Unleash the Deliciousness: Perfect Irish Boxty Recipe

The recipe I am about to share with you today is one of my all-time favorites. It’s a traditional Irish dish that has been enjoyed for centuries and is still incredibly popular in Ireland today. I’m talking about none other than Paul’s Irish Boxty Recipe, a mouthwatering pancake made with grated potatoes and mashed potatoes.

If you’re not familiar with boxty, it’s a savory dish that is often compared to pancakes or potato cakes. However, what sets boxty apart from its counterparts is the unique combination of grated raw potato and leftover mashed potatoes. This gives boxty a distinctive texture that is both crispy and soft.

But why do I love this recipe so much? Well, for starters, it’s incredibly versatile. You can enjoy boxty for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It goes well with just about anything – from bacon and eggs to veggies and meat.

And let’s not forget about the flavor. The combination of grated potato and mashed potato creates a robust and earthy flavor profile that will have you going back for seconds – or thirds!

So, if you’re looking for a new recipe to try out or want to experience true Irish cuisine, then give Paul’s Irish Boxty Recipe a try. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Paul's Irish Boxty
Paul’s Irish Boxty

If you are looking for a new recipe to try this week, I’m here to tell you that Paul’s Irish Boxty Recipe is the one to try. Why? Because it’s a delicious and hearty dish that can be enjoyed any time of day – breakfast, lunch or dinner!

First and foremost, this recipe uses a combination of mashed potatoes and grated raw potatoes, giving it a unique texture that is crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. This texture is achieved by combining baking powder and all-purpose flour with the potatoes.

The combination of onion and butter in this recipe provides an irresistible aroma that will fill your kitchen with a warm and welcoming scent. The added dashes of salt and egg bring out the flavors even more!

It’s also a versatile recipe – it can be varied according to what ingredients you have on hand or with different toppings. Add grated carrots, zucchini or cheese if you’re in the mood to make them veggie-style pancakes. Serve with bacon, eggs, smoked salmon or simply sprinkle powdered sugar on top for sweet pancakes.

Finally, not only does this dish taste fantastic fresh off the pan but it also warms up beautifully for a quick breakfast (or lunch!) the next day. And considering the task is low effort (grating potatoes aside), skip your typical cereal routine for these delicious pancakes that won’t leave you hungry ten minutes later.

In conclusion, I’m confident that once you take one bite of this Irish Boxty Recipe, you’ll fall in love with its scrumptious flavor, versatility and ease of preparation!

Ingredient List

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Sure, here are 11 unique photo captions for the Paul’s Irish Boxty recipe:

Let me tell you about the ingredients that go into making my version of Irish boxty. You’ll need grated raw potato, mashed potatoes, all-purpose flour, baking powder, egg, salt, milk, buttermilk, onion and butter.

  • Potatoes: They are the key ingredient for making Irish boxty. You’ll need both grated raw and mashed potatoes. The grated raw potato gives a different texture to the pancake and mashed potatoes add flavor and density. I like to use starchy potatoes like russet potatoes for best results.
  • Flour: For binding the ingredients together we need all-purpose flour.
  • Leavening agent: I use baking powder in my recipe to help make the pancakes light and fluffy.
  • Egg: It provides structure to the pancake batter.
  • Salt: It enhances the flavor of the pancakes.
  • Milk: I prefer whole milk in this recipe as it adds richness but you can use any kind of milk you prefer.
  • Buttermilk: This is optional if you don’t have it at home but it adds a tangy flavor to the pancakes.
  • Onion and Butter: Sautéed chopped onions in butter is added to give an aromatic flavor to the dish.

These are all pantry staples that most of us already have at home so you can whip up this Irish Boxty on a whim!

The Recipe How-To

Step 1: Making the Batter

To start with, we’ll make the batter for our Irish Boxty Pancakes. In a large bowl, add 1 cup of grated raw potato, 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes, and 1 cup of all-purpose flour. This is where the magic of the boxty recipe comes in- the addition of mashed potatoes makes these pancakes softer and more delicious than typical potato pancakes! Then, add 1 teaspoon each of baking powder and salt to the bowl and mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 egg and ¾ cup each of milk and buttermilk. Gradually pour this mixture into your flour/potato mixture while stirring continuously until everything is combined nicely.

Pro-tip: Adding grated onions to this mix will provide a tangy flavor that will enhance the overall taste of the dish!

Step 2: Cooking The Pancakes

Now it’s time to cook some boxty pancakes! Heat a skillet over medium heat and add some butter to coat the bottom. Once melted, drop about ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake.

