Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes

From Tender Corned Beef and Cabbage to Tasty Irish Soda Bread!

March 11, 2021
Irish Stew

Irish Beef Stew

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A selection of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes—including soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, hearty Irish stew, and colcannon—many of which come from our lovely Irish-American readers!

Many of these recipes contributed by readers were passed down across many generations. We have more versions of Irish Soda Bread than we could count, so if you aren’t keen on the recipe we listed below, search our recipe database for alternatives! Have a delicious St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Breads & Baked Goods

Irish Oatmeal Scones
Lovely scones with oats and currants. Great for a St. Paddy’s Day breakfast!

Irish Oatmeal Scones. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Irish Oatmeal Scones. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Irish Tea Barmbrack 
A traditional recipe (from Dublin, Ireland) for making a delicious Irish barmbrack loaf—and using up leftover tea!

Irish Soda Bread
This Irish Soda Bread recipe uses baking soda and baking powder to create a lighter, scone-like loaf.

Irish Dinner Recipes

Corned Beef and Cabbage  
Not much beats corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Enjoy this classic recipe!

Corned Beef and Cabbage. Photo credit: Catherine Boeckmann
Corned Beef and Cabbage. Photo credit: Catherine Boeckmann

Pot Roast, Irish-Style 
A classic pot roast with potatoes and carrots.

Corned Beef Brisket With Spring Vegetables 
An alternative corned beef recipe for you to try.

Irish Beef Stew 
This hearty Irish Beef Stew is rich, flavorful, and comforting. The secret weapon? A cup of Guinness stout adds a deeper, more complex flavor.

Irish Beef Stew. Photo Credit: Sumner's Graphics Inc./Getty Images
Irish Beef Stew. Photo Credit: Sumner’s Graphics Inc./Getty Images

Irish Lamb Stew 
Mint jelly and hot biscuits are a must with this traditional dish.

Braised Lamb Shanks 
A solid recipe for making tender, tasty lamb. 

Lazy Man’s Beef Stew 
Beef stew is comfort food at its finest. When it’s paired with crusty bread, a hearty meal in born!

Lazy Man's Beef Stew. Photo Credit: Catherine Boeckmann
Lazy Man’s Beef Stew. Photo Credit: Catherine Boeckmann

Irish-Style Potato Dishes

Dill and Potato Cakes
This recipe combines two classic flavors in a simple and savory way. Six ingredients turn into a scrumptious and sophisticated side dish. 

Dill and Potato Cakes. Photo by Colleen Quinnell.
Dill and Potato Cakes. Photo by Colleen Quinnell.

Irish Potato Biscuits 
A different sort of biscuit that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and goes well with a corned beef or meat stew.

Bella Cullen’s Colcannon 
Colcannon is an Irish dish that traditionally pairs mashed potatoes with cabbage. Here, we substitute cabbage with kale for a modern twist (but feel free to stick with cabbage, if you prefer). It’s a great companion for corned beef and Irish soda bread. 

Colcannon. Photo by Nickola Chess/Shutterstock
Colcannon. Photo by Nickola Chess/Shutterstock

Auntie Ei’s Guaranteed Smashed Potatoes
Auntie Ei has managed to improve upon the foolproof Irish whipped potatoes with this creamy, artery-clogging version. Eat at your own risk!

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Bake up some Irish-themed treats for a sweet ending to St. Patrick’s Day!

Luck of the Irish Peppermint Brownies 
Give this almost-too-pretty-to-eat brownie recipe a try. Not a fan of peppermint? Just omit the mint extract!

Peppermint Brownies by Letterberry/Getty Images
Peppermint Brownies. Photo by Letterberry/Getty Images

Darby Cream Pie 
An eggnog-flavored chiffon pie with chocolate-whipped-cream topping. “Rich” doesn’t even come close to describing it. Two layers give the pie an elegant appearance.

Irish Potato Pie
This recipe, with slight adjustments, was brought over “on the boat” by the cook’s great-great-aunt in the 1880s. 

Irish Potato Pie. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein.
Irish Potato Pie. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Olive’s Shortbread 
This sinfully rich and buttery shortbread from an Irish cook. It’s rather thicker than some but still beautifully baked through.

Irish Breakfast Ideas

Corned Beef Hash With Eggs
What to do with leftover corned beef? Make corn beef hash! This dish is delicious the morning after St. Patrick’s!

Corned Beef Hash with Eggs. Photo by David P. Smith/Shutterstock
Corned Beef Hash with Eggs. Photo by David P. Smith/Shutterstock

Murphy’s Irish Toast
This variation on French toast is made unique by the addition of Irish Cream Liquor.

Related Content

Who was St. Patrick? What does St. Patrick’s Day actually celebrate? Visit our St. Patrick’s Day page to find out!

What will you eat for St. Patrick’s Day this year? Let us know in the comments!


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It's Paddy's

It's St. Paddy's Day, for Saint Padraig (Patrick). Saint Patricia's Day is in August.

Roasted Corned Beef Brisket

So many people boil their brisket. I was taught by my grandmother to roast it like a beef roast. It will melt in your mouth and stays moist. I bake it at 325 degrees (4 lbs) for about 4-5 hours in the oven in a deep pan or until well done, covered with about 2 cups of water in the bottom of the pan. Every year I have family and friends over and they really like it this way. I cook the veggies in a pot with some of the spices that usually come packaged. Makes a tasty meal.