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18 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Get decked out in green and treat your friends and family to a festive St. Patrick’s Day feast. From corned beef and cabbage to Baileys-spiked brownies to please-don’t-pinch-me green recipes, these St. Patrick’s Day recipes will have everyone feeling the luck of the Irish.

18 Irish-Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

The Classics


corned beef with cabbage

An upgraded version of your typical boiled corned beef and cabbage, this recipe uses roasting as the cooking method and results in tender, flavorful corned beef. It’s cooked along with veggies that have been tossed in horseradish-spiked butter sauce, which makes the whole dish sing. Get the recipe

2. Cheddar Soda Bread

soda bread

With a lovely golden-brown crust and cheesy interior, this soda bread comes together quickly. The scent while baking will make everyone come running to the kitchen. Serve with a bowl of tomato soup or chili, and dinner is done. Get the recipe

3. Reuben Sandwich

An American sandwich with Irish and Jewish roots, the Reuben sandwich is made with salty corned beef, gooey Swiss cheese, tangy sauerkraut and Russian dressing layered between crispy rye bread. It’s the perfect recipe to use up your leftover corned beef. Get the recipe

4. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Traditionally made with lamb, shepherd’s pie is the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day comfort food. This version calls for beef, which technically makes it a cottage pie, but feel free to use lamb if you’d like. Get the recipe

5. Irish-American Soda Bread

irish soda bread

Also known as a “spotted dog,” this subtly sweet Irish soda bread is packed with caraway seeds and currants. It can be served as a side, snack, or breakfast. Get the recipe

6. Irish cream tiramisu


Courtesy of Nigella Lawson’s lovely cookbook Nigella Express, this tiramisu layers Baileys- and espresso-soaked ladyfingers with light mascarpone cream. It’s simple to make and will wow your guests. Get the recipe

7. Guinness lamb stew with vegetables

guinness lamb stew

Another comfort food for St. Patrick’s Day, this hearty stew combines lamb and veggies slowly cooked in a rich Guinness-spiked broth. The lamb becomes so tender it almost falls apart. If you like my Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes, you’ll love this recipe too. Get the recipe


A combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream, the mudslide is a creamy, indulgent (and stiff!) drink, perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy! Get the recipe

9. Irish soda bread muffins

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Kind of a cross between a muffin and a scone, these soda bread muffins are brimming with caraway seeds and sweet currants. A sprinkling of coarse sugar gives the lids a little crunch. They’re great as is, but a smear of salted butter takes them over the top. Get the recipe

10. Bailey’s Cheesecake-Marbled brownies


Ready for something sinfully rich? These brownies, spiked with Baileys and swirled with tangy cheesecake are beyond good. The layers provide a perfect combo of fudgy, creamy, and crispy. A scoop of vanilla ice cream will take them over the top! Get the recipe

11. Baileys Chocolate Truffles

Creamy and spiked with Baileys, these bite-sized truffles are pure chocolate decadence. Though truffles seem fancy, they are actually simple to make with a single bowl and a microwave.  Get the recipe

Don’t-Pinch-Me St. Patrick’s Day Green Recipes

12. Asparagus Soup

Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Parmesan

This pretty spring green soup tastes creamy and rich, yet it’s made without any heavy cream – just asparagus, aromatics, chicken broth, and Parmigiano-reggiano puréed until silky and thickened. Get the recipe


Broccoli Puree

Tired of steamed and roasted broccoli? With its bold green hue, this purée is a nice alternative. It pairs nicely with roasted chicken, juicy steak, or grilled salmon. Get the recipe

14. Spaghetti with kale & walnut pesto

Spaghetti with Kale & Walnut Pesto

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

Italian in flavor but a festive St. Patrick’s Day green color, this pasta recipe is perfect for harried weeknights. You can pull it together in less than 30 minutes, and – bonus – it’s a great way to sneak in some super healthy veggies for kids that are skeptical of anything green. Get the recipe

15. Creamed spinach

This retro side dish of vibrant green spinach in a rich creamy sauce is so good, it will never go out of style. Plus it’s easy and quick to prepare and can be made completely ahead so it’s perfect for entertaining or just a busy weeknight paired with roast chickensteaks, pan-seared salmon, or roast beef tenderloin with red wine sauce. Get the recipe

16. Baked penne with spinach, ricotta & fontina

spinach ricotta pasta

This is a quicker take on spinach and ricotta cannelloni as there’s no stuffing pasta shells required. Instead, the pasta is combined with a creamy ricotta, spinach, and basil mixture, topped off with cheese, and then baked. Get dinner on the table quickly with this gem.  Get the recipe

17. Cream of Broccoli Soup with Cheddar

This rich and cheesy soup is almost ridiculously easy to make. Unlike most versions of broccoli cheddar soup, which are more cheese-forward than broccoli-forward, it’s a pretty green color and it tastes like bight, fresh broccoli.  Get the recipe

18. Green Goddess Dressing (and Dip)

If you’re looking for a festive green sauce for St. Patrick’s Day, look no further. Green Goddess is delicious drizzled over salads and seafood or served as a dip. Get the recipe

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