40+ Things to Eat for St. Patrick’s Day (Beyond Corned Beef)

updated Mar 13, 2023
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While corned beef has become something of an iconic St. Patrick’s Day meal, it’s never the dish I turn to on this festive holiday. Instead, you’ll find me sprinkling my day with Irish-inspired fare, including a thick slab of soda bread at breakfast, a helping of colcannon with dinner, and a delicious, chocolatey cake spiked with Guinness for dessert .

If you, too, are looking to celebrate with food beyond the standard corned beef, we’ve got you covered with festive fare to enjoy throughout the day. Here are over 40 recipes to inspire your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. (And here’s a recipe for corned beef if you just can’t imagine the day without it!).

Breakfast Fare

Start your celebration in style with an Irish-inspired breakfast, be it with a slice of soda bread, some scones, or a plate of green eggs and ham.

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Potato and Caraway Seed Cakes
To use up leftover mashed potatoes, look to potato and caraway seed cakes.
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Irish Soda Bread

We present this soda bread recipe for the simple reason that it’s our favorite and you can adjust it any which way to suit your needs.

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Boxty

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 Buttermilk Soda Bread
Soda bread is an amazingly easy, versatile recipe, and has stood the test of time as an Irish classic because it so simple. It is a no-knead, no-fuss style of bread, which is our kind of recipe!
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Real Irish Scones
While the verdict may still be out on what constitutes a true Irish scone, there are a few things we can all agree on about scones: They are best served freshly baked, warm from the oven, with butter, homemade preserves, honey, and even some cream.
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Red Flannel Hash
Red flannel hash is essentially corned beef hash, minus the corned beef and plus a few beets. If you’re looking for something a little different to serve up this St. Patrick’s Day, look no further!
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Green Eggs and Ham

After trying every variation of this silly pairing to be found on the web, we can confidently say that this version is the best recipe for actually getting your kids to eat the green eggs and ham they read about.

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Easy 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.
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Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a cocktail of sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream that is not only acceptable but also expected as a morning treat on holidays like St. Patrick's Day.

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Mains (Beyond Corned Beef)

Corned beef is just one way to celebrate with a festive dinner. Try a savory skillet pie with your favorite Irish ale or an impressive roast lamb if you’re feeling adventurous.

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Coddle
This potato-heavy stew is a slow-cooked one-pot wonder made with a handful of simple ingredients.
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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, make this the easiest shepherd's pie recipe.
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Irish Pub Lamb Stew
This hearty stew is best enjoyed with a thick slab of Irish soda bread slathered with butter and a pint of Guinness.
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Guinness Beef Stew
This classic stew is simmered low and slow in a Guinness-spiked sauce.
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Mussels in Irish Cider
When it comes to mussels, we love serving the pot straight to the table from the stove and clunking large spoonfuls of the cooked steaming mussels onto guest’s plates. Make sure to serve with some chunky bread to mop up the juices!
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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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Roast Lamb with Wild Garlic Pesto, Lettuce & Peas
In springtime, wild garlic appears all across Ireland in shaded woodland areas. It is easy to recognize from its distinctive garlic smell. In this roast lamb recipe, we use the unique garlic taste in a pesto served alongside sweet slices of lamb leg.
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Vegetarian Guinness Stew
If you're looking for a meat-free dish to celebrate the holiday with, look no further. This vegetarian version has all the rich, hearty goodness of Guinness stew without the beef.
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One-Pan Beef & Ale Pie
With a luscious ale gravy and a hearty filling of beef and vegetables, it’s no wonder this pie is well-loved. This is comfort food at its finest — a dish that’s easy to assemble and can feed one for days, or a whole crowd for the evening.
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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.
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Irish Turkey & Ham Cottage Pie
This recipe combines two classic Irish dishes.
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Side Dishes for Celebration

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day sides, there’s nothing that beats cabbage, potatoes, and greens. This lineup is tried-and-true, and ready to be paired with anything you’re cooking up for dinner.

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Twice-Baked Colcannon Potatoes
When it comes to St. Patrick's day classics, Ivy Manning's twice-baked colcannon potatoes even outshine corned beef.
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Cabbage Steak
Buttery roasted center-cut cabbage steaks with fresh herbs and toasted nuts.
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Corn, Cheese, and Potato Croquettes
Super cheesy corn and potato croquettes.
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Irish Champ
Champ is potatoes mashed with butter and milk infused with the light greens and white parts of scallions.
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Irish Cheddar Potato Rolls

Donal Skehan's Irish cheddar potato rolls are wonderful served with Irish stew or torn apart while still warm and coated in a thick slather of Irish butter.

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Vegan Roasted Broccoli Soup

Cauliflower and potatoes give this emerald green plant-based soup its creamy texture.

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Roasted Cabbage with Bacon
Roasted cabbage wedges are one of the easiest, most delicious ways to eat a hunk of vegetables for dinner, and the bacon just helps it along.
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Crispy Salt & Vinegar Fingerling Potatoes
We can all agree that salt and vinegar chips are delicious, right? The saltiness against the acidity of the vinegar makes them irresistible and kicks back so much flavor in every bite. So, we decided to translate our favorite potato chip into a hearty snack. Because who doesn’t love another way to make potatoes?
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Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Cabbage)
Both decadent and homey, colcannon is the perfect partner for sausages and a pint of beer. It’s also just as good at the family dinner table as a side for roasted meat or bed for your Saturday fried eggs.
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Irish Creamed Kale
If the thought of kale scares you, then let this be the dish that changes your mind! Think: creamy, buttery goodness mixed with delicious soft greens. Like spinach, kale is packed with nutrients, but doesn’t wilt down quite as much as spinach when cooked, so it is a great alternative.
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Cheddar and Chive Guinness Bread

For this take on beer bread, we add sharp cheddar cheese, creamy Irish butter, green chives, and a bottle of Guinness. It’s practically more Irish than Saint Patrick’s Day itself.

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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.
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Potatoes O’Brien
This any-time-of-day side dish marries tender-in-the-center, crispy-edged potatoes with onion, bell peppers, and a hint of garlic.
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Savoy Cabbage
A simple how-to for sautéed savoy cabbage.
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Sweet Treats

Dessert is a must — it’s a day for celebration, after all. Shamrock pops and grasshopper pie are good choices if you dream of something green, while chocolate-lovers will appreciate a rich Guinness-spiked cake or layered shortbread bar.

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Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Strong-bodied stout beer, extra-dark cocoa powder, and full-fat sour cream give this cake its deep flavor and moist, fudgy texture.

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Shamrock Shake
A bright green blended mixture of vanilla ice cream, milk, and mint flavor.
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Guinness Ice Cream Float
Rocky road ice cream and Guinness beer join forces in this boozy float.
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Grasshopper Pie

If you never turn down an Andes Mint and stock up on Thin Mints whenever the Girl Scouts come around, you need to try Grasshopper Pie.

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Irish Potato Candy

Don't worry — these candies aren't actually made of potatoes! They're just meant to resemble them. In fact, they taste just like Mounds bars, with their no-cook coconut and cream cheese center.

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Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bites

When Rice Krispies treats get together with Lucky Charms cereal, these three-ingredient bars are born.

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Shamrock Pops
For a fun, kid-friendly, no-cook treat, look no further than these four-ingredient ice pops. Think of them as the best parts of a Shamrock shake, packaged in the form of refreshing ice pops.
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Irish Shortbread Toffee Bars

These toffee bars also go by another name: millionaire bars! They're sweet and rich, with a buttery shortbread base, chewy toffee center, and salty chocolate topping.

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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.
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