuds.
7. Irish Stew
This filling stew was invented as a culinary antidepressant for the drizzly Irish winters.
At least, that’s my theory because, between the tender beef and veggies, this is definitely a mood-boosting meal!
If there’s snow on the St. Patrick’s Day forecast, get a pot of this bubbling on the stove. You won’t regret it!
Irish soda bread is a thick quick bread made with buttermilk and baking soda rather than yeast.
At first glance, it looks like a hard, dense slab. But that crusty exterior hides a perfectly moist and fluffy crumb.
Serve warm with heaps of butter and a good cup of tea for the full Irish experience.
Barmbrack is somewhere between a cake and bread. And that’s a good place to be.
Flavored with dried fruit and spices, it was traditionally served during Samhain (that’s Halloween in North America).
It’s a fitting bread for the end of the harvest but equally welcome at St. Patrick’s Day feasts.
Probably the most well-known Irish dish, corned beef & cabbage gets a bad rap but is simple, easy, and delicious when done right.
With this recipe, you don’t even have to do any work to produce the perfect beef and cabbage stew.
Just pile the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it simmer. Easy peasy.
Thick, nourishing, and very satisfying, potato stew is another cold-weather favorite.
This is a dish steeped in both tradition and flavor. And it uses only pantry staples, so you can make it any night of the week.
Serve a big bowl with a chunk of soda bread. Yum!
Europe meets America in this creative recipe that’s ideal for a St. Paddy’s day potluck.
You’ll slow-cook spicy beef brisket, then shred it and stuff it into a soft bun with tangy coleslaw and a grainy Guinness (or Irish stout) mustard.
It’s the perfect finger food for a St. Patrick’s Day bash.
Nachos are definitely not Irish. But I think anyone in Ireland would go nuts for this spin on the Tex-Mex classic.
You’ll swap chips for tater slices and add lean corned beef instead of taco-spiced ground beef.
Dressed with cheese and a bit of sauerkraut, it’s weird but wonderful, and it works.
Champ is similar to colcannon in that it’s basically mashed spuds.
But the big difference lies in the add-ons.
Champ typically swirls in sliced green onions and blends everything together with milk and butter – lots of butter.
15. Potato Scones
You can’t beat the one-of-a-kind taste of fresh, soft potato puffs served warm with butter.
This recipe is a frugal but flavorful snack – making the most of leftover mash.
And unlike regular scones, they’re fried until crispy. Though they still have a fluffy middle!
Here’s another Tex-Mex twist on everyone’s favorite St. Patrick’s day food.
Spicy corned beef brisket sliced and piled into tortillas with cheddar and shredded cabbage? Yes, please!
Just be sure to have lots of napkins ready because this could get messy (the good kind of messy).
17. Corned Beef Hash
Is it even March 17th if you don’t enjoy a plate of corned beef hash? I don’t think so!
This meaty dish is straightforward but always delivers.
And you can even jazz it up with a fried egg on top. Make it nice and runny, so the yolk drips over the meat. Yum!
These shamrock skewers are adorable and appetizing.
Serve on St. Patrick’s Day, and they’ll do double duty as a delicious treat and a great conversation starter.
Made with bell peppers, cucumbers, and broccoli, they’re green, healthy, and perfect for snacking and dipping.
This Irish-American fave is only available for a short time every year.
But it’s so insanely good, I think it’s time we make it a staple in our weekly menus.
And thanks to this recipe, we can!
It’s deliciously sweet and minty and made all the more addictive if you blitz Oreos in the mix too!
These deviled eggs feature corned beef and greens. It’s a simple way to elevate this appetizer, but it sure is tasty!
You’ll blend egg yolk with finely sliced cabbage and beef to make a rich paste. Then top them with carrots and parsley.
And they’re so yummy, I bet they’ll be your new go-to recipe.
21. Colcannon Puffs
If you’re bored with mashed potatoes, here’s a chance to take them to the next level.
Just scoop it into balls, and bake until golden.
They’re crispy on the outside and soft and savory on the inside. Serve them with beef stew, and you’re all set.
22. Dublin Coddle
Dublin coddle is one of those chuck-everything-in-a-pot kind of meals. And it was originally a way to use up leftovers for thrifty cooks.
A salty, savory combo of sausage, bacon, spuds, and onions, it’s a uniquely comforting casserole.
So dump everything in a Dutch oven and let it simmer until it’s meaty and delicious.
23. Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with ground lamb (hence the ‘shepherd’).
And it’s so worth going the extra mile on St. Patrick’s Day and make the most of spring lamb.
You’ll love the meaty filling and cheesy mash on top. And it’s a guaranteed crowd-please any night of the week.
24. Reuben Sandwich
The classic Reuben may not technically be from Ireland, but corned beef sure is! So that makes this my go-to St. Paddy’s day sammy.
And what a sammy it is! That thing is epic looking and totally drool-worthy.
Between the tender corned beef, zippy sauerkraut, spicy Russian dressing, and melty Swiss cheese, it’s crunchy, tangy, spicy, and to die for.
I’m obsessed with this fun fusion of cuisines! And it makes total sense if you think about it.
Regular egg rolls often feature cabbage with meat. So why not corned beef?
Of course, what really makes these pop is that homemade beer mustard. So be sure to make extra!
Got a lot of hungry mouths to feed? You can’t go wrong with this satisfying Guinness beef stew.
You’ll use boneless beef chuck, which is an inexpensive cut, perfect for families.
After a couple of hours on the stove with bacon, Guinness (or Irish stout), veggies, and stock, it’ll be melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Got a bottle of stout sitting in the pantry? Then this is the dessert for you!
They’re chocolatey, intense, and deeply flavorful. But the frosting is nice and light, so they’re totally balanced.
The beer will bake off in the sponge, so feel free to use another frosting if these are for kids.
28. Potato Candy
They may look like spuds, but this potato candy is all for show.
It’s really a tasty blend of cream cheese, coconut, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and butter.
But it’s such a fun party gag, so I highly recommend it!
Brownies are super rich and fudgy.
But while they’re pretty perfect on their own, why not make them over-the-top incredible with a creamy layer of Baileys frosting?
It adds a wonderful layer of vanilla and chocolate – and tastes great on cupcakes too!
30. Irish Coffee
It’s super easy to add a glug of booze to your nightly cup of Joe. But it’s St. Patrick’s Day! So let’s make it a real treat.
This recipe calls for Baileys and Irish whiskey, so it’s extra warm and boozy.
Add a spoonful of whipped cream, and you’ve got one stunning grown-up dessert in a glass.
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