30+ Best St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas: Traditional Irish Food Recipes

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When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, there’s no better way to get into the spirit than with a feast of traditional Irish food and green food, drink, and dessert ideas.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes for you to try this year. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Irish meal or just some kid-friendly treats for your next party, we’ve got everything you need to make this St. Patrick’s Day even more memorable. Also, don’t miss our bonus recipe for Green Pancakes below!

Stack of Green Pancakes for St. Patrick's Day with rainbow sprinkles

Here is a list of some of our favorite Irish foods that will make for a day full of good luck from breakfast to dinner. You will also find tasty side dish, dessert, drink recipes and more to liven up your celebrations.

St Patrick’s Day Dinner Ideas

Wondering what to make for your St. Patrick’s Day dinner? You can go crazy and dye everything green (because that’s totally what they do in Ireland.. not really). Or you can try something a little more authentic like these recipes below.

  • Irish Pasties – An authentic Irish favorite in our family. Beef and potatoes in a flaky crust topped with gravy.
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage – A classic dish from Ireland with flavored beef and veggies.
  • Irish Beef Stew – An Irish stew of beef, potatoes, and carrots in a rich beef base made in the slow cooker. A Guinness free version.
  • Potato Leek Soup – A creamy soup loaded with potatoes, leeks, and fennel. Source: onceuponachef.com
  • Easy Shepherd’s Pie – Meat and veggies and topped with mashed potatoes and cheese.
  • Corned Beef Sandwiches – A tasty Irish sandwich, especially with our homemade Russian dressing!
  • Sunday Pot Roast – Tender beef roasted to perfection with potatoes and carrots.
  • Beef Pot Pie – This yummy beef and veggie pot pie cooks up fast in the instant pot.

St Patrick’s Day Side Dishes

Ok so you have decided what St Patrick’s Day food you want to make for your main course. But what about an Irish-inspired side dish? We have several easy side dishes that will go great with your favorite St Patrick’s Day dinner!

St Patrick’s Day Desserts and Drinks

I have to admit, sometimes our St Patrick’s Day food consists of green Jell-O for dessert. Though there is nothing wrong with that, these St Patrick’s Day desserts are MUCH better! They may take a little more time than Jell-O but it’s totally worth it! We are also including our favorite non-alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day drinks. I know, I know “Non-Alcoholic St Patrick’s Day Drink” sounds like an oxymoron. But since we don’t drink beer or other alcoholic beverages, we have to improvise sometimes.

St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Ideas

Irish recipes for St Patrick’s Day breakfast can be a nice change of pace from your normal morning meal. While these aren’t all traditional Irish breakfasts, they are green and a fun way to kick off the holiday. Serve up some green pancakes with green eggs and ham on the side for a breakfast the whole family will love.

  • Green Smoothie – A naturally green drink loaded with healthy fruits and veggies.
  • Avocado Toast – This healthy toast will keep you full until lunch. Of course, you can add an egg for an extra protein kick.
  • Breakfast Casserole – This overnight hash brown casserole is great for feeding a big group.
  • Corned Beef Hash – Corned beef, diced potatoes, and eggs make up this tasty savory breakfast. Source: dinnerthendessert.com
  • Green Eggs and Ham – this fun breakfast based off the popular book is green and free of dye. Source: eatingrichly.com
  • Rainbow Waffles – a magically delicious way to start off a happy day. Source: mommysfabulousfinds.com
  • Green Pancakes – a fun and colorful breakfast better than a pot of gold that kids will love. See recipe below!
Stack of Green Pancakes for St. Patrick's Day with whip cream and rainbow sprinkles

Green Pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day

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These Green Pancakes for St. Patrick's Day are sure to be a hit with your little ones and start your lucky day off right.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6



  • Griddle or skillet



  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla and 3 to 4 drops of green food coloring – more or less to your taste.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Heat a griddle to medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
  • Pour ¼ cup of pancake mixture onto the griddle.
  • Once the sides start to dry and the top is bubbling, flip the pancake using a large spatula.
  • Cook until both sides of the pancake are golden brown and the middle is cooked through (you can check by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the pancake – if it comes out dry it is done).
    Stack of Green Pancakes for St. Patrick's Day
  • Remove from heat and serve with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles on top.
    Stack of Green Pancakes for St. Patrick's Day with rainbow sprinkles

Nutrition Information

Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 353mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 139IUCalcium: 76mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Such a great list of awesome recipes! I am showing this to my kids and letting them pick what they want! Thanks for collecting these in one spot!