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Traditional Irish Colcannon

Traditional Irish Colcannon

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 35 MINUTES
  • Yield: 4 1x


Step into a world where tradition and comfort come together in this recipe, for Irish Colcannon. Hailing from the Emerald Isle this dish is a blend of textures and flavors combining the goodness of perfectly mashed potatoes with the subtle sweet crunch of fresh cabbage or kale. Each bite is enveloped in velvety butter creating a creamy consistency that is simply irresistible. For a burst of tanginess, you can sprinkle some sharp Irish cheddar cheese on top taking the dish to new levels of flavor. Whether enjoyed as a side or as a comforting course this colcannon goes beyond being just a recipe; it’s, like receiving a warm hug from Ireland’s soulful kitchen.



2 lb (907 g) potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

6 tbsp Irish butter

2 spring onions/scallions, chopped (optional)

10 oz (283 g) green cabbage or kale, chopped

3/4 cup (180 ml) whole milk, warm

2 cups (160 g) Irish sharp cheddar cheese, grated (optional)

Salt to taste


To make boiled potatoes start by placing 2 pounds of peeled and chunked potatoes into a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil. Then let it simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

While the potatoes are cooking, melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Add 10 ounces of chopped cabbage or kale to the skillet. Cook until it becomes softened. If desired you can also stir in some chopped spring onions.

Once the potatoes are done boiling drain them and transfer them to a bowl. Mash them up using a masher or fork. Then mix in the cabbage/kale and spring onion mixture. To make it creamier add 3/4 cup of whole milk and mix everything together well.

For some flavor, you can also add about 2 cups of Irish sharp cheddar cheese if you’d like. Don’t forget to season with salt according to your taste preferences.

Finally, serve your colcannon warm as a comforting side dish.


For those navigating the gluten-free path, fear not! Our beloved Traditional Irish Colcannon naturally strides into this world with ease. The stars of our dish – potatoes, cabbage or kale, and the glorious Irish butter – are inherently gluten-free. However, if you’re opting to add a sprinkle of cheesy delight with Irish sharp cheddar, just ensure your cheese is labeled gluten-free, as some cheeses may contain gluten additives. This small vigilance guarantees that your colcannon stays a safe haven of comfort, without meandering from its gluten-free core.

  • Prep Time: 15 MINUTES
  • Cook Time: 20 MINUTES