Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe


Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe |

Colcannon is a traditional Irish mashed potato dish, and is a hearty and comfort food classic in Ireland.

This dish is a year-round staple, although it also makes special appearances at holidays, including St. Patrick’s Day, and most especially at Halloween where sneaky chefs conceal lucky charms or coins within its body.

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Traditionally Colcannon most often incorporates cabbage or kale into the mashed potatoes.

Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe |

So loved is Colcannon that it has inspired a traditional Irish song by its own name or by the name, “The Skillet Pot,” and has been recorded by many artists.


“Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?”

The chorus:

“Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I.
And the more I think about it sure the nearer I’m to cry.
Oh, wasn’t it the happy days when troubles we had not,
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.”

Click here to hear Mary Black sing this tune on YouTube.

Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe |


Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe

Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe |

Colcannon is a traditional Irish mashed potato dish, and is a hearty and comfort food classic in Ireland.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Yield: About 4 servings 1x


  • 4 russet potatoes (Yukon Gold potatoes work well too)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1/2 small green cabbage or small bunch kale, shredded
  • 4 scallions, sliced diagonally
  • salt and pepper to taste


Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks and place into a large saucepan. Cover with water and add salt. Bring the potatoes to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and allow to cook about 15 or 20 minutes or until fork tender.

Remove potatoes from the simmering water and put into a bowl, and add the shredded cabbage and scallions to the simmering water. Allow it to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until tender.

Meanwhile, mash potatoes with a hand masher, add salt, pepper (to taste), butter and milk until desired consistency. Then add drained cabbage or kale and scallions. Stir well until light and fluffy. Serve immediately.

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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    1. Thank you! Love the Colcannon too – mashed potatoes and cabbage – you can NEVER go wrong with that! ? – The apple cake is one of our favorites too ?

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