The Traditional Irish Breakfast

The Irish breakfast is about as traditionally Irish as you can get. Farmers’ wives primarily served it to their husbands to get them off to a good start for the day. This had to last them through a hard day’s work. It would be a long time until dinnertime rolled around.

Even today people that stay in one of Ireland’s popular Bed and Breakfast’s say after eating this breakfast in the morning they have no need for lunch. If they do eat lunch it’s light fare.

The Fields and Farmhouses in County Cork



The traditional Irish breakfast consist of the following:

  • Bangers
  • Rashers
  • Black Pudding
  • White Pudding
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Brown Bread


Irish breakfast order from Food Ireland

Unless you’re from Ireland or the U.K., I know you’re probably scratching your head thinking what the heck is a banger, or a rasher for that matter. Let me explain.

Bangers are an Irish sausage. These can be made with either pork or beef or both. This is the food the Irish miss most when they are abroad.

Rashers are a type of bacon. This isn’t American style bacon that is fried to a crisp brown. Irish bacon is more like what Americans call Canadian bacon. It’s fried golden brown but keeps its soft texture.

Black Pudding is another type of sausage. It’s not what Americans think of as “pudding” at all. It’s made with pig’s blood that gives it its dark color, oatmeal, and spices. Ok don’t get all squeamish on me, just try it you might like it. It is a farm recipe after all.

White Pudding is like black pudding only with no pig’s blood. It is made with minced pork, oatmeal and spices. There, that doesn’t sound so bad does it?

Beans are a canned baked bean in tomato sauce. Irish baked beans are not as sweet as American baked beans because they don’t use brown sugar.

Brown bread is an Irish soda bread made with whole-wheat flour.

Click on this Irish breakfast page to buy the above ingredients in the "Traditional Irish Style Breakfast" pack that should serve about four people. I’m sure you’ll be able to supply your own eggs, tomatoes and potatoes. You will sometimes see mushrooms in an Irish breakfast depending on what part of the country you’re in. The picture above shows what you receive when you order the Traditional Irish breakfast from Food Ireland.


Now lets put it all together.

Irish Breakfast

First place four plates a warm oven. Melt some butter in a large frying pan. It should be Irish butter to be authentic. You need to use butter for the breakfast instead of oil or it just won’t be the same. Cook the rashers as described above. When done place them on one of the warm plates in the oven.

Now cook the bangers in the same pan until they are a nice brown color. When done put them on one of the other warm plates in the oven to keep warm.

Slice the black and white puddings about 1/2" thick and place in the frying pan. Cook until golden brown. Again place on a warm plate in the oven.

Quarter four tomatoes and place in pan. Along with four boiled and chilled potatoes sliced 1” thick. Cook both to a golden brown. You know the drill, warm plate, oven.

All the above is cooked in the same pan to take advantage of the juices of the previously cooked items. Add more butter to the pan if needed.

While all the above is going on you can put the beans in a saucepan on low heat to simmer.

I think you should use another pan to fry the eggs so they don’t stick. These are traditionally served sunny side up. But you can have them to your own taste. ( As you can see by the picture above I like mine over easy.)

Now serve all this with some buttered brown bread and some good Irish tea and you’ll have a delicious traditional Irish breakfast that won’t soon be forgotten.

I’d be willing to bet you won’t be needing lunch, now.


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