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16 Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

My Best St. Patrick’s Day recipes for your celebration. Choose from my list including everything from Irish Stew to Boxty to Mr. Guinness’ Cake for dessert.

It’s almost time for the “wearin’ o’ the green.” The one day every year that people of Irish heritage set aside to honor Ireland’s foremost patron saint, St. Patrick.

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March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish)  is a cultural and religious celebration of the traditional date of death of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). The day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

Celebrations include parades and festivals, céilithe (traditional Irish music), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Speaking of which, have you ever wondered why shamrocks are associated with the Irish? It’s because St. Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity.

Serve an Authentic Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

With our modern St. Patrick’s Day observances, the one dish that seems to be synonymous with Paddy’s Day and all things Irish in the U.S., is corned beef and cabbage. However, that’s a dish that is rarely eaten in Ireland.

In Irish Country Cooking, chef Malachi McCormick says that he likes corned beef, “But our national dish? No, it’s a New World dish!” It’s just not eaten in Ireland, and it’s certainly not washed down with cups full of green beer.

I’m sorry, but dancing leprechauns and dyed green food as a celebration of Irish culture just really set me off. It’s why every year for St. Patrick’s, I make it a point to cook something traditionally and authentically Irish.

So, if you’re ready to explore something truly Irish for your St. Patrick’s observation, try one of the recipes I’ve linked below.

My Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes!

1. Brown Irish Soda Bread

Brown Irish Soda Bread
Soda bread is the traditional bread of Ireland and is still made daily in homes throughout the country.
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Brown Irish Soda Bread - An authentic recipe for traditional brown Irish soda bread. So nice for your St. Patrick's Day menu. https://www.lanascooking.com/brown-irish-soda-bread/

This Brown Irish Soda Bread is the whole wheat version of the bread made daily in homes throughout Ireland. It’s best eaten the day it’s made and, preferably, with lots and lots of creamy Irish butter!


2. Boxty

Boxty
Boxty – a traditional Irish potato pancake. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions.
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Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake. Serve them up hot with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions. https://www.lanascooking.com/boxty

Boxty (bacstaí in Irish) is a traditional Irish potato pancake mostly associated with the north midlands. In some areas, it’s known as poundy or potato bread   ‘Boxty’ comes from the Irish aran bocht tí (‘poorhouse bread’) so-called because potatoes and buttermilk were very nearly the only things poor Irish people had to eat in the workhouses of the 1800s.


3. Traditional Irish Champ

Traditional Irish Champ
Traditional Irish Champ – creamy, buttery mashed potatoes with bright green onions perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any other day of the year!
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Traditional Irish Champ - creamy mashed potatoes with scallions and loads of butter. https://www.lanascooking.com/champ-a-st-patricks-day-tribute-to-my-irish-ancestors

Traditional Irish Champ – creamy mashed potatoes with scallions and loads of butter.


4. Oven Roasted Leeks

Oven Roasted Leeks
Oven Roasted Leeks are an easy, flavorful side dish. Their earthy flavor pairs easily with everything from chicken to lamb to beef.
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Oven Roasted Leeks are a simple, flavorful side dish that will dress up your dinner table. Their earthy flavor pairs easily with everything from chicken to lamb to beef. Simple ingredients and five minutes of prep time are all you’ll need to make this easy recipe.


5. Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup
A traditional Leek and Potato Soup for St. Patrick's Day. Serve it hot in winter or cold in summer. Fantastic flavor!
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A traditional Leek and Potato soup for St. Patrick's Day. Serve it hot in winter or cold in summer. Fantastic flavor! https://www.lanascooking.com/leek-and-potato-soup/

Simple, honest cooking – a potato soup with leeks and cream. Serve it hot in winter or cold in summer.


6. Irish Fish Pie

Irish Fish Pie
Everyone from the youngest to the oldest will enjoy this one-dish dinner filled with chunks of fish and veggies in a creamy sauce topped with mashed potatoes and baked until golden. 
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May the luck of the Irish be yours when you serve this traditional Irish Fish Pie to your family! Everyone from the youngest to the oldest will enjoy this one-dish dinner filled with chunks of fish and veggies in a creamy sauce topped with mashed potatoes and baked until golden. 


7. Classic Irish Stew

Classic Irish Stew
Enjoy this Classic Irish Stew for St. Patrick's Day or any time!
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Enjoy this Classic Irish Stew with lamb, beef, carrots, and potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day or any time! It’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner.


8. Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle
Traditional Irish recipe for Dublin Coddle, a delicious combination of onions, potatoes, bacon, and sausages
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Dublin Coddle - a stew of onions, potatoes, sausages, and bacon - for St. Patrick's Day. https://www.lanascooking.com/dublin-coddle

Dublin Coddle – a traditional Irish stew of onions, potatoes, bacon, and sausages. Serve with soda bread spread with lots of butter!


9. Irish Spiced Fruitcake

Traditional Irish Spiced Fruitcake
You’ll love this Traditional Irish Spiced Fruitcake recipe filled with raisins, currants, and cherries and spiced with ginger and allspice.
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Irish spiced fruitcake on a cutting board.

A traditional Irish Spiced Fruitcake recipe using dried fruits and spices. Lovely for your dessert or afternoon snack with a cup of tea.


10. Traditional Irish Barmbrack

Traditional Irish Barmbrack
Traditional Irish Barmbrack (or Tea Brack) is the perfect sweet ending for your St. Patrick's Day feast!
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For an authentic taste of Ireland, enjoy a loaf of traditional Irish Barmbrack (or Tea Brack) with your St. Patrick’s Day feast. This sweet bread studded with dried fruits and flavored with warm spices will put an Irish twinkle in your eye.


11. Mr. Guinness’ Cake

Mr. Guinness’ Cake
Mr. Guinness' Cake is an Irish fruitcake recipe with candied fruit, raisins, and nuts. Douse the finished cake with Guinness, and age for a week before serving.
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Finished Mr. Guinness' Cake on a white serving platter.

Mr. Guinness’ Cake is similar to an American fruitcake with candied fruit, raisins, and nuts. Doused with Guinness and aged for one week before serving.


12. Irish Currant Scones

Irish Currant Scones
Enjoy traditional Irish currant scones with jam and whipped cream for breakfast, snacks, or dessert with a cup of tea or coffee.
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Enjoy this traditional recipe for Irish Currant Scones with your favorite jam and a bit of whipped cream. They’re perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert with a cup of tea or coffee. You’ll find the technique for making scones is very similar to southern-style biscuits!


13. Fruit Scones

Fruit Scones
A traditional recipe for Irish fruit scones, a lightly sweetened buttermilk biscuit with dried fruit.
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A traditional recipe for Irish Fruit Scones. Very similar to American buttermilk biscuits with the addition of dried fruit, sugar, and an egg. https://www.lanascooking.com/fruit-scones/

A traditional recipe for Irish Fruit Scones. Very similar to American buttermilk biscuits with the addition of dried fruit, sugar, and an egg.


14. Beef and Stout Pie

Beef and Stout Pie
A rich, savory Beef and Stout Pie with mushrooms and onions. Wonderfully comforting traditional Irish food.
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A rich, savory Beef and Stout pie with mushrooms and onions. Wonderfully comforting traditional Irish food. https://www.lanascooking.com/beef-and-stout-pie/

A rich, savory Beef and Stout Pie with mushrooms and onions and a puff pastry topping. Wonderfully comforting traditional Irish food.


15. Chicken, Leek, and Mushroom Pie

Chicken, Leek, and Mushroom Pie
A lovely, savory pie with a chicken, leek, mushroom and potato filling. Light, crispy phyllo makes the dish lighter.
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Chicken, Leek, and Mushroom Pie - a lovely, savory pie with a chicken, leek, mushroom and potato filling. A crispy phyllo topping makes the dish lighter. https://www.lanascooking.com/chicken-leek-mushroom-pie

Chicken, Leek, and Mushroom Pie – a lovely, savory pie with a chicken, leek, mushroom and potato filling. A crispy phyllo topping makes the dish lighter.


16. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie
Classic Shepherd’s, or Cottage, Pie with ground beef and vegetables topped with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese.
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Classic Shepherd's Pie, or Cottage Pie, with ground beef and vegetables topped with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese. https://www.lanascooking.com/shepherds-pie/

For St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the week, this Classic Shepherd’s Pie, or Cottage Pie, with ground beef and vegetables topped with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese is a real family pleasing meal.


Here’s wishing you a wonderful Paddy’s Day and, as the Irish say…

May those who love us, love us
And those who don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts
And if he can’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping!

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  1. Thank you! I’m slow-cooking corned beef but was planning to skip the trimmings and go right to the sandwiches. Your “Champ” potatoes inspired me to do this right.