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19 St. Patrick's Day Recipes Better Than a Pot of Gold

Celebrate the luck of the Irish on St. Paddy's Day with recipes fit for a leprechaun king!
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St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Though this holiday originated as a day of religious observance by the Catholic church, today many people view March 17 as an opportunity to also celebrate Ireland's rich culture and history. Historically, people have shown their appreciation for St. Paddy's Day by wearing green on March 17—but why not take your celebration up a notch by eating green foods or sampling authentic flavors commonly found in Irish cuisine? Although many may associate the holiday with free-flowing booze and festive parties, there are many great dishes and St. Patrick's Day recipes that can bring a taste of Ireland right to your plate or cup.

To get the luck of the Irish on your side this year, you'll want the best food, drinks, and St. Patrick's Day recipes on hand and ready to roll. And if you've been on the prowl for the best, easy St. Patrick's Day recipes to whip up—you're in luck! This roundup of recipes features easy-to-make dishes that are representative of a traditional Irish feast. From corned beef and cabbage to shepherd's pie, Guinness-braised short ribs, and even a good old fashioned Irish coffee, you'll surely taste the luck of the Irish in every bite.

Read on to choose your perfect St. Patrick's Day recipes satisfy your appetite—and for more creative cooking ideas, be sure to also check out 50 Best Healthy Cabbage Recipes You Need to Try Tonight.

Classic Beef Stew

Beef stew recipe in black lined glass bowl
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

One of the staples of Irish cuisine is stew, and this classic beef stew recipe is perfect for celebrating on St. Paddy's day on March 17. Most traditional Irish stews are made with lamb as the main meat. However, if you're not a fan of lamb, beef is also a hearty, delicious substitute that works wonders in this recipe.

Get our recipe for Classic Beef Stew.

Mashed Potatoes

Vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

There's a traditional Irish food called colcannon, which is essentially a mixture of mashed potatoes and cabbage, or sometimes kale. This classic mashed potatoes recipe is the perfect base for making your own colcannon, because all you'll have to do is mix in the cabbage or kale. Pair this with some traditional corned beef for added protein.

Get our recipe for Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Traditional Corned Beef

St. Patrick's day recipe, sliced corned beef
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

It doesn't get more Irish than corned beef. A fun fact about this dish is that it is actually a slab of pickled brisket, but I think we can all agree, corned beef sounds a bit more appetizing.

While this is one of the classic St. Patrick's Day recipes you need at your celebration, the easy slow-cooker preparation makes it a meal you can use to feed your whole family any time of the year.

Get our recipe for Slow-Cooker Corned Beef.

Easy Baked Cabbage

cooked cabbage wedges on a baking sheet
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Too often, people remember the soggy, flavorless cabbage casseroles of their youth without realizing the great potential that this vegetable has. In this easy recipe, cabbage is the star of the show, and you won't find a soggy leaf in the house. Cook this as a side dish for your corned beef, or have it as the main event when you're looking for vegetarian-friendly St. Patrick's Day recipes.

Get our recipe for Easy Baked Cabbage.

Copycat Shamrock Shake

copycat shamrock shakes
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Every year when McDonald's announces the return of the Shamrock Shake, fans from across the nation flock to their nearest drive-thru. But, you don't even have to leave the house to have your very own minty milkshake, thanks to this spot-on copycat recipe. With just four ingredients, you'll want to keep this recipe on hand long after March has passed.

Get our recipe for Copycat Shamrock Shake.

Short Ribs Braised in Guinness

Low-calorie short ribs braised in guinness
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Simply drinking your Guinness on St. Patrick's Day isn't enough. With this recipe, you get to eat it too. Beer and beef have always gone hand-in-hand, but the braising method here really brings out the best of both flavors. And, the best part is, you can have little sips of the Guinness while you are cooking!

Get our recipe for Low-Calorie Short Ribs Braised in Guinness.

Hearty Baked Potato Soup

Healthy baked potato soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

A cold March night calls for a big pot of soup. And after a day of celebrating on St. Patrick's Day, there is nothing better to come home to than hearty baked potato soup. Many Irish recipes utilize an abundance of potatoes, but this soul-warming classic never gets old. And, if you make enough for leftovers, it is even better the next day…though it might just be so good that you don't find yourself with any leftovers at all!

Get our recipe for Hearty Baked Potato Soup.

Grandma's Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick's day recipe irish soda bread
Courtesy of Sally's Baking Addiction

That baked potato soup would be nothing without a big hunk of freshly made bread to sop it up with, and one of the best St. Patrick's Day bread recipes is Irish soda bread. Buttermilk and cold butter are the perfect combination that sets this recipe apart, and the baking soda gives the loaf its signature texture.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

Golden Mango Smoothie Bowl

golden mango smoothie bowl with pomegranate and kiwi
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

What fun is St. Patrick's Day without a hunt for a pot of gold? In this case, bring the gold right to your breakfast table with this healthy, golden mango smoothie bowl. As a lighter, but still filling, breakfast option, this festive bowl will be the perfect start to a day that might end with some heavier eating (and drinking). If you are making this for your family, you might want to think about using it as the symbolic pot of gold to end a leprechaun scavenger hunt.

Get our recipe for Healthy, Fruity Golden Mango Smoothie Bowl.

