Colcannon Irish Potatoes

12 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Colcannon Irish Potatoes are a traditional Irish recipe. Creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes mixed with flavorful onion and cabbage all topped with crisp bacon.

This Irish Potatoes recipe is the perfect Side Dish to serve for St Patrick’s Day. It takes Creamy Mashed Potatoes and puts an Irish spin on them that’s full of savory flavor, festive, and absolutely delicious.

Colcannon Irish Potatoes in pot


Colcannon Potatoes are easy and delicious comfort food. Fluffy mashed potatoes are mixed with salt and pepper, melted butter, cooked cabbage, and yellow onions. The combination is a simple mashed potato recipe with classic Irish flavors.

Traditional Colcannon Irish Potatoes originate from Dublin, Ireland. It’s a traditional dish dating all the way back to the 1700s and is still served today. The name Colcannon comes from the Gaelic word for white-headed cabbage, one of the key ingredients that makes Colcannon different from other mashed potato dishes. 

Having its roots in Ireland makes this dish the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Put the potato recipe in a serving dish and enjoy it alongside Corned Beef, Irish Stew, or other classic Irish dishes. The crispy bacon makes it a special treat that’s sure to be a favorite for the holiday!



  • Prep: Start by chopping the onion into small pieces. Shred the cabbage in a food processor. Then peel and quarter the potatoes into large chunks using a sharp knife to prepare them for the recipe.
  • Bacon: Add the bacon to a dutch oven and cook. Keep over medium-high heat until you have cooked and crumbed bacon.
  • Onion and cabbage: Set the cooked bacon to the side on a paper towel-lined plate. Add the unsalted butter, chopped cabbage, and onion. Continue cooking until the onions are translucent, continue stirring the sautéed cabbage occasionally.
  • Potatoes: Remove the onion and cabbage from the pot. Add the cubed potatoes, and cover them with water. Start boiling water and continue baking potatoes for 18-20 minutes. Once the potatoes are fork-tender, drain the cooked potatoes.
  • Mash: Add the drained potatoes, salt, pepper, remaining butter, and warm milk. Use a potato masher to mash the cooked potato pieces. If you want extra creamy potatoes with no chunks you can put the potatoes through a food processor. The food processor will make quick work of mashing the potatoes. Add the cabbage and onion mixture to the large bowl and mix everything together before topping it with bacon. Then serve the Colcannon recipe in a serving bowl and enjoy!

Colcannon Irish Potatoes cabbage and bacon in pan


  • Add-ins: For some flavorful add-ins chop up some green onions, parsnip, scallions, and spring onions. Mixed the chopped spring onions, scallion slices, spring onion, parsnip, and green onion into the mashed potatoes before serving. You can also add a few extra teaspoons salt and pepper to taste, a large pinch of onion powder, fresh parsley, or minced garlic cloves.
  • Cabbage: There are plenty of different varieties of cabbage you can try apart from regular green cabbage. Try savoy cabbage or purple cabbage.
  • Kale: Often Colcannon Potatoes are made with kale leaves. Use curly kale, and chop up the kale leaves into small pieces. Mix the chopped kale into the mashed potatoes and enjoy.
  • Butter: Instead of using regular butter try using creamy, flavoured butter. Herb Butter or garlic butter would make wonderfully flavored mashed potatoes. If the potatoes seem too grainy mix in a little extra butter. To replace the butter entirely you can use avocado oil. Use an equal amount of avocado oil as the butter the recipe calls for.
  • Potatoes: If you don’t have russet potatoes you can use Yukon Gold, melody potatoes, or King Edward Potatoes.
  • Extra Creamy: To make the simple recipe extra creamy try adding a little heavy cream to the milk mixture.



  • Serve: Don’t leave the Colcannon Recipe at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: Let the Colcannon Potatoes cool to room temperature before moving them to an airtight container to store in the fridge. The mashed potatoes will last well for 3-5 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze Colcannon Mashed Potatoes for up to 8 months.

Colcannon Irish Potatoes on plate with ham and Brussels sprouts

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Colcannon Irish Potatoes

Colcannon Irish Potatoes are a traditional Irish recipe. Creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes mixed with flavorful onion and cabbage all topped with crisp bacon.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter , divided
  • 1 medium head cabbage , shredded
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 8 russet potatoes , peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter , melted


  • To a large pot add the bacon and cook until crispy and chewy.
  • Remove bacon from pan and add in 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cabbage, and onion.
  • Cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes until translucent and just starting to brown, stirring occasionally.
  • While cabbage is cooking, chop the bacon.
  • Remove the cabbage and onion from the pot to a large dish.
  • Add the potatoes and cover with water, it should be 2" higher than the potatoes.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 18-20 minutes until tender.
  • Drain the potatoes, add the milk, salt, pepper, and remaining butter and mash well.
  • Stir in the cabbage onion mixture, then top with bacon.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Colcannon Irish Potatoes

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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