St. Patrick's Day Main Dish Recipes

Corned beef, cabbage, shepherd's pie, and Irish stew. The only thing missing is a pot of gold and a leprechaun.

Staff Picks

Stout Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Veggies

Rating: 4.42 stars
A slow cooker recipe for some traditional-style Irish corned beef and cabbage that smells as good as it tastes. Sweet potatoes are added for those whose diet prefers them.

Instant Pot® Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 4.52 stars
This family friendly shepherd's pie uses ground beef (instead of the traditional lamb), and your Instant Pot® or multi-cooker pressure cooker to prepare the filling and potatoes.

Chef John's Corned Beef and Cabbage

Rating: 4.78 stars
It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and for many that means boiling up a nice authentic Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage. The original Irish recipe actually used a type of lean bacon, made with a cut of pork similar to Canadian bacon. Corned beef came into the picture as a lower-cost substitution, to replace the more expensive and harder to find cut.

Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Rating: 4.71 stars
This is a recipe I shared with my girlfriends from my recipe club last year! It is a yummy alternative to corned beef for St. Pat's Day and a wonderful anytime dish!

St. Patty Melt

Rating: 5 stars
If you think substituting braised greens for the patty is crazy, you're not alone, because that's what I thought. Then I tried it and was treated to one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches of my life. Even if you never use these greens to make a grilled cheese sandwich, you should still master this recipe to serve as a side to meat, with pasta, or scrambled into some eggs. This stuff is just shockingly delicious. I served mine with radishes and cornichons.

Sous Vide Corned Beef

Sure, there are dozens of ways to cook a corned beef, but cooking it sous vide low and slow ensures it'll come out juicy and tender, even if you use a flat cut. Twenty-four hours will give you a firmer, sliceable texture, if that's what you prefer, but I've found 48 hours to provide the ultimate in tenderness and juiciness. The fat cap will also render down nicely.

Steak and Irish Stout Pie

Rating: 4.47 stars
This delicious Irish meal may provoke your guests into licking the pie dish clean.

True Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

Rating: 4.63 stars
Bangers and mash gets its name because sausages used to burst (or bang) while cooking, due to rusk (dried bread) being added to the meat. Mash, meanwhile, refers to the mashed potatoes. This recipe was a staple at our home in Dublin at Halloween. It is a very cheap, very traditional supper, and one that truly requires good sausage. Try to use a good quality sausage or perhaps even a bratwurst. Please note that this is a very thin gravy, as is traditional. It will still be very liquidy.

Beef and Irish Stout Stew

Rating: 4.34 stars
This stew is great for St. Patrick's Day. The mixture of the beef and Guinness is awesome! I usually add more beer than the recipe calls for. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Beef, Mushroom and Guinness® Pie

Rating: 4.66 stars
A delicious traditional beef and mushroom pie. The Irish stout gives the dish a very rich flavor.

Irish-Style Lamb Stew

Rating: 4.35 stars
Authentic Irish-style stew made with lamb, potatoes and carrots.

Irish Chicken and Dumplings

Rating: 4.54 stars
This is our family's very favorite comfort food.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Top Corned Beef Recipes

There's no one way to cook corned beef: these top-rated recipes include the one-pot simmer, the oven braise, as well as slow cooker and Instant Pot versions.

What Irish People Actually Eat on St. Patrick's Day

On our national feast day at home, we eat regular Irish food and perhaps drink a little extra to celebrate the day.

Caramelized Corned Beef

Rating: 3.89 stars

If you are tired of flavorless boiled corned beef, try cooking it in the oven. The key to this recipe is melting the fat and caramelizing the meat in the oven. As long as you are dragging out the slow cooker, you may want to cook an extra corned beef and potatoes to use for a second meal or corned beef hash.