29 Best St. Patrick’s Day Foods for Celebrating Everything Irish

updated Mar 1, 2024
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Platter filled with sliced corned beef with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.
Credit: Joe Lingeman

Corned beef and cabbage is the classic St. Patrick’s Day food that many of us make every year. Our slow cooker corned beef and cabbage is the absolute best and easiest version because it’s hands-off and fuss-free. Plus if you have leftovers, you can make corned beef hash for breakfast the following day!

For this festive holiday, you’ll also find me sprinkling my day with Irish-inspired fare, including Irish cheddar potato rolls for breakfast, a generous helping of colcannon (Irish potatoes and cabbage) for lunch, and sweet Irish potato candy for dessert.

If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food (and drinks!), we’ve got you covered with festive fare to enjoy throughout the day. Here are 29 recipes to inspire your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

The absolute best way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day is with classic corned beef and cabbage! This version gets an easy slow cooker make over. If you have any leftovers, make corned beef hash for breakfast the next day!

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Guinness Beef Stew

This flavorful beef stew is simmered low and slow in a Guinness-spiked sauce. Looking to make a beef stew in under an hour? Try our Instant Pot beef stew.

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Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Cabbage)

Learn how to make colcannon — a classic Irish side dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage dressed with browned butter. If you have leftovers, they can be made into mashed potato cakes the following day!

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Irish Soda Bread

Serve it toasted and smeared with butter, alongside a hearty Irish stew, or with slices of cheddar as a midday snack.

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Irish Coffee

We share our secrets for the best Irish coffee, a cocktail of sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream. Have a slow cooker? Try our slow cooker Irish coffee!

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Irish Cheddar Potato Rolls

These Irish cheddar potato rolls are baked to cheesy, buttery perfection! All you need is one Russet potato, sharp cheddar cheese, and pantry ingredients to make these tasty rolls.

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Shepherd’s Pie

It doesn’t get more comforting than buttery mashed potatoes baked over a savory, veggie-packed filling.

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Roast Leg of Lamb

Everything you need to know to roast a perfectly cooked leg of lamb for your St. Patrick's Day meal. If you love lamb, try our easy rack of lamb too.

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Twice-Baked Colcannon Potatoes

A twist on classic twice-baked potatoes, these twice-baked colcannon potatoes even outshine corned beef.

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Guinness Ice Cream Float

Rocky road ice cream and Guinness beer join forces in this boozy float. It's a fun drink for St. Patrick’s day (besides green beer!)

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Cottage Pie

The ultimate comfort food, cottage pie is made with ground beef and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes.

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Grasshopper Cocktail

Move over, green beer! There’s a far more delicious drink in town.

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Irish Potato Candy

These spuds look like the real thing, but they're actually so sweeter! They're so much fun to make, along with our easy St. Patrick's day treats for kids that the whole family will love.

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Beef Pot Pie

Our ultra-comforting meat pie has braised beef, hearty vegetables, and a top layer of flaky pastry.

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Irish Martini

Made with just 3 ingredients, this easy cocktail gives espresso martini a run for its money.

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Herb Sauce

These flavorful grilled lamb chops come together in less than an hour. Don't have a grill? Try our pan-seared lamb chops!

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The best way to describe this traditional Irish potato dish is that it's like a combination of a pancake, a hash brown, a potato latke, and a rosti.

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Irish Cream

With hints of coffee and chocolate, a good Irish cream is luxuriously rich and just as much a dessert as it is a drink.

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Shortbread Cookies

This classic shortbread is made with just butter, sugar, flour, and salt. Once you've mastered this recipe, try our amazing Brown Butter Raspberry Shortbread!

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5-Ingredient Beer Bread

Simply mix melted butter, honey, bubbly beer, flour, baking soda, and salt together for a hearty loaf that's ready in under an hour. If you have leftover beer bread the next few days, make croutons for soup or salads!

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Irish Seafood Chowder

A creamy broth with smoked and fresh fish, littleneck clams, tender potatoes ,and briny shellfish.

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Shamrock Shake

A bright green blended mixture of vanilla ice cream, milk, and mint flavor. This copycat recipe is just like the one from McDonald’s, but way better!

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Irish Nachos

Thin-sliced potatoes are roasted until crisp then topped with all your favorite nacho toppings in this comfort food twist. Love tater tots? Try our beef totchos!

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Crispy Beer Battered Fish

Fry white fish in a beer batter with rice flour for the crispiest beer battered fish you can make at home. Serve it with homemade steak fries.

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Coddle is a hearty one-pot-wonder of an Irish potato stew that hearkens back centuries.

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Fried Cabbage

Cabbage, bacon, and a couple of spices join forces for a quick and easy, smoky-sweet side dish that will forever change the way you think about cabbage. If you like this recipe, we have a cabbage and potatoes version!

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Mint Brownies

These triple decker mint brownies start with a rich fudge brownie base, topped with a layer of mint buttercream, and finished with dark chocolate ganache. It's one of our favorite St. Patrick's day desserts!

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Easy Shepherd's Pie

A few smart shortcuts, including a bag of frozen veggies and the use of a cast iron skillet, makes this the easiest shepherd's pie to make for St. Patrick's Day.

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Potato and Caraway Seed Cakes

The recipe is a wonderful way of using up leftover mashed potatoes!

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