Cook each side for around 3-4 minutes, or until golden-brown, flipping over when necessary. Try not to overcrowd your stovetop; you should be able to cook the pancakes in about three batches.

Pro-tip: If you’re looking to add something special to your pancake toppings, try making a sauce by frying up some chopped onions and mixing them with a dollop of sour cream – this combo pairs perfectly with boxy!

Step 3: Serve Up Your Dish

Serve up your freshly made boxty pancakes with some butter or any other topping suggestions that tickle your fancy such as fried mammal bacon or even vegan options like veggie sausages – or make it classic: with a full irish breakfast.

Pro-tip: Pair this traditional Irish comfort food with a pint of cold Guinness to enhance its taste and give yourself the ultimate Irish experience!

There you have it- boxy recipe is complete! I hope these tips and tricks can help you achieve that perfect golden texture and flavor. Enjoy your Irish Boxty Pancakes with your loved ones, and savor in the richness of this classic Irish dish.

Substitutions and Variations

 Sizzling in the pan! These boxty pancakes are the perfect breakfast indulgence.
Sizzling in the pan! These boxty pancakes are the perfect breakfast indulgence.

When it comes to making Irish Boxty, there are a few ingredient substitutions and variations that you can try to change up the recipe. Here are some ideas:

Instead of grated raw potato, use mashed potatoes – this will make the pancake smoother and creamier. You can also mix grated raw and mashed potatoes for a different texture.

For a more savory take on the recipe, add chopped onions to the batter before cooking. This will give the Boxty a delicious bite of sweetness.

If you’re vegetarian, consider adding grated carrots or zucchinis to the batter for extra veggies and flavor.

Add herbs such as rosemary or thyme to your Boxty for an extra layer of savory flavor.

For a sweeter version, add sugar and cinnamon to the batter before cooking. Serve with fresh fruit or whipped cream.

You can also experiment with different toppings for your Boxty. Try it with smoked salmon and cream cheese for a traditional Irish breakfast. Or create a Reuben Boxty by adding corned beef, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing on top.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to variations and substitutions in this recipe, so feel free to get creative and make it your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Making boxty is like a dance. Each ingredient plays its part to create the perfect recipe.
Making boxty is like a dance. Each ingredient plays its part to create the perfect recipe.

The Irish Boxty is a hearty and satisfying dish that is best served hot, with a generous dollop of rich butter melting on top of it. This dish can be served as the main course or as an accompaniment to other dishes. One of my favorite ways to serve this dish is with a classic Reuben Boxty – simply place some thinly sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese between two Boxty pancakes and grill until the cheese is melted and gooey.

For a vegetarian twist, you can serve this dish with some veggie Irish Boxty – just replace the meat with some grilled veggies like mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and zucchini. You can even add some fresh greens like arugula or spinach for added freshness and crunch.

When it comes to pairing this dish with a drink, nothing beats a pint of dark Irish Stout. The earthy flavors of the beer complement the savory notes of the Boxty beautifully. If you prefer something lighter, you can try pairing this dish with a crisp apple cider or even a white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.

No matter how you decide to serve it, the Irish Boxty is a delicious and versatile dish that everyone will enjoy.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A pinch of chives, a dollop of butter, and a lot of love - that's what makes these boxty pancakes irresistible.
A pinch of chives, a dollop of butter, and a lot of love – that’s what makes these boxty pancakes irresistible.

One great thing about this Irish Boxty recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and store it for later use. If you’re planning on making the pancakes ahead of time, simply cook them up as you normally would and allow them to cool off completely before storage. Once cooled, place them in an airtight container with a layer of parchment paper in between each pancake.

To reheat your leftover boxty, I recommend using your stovetop. Butter up a skillet over medium heat and place the pancakes in the skillet once heated. Cook the pancakes for around 2 minutes on each side, or until heated through.

If you’re in a rush and want to reheat your Irish Boxty quickly, try using your microwave. Simply place the pancake between two paper towels and microwave it for around 20 seconds. This method works best if you only need to reheat one or two pancakes.

When stored properly, Irish Boxty can last up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 2 months in the freezer. To freeze, wrap each pancake individually with plastic wrap before placing them into an airtight container or freezer bag.

Make sure not to refreeze any leftover boxty that has already been thawed out. Enjoy your tasty leftovers whenever you’re feeling peckish!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who needs a fancy brunch when you can whip up a batch of fresh boxty pancakes at home?
Who needs a fancy brunch when you can whip up a batch of fresh boxty pancakes at home?

Cooking perfect Irish Boxty is an art that requires a bit of finesse. In my experience as a British chef, I have learned some tips and tricks to ensure that you get the best results every time you make Irish Boxty.

