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How To Make Tradtional Irish Porridge

Traditional Irish Porridge Recipe

This extremely healthy and nutritious recipe is one of the best ways to start the day.  This low fat, low-GI recipe will keep you nourished as well as help regulate your blood sugar levels.  For me the best part is that it tastes good and warms you from the inside out.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Irish
Keyword easy porridge recipe, how to make porridge, Irish porridge recipe, porridge recipe, tasty porridge recipe, thick porridge, Traditional Irish Porridge, traditional porridge recipe
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 115 kcal


  • 1 litre Water 1 litre = 4 Cups
  • 115 g Pinhead Oatmeal 1 Cup of Oatmeal
  • A good pinch of salt


  1. Add the water, pinhead oatmeal and salt into a heavy based pan and bring to the boil over a medium heat while stirring with a wooden spoon.  Once it starts to thicken reduce the heat to a simmer.

  2. Cook the porridge on a simmer for 25 minutes stirring regularly until the porridge is cooked to a smooth and creamy consistency.

  3. Serve hot with a drizzle honey and milk or add some dark chocolate nibs (my daughters favourite).  I love to add the milk to my porridge after it has been cooked to make it even more creamier.  It also helps to cool it down slightly so you can eat it without scalding your mouth. You just can't beat that!

Recipe Notes

Allergens: Gluten

Alternative cooking method:

For a quicker porridge you can use rolled oats by using 115g/1 cup of oats to 750ml/3 cups of water with a pinch of salt.  This should take between 5 and 10 minutes to cook.

Pinhead oatmeal will cook faster if you bring the ingredients to the boil the night before then once it was reached a boil, turn off the heat, cover with a lid and leave until the following morning.  The following morning you can add a little bit of milk then reheat it and its ready.

What a fantastic way to start the day.