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boxty on the griddle with forks

Boxty on the Griddle

  • Author: Brooke
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 six-inch pancake 1x


Boxty on the Griddle is a traditional  Irish potato pancake that is fried in butter in a skillet.  Serve this gluten free dish for St. Patrick’s Day with savory toppings like green onions, crème fraîche, mushrooms, and smoked salmon.  This easy recipe is commonly served at breakfast with bacon and eggs and is part of a full Irish fry up.



For the Boxty Pancake

  • 1 1/2 medium russet potatoes, peeled, grated
  • 1 1/2 medium russet potatoes, peeled, and mashed
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (60 ml)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (30g)
  • sprinkle of salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 pinches baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter (27g)

For the Topping

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped
  • sprinkle of black pepper


  1. Rinse and peel the three potatoes, then cut one in half.  Using a box grater, grate 1 1/2 potatoes into a bowl.  Put the grated potatoes into a bowl of cold water to prevent them from discoloring.
  2. Cut the remaining 1 1/2 potatoes into large cubes.  Boil the potatoes, drain, and mash.  If you already have leftover mashed potatoes, measure out 1/2 cup.
  3. Put the grated potatoes in a strainer and press as much water as possible out of them with the back of a large spoon.  To get the rest of the water out the grated potatoes, place it in an old towel and twist it.  Wring the towel to squeeze out the water over the sink or a bowl.
  4. Place the grated potato in a bowl.  Add the buttermilk and stir well to combine.  Doing this will also help prevent discoloration.
  5. Add the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, and milk.  Mix well.  Add more milk if necessary to get the consistency you want for the batter.
  6. Over medium high heat, Melt 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron skillet.  Pour in the potato batter, using a spoon to spread it around to get your desired thickness.
  7. Cook on medium high heat for 4 minutes on each side for one thick 6 inch pancake.
  8. Serve immediately with butter, sour cream, chives, and black pepper.


  • Traditionally served this with eggs and bacon and make into small thick pancakes
  • In some areas of Ireland, boxty, is served as an alternative to brown soda bread.
  • In a low oven (180 F), keep the cooked ones warm while you fry up the rest of the batter.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Irish

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