45+ Irish Comfort Foods – The Best Meals and Sides

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There’s just something about Irish comfort foods that instantly create a craving. No matter if you’re on the hunt for an Irish main dish recipe or are looking more for classic Irish sides, you’re sure to find plenty of ideas for Irish comfort food here.

Everyone knows that traditional Irish foods mean flavor, family, and warmth – and that is exactly what you can easily replicate right at home. Who says that you have to travel to Ireland to enjoy that familiar taste?

From Irish pub food to Irish-themed food, your meal planning for the next few months will be good to go!

The fun thing about this list of Irish meal ideas is that you can mix and match as you want. Some days you may want all the sides, while other times a dish or two may suffice.

With a list of Irish food combinations like this, who says you have to limit yourself at all?

1. Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes

This beef stew is made with stout Guinness that adds a deep flavor to the gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner!
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Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes

2. Cheddar & Chive Mini Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda bread is taken to a tasty new level with addition of cheddar cheese and chives. They are also mini, so they up quickly.
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Cheddar & Chive Mini Irish Soda Bread

3. Bangers and Mash (Pub-style Sausages and Mash)

Bangers and mash is a quintessential British dish, and never amiss on British pub menus for good reason: it’s such delicious comfort food!
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Bangers and Mash (Pub-style Sausages and Mash)

4. Instant Pot Irish Lamb Stew

Instant Pot Irish Lamb Stew uses classic ingredients cooked more quickly in the electric pressure cooker.
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Instant Pot Irish Lamb Stew

5. Corned Beef, Potato and Egg Hash

The perfect use for all those St. Patty’s Day leftovers, this Corned Beef Hash is packed full of healthy vegetables, bits of potato, and perfectly baked eggs.
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Corned Beef, Potato and Egg Hash

6. Irish Potato Casserole

Irish Potato Casserole is a great combination of potatoes and cheese coming together to create a delicious side or main dish.
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Irish Potato Casserole

7. Irish Nachos Recipe

Irish potato nachos – the best way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day! Homemade potato chips covered in Irish cheddar & Irish Dubliner cheese, bacon bits, sautéed cabbage, tomatoes, sour cream & chives!
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Irish Nachos Recipe

8. Irish Stout Beer Braised Lamb Pie

This Irish Stout Braised Lamb Pie is loaded with potatoes, vegetables and herbs in a rich gravy. This recipe is perfect for Sunday supper!
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Irish Stout Beer Braised Lamb Pie

9. Homemade Irish Vegetable Soup

Homemade Irish vegetable soup is a traditional, hearty and warming winter soup made with root vegetables. Pure goodness in a bowl!
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irish vegetable soup in a white bowl.

10. Hearty Vegan Irish Stew

Enjoy this hearty vegan version of Irish Stew. It’s easy to make and full of flavor, made extra hearty with peas, potatoes, and mushrooms.
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Hearty Vegan Irish Stew

11. Easy Vegan Corned Beef and Cabbage

Easy method to make vegan corned beef with tofu. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or when you want a cozy and comforting meatless meal!
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Easy Vegan Corned Beef and Cabbage

12. Easy Irish Style Pot Roast in a slow cooker

Tender slow cooker Irish Pot Roast is an easy dinner. Irish Guinness beer brings a deep, caramelized flavor and makes a hearty gravy.
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Easy Irish Style Pot Roast in a slow cooker

13. Irish Potatoes Recipe

Irish Potatoes are a hearty side dish made with creamy mashed potatoes, garlic and cabbage. Serve for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime of year!
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Irish Potatoes Recipe

14. Dump and Start Instant Pot Irish Chicken Stew

Dump and Start Instant Pot Chicken Stew is easy, inexpensive and sure to satisfy. This Irish chicken stew is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
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Dump and Start Instant Pot Irish Chicken Stew

15. Irish Colcannon with Bacon

Colcannon with Bacon is a filling Irish potato and cabbage dish. True comfort food with the addition of an elegant poached egg!
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Irish Colcannon with Bacon

16. Slow Cooked Guinness Anchovy Beef And Bean Stew {Low Carb}

You will love the complex flavour of this Slow Cooked Guinness Anchovy Beef and Bean Stew. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day and serve this traditional Irish stew.
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Slow Cooked Guinness Anchovy Beef And Bean Stew {Low Carb}

17. Dublin Coddle (One-Pot Irish Potato, Sausage & Onion Stew)

Dublin Coddle is a one-pot Irish meal of potatoes, sausages and onions, slow cooked to create a rich stew, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or a cold night.
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Dublin Coddle (One-Pot Irish Potato, Sausage & Onion Stew)

18. Irish Lobster Mac and Cheese Pies with Puff Pastry

Irish lobster mac and cheese pie has a crispy top layer of golden pastry, and a gooey, cheesy center. It’s the ultimate grown-up comfort food.
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Irish Lobster Mac and Cheese Pies with Puff Pastry

19. Restaurant Style Irish Whiskey Salmon

When you’re looking for a delicious new salmon recipe my marinated Irish Whiskey Salmon wrapped with smoked salmon is just what you’re looking for!
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Restaurant Style Irish Whiskey Salmon

20. Colcannon Bites With Collard Greens (Vegan)

Vegan colcannon recipe like you have never seen before. Made with collard greens and topped in filo shells. Great appetizer for your St. Patrick’s day menu
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Colcannon Bites With Collard Greens (Vegan)

21. Waterford Blaa – Irish Bread Rolls

Waterford Blaa are soft and tender Irish Bread rolls. Blaa bread is perfect with a slather of butter or makes a delicious sandwich bread.
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Waterford Blaa - Irish Bread Rolls

