10 Traditional Irish Dishes

A large cooked breakfast of meat (bacon, sausages and black and white puddings), eggs, vegetables and potato all fried in…

1. The Full Irish

A large cooked breakfast of meat (bacon, sausages and black and white puddings), eggs, vegetables and potato all fried in creamery butter, it is served with a generous helping of homemade Irish soda or brown bread.


2. Irish Stew

Irish stew is any variety of meat and root vegetable stew native to Ireland. As in all traditional folk dishes, the exact recipe is not consistent from time to time, or place to place. Common ingredients include lamb, or mutton, as well as potatoes, onions, and parsley. It may sometimes also include carrots


3. Chicken Fillet Roll

The chicken fillet roll is one of the most comforting Irish meals. In theory, it’s so simple: a bread roll with some chicken, butter or mayo, lettuce and whatever other ingredients your Spar has at its disposal.


4. Bacon and Cabbage

Bacon and cabbage is a dish traditionally associated with Ireland. The dish consists of sliced back bacon boiled with cabbage and potatoes. Smoked bacon is sometimes used. The dish is served with the bacon sliced, and with some of the boiling juices added.


5. Brown Bread

Irish Brown (or wheaten as it is known primarily in the North of Irelandbread is made from the whole grain of soft wheat, baking soda, either sugar, treacle or even honey for a touch of sweetness and of course the acid which is usually buttermilk or sour milk.


6. Boxty

Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake. The dish is mostly associated with the north midlands, north Connacht and southern Ulster, in particular the counties of Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Fermanagh, Longford, Leitrim and Cavan. There are many recipes but all contain finely grated, raw potatoes and all are served fried.


7. Colcannon and Champ

Colcannon introduces a little health kick (alongside the butter, salt and pepper) in the form of kale, scallions, leeks or chives and is usually served with boiled ham or Irish bacon. Champ, which is said to originate in Northern Ireland, is a good accompaniment to sausages.


8. Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon is a preparation of salmon, typically a fillet that has been cured and hot or cold smoked. Due to its moderately high price, smoked salmon is considered a delicacy. Although the term lox is sometimes applied to smoked salmon, they are different products.


9. Black and White Pudding

White pudding is broadly similar to black pudding, but does not include blood. Modern recipes consist of suet or fat, oatmeal, breadcrumbs and in some cases pork and pork liver, filled into a natural or cellulose sausage casing. Recipes in previous centuries included a wider range of ingredients.


10. Coddle

Coddle is an Irish dish which is often made to use up leftovers, and therefore without a specific recipe. However, it most commonly consists of layers of roughly sliced sausages and rashers with chunky potatoes, sliced onion, salt, pepper, and herbs. Traditionally, it can also include barley.