Boxty (irish Potato Griddle Cakes)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

An old poem about this fried bread says: Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan, if you can't make boxty, you'll never get a man. Serve with a tart apple sauce: or as part of an Ulster Fry, with fried bacon, fried sausage, fried eggs, fried black pudding, fried bread, fried soda bread. Best fried in baking drippings.


  1. Grate raw potatoes and mix with the cooked mashed potatoes.
  2. Add salt, pepper and flour.
  3. Beat egg and add to mixture with just enough milk to make a batter that will drop from a spoon.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a hot griddle or frying pan.
  5. Cook over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.
Most Helpful

These were good!! I doubled the recipe except for the flour. When I weighed the 1 pound out it looked like an awful lot...I added about a 1/2 of a pound along with a small onion that I grated. The mashed potatoes I used were already mixed with butter, milk, salt and pepper. I fried these in a little oil in a frying pan and then put them in a warm oven on a cookie sheet to keep them warm as I made the rest. I would definitely make these again. They reminded me of the Polish potato Pierogi but with a lot less work! Thanks!!

Raspberri_Skies July 04, 2010

Simple and good! I even threw in some leftover mashed turnips. These will be nice and easy as part of a big weekend brunch at our house.

Guabi Guabi April 17, 2002

I used to have pancakes like this as a kid at a restaurant and I could never find a recipe close to them. This is it! They were as wonderful as I remember, I love them with applesauce or sour cream. Thanks!!!!

Tara March 20, 2002