22. Irish Potato Farls

Irish Potato Farls also known as potato bread or cakes, are so easy to make.
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Irish Potato Farls

23. The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

A rich gravy with lamb and vegetables hidden under creamy mashed potatoes make this the BEST Shepherd’s Pie recipe. It’s an Irish comfort food classic!
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The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

24. One-Pan Irish Banger Skillet

This easy one pan dinner is perfect for St. Patty’s Day! Irish Banger Sausages, red potatoes, carrots and cabbage round out this meal!
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One-Pan Irish Banger Skillet

25. Roasted Green Cabbage with Green Tahini Sauce

Roasted Green Cabbage with Green Tahini Sauce is an easy recipe for incorporating cabbage in a flavorful way!
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Roasted Green Cabbage with Green Tahini Sauce

26. Leftover Irish Stew Pot Pie

Irish stew pot pies are the perfect dish for a snack or dinner. Rosie, the chef at One Pot Dish shares her recipe for homemade Irish stew pot pies using leftover Irish stew.
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Baked pies on a black tray.

27. Irish Potato Bread (Gluten-Free Potato Farls)

Easy 4-ingredient Irish Potato Bread! Also known as Irish Farls, Fadge, or potato cakes! Made on a hot griddle, gluten-free, and vegan!
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Irish Potato Bread (Gluten-Free Potato Farls)

28. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Healthy and hearty sweet potato Shepherd’s pie cooked and baked in a cast iron skillet. Beef sautéd with fresh veggies, topped with a creamy sweet potato mash.
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sweet potato shepherd's pie.

29. Irish Potato Soup Recipe

Irish Potato Soup This is a comforting soup that tastes great right out of the pot, but even better the next day. It’s a great appetizer.
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Irish Potato Soup Recipe

30. Fisherman’s Pie

This is a tasty traditional fish pie filled with fish, shrimp, a delicious creamy sauce and topped with mashed potatoes!
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Fisherman’s Pie

31. Guinness Braised Beef Cheeks

With an Instant Pot, these braised beef cheeks are ultra fork-tender with a super flavourful sauce that’s almost better than the meat itself.
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Guinness Braised Beef Cheeks

32. Colcannon Irish Potato and Cabbage Soup

Colcannon Soup or Irish potato and cabbage soup is creamy and filling. A popular Lenten winter soup, it’s also perfect to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
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Colcannon Irish Potato and Cabbage Soup

33. Loaded Irish Pub Waffle Fry Nachos

These Loaded Irish Pub Nacho Fries are a spin off of an appetizer a local Irish Pub serves. Served on crispy waffle fries topped with a homemade cheese sauce, they are the perfect appetizer for any sports party or tailgate!
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Loaded Irish Pub Waffle Fry Nachos

34. Irish Chicken and Dumplings Stew

Irish Chicken and Dumplings Stew, the perfect comfort food, Irish stew is a great addition to your St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
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Irish Chicken and Dumplings Stew

35. Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips are more Irish than corned beef will ever be. Fry up a batch of beer-battered cod and crispy chips this St. Patrick’s Day and keep it authentic.
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Fish and Chips

36. “Shortcut” Irish Beef Stew (Ready in 30 Minutes)

A classic hearty soup, this Irish Beef Stew uses ground beef to save time, but it packs a ton of flavor into every bowl!
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“Shortcut” Irish Beef Stew (Ready in 30 Minutes)

37. Instant Pot Brats – or Bangers and Mash Cooked Together!

How to make Instant Pot brats and sauerkraut that taste amazing! Easy way to steam bratwurst or sausage with some beer in your pressure cooker for dinner.
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Instant Pot Brats - or Bangers and Mash Cooked Together!

38. Irish Seafood Chowder

This chowder is hearty and rich, thick and creamy. The crab meat melts into the broth and thickens it. Readers say it's the best seafood chowder they've ever tasted!
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Irish Seafood Chowder

39. Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls

Enjoy a twist on a familiar classic, corned beef, and cabbage. Make it fresh, or take St. Patrick’s Day leftovers to the next level by transforming them into savory corned beef and cabbage egg rolls- this may be our family’s favorite way to eat corned beef.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls

40. Mashed Carrots and Parsnips

Mashed Carrots and Parsnips, a healthy paleo version of a classic Irish side dish. This version is dairy-free and also has the addition of orange in it!
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Mashed Carrots and Parsnips

41. Boxty – Irish Potato Pancakes

Boxty are tasty, fluffy Irish potato cakes that are pan-fried like pancakes and served at breakfast. This is my family’s traditional recipe.
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Boxty - Irish Potato Pancakes

42. Beer-Braised Corned Venison

Corned venison gets a boozy upgrade with a flavorful beer braise and sweet whiskey mustard glaze. The perfect St. Patrick’s Day meal!
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Beer-Braised Corned Venison

43. Irish Boxty with Smoked Salmon & Mustard Creme Fraiche

These delicious Irish Boxty pancakes with smoked salmon and chive mustard crème fraîche are perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day brunch or dinner!
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Irish Boxty with Smoked Salmon & Mustard Creme Fraiche

44. Traditional Cottage Pie

Traditional Cottage Pie is a popular British comfort food and nation’s favourite. It’s a perfect weekday meal as it is quite easy to prepare.
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Traditional Cottage Pie

45. Irish Tacos with Potatoes, Corned Beef, Cabbage and Onions

These unusual Irish tacos stuffed with potatoes, corned beef, cabbage, and onions make a great St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Have you ever had tacos made with sliced corn beef or corned beef hash tacos? These Irish flavours make a tasty snack.
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Irish Tacos with Potatoes, Corned Beef, Cabbage and Onions

Which of these popular Irish comfort foods are you planning on making first?

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