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Feb 17, 2024

Colcannon Cakes | Irish Potato Pancakes

These Colcannon Cakes are the perfect way to use up any leftover Colcannon you may have. 

Colcannon Cakes on a plate with tomatoes.

I cannot emphasize how much I loved these Colcannon cakes. They are so good. They are worth making an extra large batch of Colcannon just to have leftovers to make these potato pancakes. 

What is Colcannon?

Colcannon is a made with mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. It's wonderful for serving for a St. Patrick's Day dinner. Be sure to serve them with lots of melty butter and cream.  

Colcannon potatoes in a serving dish.

These potato pancakes are out of control good. If you'd like to get even more decadent, you could add some bacon to the mixture. 

Potatoes in North America:

While we associate potatoes with Ireland, did you know that potatoes are actually native to the Americas? Potatoes (along with tomatoes) did not actually reach Europe until the 16th century. Potatoes were introduced to Ireland by Sir Walter Raleigh. 

Potatoes actually ended up in North America via the Bahamas. They ultimately gained popularity when Thomas Jefferson, evidently a foodies, fell in love with them in France. 

When the potato blight in 19th century Europe wiped out the main staple of the working class Irish, it resulted in the Irish diaspora, mostly to the United States. This also helped the potato gain popularity throughout the United States. 

Colcannon Cakes on a plate with tomatoes.

To Make Colcannon Cakes:

Along with colcannon, all you need is some salt and pepper, flour, and butter for frying. 

Simply combine the potatoes and flour and form the pancakes with your hands. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper and then, pan fry the potato cakes in lots of butter until golden and crispy. 

If you have any leftover potato pancakes, just wrap them in foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate. To reheat, cook them in a dry frying pan, turning them a few times until heated through. P.S. This method also works great with leftover French fries.

Colcannon Cakes on a plate with tomatoes.

Colcannon cakes are wonderful for breakfast as part of a hearty Irish breakfast, or for dinner as a side to ham or corned beef. 

More Sunday Funday Savory Pancakes:

Colcannon Cakes on a plate with tomatoes.

Colcannon Cakes - Irish Potato Pancakes

Colcannon Cakes - Irish Potato Pancakes
Yield: 6 pancakes
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min
These Colcannon Cakes are the perfect way to use up any leftover Colcannon you may have.


  • 2 cups colcannon
  • 2/3 cups flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  1. Mix the colcannon and the flour together and form the mixture into six cakes, about 3/4 inches thick. Salt and pepper both sides of the pancakes.
  2. Melt the butter in a 12 inch skillet, and fry the pancakes, in two batches, four minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately. See note about about reheating leftovers.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

8 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

5 g

Carbs (grams)

23 g

Fiber (grams)

2 g

Net carbs

21 g

Sugar (grams)

1 g

Protein (grams)

3 g

Cholesterol (grams)

20 mg
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  1. Your expressions says it all: "out of control good"! We bet they are and we love the serving suggestion with fresh tomato slices!:) Is that oregano on top? Being Greeks you know what else we'd serve with these beauties; a slice of barrel-aged feta:):)
    Exceptional, frugal recipe dear Karen! Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much! These are frugal and delicious. I love your serving suggestions!

    2. P.S. No oregano, just black pepper and salt. The green is the kale in the potatoes.

  2. I love Colcannon so I know these Irish potato cakes were scrumptious.

  3. I can't wait till I have some leftover colcannon to try these! They look delicious.

  4. I do make this and also have eaten this at many places. Perfect Irish Breakfast

  5. I love Colcannon, what a great way to serve it in individual servings! I must try this!

  6. So beautifully golden brown and crispy! I bet I could even get the guys to try colcannon this way.


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