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

Potato lovers rejoice! If you’ve never tasted an Irish Boxty, you are in for a treat.

When I visited Dublin a few years ago, I saw these on the pub and restaurant menus, and couldn’t believe how expensive they were, given that this is one of the tastiest and least expensive meals you can make at home. I bet there will be no complaints from anyone, even the pickiest of your family members!

So what exactly is a boxty? It’s a potato pancake made from mashed potatoes and grated raw potato, so it’s a combination of a potato scone and a hash brown/latke type pancake…what’s not to love? Serve these in the morning with eggs and bacon for a lovely breakfast or brunch, or add a salad for lunch. The contemporary way of serving them includes using them as one would a tortilla or flatbread,  and making a “wrap” type entree. My favorite way to eat them is as part of a British breakfast.

You can add this to your list of Irish foods to make when St. Patrick’s day arrives!


recipe adapted from Faith Magazine


  • 2 cups (9 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup (8 oz) mashed potatoes, boiled in salted water (I prefer Idaho© potatoes)
  • 1 1/2 cups (8 oz) grated, raw potato
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or more if needed)
  • butter for the pan

In a small bowl, place the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes with the grated raw potato, then add the flour and mix well.

Slowly add the buttermilk and stir gently (do not over mix)

 The mixture should be like a very firm, thick batter; almost like a dough, so add more buttermilk if needed (I just used 1 cup/8 oz).

Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, and add a pat of butter, just before scooping out some of the boxy batter onto the pan.

Flatten and shape into a nice, round pancake shape and fry until golden brown on the bottom.

Turn and continue to cook until golden brown on top too, turning the heat down if they are browning too quickly (remember there is raw potatoes which need to cook).

Continue to add a little butter and fry the boxy until all the batter is finished.

Serve hot.

LA Living….

personalized license plates are a big thing, and how apropos is this one in Beverly Hills?

13 Responses

  1. wrote on

    So funny, I was doing some research thinking I would do a St Patrick’s day post and I settled on Boxty, I saved a recipe that I found on some Irish website and it’s pretty much identical to the one you posted and gave different options for fillings. They sound delicious and we are on the same wave length. I think your boxty look fabulous and sound so delicious.

    • wrote on

      Great minds think alike! I have made these quite a few times, but never often enough because they are so GOOD! I have never filled the with anything as I love them in a British breakfast…you know, how you order the same thing you love at a restaurant? Hope you try them! CC

  2. wrote on

    These are interesting pancakes. We have potato pancakes, ones are made with mashed potatoes and others made with raw potatoes, but nothing using both! I would like to try these :)

    • wrote on

      I know, Medeja! Same thing here…when I first heard about these I was so intrigued! Yet another potato treat to enjoy!! Trust the Irish to give it to us! ;)

  3. wrote on

    Hi Christina, Wow, these are very interesting, and I have never had this before. But like you said between all the ingredients, what’s not to love. I think they are lovely looking, and I would probably like to try them for breakfast. I checked out your English breakfast page, fantastic! Love the sheep, they are so cute…Interesting that you had baked beans with it. I was wondering how they would taste with some maple syrup? Serving them as a wrap may be good too. Wonderful idea and I love new ways to prepare new types of foods. Thank you for sharing this one….Your pictures are so beautiful, and your recipes are very different. I always look forward to seeing your next post…Blessings Dottie :)

    • wrote on

      Hi Dottie, I wouldn’t eat them with maple syrup because they are savory, not sweet. Yes, wraps would be good. Thank you for your compliments! ;)

  4. wrote on

    Hi Christina,

    Pardon my ignorance!!! I have never heard of Irish Boxty! This is something new that I learn today :D

    I can clearly see the comforting factors in your double-potatoes cakes… I would rather to have these potatoes cakes rather than the personalized license plates :p


    • wrote on

      Hahaha! You’re a woman after my own heart! :)

  5. wrote on

    These are an absolute delight!! Appropriate for ANY day, wearin’ the green or not. :D

  6. wrote on

    I have always wondered what a boxty was – now I know! These look wonderful, and just the kind of thing that makes for a nice comforting evening supper! ~ David

    • wrote on

      Absolutely, David~perfect for any meal! :)

  7. wrote on

    Christina, I’ve never heard of these and they sound amazing! The texture looks divine — crispy on the outside and ever so fluffy inside. Perfect.

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