17 Traditional Irish Side Dishes for St. Patrick's Day – The Pioneer Woman

Try potatoes, bacon, and boiled cabbage!
If you’re looking to plan a

traditional Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day this year, why stop at just corned beef? There are so many Irish side dishes to turn your holiday dinner into a comfort food feast! From classic recipes, like traditional colcannon, to creative ideas, like Irish nachos, there’s something for everyone on this list of sides. And since St. Patrick’s Day is everyone’s favorite green holiday, we’ve made sure to include plenty of green-colored foods, like Ree Drummond’s childhood recipe for pea salad! It’s also a fun way to re-introduce those spring vegetables to your kitchen.
Of course, it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a few potato recipes. Here, you’ll find them baked, mashed, and even air fried. Or try the Irish potato pancakes (also known as Boxty) for another crispy option. Along with potatoes, many Irish recipes are made with cabbage, like creamy cabbage casserole, homemade sauerkraut, and easy roasted cabbage wedges. Whether you serve them up with slow cooker corned beef, chicken, or fish, you’ll feel lucky to have these Irish side dishes on the table.
For more St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas, try our St. Patrick’s Day appetizers and Irish desserts.
This quick bread has a mild, tangy flavor, similar to biscuits. So it’s just as delicious as a side dish for dinner as it is for breakfast or dessert. In fact, it would be perfect alongside a hearty beef stew.
Get the Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Mashed potato fans, this one’s for you! The traditional Irish dish combines creamy mashed potatoes with tender, buttery cabbage or kale and green onions for a pop of flavor.
Get the Colcannon recipe.
Ree says this dish "will forever be etched in my comfort food memory" and it’s easy to see why. It’s creamy, fresh, and loaded with bacon and cheese.
Get Ree’s Pea Salad recipe.
These crispy potatoes go with just about any main course, whether it’s beef, chicken, or pork. Plus, they take less than 30 minutes to make!
Get the Air Fryer Potatoes recipe.
While it might not be traditional, this Irish potato recipe is delicious nonetheless. And it’s a fun addition to any St. Paddy’s Day party.
Get the Irish Nachos recipe.

This creamy cabbage casserole is cheesy and satisfying with a hint of spice thanks to the green jalapeño peppers. It makes a good amount of cheese sauce so you might want to have some bread for dipping.
Get the Edna Mae’s Escalloped Cabbage recipe.
You only need 4 ingredients to make this fluffy, tender bread! The beer gives it a malty, yeasty flavor that’s not overly strong.
Get the Beer Bread recipe.
There are tons of easy melting cheeses that you can use for mashed potatoes, but on St. Patrick’s Day, look for a sharp white Irish Cheddar.
Get Ree’s Cheddar Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes recipe.
This dish will look like a pot of gold on your St. Paddy’s Day table. Plus, the root veggies should be easy to find in the in-between months of winter and spring.
Get Ree’s Honey-Glazed Carrots and Parsnips recipe.
This twist on twice-baked potatoes is made in cute slices instead. It’s great for feeding a crowd! Just don’t forget the green onions on top for a pop of green color.
Get Ree’s Slice Baked Potatoes recipe.

This pretty salad is sure to get you excited for the start of spring. It’s loaded with fresh veggies, like arugula, snow peas, snap peas, and radishes—and tons of green herbs, too!
Get Ree’s Arugula and Three-Pea Salad recipe.
Once you learn how to make homemade sauerkraut, you’ll never go back to the jarred variety again. All you need are two ingredients and a little bit of time.
Get the Homemade Sauerkraut recipe.
Mashed potatoes are delicious on their own, but top them with melty cheese and crispy bacon and they’re next-level good.
Get the Twice Baked Potato Casserole recipe.
This quick weeknight side is sweet and spicy thanks to honey and crushed red pepper flakes. It’ll even turn picky eaters into cabbage fans.
Get the Easy Roasted Cabbage Wedges recipe at Marissa Moore.
Boxty is a traditional Irish dish that’s similar to a hash brown pancake. They’re best served straight from the frying pan with crème fraîche and a sprinkling of scallions. But you can also top with crispy bacon or smoked salmon.
Get the Boxty recipe at The Daring Gourmet.

Waterford Blaa is a classic doughy bread roll made in Ireland. It’s soft, yeasted, and delicious with Irish butter.
Get the Waterford Blaa recipe at Hostess at Heart.
This sautéed cabbage recipe shows you how to get the veggie tender and caramelized. The secret ingredient? Apple cider vinegar!
Get the Sautéed Cabbage recipe at Well Plated by Erin.

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