Learn how to make traditional Irish potato pancakes. This easy boxty recipe is as tasty as any in Ireland, perfect for St. Patricks Day or everyday.
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The potato is my favorite vegetable. It’s probably yours too if you are smitten with french fries. It’s amazing to think about how many different ways we cook potatoes.
We fry them for french fries, latkes, hash browns, and diced with onions. We boil them for mashed potatoes, soup and served as whole boiled baby potatoes. We roast them on a sheet pan, bake them in the oven and smother them with butter, sour cream and chives. I am sold on almost any recipe that includes potatoes, especially if it’s the main ingredient.
This recipe is my new favorite. Fortunately hubby gave this Irish food two thumbs up because he is going to see this regularly plated out for him. This potato pancake re-heats really well. I have tried it both in the microwave and throwing it on a hot griddle, it didn’t lose flavor or texture. I do like reheating in a pan much better though, no need to add oil, there’s plenty still on the boxty from its first go ’round in the pan.
These are great served with eggs in the morning, kinda like a pancake-hashbrown side. I am going to make a big batch of these and freeze them. If you do this, be sure to freeze them on a single layer on a sheet pan. Then once frozen solid, place them in a freezer bag. By freezing Boxty in this manner, you will be sure they aren’t frozen stuck together in a solid block.
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What is Irish Boxty?
Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake that uses both cooked mashed potatoes and grated raw potatoes. It typically consists of flour, eggs and baking soda. The baking soda gives it that pancake-like rise while the raw grated potatoes imparts a nice ‘bite’ similar to a latke. The combination of the two is what makes boxty the perfect potato pancake.
Like most Irish cuisine such as coddle, champ, colcannon and Irish soda bread, boxty was developed by the common people, not professional chefs. It is believed boxty came about in order to make their food stretch a little further and feed more people. My parents would add more potatoes to stew to stretch a dish. What tricks did your parents use to make food go a little farther?
How is Boxty served?
Boxty is traditionally served as a side. Serving this Irish food with pan fried sausages and sautéed greens is common. Some restaurants are amping up boxty by filling it with signature ingredients and smothering it with a sauce. I prefer the taste and texture of this potato dish to stand on its own.
Boxty would also be a great side to traditional Irish Stew.
A non-traditional way of serving boxty is to treat it like a wrap, stuff it and pour some sauce over it. Some American pubs are stuffing it with sausage and garnishing it with a stout reduction sauce.
This would also be a great side to serve with fish such as salmon. It is delicious as a quick snack anytime of day. It’s a vegetable so it’s healthy right?
If you have an inventive way to serve boxty, leave a comment below and share with the community.
Do you know of any other types of pancake recipes from other countries? What are they called?
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Saturday 6th of May 2023
In one place, you mention using baking soda but in the recipe itself you call for baking powder. Which is best to use?
Monday 8th of May 2023
I made it with baking powder but for more fluff factor but a lot of traditional recipes use baking soda; so, you can use either. I'm sorry about the confusion, I hope you like it!
Tuesday 22nd of November 2022
Traditional irish Boxty was originally made and is still ad
Sunday 6th of March 2022
If using leftover mash potatoes, how many cups of mash potatoes and how many cups of grated potato?
Wednesday 9th of March 2022
Hey Nicole, GREAT question. The mashed and grated potato is a 1:1 ratio. If you want to be exact, use a kitchen scale, otherwise you can 'eyeball' it. Recipes are really just guides, most of my recipes are highly adaptable. I hope this helps.
Tuesday 30th of November 2021
Genuine real Irish boxty was originally made with just 4 ingredients 1 grated raw potatoes ,2 flour, 3 butter milk and 4 real Irish butter and rapeseed oil for frying add butter to serve with salt and pepper to taste Boxty tastes much better when it matures by allowing it to cool in the refrigerator overnight and re heat the next day on the pan with butter and fried egg or as an add on to breakfast I cooked this dish some years ago on an Irish television cookery show and it went down a treat and still does Its like Irish chips best served plain and simple but you can make several variations to this. I make about ten different versions of boxty wraps with various fillings boxty rolls, boxty and black pudding roulette and boxty pizzas
Saturday 11th of December 2021
I fill the pan of boxty with anythink that i would put into any tortillo wrap aIso a breakfast wrap scrambled egg and smoke salmon any meats with onions mushrooms whatever you fancy I also use the same filling and make a sealed boxty pie happy frying @Tina,
Wednesday 1st of December 2021
Thanks for the tips Oliver! I'm very curious about the boxty wraps, rolls and pizzas. Very intriguing, can you elaborate? Looks like loads of fun.
Thursday 1st of April 2021
Can I make the batter the day before and refrigerate until I'm ready to cook them?
Sunday 12th of December 2021
@Cara, you can make the boxty mix the day before and refrigerate the mix Only problem is a black surface will appear on the top but it goes when you mix it with a spoon Always use a hot pan with mix of butter and rapeseed and pour the boxty on thinly and spread it out with the back of a spoon Flip it to turn it You need a bit of practice to do this successfully
Thursday 1st of April 2021
Yes Ma'am! You may want to let the batter come up to room temperature so that they will spread out when you pour the batter in the pan. Let me know how they turn out:)