Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes

From Corned Beef and Cabbage to Irish Soda Bread

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 don’t like the recipe we listed below, search our Web site for more!

Irish Breads & Baked Goods

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

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

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

Irish Dinner Recipes

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

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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 Stew
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!

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Lazy Man’s Beef Stew. Credit: Catherine Boeckmann

Irish-Style Potatoes

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

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. 

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.

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 Poached Egg
Fantastic the morning after St. Patrick’s Day if you have leftover corned beef!

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

Learn More

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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