Our 11 Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes – Leite’s Culinaria

Kiss me I’m cooking! Lá Fhéile Pádraig is both a celebration and a holy day across Ireland – and for those of us with Éire in our blood. Try a few of these awesome recipes and you’ll have better luck than most.

Four twice baked potatoes with corned beef on a baking sheet.

I’m definitely not Irish – not even a chromosome. I’m not very lucky. And the best thing I can do is drink a pint of Guinness.

But I do share a few things with my Irish brothers: I love the color green, I can’t get enough potatoes, and I believe corned beef can bring world peace.

So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes that pay tribute to the Emerald Isle’s rich culinary heritage. From traditional soda bread to succulent Irish coffee, these dishes are sure to get your voice up and a smile on your face.

So grab your leprechaun apron and let’s get cooking!


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A black velvet cocktail in a flute with a napkin and a cork in the background.

It is not for nothing that the Black Velvet Cocktail contains the word “Velvet” in the title. The sparkling blend of stout and champagne is unusually smooth and subtly refined. Go on. Take a sip and see for yourself.


Absolutely fantastic. I love this cocktail and will definitely enjoy it in this dramatic looking version.-Jenny

A ceramic bowl filled with Colcannon - an Irish dish made with mashed potatoes, cabbage, kale and bacon.

Colcannon is so much more than cabbage and potatoes. Still not convinced? Try this version with kale, bacon and beer and let us know. A twist on the traditional Irish dish. Excellent for St. Patrick’s Day.


This Colcannon was delicious! I love that the cabbage/kale/onions are cooked separately and then served on top of the potatoes. And bacon! It’s a keeper.-Mandy

A loaf of Irish soda bread on a brown plate with a piece cut out and buttered.

This Irish soda bread comes very close to traditional bread, except instead of buttermilk, it uses kitchen-friendly yogurt. It also contains whole wheat flour and walnuts and has incredible flavor, keeps well and goes with everything from soup to jam. Here’s how to do it.


This Irish soda bread is so good. It’s the easiest bread I’ve ever made, great toast for breakfast, great on it Hungarian cauliflower soup, and simply a wonderful introduction to the world of whole grain breads. I mixed it by hand. I have Paul onThe Great British Baking Show” and he says it gives you a feel for the batter and reduces the risk of over-mixing.

Another winner from Leite’s Culinaria – what would I have done without this website? I feel like a kid at Christmas when I visit the site and see what goodies you all found. Every day, from soup to dessert, there’s something that makes my mouth water.–Marilyn S.

Several slices of homemade corned beef in a sandwich on a wooden table.

Homemade corned beef is incredibly easy to make. It’s basically beef brisket that’s been restyled by soaking in a light brine with spices, then slowly braised until tender. Here’s how to make it (including a slow cooker twist).


This corned beef was so delicious!! After the 6 days of brine, I soaked the brisket in plain water for 3 hours. This corned beef was so delicious!! After the six days of brine, I soaked the brisket in clean water for three hours to remove some of the salt, changing the water every hour, and then cooked it on the stove for four hours (5-pound brisket). I added potatoes, carrots, and cabbage for the last 45 minutes. SAVE the broth – it will make the best photo (Actually, That was maybe my family’s favorite part.)—Jeneen

Four twice baked potatoes with corned beef on a baking sheet.

These Twice Baked Potatoes with Corned Beef are potato jackets filled with fluffy mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and corned beef. Perfect for dinner, on its own or as a side dish.


A copper pot filled with beef and Guinness cake with puff pastry on a towel on a grill with a bottle behind.

This Beef Guinness Pie is essentially a traditional Irish beef stew filled with onions, carrots, celery, garlic, beef stock and herbs, topped with some nice and easy store-bought puff pastry. Simple, delicious and wonderfully hearty.


This cake was so incredibly delicious, I highly recommend it. There is also Guinness to drink while cooking. Honestly, very hearty and relatively easy to cook.–Jack H

A tall glass mug filled with Irish coffee topped with whipped cream and a tumbler or whiskey in the background.

This Irish coffee refines strong coffee with Irish whiskey and sweetens it with powdered sugar, cream and vanilla. The perfect start, er, end of the day.


A small pan full of corned beef hash on a tea towel.

This corned beef hash made with potatoes, onions, butter and corned beef turns St. Patrick’s Day leftovers into homemade delights any time of the day. Even if you’re not Irish. just look at me


Made corn beef hash tonight. It was fabulous! We added the fried egg and it improved the overall flavor of the dish!–Elda G.

Cast iron skillet with a pan boxty (Irish potato pancakes) in it, on a wooden cutting board

This pan boxty is essentially an Irish potato pancake. Just a few ingredients – grated potatoes, some flour and butter – make this classic Irish dish. Lovers of colcannon, hash browns, latkes and hash browns will get their money’s worth here.


Two Guinness floats with straws on a gray metal container, with a couple of spoons next to them.

Made with stout and vanilla ice cream, this Guinness Ice Cream Float resembles a grown-up root beer float.


This Irish float is another winner! The more the vanilla ice cream and Guinness beer mixed, the more we felt a slight coffee taste, so we thought about trying again and actually adding a shot of espresso.-Sofia

A chocolate stout cake with brown butter cream cheese frosting on a green plate with a green mug in the background.

This recipe has everything you could want in a chocolate cake and more, yet the main ingredient isn’t just chocolate; It’s also strong beer. Yes, maybe an odd ingredient for a dessert, but listen to me: the stout imparts an earthy undertone that enhances the flavor of the chocolate more than anything else and gives it a bit of flair.



What would you serve with a traditional Irish St Patrick’s Day meal?

Some of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day dishes include corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, colcannon, stew or shepherd’s pie, and plenty of Guinness or Irish whiskey. It is also very common in Ireland to serve lamb.

What is the difference between Irish and American style corned beef?

In Ireland, corned beef is typically made with lean brisket, while American-style corned beef uses a fatter cut. The aroma of the corned beef brine also contains various spices that give each one a unique flavor.

Why is corned beef and cabbage considered a traditional Irish dish?

Although we often think of it as an Irish dish, the history of corned beef and cabbage is Irish-American. Due to the lower cost of cured meats and the plentiful supply of cabbage, it became popular with immigrants and over time became associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in a comment below.

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