Boxty (Irish Potato Pancake)


Boxty, a beloved traditional Irish potato pancake, combines the earthy charm of grated raw potatoes with the softness of mashed potatoes, creating a unique texture. It’s a versatile dish, perfect for breakfast, as a side, or even as the base for a savory topping.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serving: 4


  • 2 large potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Optional: Chives or green onions for garnish


  1. Grate the raw potatoes into a clean cloth. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes with the mashed potatoes. Add flour, baking powder, and enough milk to make a thick batter. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and melt a portion of the butter.
  4. Spoon the potato mixture into the skillet, forming pancakes. Flatten them slightly with a spatula.
  5. Cook each Boxty for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  6. Repeat with the remaining mixture, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.


  • Serve Boxty with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce for a traditional touch.
  • You can add grated cheese or herbs to the batter for extra flavor.
  • Boxty pancakes can be kept warm in the oven at a low temperature until all are ready to be served.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 210 kcal
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Sugars: 2g

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