St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: 20+ easy, festive Irish food ideas to make at home

This March 17th wear green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day by cooking. Try these 20+ easy Irish recipes including corned beef, Irish stew, shamrock cookies and boozy drinks.

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St. Patrick's Day is a festive occasion not only for the Irish people. Whether you want to honor the patron saint of Ireland or simply party with friends, make this March 17th unforgettable by tasting typical Irish dishes. What are you waiting for? Choose your favorite ones from our 20+ easy recipes for St. Patrick's Day before starting the tradition of drinking.

The Irish people know how to have fun and cook tasty dishes in a few simple steps. Start your St. Patrick's Day celebrations from breakfast or brunch if you're planning on keeping late hours, by trying green pancakes or boozy French toast. Don't forget to try some corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and traditional side dishes like colcannon to go with soda bread.

Enjoy themed dessert ideas such as delicious cupcakes, cakes and cookies that you can bring to a potluck or party. Are you looking for healthy recipes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Don't worry, we have plenty of dinner ideas for people who don't want to go overboard on calories in order to sip a pint of stout, a glass of Irish cream or a boozy shot without hesitation.

This March 17th dress in green, look for leprechauns, shamrocks, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and most importantly cook easy, quick and tasty Irish recipes to enjoy with friends before you start drinking.

1. Shamrock Pancakes: the fun breakfast recipe everyone will love
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Shamrock pancakes are a fun, festive recipe you can enjoy the morning of St. Patrick's Day. Super easy to make even without a shamrock cookie cutter, the pancakes are bright green thanks to the gel food coloring. For the shape, just make three heart-shaped pancakes with the help of the appropriate cutter, cut out a stem and assemble everything to create a fantastic shamrock pancake recipe.

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2. Baileys French Toast: the sweet, boozy brunch recipe everyone will love
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If you're a fan of French toast and also love the taste of Baileys Irish cream, we have the perfect recipe for you: Baileys French toast!

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3. Corned Beef and Cabbage: the easy and traditional recipe
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Hearty and rich corned beef and cabbage is a great-tasting, easy Irish recipe that is a favorite St. Patrick's Day dinner in many households. Featuring melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket, tender carrots and potatoes, and delicious cabbage, plus some seasonings, this simple dish is an easy one to master. You can cook corned beef and cabbage on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. Each yields tasty results, but the stovetop method is much faster. Whichever way you choose to make your corned beef and cabbage, you're sure to love it, especially when it's slathered in homemade horseradish sauce!

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4. Irish Beef Stew: a hearty comfort food the whole family will love
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If you're ready to take your beef stew game to the next level, it's time you make Irish beef stew. This rich, hearty stew is a little different than your classic beef stew thanks to the addition of Guinness stout. The Guinness adds loads of flavor to the stew, helping to infuse the ultra-tender beef with the subtle flavor of stout beer. Traditional versions of Irish stew use lamb, but this one calls for beef. It's a great comfort food to make during the fall and winter, especially when served with some creamy mashed potatoes and some freshly baked crusty bread.

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5. Irish Soda Bread: the easy recipe for traditional Irish quick bread
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Irish soda bread is a wonderful, flavorful quick bread that you can make in no time. With a cross in the center, soda bread is made with baking soda instead of yeast (hence the name), so you don't need to wait around for hours for your dough to rise.

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6. Boxty: the best recipe for Irish potato pancakes
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If you've never tried Irish potato pancakes, you're in for a treat! More commonly known as boxty, this delicious Irish side dish is like a cross between a classic hash brown or latke and a pancake. It's a bread-like, pan-fried savory treat made from grated parmesan, mashed potatoes and buttermilk.

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7. Best Traditional Shepherd’s Pie: the tasty and flavorful recipe you’ll love
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Although Shepherd’s Pie is a firm American favorite, the dish actually originated in England. It’s quintessential comfort food. Warming, easy to make, and so satisfying, this is the best traditional Shepherd’s Pie.

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8. Colcannon: the creamy, smooth Irish recipe
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Colcannon is a traditional Irish recipe to serve mashed potatoes on St. Patrick's Day. Quick and easy to make, it is a creamy and smooth side dish with such an amazing taste that will melt in your mouth. The combination of cabbage or kale and potatoes is perfect as it does not call for the pungent vegetable flavor.

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9. Irish Champ: the tasty, easy-to-make Irish side dish for any occasion
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Champ is a classic Irish potato side dish that's especially popular in and around Ulster. It is made from mashed potatoes, milk infused with green onions, butter, and chives.

