St. Patrick's Day Side Dish Recipes

Find a cabbage or potato dish to serve on St. Patrick's Day, including traditional colcannon.

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Creamed Cabbage

Rating: 4.6 stars
This is yummy for St. Paddy's Day!

Chef John's Colcannon

Rating: 4.35 stars
Colcannon is probably my favorite St. Patrick's Day recipe. It combines the lovely, spring-is-finally-here-greenness of kale and leeks with the always alluring comfort of buttery mashed potatoes.

Fried Irish Cabbage with Bacon

Rating: 4.73 stars
Cabbage fried in bacon grease with bacon.

Mustard Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.59 stars
I recreated this recipe from some mashed potatoes I had at an Irish restaurant, but they also go great with German dishes. You can alter the amount of mustard to your taste.

Irish Zucchini and Potato Pancakes

Rating: 4.56 stars
This is one of our favorite dishes during Lent. This recipe can be made ahead and then kept warm in the oven for 20 minutes. Being Irish and German, I make potato pancakes both ways. Serve with sour cream, applesauce, and/or ranch dressing. The kids love the ranch dressing.

Striker's Potatoes O'Brien

Rating: 4.53 stars
I'm tired of buying this at the store, so I decided to make my own. In my opinion, this is the best way to prepare potatoes for a typical breakfast. This recipe lasts a long time in the freezer. Just pull the bag out of the freezer and toss as much as you want onto a hot pan or griddle. Add more vegetable oil when cooking if needed. Enjoy.

Instant Pot® Colcannon

Rating: 4.67 stars
No Irish feast should be without colcannon. Using your Instant Pot® you save time by not having to wait for that large pot of water to boil. Bonus is that there is no draining of the boiling water. Garnish with chives, if desired.

Irish Stuffed Baked Potato

Rating: 4.82 stars
A marriage of Irish colcannon and potato for a delicious version of the baked potato. It's a meal in itself or a side with meat.

Cheap Irish Colcannon

Rating: 4 stars
This is a college try on a traditional favorite. Sometimes you're too poor to get all the ingredients for colcannon. It's a good quick filler for lunches in college. I like to put some brown gravy in mine, too, for more flavor.

Boiled Mustard Potatoes

Rating: 3.57 stars
This is a side dish that my husband's family in the south has been eating with corned beef and cabbage for years. It's a great addition to this traditional meal. The potatoes act like a sponge, taking in the mustard flavor. YUM!

Old Irish Scalloped Potatoes

Rating: 4.21 stars
A simple scalloped potato recipe passed down from my Irish ancestors, using ingredients you have on hand.

Irish Boxty

Rating: 4.18 stars
Boxty is a traditional Irish dish made of potatoes. 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'.

Inspiration and Ideas

Irish Champ
Rating: Unrated
"Really, really good! Tried it on St. Patrick's Day and have had it a number of times since. Makes all my Irish blood happy!" – K
8 Ways to Make Irish Colcannon
This delicious dish is a buttery mix of mashed potatoes and cabbage.

Fabulous Fried Cabbage

Rating: 4.51 stars

A favorite old Irish family recipe for fried cabbage and it's so easy.