Lamb Chops and Cauliflower Mash

Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Lamb and potatoes are a dinner staple in Ireland throughout the year. The hearty combination of meat and starch is often seen as the perfect ending to a long day working outside. With this lighter, keto-friendly alternative, you still get all of the flavor, with fewer carbs, thanks to a clever swap for cauliflower over potatoes. You can still indulge in all of the classic flavors of Ireland without blowing your low-carb diet this holiday.

Get our recipe for Keto Lamb Chops and Cauliflower Mash Dinner.

The Perfect Irish Whiskey Coffee

St. Patrick's day recipe buena vista irish coffee
Courtesy of Tullamore D.E.W.

Can you think of a better way to kick-off St. Patrick's Day than with a classic Irish cocktail? Irish whiskey (we recommend Tullamore D.E.W) is carefully blended with your favorite bold coffee and a touch of sugar, then a whipped cream layer is carefully poured on top. Add a dash of cinnamon, and your breakfast just got an Irish upgrade. The recipe for the "perfect" Irish coffee comes complete with a clever hack for making the best whipped cream! This is going to be an amazing holiday surrounding by friends and family to remember.

Get the recipe for The Perfect Irish Coffee, courtesy of Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Gillian Murphy.

Shepherd's Pie With Sweet Potato Topping

Paleo bbq pork shepards pie
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Shepherd's pie is the original Irish casserole. With a combination of meat, veggies, and a potato topping, it is easy to see why this classic recipe has endured the test of time and geography. With this lighter take on the classic, a sweet potato topping replaces the traditional white potato and a healthy dose of kale sneaks even more nutrients into the meal, without sacrificing any of the flavor.

Get our recipe for Paleo BBQ Pork Shepherd's Pie With Sweet Potato Topping.

Corned Beef Sandwich With Guinness BBQ Sauce

corned beef sandwich
Courtesy of Alpha Baking Company

Add Guinness to lunch or dinner without pouring another pint! This take on the classic sandwich combines corned beef with honey mustard cabbage slaw and made-from-scratch smokey, malty, and sweet Guinness BBQ. Enjoy it with crunchy potato chips, and more Guinness, because why not?!

Get the recipe for a Corned Beef Sandwich With Guinness BBQ Sauce, courtesy of Alpha Baking Company.

Classic Shepherd's Pie

St. Patrick's day recipe Healthy shepherd's pie
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

For the purists out there, nothing screams St. Patrick's Day quite like shepherd's pie. This Irish comfort food leaves nothing to be desired. When it comes to meat, traditionally, shepherd's pie is made with lamb, because that is what early Irish farmers had available to them. You can certainly stick with that for the sake of tradition, but the option of ground sirloin here provides a leaner meal without losing any flavor.

Get our recipe for Classic Shepherd's Pie.

Green Keto Shake

keto avocado blueberry hemp seed shake
Waterbury Publications

Don't forget to wear green—or drink your greens—this St. Patrick's Day. Show your Irish pride with a tasty green shake that will make you feel good while still getting you in the holiday spirit.

Get our recipe for Green Keto Shake.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

two bowls of pumpkin bread pudding with spoons on wire rack and wooden background
Jason Donnelly

Bread-based desserts are a common Irish staple, and the king of these is bread pudding. The gooey, warm dessert is the perfect end to a meal and feels like a decadent treat served with a side of vanilla ice cream. Break out of the traditional mold by introducing new flavors to this tried-and-true classic: pumpkin. Your guests will love this variation, and you'll be wondering why it can't be St. Patrick's Day every day.

Get our recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

Green Machine Veggie Casserole

St. Patrick's day recipe whole30 veggie casserole with slice popped out
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

On the day of green, make sure you are getting in all of your green vegetables. It won't be hard to do with this Whole30 green machine veggie casserole. Don't worry, the eggs and canned coconut milk give this casserole a decadence that is usually reserved just for dessert, because, on St. Patrick's Day, even your vegetables deserve to feel festive!

Get our recipe for Whole30 Green Machine Veggie Casserole.

Crispy Cod Recipe with Sweet Potato Fries

crispy cod with sweet potato fries in a basket
Brie Passano

Take fish and chips fit for a Dublin pub and bring them right to your kitchen. There is almost nothing that evokes the feeling of hopping the pond quite like enjoying this British and Irish staple. Lighter than the deep-fried version, this baked option is easier to make and perfect for getting into the spirit of the holiday with your whole family.

Get our recipe for Crispy Cod Recipe With Sweet Potato Fries.

Irish Aitall Cocktail

irish aitall cuervo
Courtesy of Jose Cuervo

Put the whiskey aside for this festive drink, and reach for Jose Cuervo's Tradicional Tequila Añejo instead — it's aged in Irish single malt whiskey barrels! the cocktail combines thyme, grapefruit juice, and a caraway-fennel simple syrup with soda water and the tequila. If stouts aren't your cup of beer, this is a delicious alternative.

Get the recipe for an Emerald Isle-Inspired Irish Aitall Cocktail, courtesy of Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Añejo.

Getting into the festive spirit of St. Patrick's Day won't take you long after trying some of these delicious recipes. Whether you choose to make them for your family, a group of friends, or keep them to yourself for a quiet night in, these food and drink options are sure impress.

A previous version of this story was published in March 2020. It has been updated to include additional copy and proofreading revisions, as well as updated contextual links.

Samantha Boesch
Samantha was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and now works as a writer in Brooklyn, NY. Read more about Samantha