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tradititional irish colcannon recipe

Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe

Traditional Irish Colcannon Recipe made using potatoes, green cabbage, butter and milk.  This is a great tasting Irish comfort food.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword how to make colcannon, potatoes and cabbage, traditional irish colcannon recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 234 kcal
Author J.J. Sheridan


  • 2 kg Floury Potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 Head of Green Cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 250 ml Whole Milk
  • 125 g Salted Butter
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Boil or steam the potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes until fully cooked.

  2. In a pot bring water to a boil and add some salt. Once boiled add the thinly sliced cabbage and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until wilted and soft.

  3. Drain the cabbage well squeezing to remove as much water as possible. Return to the pot and add a third of the butter mix to coat.  Put a lid on the pot to keep the cabbage warm.

  4. Once the potatoes are cooked strain off the water and return to the pot and heat to remove as much moisture from the potatoes as possible.

  5. Warm the milk slightly then add to the potato and mix to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. Add in the cabbage to the mash and mix well. Test again for seasoning.

  7. Serve heaped on a plate with a hollow in the middle.  Melt the remaining butter and pour into the hollow of each portion of colcannon.