20 Authentic St. Patrick's Day Recipes Celebrating Irish Cuisine

20 Authentic St. Patrick's Day Recipes Celebrating Irish Cuisine

Published on Mar 12, 2024

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on March 17th to honor Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. On this day, people around the world join in wearing green, attending parades, and enjoying all things Irish. At the heart of any St. Patrick's Day celebration is traditional Irish cuisine. In this article, you will find 20 unique and authentic recipes perfect for celebrating at home, from appetizers to desserts. Each recipe incorporates classic Irish flavors that pay homage to Ireland's rich culinary heritage on its biggest holiday.


Get your St. Patrick's Day celebration started off right with some festive small bites featuring classic Irish flavors. Whether you choose slightly sweet Irish soda bread, traditional Colcannon washed down with stout, or whiskey-laced pretzels - these appetizers are full of taste and fun. They're also easy preparations so you can focus on enjoying time with your party guests. From light snacks to shareable starters, dig into these recipes highlighting cherished components of Irish cooking. Now let's begin with the first recipe...

50 Best St. Patrick's Day Appetizers for an Epic Irish Feast

1. Irish Soda Bread

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day quite like a classic Irish soda bread. Light, tender, and topped with a blend of caraway seeds, this homemade quick bread is the perfect way to add some Irish flare to your St. Paddy's celebration.



  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar (if using).
  • Create a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk. Use a wooden spoon to combine until a shaggy dough forms.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 5-6 times, just until the dough comes together. Do not overwork.
  • Shape into a round loaf and place on the prepared baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to cut a deep cross in the top.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the bottom of the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Allow to cool slightly before slicing. Best served warm with butter. Enjoy!

The key is to handle the dough gently and not overwork it. Using buttermilk at room temperature is also important for texture. 

2. Colcannon 

A beloved Irish comfort food, colcannon pairs mashed potatoes with hearty greens. This version uses kale but cabbage can be substituted. Top each serving with a knob of butter or sprinkle of cheese.


  • 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 bunch curly kale, stems removed, chopped
  • 1/4 cup milk or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp butter, cut into pieces


  • Place the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until very tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, place the chopped kale in a separate pot with just the water clinging to the leaves. Cover and steam over medium heat until very tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and kale completely and return to their pots. Mash the potatoes with the milk or stock until light and fluffy. Stir the cooked kale into the mashed potatoes.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper. Scoop the colcannon into a serving dish and top each portion with a knob of butter to melt in. 

3. Irish Pub Pretzels

Perfect party snacks with a hint of Irish flavor. Serve alongside Irish whiskey glaze or beer cheese dip.


  • 1 cup warm water (110°F)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup Irish whiskey or stout beer
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda

For dipping: Irish Whiskey Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey


  • In mixer bowl, combine warm water, honey, salt and yeast. Let sit 5 minutes until foamy. Add flour and mix dough until smooth. Cover, let rise 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment. Punch down dough and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each into a 24-inch rope. Form a pretzel shape.
  • Bring baking soda and 6 cups water to boil in a saucepan. Boil pretzels 30 seconds each, flipping once.
  • Place pretzels on sheet. Brush with whiskey or beer. Bake 12-15 minutes until deep brown.
  • Serve with Irish whiskey glaze or beer cheese for dipping.

Main Dishes

Satisfy your appetite with these hearty and comforting entrées featuring classic Irish flavors. Whether you're craving the signature St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef and cabbage or cozying up with shepherd's pie, these mains warm both body and soul. You'll also find the traditional lamb stew called Irish stew, perfect for a chilly March evening. And for something lighter, homemade fish and chips lets you enjoy a beloved British pub classic. Each recipe incorporates cherished Irish ingredients in ways that will have you wanting seconds. Now without further ado, let's dive into these main course suggestions...