Boxty potato pancakes

Boxty potato pancakes are a traditional Irish recipe that Donal Skehan serves with panfried mackerel and a salad or with a full Irish breakfast
By Donal Skehan
Boxty potato pancakes
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  • Serves: Makes 8 pancakes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 250 g mashed potato, or colcannon
  • 250 g raw potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 125 ml milk
  • knob of butter
  • rapeseed oil, for shallow frying

Tips and Suggestions

Serve with Donal Skehan's chilli, garlic and lemon mackerel recipe


1. Put the colcannon, grated potato and flour in a bowl and mix until evenly combined. Add the milk, little by little, until you have a wet dropping consistency. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper.

2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat with a little butter and oil. When the butter begins to foam, spoon heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the frying pan and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

3. Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

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