Firstly, ensure that your grated potatoes are cooked before mixing them with the other ingredients. The grated raw potato contains a lot of moisture, which can ruin the texture of your Boxty.Rinse the grated raw potato and squeeze it over a bowl until it’s completely dry.

Secondly, be careful not to over mix the batter. As soon as everything is combined, stop stirring so that the potatoes retain some texture. Over-mixing will make the batter dense and chewy.

Thirdly, add the salt and baking powder meticulously. These ingredients help to create a tender and fluffy pancake; therefore, under-seasoning or skipping these crucial ingredients can alter the taste of your final dish.

Fourthly, cooked and mashed potatoes that are cool to room temperature work best in this recipe. Using hot mashed potato could cook the eggs before blending with other ingredients.

Lastly, use buttermilk to create light and airy pancakes. The acid in buttermilk acts as a substitute and helps activate baking powder while making your pancake tender and fluffy at the same time.

Take note, these tips will lead you in good stead toward making perfect traditional Irish Boxty pancakes.


Now that you have gone through the ingredient list and learned how to make Irish boxty from scratch, you may have specific questions about this recipe. In this section, I’ll answer some commonly asked questions and provide tips to help you perfect your boxty-making skills. Read on to find out more.

What is boxty in Irish slang?

Boxty is a classic Irish dish that has been popular for generations. It is a type of potato pancake made by combining mashed and grated raw potatoes. According to an old Irish saying, being able to make boxty is a key to finding love. In my family, we have cherished this recipe for years.

What do you serve boxty with?

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I am excited to share some delicious breakfast ideas with you! First up, we have a classic combination of poached eggs and crispy bacon. For seafood lovers, we have an elegant dish of poached smoked haddock with a creamy parsley sauce. Another mouth-watering option is the indulgent pairing of smoked salmon and tangy sour cream. And finally, for those looking for a comforting and indulgent breakfast, we have the unbeatable combination of smoked bacon and melted cheese. So, let’s get cooking!

What type of dish is the Irish Speciality known as boxty?

Boxty, a traditional Irish dish, is made using potatoes and can be described as a dumpling, pancake, or bread. Its name is thought to come from the Irish term for “poor-house bread.”

Why is boxty popular in Ireland?

Boxty is a traditional dish with roots dating back to the 18th century in Ireland. It has played an important role in Irish cuisine, especially during times when potatoes were the primary source of sustenance. However, when the potato crop was wiped out during the famine, Boxty’s popularity dwindled.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Boxty recipe is truly a gem! The combination of grated raw potato and mashed potatoes create a unique texture and flavor that you won’t find in any other dish. Plus, with the addition of onion, salt, baking powder, all-purpose flour, milk, and buttermilk, you get the perfect balance of savory and sweet.

Whether you’re looking for a new breakfast item or a hearty meal to serve for dinner, this recipe has got you covered. Not to mention the variety of substitutions and variations that can be adjusted to suit your personal preferences or dietary requirements.

So go ahead and give Paul Hollywood’s Irish Boxty Recipe a try! It’s a great way to incorporate traditional Irish cuisine into your cooking repertoire while impressing friends and family with your culinary skills. Trust me; once you’ve experienced the delicious taste of these boxty pancakes, you’ll be hooked!

Paul's Irish Boxty

Paul’s Irish Boxty Recipe

This is from the June19th issue of a local paper " Coastal Point." Because my paternal grandmother was from Ireland, I am drawn to Irish recipes. The author especially liked these Irish potato cakes when he visited Ireland. He says that boxty is the perfect morning-after remedy if, by mistake, you lost count of the number of cocktails you drank the night before. I like black pepper so I would add that to the ingredients myself. I can't wait to try these! He sometimes makes a rich Divan sauce to top the boxty: Heat 1 can of cream of chicken soup, then stir in some cheddar cheese until melted.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 30 Mins, European, Inexpensive, Lunch, Potato, Vegetable
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Calories 147.6kcal


  • 1 cup raw grated potato
  • 1 cup milk or 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup onion, diced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Grate the potato into a bowl. Pour the milk or buttermilk over it to prevent browning.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg; add the sifted dry ingredients, grated potato with milk. mashed potatoes and onions, if using. Mix well. The mixture should be the consistency of thick pancake batter. Add more milk or sifted flour as needed to obtain the right consistency.
  • Melt the butter in a large heavy skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the skillet or griddle, spreading it to about a 6-inch circle. Brown on both sides.


Serving: 122g | Calories: 147.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.4g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 38.9mg | Sodium: 460.9mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 0.6g

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