Irish Boxty


Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake made with leftover mashed potato and grated raw potato. An old Irish rhyme goes: "Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan; if you can't make boxty, you'll never get a man." Our family has been making this delicious recipe for years!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

This Irish boxty recipe produces potato pancakes that are crispy on the outside, but perfectly tender on the inside.

What Is Boxty?

Boxty are potato pancakes. The savory pancakes consist of potatoes, flour, eggs, milk, and seasonings shaped into patties and fried in oil.

This iconic Irish dish is served all year round, but it's especially associated with St. Brigid's Day.

Boxty Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients you'll need to make this Irish boxty recipe:

· Potatoes: You'll need grated raw potatoes and a cup of leftover mashed potatoes.
· Flour: All-purpose flour adds structure and helps hold the pancakes together.
· Egg: An egg lends moisture and acts as a binder.
· Milk: You'll need a tablespoon of skim milk.
· Seasonings: This Irish boxty is simply seasoned with salt and pepper.
· Oil: The savory Irish pancakes are fried in olive oil.

How to Make Boxty

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below – but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make Irish boxty:

1. Toss the grated potatoes with flour, then stir in the mashed potatoes.
2. Mix the wet ingredients, stir into the potato mixture, and season.
3. Fry the mixture in patties on both sides until golden brown.

How to Serve Boxty

Boxty can be served morning, noon, and night. If you're looking for serving inspiration, check out these 10 Deliciously Simple Irish Recipes. Here are a few of the tasty recipes you'll find:

· Irish Breakfast
· Diane's Colcannon
· Irish Bacon and Cabbage Soup

Plus, explore our entire collection of Irish Recipes.

How to Store Boxty

Boxty is best served fresh, but you can keep your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat thoroughly on the stove or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Irish boxty is great anytime of the year," according to JAN CAN COOK. "Served it with flank steak and it was wonderful."

"These are very easy to make and very tasty," raves Descolada. "I substituted the skim milk with soy milk for a lactose-free version. They browned just fine with only a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Sometimes I mix in a little chopped green onion or herbs too."

"Very good," says luckymom. "Made this for lunch with leftover St. Patrick's Day potatoes. I put a little sour cream and salsa on top and ended up with a very full belly!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 ½ cups grated raw potatoes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon skim milk

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Toss grated potatoes with flour in a large bowl. Stir in mashed potatoes until combined.

  2. Whisk egg and milk together in a separate bowl; mix into the potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drop in potato mixture, forming patties about 2 inches in diameter. Fry on both sides until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

227 Calories
10g Fat
29g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 227
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 305mg 6%

* 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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