15 Vegan Traditional Irish Recipes - Six Hungry Feet (2024)

Published: by Laura Arteaga

Explore 15 Vegan Irish Recipes: hearty stew, Boxty, Shepherd's Pie, Soda Bread, Colcannon, and more. For St. Patrick's Day, add Irish luck to your plant-based meals.

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Vegan Irish Traditional Food

Ireland has a rich food culture that relies on local ingredients like potatoes, cabbage, onions, and meat. Traditional Irish cuisine features hearty, comforting foods like stews, soups, breads, and breakfasts that fill you up and keep you warm. However, many of the most well-known dishes like Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and soda bread with butter contain animal products.

The good news is that Irish food can easily be made vegan by swapping a few ingredients. With some simple substitutions, classics like boxty pancakes, Irish stew, and Shepherd's Pie can be plant-based while keeping their distinctly Irish flavor.

Vegan versions of Irish dishes allow you to celebrate Ireland's unique culinary traditions. You can choose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some green food, but we strongly recommend choosing some traditional Irish recipes from below and cooking some proper Irish food for the occasion.

Main Substitutions to make Traditional Irish recipes Vegan

When veganizing traditional Irish recipes, there are a few key substitutions to keep in mind. This allows you to adapt recipes while maintaining the familiar flavors and textures, just in a plant-based form.

Replacing Dairy

Irish recipes often rely heavily on dairy products like milk, butter, cream, and cheese. This is not surprising, as they have a very large amount of cows around the whole country. Thankfully, there are many plant-based alternatives available (even in Ireland!).

  • For milk, substitute for unsweetened soy, oat, almond, coconut, or other plant-based milk.
  • Instead of butter, use vegan margarine, coconut oil, or olive oil.
  • To replace cream, try full-fat canned coconut milk, cashew cream, or blended silken tofu.
  • For cheese, use nutritional yeast for flavor or experiment with vegan cheese products.

With the right plant-based dairy swaps, you can replicate the creaminess.

Replacing Eggs

Eggs act as binders and rising agents in baking. For vegan egg replacements:

  • 1 Tbsp ground flax or chia seeds whisked with 3 Tbsp water = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup blended silken tofu = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup banana puree = 1 egg
  • Commercial egg replacers such as JustEgg, or powdered replacer.

These will help baked goods keep their texture and rise properly.

Replacing Meat

For hearty Irish dishes, you can substitute meat with vegan protein such as:

  • Extra-firm tofu and tempeh
  • Seitan or veggie meat alternatives
  • Lentils, beans, or chickpeas for texture
  • Mushrooms like portobello caps
  • Jackfruit for pulled meat texture

With the right ingredient swapping, traditional Irish recipes can easily be made vegan. The flavors will remain intact, just cruelty-free!

15 Vegan Traditional Irish Recipes

Mains

Many traditional Irish mains feature meat or dairy as the base, but they can easily be made vegan with simple ingredient swaps. Here are some delicious hearty Irish mains dishes with a twist.

1. Vegan Irish Stew Recipe

This traditional Irish stew with Guinness is our vegan alternative to the traditional Irish beef or lamb Guinness stew. Served with some creamy vegan mashed potatoes, this dish brings the traditional Irish flavors to your table. You can cook this dish with soy curls, tofu, seitan, or your favorite plant-based protein.

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2. Lentil Shepherd's Pie

This vegan shepherd's pie recipe is easy to make in your Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stovetop. Simply top with mashed potatoes for a healthy gluten-free vegetarian Shepherd's Pie, Cottage Pie, or whatever else you want to call it!

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3. Vegan Potato and Leek Soup

This Vegan Potato Leek Soup is the perfect soup for those chilly winter days when you feel like eating something comforting, healthy, and delicious. Our Leek and Potato Soup is creamy from the added cashews and served with crispy leeks on top and traditional Irish brown bread. Your whole family will love this satisfying one-pot Irish meal made with vegetable broth.

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4. Vegan Fish and Chips

This amazingly crispy Vegan Fish is made with marinated tofu that has been coated with classic beer batter and deep-fried to get that crunchy texture on the outside and delicious flavors bursting from within. We serve our "Tofish" with chips, homemade mushy green peas, a homemade vegan tartar sauce, and fresh lemon.

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5. Hearty Vegan Stew and Dumplings

This is one of the dishes that we look forward to the most when traveling to Ireland—Grandma's stew and dumplings, which are so soft and fluffy and loads of hearty vegetables. Hearty and comforting, this meal only needsone panand it’s ready in30 minutes.

Get the recipe by Vegan Punks

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6. Vegan Corned Beef

This easyvegan corned beefrecipe can turn tofu, tempeh, seitan or any meat substitute into a delicious corned beef dish. Servewith cabbage and potatoes,sliced in avegan Ruben sandwich,orchopped up in a vegancorned beef hash.

