6 Classic Irish Dishes to Serve This St. Patrick’s Day

Looking to boost up your menu this St. Patrick’s day but don’t know where to start? Do the Emerald Isle justice with these hearty mains, succulent sides, and captivating classics.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

You can’t have St. Patrick’s Day without corned beef and cabbage. Interestingly enough, corned beef and cabbage was actually created by Irish American immigrants in the mid-1800’s, but is still firmly based in Irish cuisine. There are a lot of different approaches to this dish, so be sure to check out our in-depth guide to ensure yours is extra delicious!

  • Pro Tip: Consider using corned beef and cabbage in different dishes like pizzas, soup, and sandwiches!

Sautéed Cabbage

Rather have your cabbage take the spotlight? Bust out a sauté pan and get cooking! We’re fans of this dish because of its simplicity; merely sautéing cabbage and seasoning it with salt and pepper nets a tasty finished product. It’s important to note that cooked cabbage can give off a strange smell, but you can avoid this by using stainless steel equipment and cooking quickly. 

Kale Colcannon

Bring a modern twist to a classic Irish dish with kale colcannon. This dish historically called for cabbage, but chefs have been known to swap in kale to appeal to modern eaters. Essentially a mixture of creamy mashed potatoes and kale, this dish is a perfect partner to main courses on this list. It’s flexible enough that you can use it year round too!

Guinness Beef Stew

Along with corned beef and cabbage, Guinness is one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day items. Instead of simply pouring a pint and calling it a day, we prefer to simmer a bottle into Irish beef stew to imbue a delicious maltiness. Whatever you do, don’t forget to top your stew with fresh herbs like thyme and parsley when you’re done. 

Shepherd’s Pie

 Possibly the ultimate Irish comfort food, shepherd’s pie has been a mainstay in dining rooms for over 200 years. Although it shares similar ingredients to the cottage pie commonly found in the US, there is an important distinction; the dish is only called shepherd’s pie if it uses ground lamb, not ground beef. Vegetable wise, we’d recommend starting with peas, carrots, celery, and onions and building from there. Greens like cabbage and kale can bring added levels of nutrition and flavor to pie as well!

Irish Soda Bread

Known as “soda” bread because of a chemical reaction between buttermilk and baking soda, Irish soda bread is an essential side dish for any well-rounded St. Patrick’s Day meal. Although traditional recipes only call for 4 ingredients, don’t be afraid to experiment! Raisins, currants, and caraway seeds can all help add a touch of texture and flavor.