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15 Traditional Irish Recipes That Taste Amazing

We might not be the best cooks that ever lived, but we do like to be at least a little bit adventurous and to try new things when we cook for our family! Lately, we’ve found it really helpful to start learning different international dishes from countries around the world; it means we get to eat more delicious foods we’ve never tried before and it also means we get to teach our kids about new places that they might like to visit someday.

We’ve been slowly making our way around the globe, giving each week a new country and trying several dishes from each place over the course of a few days. This week, we decided to “visit” Ireland in our culinary adventures! That’s why we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for awesome Irish recipes that are either either typical of the traditional menu, influenced by the culture, or commonly enjoyed there.

Best Traditional Irish Recipes That Are Delicious

Are you feeling just as interested as we have been, if not more, in the idea of learning how to make traditional or fun themed Irish dishes and treats?

Check out these 15 awesome ideas, recipes, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!

1. Traditional Irish stew


Even if you don’t live in a cold place that requires a good, hearty meal at dinner time to warm you from the inside out like we do, there’s still nothing quite as enjoyable as a hearty stew to really fill your tummy at the end of a long day. We’ve long been big fans of all kinds of stews from all over, but this mouthwatering traditional Irish stew recipe just might be the best one we’ve ever tried! See what w mean by trying out this recipe from The Spruce Eats.

2. Traditional corned beef and cabbage


Did we really catch your attention with this whole idea of making a traditional meal that will really fill your stomach but stew has never really been your thing? Then perhaps you’d get along a little better with a well rounded meal that’s typical of a family dinner table with all classic elements involved! Check out this recipe from History Stories to learn how this traditional corned beef and cabbage meal was made.

3. Traditional Irish colcannon with melted butter


If you’re going to put in the effort it takes to make a traditional meal from scratch at home, would you rather try your hand at something you know your family has never simply ordered off a menu in a pub before or made themselves? Well, if you’re also looking for something tasty that will give your loved ones a lot of comfort then we think you simply must give this recipe from Popsugar for traditional colcannon (a potato and vegetable dish) with melted butter a try.

4. Irish soda bread


In addition to being a cooking enthusiast who really likes to make entrees for your family’s dinner table, are you also a rather enthusiastic baker? Well, if you’ve never tried making the traditional kind of homemade bread from another country before then now is the time to start! We’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Midnight Baker made this fragrant Irish soda bread.

5. Traditional Irish boxty (Irish potato cakes)


Did we actually really pique your attention when we started talking about the idea of making a deliciously satisfying potato based dish but you’d like to have as many options as you can to choose from, if there are indeed more? Well, The Tomato Tart is here to tell you that there are! Check out their page to learn more about making these delectable Irish boxty (or traditional Irish potato cakes).

6. Dublin coddle (Irish sausage and potato stew)


Are you actually such a big fan of stew style dishes and so pleased to find a delicious traditional recipe that you can’t help wondering whether there might be more than one kind of stew to try? Well, we think you’ll be rather pleased indeed to learn that there is! Wholefully is here to teach you how to make Dublin coddle, which is an Irish sausage and potato stew that’s a little more chunky and less gravy based than the one you saw before, just to keep things interesting.

7. Corned beef hash and baked eggs


Were you feeling quite enamoured indeed by the idea of making a corn beef based meal because that’s a meat you’ve always loved the taste of but you’ve also been wondering here and there whether you can’t find a breakfast meal based in traditional Irish dish elements? Then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Cooking and Beer teaches you how to make a scrumptious corned beef hash with potatoes and baked eggs!

8. Beef and Guinness hand pies


Are you still scrolling through our list thinking about how much you love the idea of making a meat based dish because those are your favourite kind but you’re also looking for something a little different than the average meat or potatoes supper? Then we’d be willing to bet that this beef and Guinness hand pie recipe outlined in detail on Frugal Mom, Eh will be just the kind of thing you were hoping to find!

9. Irish pancakes


Did we really catch your attention when we mentioned traditional dishes that you can enjoy at breakfast time but you’ve also been holding out to see whether there might be something a little less savoury that you can try out as well? Well, we’re pleased to report that your patience has paid off! Take a better look at this recipe from Donal Skehan to see how these Irish pancakes topped with fruit can be made surprisingly easily!

10. Bailey’s Irish cream scones


Have you actually been scrolling through our list and finding that you’re still thinking about how much you like baking, but making bread isn’t something you’ve ever really felt yourself drawn towards? Then here’s alternative baking based recipe for your consideration! This clear, detailed recipe and tutorial from The Suburban Soapbox teaches you how to make a batch of warm Bailey’s Iris cream scones topped with a sweet drizzle.

11. Bailey’s Irish cream no-bake chocolate cheesecake


Have we really got you paying attention now that we’re talking about sweet recipes because desserts have always been your very favourite kind of food to both make and eat? Then we’re absolutely convinced that this next recipe from A Mummy Too will be right up your alley! Take a closer look at their tutorial to see how this Bailey’s Irish cream no-bake chocolate cheesecake was made.

12. Traditional brioche bread and butter pudding


Just in case you’re still in the mood for making desserts but you’d actually rather make something a little more traditional and a little less novelty, here’s another sweet idea for your consideration! We’d absolutely encourage you to check out how The Kitchen Alchemist made this irresistible traditional brioche bread and butter pudding that tastes its best with a bit of cream poured on top.

13. Green velvet cake


Are you actually the kind of kitsch lover who would happily take novelty all day long, even if it’s a bit of a “touristy” dish and not something that’s actually traditional? Well, there’s no harm in making something for pure fun so long as you’re celebrating everyone positively, right? Check out how Popsugar did just that when they made this Irish inspired green velvet cake!

14. Irish mint brownies


Were you feeling almost convinced by the fun, novelty idea listed above but you’re just not fully settled on it because you’re a chocolate lover first and foremost and that particular recipe doesn’t have enough of your favourite flavour for you? Well, if you love the taste of mint things as well then we think you simply must give these Irish mint brownies featured in detail on Reader’s Digest a try!

15. Irish potato candy


By now you’ve probably noticed that a lot of the traditional recipes coming out of Ireland are potato based, and if you know anything about the country’s history then you’ll know why! Just in case you’re still adoring the idea of celebrating things with a little bit of positive novelty, then we think you’ll love these funny little Irish potato candies that Simply Whisked shows you how to make using coco powder and marzipan.

Do you know another foodie and DIY enthusiast who loves trying international recipes and wants to try their hand at making Irish food but who could use a little bit of guidance? Share this post with them so they have all kinds of tasty dishes to choose from!