Classic Boxty

by Hoohla
Classic Boxty

This is a recipe for Classic Boxty – a traditional Irish potato pancake. It is an important part of authentic Irish food dishes. There are many recipes with finely grated, raw potatoes and all are served fried.

The most popular version of the dish consists of finely grated raw potato and mashed potato with flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and sometimes egg. Traditional alternatives include using only raw potatoes, boiling boxty as a dumpling or baking it as a loaf.

You may cook classic boxty for St Patrick’s Day Dinner.


Classic Boxty

Classic Boxty
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Irish


  • 1 cup potatoes (raw, grated )
  • 1 cup potatoes (leftover mashed )
  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose )
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/4 cup milk (to mix)
  • 2 tbsp butter (or oil for frying)


  1. Place the grated raw potatoes in a clean cloth and twist to remove excess moisture.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Combine flour mixture with the raw potatoes, the leftover mashed potatoes, and the eggs.
  4. Add enough mix to make a batter.
  5. Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat and add butter or oil.
  6. Drop potato batter by the tablespoon into the hot pan.
  7. Brown on both sides (about 4 minutes per side). Butter each boxty and serve hot with or without sugar.

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