Irish Boxty Pancakes Recipe

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  • Vegetarian


14 - 16






15 min


30 min

Pile these Irish potato and spring onion pancakes high with cheese, beans, fried eggs or whatever you like, for a filling breakfast, brunch or dinner


  • 450g/1lb potatoes, peeled
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 100g/4oz plain flour
  • 5ml/1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 100ml/4 floz buttermilk or natural yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A little oil for frying


  • Cut the potatoes into even chunks then cook in a large pan of boiling salted water for 10-15mins or until tender. Drain well, return to the pan then mash until smooth. Stir in the spring onions and leave to cool – spreading them thinly on a plate makes this cool quicker.

  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl, sift over the flour, bicarbonate of soda, egg yolk and buttermilk, beat well and add plenty of salt and pepper. Whisk the egg white in a separate clean bowl, until it form stiff peaks, then fold into the potato mixture.

  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan until hot, drizzle a little oil over the centre and wipe around the pan with a piece of kitchen paper. Drop 3-4 spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and cook over a medium heat for about 8 mins, turning once until golden – don’t cook over too high a heat or the outside will be golden before the centre is ready. Remove from the pan and keep warm.

  • Repeat to make about 16 pancakes in total. Serve hot with grilled bacon, tomato and fried eggs.

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If you like, make the pancakes ahead and place them on a baking tray. Reheat at Fan 180ºC/200ºC/gas mark 6 for about 10 mins before serving.