St. Patrick's Day Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Farls, soda bread, and more of the best recipes for a traditional Irish breakfast (or Northern Ireland's "Ulster Fry") on St. Patrick's Day.

Staff Picks

Irish Breakfast

Rating: 4.25 stars
You could face anything after this hearty breakfast of eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes fried with bacon and butter. Slices of Irish soda bread are grilled in the skillet and served on the side.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Rating: 4.6 stars
"Outstanding, will be included in every St. Patrick's Day menu!" – lutzflcat

Irish Eggs

Rating: 4.3 stars
My mom used to make this every Sunday and I continued the tradition. My family loves it! Now my daughter makes it for her family and my son-in-law thinks she is a great cook! You may also add cooked bacon, ham or sausage into the mix if you wish.

Sweet Irish Bread

Rating: 4.45 stars
A sweet breakfast bread with raisins that tastes most excellent toasted.

St. Michael's Irish Americano

Rating: 4.4 stars
After downing many an Irish coffee while in Ireland, I adapted this recipe to suit my Northwest coffee loving taste buds!

Irish Soda Bread IV

Rating: 4.23 stars
Bread when eaten warm and topped with butter can't be beat. The sour cream is not necessary, but makes a better texture bread.

Black Treacle Scones

Rating: 4.29 stars
This is a very old recipe. Serve these flavorful scones warm with butter. They may be a little heavy for modern tastes but you can lighten the texture up by using an egg in place of some of the milk if you like.

Rhubarb Jam

Rating: 4.67 stars
Just right for spreading on soda farls.

Baked Corn Beef Hash

Rating: 4.09 stars
Layered ingredients baked in the oven make for an easy, quick and tasty meal that's good for those long cold winter nights.

Chef John's Colcannon Hash

Rating: 4.63 stars
This potato, spring onion and kale dish makes a beautiful and delicious base for poached eggs. You can even add leftover chopped corned beef.

Gracie's Barmbrack

Rating: 5 stars
A delicious tea bread, also known as barmbrack, nice straight from the oven and buttered. For an egg-free option, it works fine with a tablespoon of applesauce instead of the egg. Enjoy warm or allow to cool before slicing and serving.

Traditional Irish Apple Cake

Rating: 2.5 stars
A delicious Irish apple cake that is great for serving with tea or coffee.

Inspiration and Ideas

St. Patrick's Day Brunch Ideas
Lay a hearty foundation for the shenanigans to come.
What is a Full Irish Breakfast?
From baked beans to bacon, this plateful of traditional Irish food has it all.

Irish Potato Farls

Rating: 4.04 stars

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-up.