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10. Dublin Coddle: the mouthwatering, hearty Irish one-pot stew recipe
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If you're looking for a delicious, flavorful main dish you can serve this St. Patrick's Day, Dublin coddle is the ideal meal to make. Dublin coddle is an incredibly tasty stew made from succulent Irish sausage, smoky bacon, and tender potatoes.

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11. St. Patrick’s Day Cookies: the easy, fun recipe for shamrock cookies
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St. Patrick's Day cookies are a fun, easy recipe you can make to celebrate Paddy's Day this year. With delicious crisp edges, these soft, chewy cookies are festive versions of the classic sugar cookie recipe that are cut out with a shamrock cookie cutter and decorated with homemade royal icing.

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12. Chocolate Guinness Cake: the delicious, rich dessert to make this St. Patrick’s Day
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Chocolate Guinness cake is an easy, delicious dessert recipe hard to resist. It has a decadent chocolate, sweet malty flavor, and tender, moist crumb.

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13. St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes: the delicious recipe for festive green velvet cupcakes
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If you're looking for a fun, easy, sweet recipe you can make this St. Patrick's day, you'll love these festive St. Patrick's Day cupcakes. With their bright green color, they're the perfect festive treat to serve this March 17th.

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14. Barmbrack: the delicious Báirín Breac recipe for an easy Irish cake
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With its fragrant lightly spiced flavor and sweet dried fruit, barmbrack is a phenomenal-tasting Irish cake that you can serve for any occasion. While it's traditionally served around the holidays, thanks to its almost bread-like texture and sweet, but not too sweet flavor, many households make barmbrack regardless of the season.

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15. Irish Apple Cake: the delicious, easy recipe you can enjoy for any occasion
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With its delicious sweet-tart flavor Irish apple cake is a wonderful light dessert that doubles as a tasty breakfast when you're in the mood to treat yourself.

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16. Baileys Chocolate Cream Pie: the amazing recipe for an incredible creamy dessert
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Silky, creamy Baileys chocolate cream pie is the phenomenal tasting dessert you need to make for your next get-together with friends and family. It's a gorgeous pie that's sure to impress. This stunning dessert has a rich chocolatey, boozy flavor thanks to the combination of chocolate and Baileys Irish cream liqueur.

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17. Green Velvet Cake: the delicious, tender cake to make for St. Patrick’s Day
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If you're a fan of red velvet cake, you'll love this simple, festive green velvet cake for St. Patrick's Day. Green velvet cake has the same ultra-soft, fluffy moist texture as red velvet cake, and the same delicious vanilla mixed with subtle chocolate flavor topped off with tangy buttercream.

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18. Mint and chocolate cheesecake: the recipe for a fresh, delicious and spectacular dessert
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The mint and chocolate cheesecake is a delicious dessert with a delicately refreshing flavor. It is a simple and perfect preparation for the summer season because it does not require baking but just some resting in the refrigerator. With a creamy and at the same time crunchy consistency, thanks to the presence of the chocolate flakes inside the filling, it can be easily prepared in advance and it is perfect for any occasion or time of day; from the party buffet to a simple snack with your friends. So let’s see how to prepare mint and chocolate cheesecake in the best way.

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St. Patrick's Day Drinks

19. Irish Cream: the easy and quick recipe for homemade Irish cream
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This Irish cream is a very easy copycat version for Baileys Irish cream that you can make it for you recipes or as a drink. You only need a handful of ingredients (sugar, cream, whiskey, coffee, cocoa powder) and not much cooking.

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20. How to make Green Beer: the fun, festive recipe for St. Patrick’s Day
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In the United States, green beer is synonymous with St. Patrick's Day. This brilliant emerald green drink can be found virtually everywhere come March 17th.

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21. Shamrock Shake: the simple, delicious McDonald’s copycat recipe-ideas
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Who doesn't love ordering an irresistibly minty, creamy shamrock shake from McDonald's around St. Patrick's Day? The only problem is that McDonald's only features them for a limited time. Here's the good news – with this easy McDonald's copycat shamrock shake recipe, you can satisfy your shamrock shake cravings all year round.

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22. Irish Flag Shot: the impressive layered shot recipe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
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Irish flag shot is a layered, impressive yet super easy drink to make that's perfect to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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23. Pickleback: a tasty shot recipe to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day
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Pickleback shots are a popular shot to take when you're out with friends, especially if you like whiskey. The pickleback is a shot of chilled pickle juice which is taken after drinking a shot of whiskey or bourbon.

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24. Chocolate Martini: the delicious recipe for a classic after-dinner cocktail
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Drink your dessert with this easy chocolate martini recipe. With its rich, creamy texture and boozy chocolatey flavor, this sweet dessert version of the classic martini is always a winner. It's a fantastic drink to serve after dinner when you're in the mood for something sweet but don't want to make a proper dessert.

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