Irish Potato Farls


The word farl originates from the Gaelic word fardel meaning four parts. These potato griddle breads can be made with leftover mashed potatoes too. Serve hot with a little butter and salt or fry them alongside soda bread as part of an Ulster Fry.

close up view of Irish Potato Farls in a pan
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and halved

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Cover potatoes with water in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer on medium-high heat until center of potatoes are tender when pricked with a fork, about 20 minutes. Turn off heat. Drain, return potatoes to the pot, and allow to completely dry out over the remaining residual heat. Mash with a potato masher until smooth.

  2. Place warm mashed potato in a medium bowl. Stir in flour, melted butter, and salt. Mix lightly until dough forms.

  3. Knead dough lightly on a well-floured surface. The dough will be sticky. Use a floured rolling pin to flatten into a 9-inch circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into quarters using a floured knife.

  4. Sprinkle a little flour into the bottom of a skillet and cook farls until evenly browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Season with a little salt and serve straight away.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
3g Fat
43g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 42mg 210%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 906mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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