Boxty – Potato pancakes

We don’t eat enough boxty in Ireland. These potato pancakes are so easy to make and so tasty. Boxty is a thrifty and clever way to use up left over mash, stretched further by adding grated raw potato! The secret to really tasty boxty is adding a small knob of butter to finish frying them on the pan.

Eat them as they are or serve with eggs, mushrooms and beans for a delicious weekend brunch.


Ingredients: makes 16 approx


  1. Peel and grate the raw potato. Place in a clean tea towel, wrap it and squeeze out the starch.
  2. Finely slice the spring onions and keep some of the green tops for garnish.
  3. Add the mash potato to a mixing bowl along with the grated potato, sliced spring onion, bicarbonate of soda, buttermilk, flour and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Give the batter a good mix.
  4. Heat a frying pan on a medium heat.
  5. Lightly coat the pan with oil.
  6. Spoon on 3 – 4 generous mounds of the potato batter.
  7. Cook gently and just like pancakes, wait for little bubbles to form.
  8. Carefully flip and cook for a further few minutes.
  9. Cook all of the boxty and then return to the pan and drop in a couple knobs of butter, let the butter melt and coat the potato pancakes. Serve straight away.