• Home
  • Recipes
  • Colcannon Recipe: How To Make Irish Potatoes and Cabbage

Colcannon Recipe: How To Make Irish Potatoes and Cabbage

The Irish are great connoisseurs of potato recipes, and colcannon is one of the best. A simple dish with hidden depths, it combines the flavors of sweet cabbage and creamy mashed potatoes. You’ll want to write a love song for this colcannon recipe, that’s how good it is. With a beer or two, it is an excellent fare on its own or the perfect accompaniment to any feast and meal.

Because colcannon is really just a vehicle for butter, in a departure from tradition, substitute regular salted variety for toasty brown butter with a deeper, richer, more intense flavor. It contrasts beautifully with somewhat-spicy scallions layered on top before serving, giving the traditional recipe a sophisticated twist.

What Is Colcannon?

Potatoes became a staple of the traditional Irish diet as soon as they came to Ireland in the 16th century. Fairly quickly, colcannon became one of the simplest, easiest, and tastiest ways to cook the unfamiliar tuber. Coupled with kale or cabbage and topped with scallions or leeks, the dish was held in high regard around Samhain, one of the Gaelic festivals that takes place on October 31st. Similar to other traditional Irish dishes, colcannon often hid a charm: a coin, a thimble, a ring.

Tips and Tricks for Making Colcannon

Use Two Types of Potatoes to Vary Flavors and Texture

As with most mashed potato recipes, thoroughly wash and peel potatoes, chop them into 1-inch pieces and cook them in heavily salted water until tender. The recipe below calls for two types of potatoes: russet and red. The tandem helps vary the flavors and texture, ensuring the best dining experience. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and mash them with milk.

Brown Butter and Then Cook the Cabbage in Pan Drippings

Browning butter is an easy technique to achieve a complex and nutty flavor. Use a lightly colored skillet for the procedure, keeping in mind that it should be large enough to hold the cabbage later. Cook butter on medium heat until it turns golden brown. Once browned, transfer it to a heat-safe bowl and proceed to cook cabbage in any residual butter.

Use Savoy Cabbage for Tenderness

Savoy cabbages are shaped like green cabbages, but their leaves are deeper green and tenderer, and their flavor milder. You can also use kale or another leafy green vegetable of your choice. Before cooking it, deglaze the pan with a splash of broth or water, scraping up the brown bits left from browning the butter.

Colcannon Recipe


  • 1 lb (450 g) russet potatoes
  • 1 lb (450 g) red potatoes
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 lb (450 g) savoy cabbage
  • 4 scallions
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup chicken broth


  1. Core and shred savoy cabbage and thinly slice and separate white and green parts of scallions.
  2. Peel and cut potatoes into chunks, place them in a pot, add ½ teaspoon of salt, and cover with cool water. Bring to a boil before reducing the heat and letting them simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, brown the butter.
  3. Place the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until golden brown, about 7 minutes.
  4. Reserve ¼ cup of the browned butter and set it aside.
  5. Return the skillet with the remaining browned butter to medium heat and add the shredded cabbage and the whites of the scallions. Season with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and ground black pepper. Cook until tender, about 8 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and set it aside.
  7. Drain the potatoes, add milk, and mash with a potato masher until they’re as lumpy as you like.
  8. Add chicken broth to the empty cabbage pan and scrape up the browned bits. Cook until the broth is reduced, about 3 minutes more.
  9. In a serving bowl, combine warm cabbage and greens of the scallions with the mashed potatoes and fold to mix. Make a depression in the middle and pour the reserved ¼ cup of brown butter inside. Serve immediately!

Serve colcannon with corned beef or sausage. Don’t be afraid to work this delicious colcannon recipe into your dinner rotation — we think your family will thank you!


I am an English major with a love of languages and fiction, and with an incurable travel bug. In my free time, I read fantasy, drink copious amounts of coffee, and like to go see movies. Culinary art means everything to me. My main hypostasis is the taster, though. The music school has taught me to appreciate the symphony of airy meringues, to create harmonious overtures of light snacks, hard rock of meat, fish, and vegetables on the grill. Choir classes have accustomed me to hear and feel the people nearby and create perfect harmonies of sounds.

51 Comments Hide Comments

I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thank you

761645 977102Hey I was just seeking at your internet site in Firefox and the image at the top with the link cant show up properly. Just thought I would let you know. 981718

Thank you, I’ve just been searching for information about this subject for a while and yours is the best I’ve discovered so far. But, what about the bottom line? Are you sure in regards to the source?

Hello very cool site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally…I am glad to search out a lot of useful info here within the put up, we need work out extra strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing.

Definitely, what a great blog and enlightening posts, I surely will bookmark your site.Best Regards!

In this great scheme of things you actually secure an A with regard to effort and hard work. Where you confused everybody was on the details. You know, people say, the devil is in the details… And it couldn’t be more accurate right here. Having said that, allow me reveal to you just what did do the job. The authoring is certainly extremely engaging and this is most likely why I am making the effort in order to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Secondly, while I can certainly notice a leaps in logic you make, I am not really sure of how you seem to connect your ideas which in turn help to make your final result. For the moment I will, no doubt subscribe to your position however wish in the foreseeable future you actually link the dots much better.

Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it’s really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

I have been reading out a few of your posts and i can state pretty clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your site.

I wish to express my thanks to the writer just for bailing me out of such a crisis. After surfing through the search engines and finding ways that were not helpful, I assumed my life was gone. Living devoid of the solutions to the problems you have fixed by means of your entire review is a critical case, and the kind that would have negatively affected my entire career if I had not noticed your web site. Your own personal know-how and kindness in handling a lot of things was very useful. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a step like this. I can also now look forward to my future. Thanks a lot so much for this professional and results-oriented help. I won’t think twice to propose your web blog to anybody who needs and wants tips about this issue.

Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would really benefit from some of the information you present here. Please let me know if this okay with you. Thanks!

Very good written story. It will be useful to anybody who usess it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – i will definitely read more posts.

As I site possessor I believe the content material here is rattling excellent , appreciate it for your hard work. You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.

Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I’ll certainly digg it and for my part recommend to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from this site.

Just desire to say your article is as astounding. The clearness in your post is just excellent and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work.

Comments are closed.