Curious about cooking Irish food? The cuisine of the Emerald Isle is varied and makes use high-quality ingredients produced locally. Some dishes simmer for hours on the stove until perfectly tender, others are easy recipes that come together in minutes. Not to mention, there are plenty of baked goods and decadent desserts that will tempt you long after St. Patrick's Day.
Here's a look at some traditional Irish main courses and other popular Irish food you should add to your bucket list. Let's get started!
Irish Main Courses You'll Love
Traditional Irish Lamb Stew
Any lover of Irish food will want to try their hand at making a traditional lamb stew. It's a hearty stew that calls for vegetables, cubed lamb and a bottle of stout beer. Who can resist this popular Irish food?
Boiled Bacon and Cabbage
An easy Irish food anyone can make at home. A bacon joint is boiled until tender then chopped cabbage is added to the pot. Both are strained and served with potatoes for a filling meal.
Irish Shepherd's Pie
An epic comfort food typical of Irish cuisine: a shepherd's pie topped with creamy mashed potatoes. You'll need ground lamb, onions, carrots, thyme and Worcestershire sauce. It's an easy Irish food you'll master with ease.
Other Traditional Irish Food Recipes
Soda bread is a popular Irish food every cook should master. The dough doesn't require rising so it's a quick bread you can whip up in the morning for breakfast or brunch.
Colcannon potatoes are a hearty dish of potatoes mashed with cabbage or kale and tons of buttery goodness.
Irish Potato Soup
Cozy up to a bowl of this warming soup on a cold day. You'll love the creaminess of the potatoes and hint of nutmeg.
Irish whiskey, coffee, cream, and sugar are all you'll need to whip up this warming alcoholic beverage. Perfect for a nightcap or to accompany dessert.
If you love latke you'll fall head over heels for boxty (fluffy potato pancakes with an Irish flair). They are the perfect way to give new life to leftover mashed potatoes.
Chocolate Stout Cake
Guinness beer makes this chocolate cake extra moist while adding a wonderful flavor.
It's no secret the Irish produce amazing butter. Use it to make these tender, melt-in-your-mouth Irish scones.