Classic Irish Recipes from the Emerald Isle, are comfort food at its very best.
We rounded up authentic Irish recipes — from corned beef and cabbage to colcannon, lamb stew and cream of potato soup, Irish soda bread and scones… traditional recipes you’ll want to explore.
Ireland is filled with natural ingredients and generations of recipes and great cooks. Their traditional foods are filled with hearty vegetables and meat, accented with their famous butter.
So go beyond the green cupcakes, and try some of these delicious classic Irish recipes the Emerald Isle has to offer.
Irish Bean and Sausage Stew
“At Gubbeen Farm, a 250-acre coastal plot of land in West Cork, an Irish twist on French cassoulet results in a flavorful, brothy stew of lima beans and thin Irish pork sausages.”
Beef Stew and Dumplings
“There’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of beef stew, especially when topped off with fluffy little dumpling pillows. Dominic Chapman makes sure the meat is meltingly tender in his recipe by braising it for several hours, and adds flavour with salty pancetta, star anise and plenty of hearty veg.”
Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread, a national heritage… and a Wilson family favorite. Whether it be St. Patrick’s Day or any spring day. Comfort food at its finest!
A dreamy concoction of potatoes, cabbage or kale, and cream. A favorite comfort food — any day of the year!
Classic Shepherd’s Pie
“This pairing of chopped lamb with a mashed-potato topping is one of the most beloved British classics. Chef Tom Aikens infuses milk and cream with fresh herbs before folding them into the potatoes to make the dish especially luxurious.”
Haddock and Cheddar Mash
“The haddock and cheddar mash at Dublin’s The Winding Stair restaurant represents the best of Ireland: sea, dairy, and spud.”
Cream of Potato Soup
Easy to prepare in under 30 minutes, warm and creamy soup is a perfect antidote for cold, wintry nights, brisk fall afternoons, rainy spring days… or any other day as well.
Irish Lamb Stew
An all-time favorite Irish comfort food — this stew has bubbled over Irish fires for generations. Hearty and delicious!
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Quintessential Irish fare — Corned Beef and Cabbage is a dish perfect for spring. No luck needed with this dish — just hours of slow cooking to blend the flavors beautifully, allowing plenty of time to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day or any day in the spring when the weather begins to warm and the days grow longer.
Ireland is famous for its butter, which makes buttery shortbread a perfect Irish comfort food. This recipe gets its lovely texture and subtle nuttiness from corn flour, which is just finely ground cornmeal.
Ultra Buttery Irish Scones
“These tender, flaky scones are all about the butter. And since the flavor of the butter really shines through, this is a good time to splurge on a high-quality Irish butter like Kerrygold. The extra flaky, buttery texture is achieved by using a technique borrowed from puff pastry—spreading butter onto the rolled-out dough and folding it in layers.”
Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding
A simple yet rich dessert with tantalizingly comfort food flavors. It’s deceptively easy to make, yet beautiful and delicious to serve. Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding is one of those desserts you’ll want to come back to time and time again. While Brioche has its roots in France — bread pudding is all about Ireland.