Guide to Great Irish Recipes
Here is a list of fantastic Irish recipes ranging from traditional dishes to many contemporary cuisines. The Irish are the most well-known for their culinary love affair with the potato. Though not introduced into Europe until 1570, the potato quickly became a staple for the Irish because it was easy to grow and harvest. Traditional Irish cooking relied heavily on available wild game, and wild fruits and vegetables. One-pot methods of cooking date back to peasant use of the cauldron, cooking things like Goat’s Head Stew. While that may not sound particularly tempting, the Irish developed plenty of tempting cuisine after they recovered from the Irish potato famine. Most Irish cooking was primarily developed by the peasant populations after the famine, since the wealthy preferred the haute French cuisine that was the hallmark of European upper classes. Modern Irish cooking includes simple ingredients, a variety of hearty stews, traditional pan-fried bread, Irish beers, stouts and whiskey.
Modern Irish cooking stays true to its historic roots, utilizing roots such as carrots, potatoes, parsnips, beets, tough or salted meats such as brined beef, bacon, mutton, and cabbage. Cabbage makes an appearance in Irish cooking that seems unparalleled by any other culture. Bacon and cabbage, cabbage soup, corned beef and cabbage, cabbage and cider are just a few of the tantalizing recipes that boast the Irish cabbage. Throughout history, Irish celebratory meals would include a roasted pig. Ham, bacon and pork are still part of current Irish fare, and added to stews that are more commonly found in an Irish dining room as opposed to an Irish restaurant, such as Irish Bacon and Boiled Cabbage or Coddle. Some other common Irish stews and soups include Potato Leek Soup, Mulligan Stew (a hobo dish made with any ingredients available), ballymaloe (Gaelic term), which is generally a lamb or mutton stew. Stews are often made with beer or stout added to enrich flavor. But, not Irish stew is complete without traditional Irish bread!
Traditional Soda Bread is a complement to any Irish meal, but particularly a hearty stew. While the sanctity of the recipe is the source of some contention for some, there are a variety of recipes available to suit everyone’s tastes. Some recipe sites claim that Soda Bread, and Irish staple, is a simple recipe that does not include raisins, currants, sugar or any other variant that is sometimes included. The simple original made with flour, baking soda, salt and soured milk (buttermilk) is the only real Soda Bread. It’s not hard to imagine that an Irish pub boasting a menu chock full of Irish favorites and plenty of Irish beer or whiskey, would be a fantastic place to end up after a long day of enjoying the exquisite sights of the Emerald Isle. A hearty stew to take the edge off the evening chill and a room-temperature beer to wash it down (beer is only cold in America, apparently!).
If you can’t be there in person, there are a plethora of recipes and ideas for creating an authentic Irish experience listed in this resource – for an Irish-themed celebration or just as a way to expand your palate.
- Irish Abroad – Social networking site for the Irish at home and abroad includes a wide range of recipes for dishes that are quintessentially Irish and other favorites. Includes traditional breads, soups, desserts, casseroles, beverages, seasonal favorites and more.
- Ireland Eye – Irish website dedicated to Irish culture, history and travel includes some delicious Irish recipes. Standard favorites such as Boxty, Coddle, and Beef in Guiness are just a few of the recipes shared.
- How to Make Simple Irish Fare – Traditional Irish cooking is simple and delicious. Includes recipes for popular favorites as well as simple recipes worth trying.
- Do Chara Your Irish Friend – An Irish blogger shares information about Ireland, how to visit Ireland on a budget and things to do in Ireland. Recipe blog posts dispel common myths about Irish cooking and some tasty recipes to try!
- Soda Bread Recipe – Traditional soda bread cooked in a skillet, plus variations. Suggestions for soups to eat with soda bread.
- Irish Cooking Terms – The origin of the potato, the meaning of “colcannon”, “boxty” and others. Top ten Irish favorites.
- International Recipe Site - Irish recipes including mussels, lamb stew and Guiness and beef pie. A few Irish recipe favorites to choose from.
- The Irish Path - The skinny on corned beef and cabbage: It’s not an Irish dish. The Irish food link leads to more information on Irish cooking and traditional recipes.
- Authentic Irish Food - For your Irish celebrations, choose from the 110 different recipes boasted on this website. Includes drink recipes, Irish songs and sheet music, lyrics, Irish quotes and even baby name suggestions.
- Cooking Irish Food – Recipes for the less well-known Irish Stew, Ulster Fry and Champ. Detailed instructions are included.
- Corned Beef and Cabbage – A real Irish-inspired American crowd pleaser. Links for other inspired dishes available.
- Real Traditional Irish Cooking – Irish history and Irish cooking meld into an entertaining reading and cooking. Irish Pie, Red Dulse, Irish Butter and Stirrabout are just a few offerings.
- St. Patrick’s Day Fare – Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with recipes from Epicurious. Includes a glossary of traditional dishes from Emerald Isle Cooking.
- History of Irish Stew – The original Irish stew with mutton and potatoes, with turnips, parsnips and carrots. Variations of the traditional stew recipes are available.
- Irish Chef Paul Flynn – Irish history and five Irish recipes from exceptional Irish chef. A glossary of Irish cooking terms is included.
- Irish Chefs Returning to Irish Roots – Irish cooking in restaurants and for the upper class resorted to French cuisine after the potato famine. Returning to Irish roots is both delicious and environmentally sustainable.
- Irish Cooking Guide – Traditional and delicious Irish dishes made with fresh ingredients. Staples of Irish cooking, side dishes, desserts and even pub fare.
- Irish Cabbage Soup – Simple dish by famous chef Kevin Dundon. Links to original web site posting, Dundon’s famous restaurant, and a handy tutorial on cutting leeks properly.
- History of the Potato and Other Irish Foods – How Irish history has changed the way it cooks. Information on Irish cooking in modern times and links to traditional Irish recipes.
- The Basic Element of Irish Cooking - Cooking instructions for Irish basics and basic ingredients. Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Irish Stew – Highly rated recipe for Irish Stew from allrecipes.com. Recently added Irish recipes such as Deluxe Corned Beef Hash, Black and Tan and Jim’s Cheddar Onion Soda Bread are tempting, as well.
- Soda Bread Society - Preserving Soda Bread’s authenticity. This Society shares traditional soda bread recipe and dispels myths about what soda bread should contain.
- Corned Beef and Cabbage and Soda Bread – A veritable treasure trove of corned beef and cabbage recipes, including non-traditional soda bread. Shamrock shakes, Irish Cream Bundt Cake and Beer Bread recipes are also included.
- Irish Food – Traditional Irish foods for every day and for holidays. Barm Brack, Irish Christmas Cake and Apple Cake are shared as well as mealtime customs, politics and Irish nutrition.
- Irish Appetizers – Bangers in a Blanket, Sausage Kebabs, Parsley Cheese Ball, Irish Shillelagh and Crispy Irish Parsnips. Detailed recipes with photos are included.
- Irish Recipes – Spiced Beef, Beer Batter Fish Made Great, and Garlic Salmon. Other Irish entrée recipes included.
- Irish-American Dessert - Chocolate-Stout Cake with Guiness Whipped Cream. The Irish may not be known for dessert, but this Guinness-infused cake would be an asset to any special occasion.
- Irish Culture and Recipes – A wide variety of Irish recipes. Potato cakes, Mulligan Stew, porridge, Oatmeal Bread, Irish Brandy Butter and others Irish favorites.
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