Get the recipe by The Hidden Veggies

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7. Vegan Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle is a classic savory Irish one-pot meal oftender potatoes, sausage, and onions. This vegan version of this potato and sausage stew is the very definition of comfort food, without compromising the meaty texture.

Get the recipe by Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Sides

While meat often takes center stage in traditional Irish cuisine, the side dishes are just as iconic. Luckily, many classic Irish sides are already vegan or can be made plant-based with simple substitutions. Here are some recipes for vegan versions of popular Irish sides.

8. Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Four simple ingredients are all you need to make creamy and delicious Vegan Mashed Potatoes. This easy side dish is the perfect addition to your Irish meal. Alternatively, you can make the mash with sweet potatoes.

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9. Vegan Colcannon

Who doesn't love some colcannon or champ? This traditional recipe for Vegan Irish Colcannon is gluten-free, allergy-free, paleo, made with cabbage, but without the dairy! A cheap and easy staple Irish side dish that will quickly become a comforting family dinner staple!

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10. Vegan Soda Bread

If you have ever been to Ireland, you will probably remember this bread as it's served among most of the cafes with the classic "Soup of the day". If you are preparing a proper Irish feast, don't leave out the Soda Bread! Serve with vegan butter and enjoy!

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11. Vegan Irish Boxty

This easy vegan boxty recipe requires just six ingredients (including salt and plant-based spread to fry the potato cakes in) and fries up in minutes. It is also the perfect recipe to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

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12. Irish Potato Bread

This traditional dish is also known as Irish Farls, Fadge, or potato cakes! Made on a hot griddle with leftover mashed potato, this gluten-free and vegan potato bread recipe is a delicious, simple, and quick side dish, breakfast, or snack.

Get the recipe by Strenght & Sunshine

Desserts and Drinks

Your traditional Irish meal cannot be complete without something sweet, or some liquor to warm up your body.

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13. Vegan Chocolate Guinness Cake

Vegan Chocolate Guinness Cake topped with tangy, sweetvegan cream cheese frosting. It's perfectly moist, rich, and dark, with malty, deep, complex richness. Perfect to complete your Irish menu!

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14. Vegan Irish Cream (Baileys)

If you're looking for a delicious, plant-based twist on the classic Irish Cream liqueur, look no further! This vegan version of Ireland's famous tipple is a tasty treat and ideal for any special occasion or get-together.

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15. Vegan Irish Coffee

If you're looking for a delicious, plant-based twist on the classic Irish Cream liqueur, look no further! This vegan version of Ireland's famous tipple is a tasty treat and ideal for any special occasion or get-together.

Get the recipe by Aimee Mars

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About Laura Arteaga

I'm Laura, originally from Mallorca, Spain. My culinary journey began at 21, and despite my background in Economics, cooking stole my heart. I am now a full time writer and food blogger. My food philosophy is simple: "Eat more real food." Through my writing and recipes, I want to inspire people to transition to a plant-based life style, to eat more vegetarian food, or simply to try new recipes in the comfort of their homes.

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Comments

  1. Lauren Harris says

    How amazing that just about anything can be made vegan now. The lentil shepherd's pie is top of my list to try this year...probably the Irish cream/coffee too!

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      isn't it great? 🙂 Let me know how the recipes goe!

      Reply

  2. Megane says

    tried the colcannon and paired it with some hearty Irish soda bread, and it made for a comforting and satisfying feast. Thanks a million for sharing this diverse and delicious collection—it's a game-changer for our vegan Irish cuisine adventures! 🌿🍞🍀😋

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Thank you Megane, glad you enjoyed some of the recipes!

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  3. Colleen says

    All of these recipes look mouthwatering and St. Patrick's Day worthy! I am saving this great collection so we have vegan options for the celebrations.

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Thank you!

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  4. Vicky says

    All of these dishes look so delicious! I'm amazed how they all can be made vegan. Saving this for a vegan family member!

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Thank you Vicky!

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  5. Savita says

    Absolutely thrilled to discover these 15 Vegan Traditional Irish Recipes! As a vegan, I often miss out on classic dishes, but this collection is a game-changer.

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Thank you Savita!

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  6. Alexandra says

    What a delicious collection of recipes! It is always lovely to have lots of vegan options. I am going to try the vegan corned beef first up!

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Great choice!

      Reply

  7. anna says

    Wow, so many delicious dishes to choose from! Love them all, especially that Guinness chocolate cake! Definitely making it this weekend!

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Thank you!

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  8. DK Park says

    The recipes are indeed a candy for the eye! Gotta make each one of them from time to time, thank you!

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Thank you!

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  9. Jamie says

    I love all these recipes! They look so good and tasty. I can't wait to make this for my family!

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Thank you Jamie!

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  10. Amy Liu Dong says

    Reading this allows me to understand the traditions of the Irish people. All these foods look delicious and look so easy to make. Saving this as my future reference!

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    • Laura Arteaga says

      Thank you Amy!

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