Traditional Irish Boxty Recipe

Traditional Irish boxties are the holy grail for pancake lovers everywhere! They combine mashed potatoes and raw potatoes with buttermilk to make an excellent yet simple meal. These traditional boxty Irish potato pancakes are a regular of many plates here; however, they are often only served in America for St. Patrick’s day….which is a shame!

If you haven’t tried an Irish boxty before, you’re in for a real treat!

These are so good they’re almost worth making just for themselves.

These recipes are so easy to prepare and taste amazing. You won’t need any excuses for not making them again!

What is an Irish Boxty?

An Irish boxty is a mash-up of left over mashed potatoes and grated potatoes. Like Irish potato latkes, it has a lot going for it.

Serve these golden brown Irish potato pancakes for breakfast with eggs and sausage for a fantastic breakfast or brunch, or, if you prefer, add a green salad for lunch. The modern approach to serving these foods involves using them as a tortilla or a flatbread. Fill the Irish boxties and serve them as wraps.

My favourite ways to eat them are as part of a traditional English breakfast, but I’ve also made tiny Irish boxties and served them as an elegant appetiser! They’re so versatile!

Moreover, you can add this boxty irish potato pancakes recipe to the recipes for Irish dishes when St. Paddy’s comes up.

How to Make Irish Boxty

Mix boiled potatoes and leftover mashed potatoes to give boxty a unique potato texture. Boiled raw grated potato are added to a baking soda and flour mixture before cooking the boxty batter until golden brown in a frying pan, resulting in a fluffier pancake. Leftover mashed potatoes are then added to the finished product just before serving. This traditional Irish potato pancake or boxty is delicious!

If you’re looking for an easy traditional irish dish for St. Patrick’s Day, here’s one! It’s made with whiskey cake mix and topped with whipped cream and

How to Serve Traditional Irish Boxty

Boxty is quite versatile – it can be eaten in various savoury foods. For example, they’re often paired with meat dishes such as roast chicken and steak here in Ireland. However, being in Ireland they also work well with fish and seafood. So if you’re thinking about trying out boxty for yourself, here’s an idea of what you could do with them. This is the boxty recipe for the Boxty house restaurant in Dublin. Be warned; however, it might make you very hungry.

Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs with Soldiers!

If I had to choose one thing for an Irish brunch, it would be eggs, but if I could pick anything else, it would be black and white pudding. And don’t forget a nice cup of Irish Breakfast tea!

There’s also an old Irish proverb, and correct me if it’s wrong…

Boxty on the griddle, boxty in a frying-pans, if you can’t cook boxty, you won’t be able to cook much.

Another great idea for an Irish meal would be Irish bangers and mash.

Let’s move on to the traditional Irish boxty recipe.

Irish Boxty Recipe (Irish Potato Cakes)

The recipe below makes about 12 servings.

Put the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the baking powder and salt to the flour.

Put the mashed potato into a large mixing bowl, stir in the grated raw potato and add the flour. Mix well.

Then, gradually add the buttermilk while stirring gently. Don’t overmix.

Make sure the mixture is thick, similar to a thick pancake batter. If necessary, use up to 1 cup or 8 ounces of buttermilk.

To cook Irish potatoes, heat a nonstick frying pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then melt a small pat of unsalted buttered.

Shape them into circles and cook them on medium heat until they’re golden on the outside and cooked through on the inside.

When the boxty are cooked through and golden brown, turn off the heat, add butter and cheese, then cover them up for 5 minutes so they melt together nicely.

Keep adding a bit of butter and frying the boxty until the batter has cooked through.

Make sure to serve the traditional Irish boxties hot, as desired, with or without toppings (like HP sauce). I enjoy them with HP Sauce!

Best Irish Boxty Recipe

Traditional Irish Boxty: the Best Ever Potato Pancakes, with a Twist (Irish Potato Pancakes)

  • Makes: 12 portions
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

An easy and delicious Irish potato pancake.


  • 250g (9 0z) all-purpose plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Achil Isiland sea salt/Irish Atlantic Sea Salt
  • 230g (8 oz) mashed potatoes, cooked potato in salted water (I recomend Maris Piper as they are floury potatoes but any waxy potatoes will do)
  • 230 (8 oz) grated potatoes, ideally grated raw potato
  • 400ml (1.5 Cups) buttermilk (or more if needed)
  • butter for the griddle


  • Combine the mashed potato with the grated raw pota­toes in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour and baking soda then mix well.
  • Stir slowly until the potato batter has thickened slightly. Do not overmix.
  • Mix the ingredients well enough to form a very thick, soft dough. If necessary, use more buttermilk.
  • Place a griddled or nonstick frying pan over medium-high temperature, and melt a pat of margarine. Scoop out some of the potato mixture onto the hot surface.
  • You’ll want to turn them occasionally, so they don’t burn.
  • Add a bit of butter and cook the boxty until the batter is cooked through. Serve hot.


You shouldn’t overmix the cake mixture if you want the best result.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size: 

Calories: 253; 

Total Fat: 3 grams; 

Saturated Fat: 2 grams; 

Trans Fat: 0 grams; 

Unsaturated Fat: 1 gram; 

Cholesterol: 7 milligrams; 

Sodium: 570

Nutritional values are approximations based upon 3rd party. App