Traditional Irish Boxty Potato Pancake

Pancakes make for a great breakfast but if you want pure savoury then you need these traditional Irish potato boxty!

Stacked Irish Boxty pancakes with a perfectly poached eggwith a dripping golden egg yolk

Irish Potato Pancakes.

This Boxty recipe has been with me as long as any other recipe that I cook. It predates all the fancy pants stuff that I do and even the curries.

I was introduced to them by an Irish guy in my student days as the worlds finest hangover cure.

A claim that we stress-tested vigorously and could find no evidence to the contrary!

Traditionally made from mashed potato and grated potato they have a fantastic texture.

Cooking them in buerre noisette or browned butter gives them a wonderfully nutty texture.

Stacked potato boxty with a steaming perfectly oval poached egg against a dark backdrop,

Hints and Tips

You need to start this recipe with the right potatoes.

Both the mashed potato and the grated potato in this recipe need floury potatoes. A variety like Maris Piper, King Edwards or Russet.

It is also vitally important that the mash is completely cooled to room temperature before you start. Although leftover mash from the day before is best!

A good boxty recipe needs a bit of flexibility, the moisture levels in the potato define how much milk you need to add.

When grating the potatoes, they will begin to leach liquid, you need to throw out the liquid but you need not squeeze out the liquid as you would with a potato rosti.

The amount of dairy in your mashed potatoes will also define how much milk to add.

When you add the milk you are looking for a texture that will drop from a spoon in a single “lump” but one that is still a little liquid.

A perfectly poached egg with a dripping yolk sat on a stack of Irish boxty on a grey plate served with mushrooms

Serving Suggestions.

I’m not usually one for faffing around at breakfast time any more.

So these are a rare indulgent treat and join welsh rarebit as being something that I treat us to on special occasions.

Boxty are often served as part of a full Irish breakfast, featuring bacon, sausages, mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes or beans and black or white pudding.

I prefer mine a little more simple and would rather have a perfectly poached egg and some sauteed mushrooms with them.

The pancakes are the perfect way to mop up the yolk which is the perfect sauce.

Irish Boxty Recipe

Irish Boxty Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

My introduction to these Irish Boxty pancakes came during my student days and they remain my favourite hangover remedy to this very day!


  • 65 g Plain Flour
  • 130 g Leftover Mashed Potato
  • 85 g Potato
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 60 ml Milk
  • 50 g Butter


  1. Grate the potato and add it to a bowl.
  2. Throw in the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the milk and butter.
  3. Slowly add in the milk until a spoonable batter is formed.
  4. Add the butter to a pan over a medium heat.
  5. Cook the butter until it begins to brown which should take 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add a heaped tablespoon of batter to the pan and flatten to form the pancakes.
  7. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then flip and cook the second side for 2-3 minutes.


I like to serve it with a poached egg and some mushrooms, but go to town add bacon and baked beans too if you wish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 1180mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

35 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Oh I have not see good Boxty potato pancakes in years. Use to eat them on ever trip I went to London… Never made them myself, Saving this to try soon. Your images are gorgeous.

  2. Ah you can’t beat a Boxty pancake – it makes for such a delicious breakfast dish! Your pancakes with the egg dripping down sure do have my mouth watering

  3. I think student days were a time of creating great food, without even realising we were doing it. Some of the concoctions that were made up on the spot were something that should never have been tasty, but somehow they were.

    Your more grown up version looks utterly delicious, and the perfect kind of breakfast for those mornings when you just need it, like you say, the morning after the night before.

    • Grown up, now that’s something I don’t get associated with very often ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m pretty sure my student days are now completely fogged by time and booze, although mainly booze. Thanks for your kind comments ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha, is there anyone on that side of the Atlantic without Irish roots ๐Ÿ˜‰ T’is a proper good breakfast though ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I’ve never made a potato pancake with flour like this. But it looks really good… I’m digging the mushrooms you have pictured alongside haha. But about adding Guinness… would you just sub some of the milk for the beer? Because my other half would be very into these if I can make it happen. haha

  5. I have to admit that a big bowl of roasted potatoes with a runny egg on top is my go-to hangover food. Though it hasn’t been needed in quite a while… I still swear by it. This looks perfect for the next time that happens. Or maybe just this weekend when my mom’s in town?

    • I guess the ‘sweet’ breakfast is something particular to your side of the pond, just something we don’t really do here ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Can I just tell you how delicious this looks?? My husband would absolutely adore this dish (and he might even ask me to add a piece of sirloin to it too, ha!) And your poached egg is beautiful!

    • Oh boy the sirloin sounds wonderful, I have on occasions served this with huge bacon chops which is wonderful, but it stands up on its own as a great vegetarian dish too, living proof if you will that vegetarian dishes can be bad for you too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Thanks Charla, these really are a hearty start to a day that I love to cook, although don’t do them too often or I would be the size of a house ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I was in Dublin last week and I didn’t have any Boxty. Such a shame. You’re stunning pictures have got me wanting it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Looks yummy! Great photo too. Thankfully I don’t have to worry much about hangovers….but I don’t think I’d have to be having one to eat this! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Shelby, I don’t consume like I did in my student days but there are definite times when a breakfast hangover cure is required ๐Ÿ˜‰


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