Colcannon Cakes

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Fried potato patties made from leftover colcannon, a combination of mashed potatoes, kale or other greens, and scallions or green onions.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Have you ever made colcannon?

It’s a traditional Irish mashed potato dish with lots of greens. If there’s a heaven for kale, it’s this, mixed in with mashed potatoes and butter.

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Colcannon cakes, sort of an Irish version of potato latkes, are what you make with leftover colcannon.

The only thing is, colcannon is so good, who has leftovers? So, you may just have to make a new batch to make these cakes.

Or just make twice as much colcannon as you think you might need, just so you have enough to make these cakes.

Oh my these are good. We liked them with a little fresh lemon juice squeezed on top. I had one with a runny egg for breakfast. Yum!

Colcannon Cakes Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 as an appetizer

You can also add some chopped fresh parsley to the colcannon mix.

Here's a fun idea for breakfast, serve the colcannon cakes with a poached egg on top!



  • 2 1/2 pounds of russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 lightly packed cups of chopped chard, kale, spinach, or cabbage
  • 1/2 cup of green onion greens, chopped
  • 1 cup milk or cream

Colcannon cakes:

  • About 3 cups of colcannon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
  • Lemon for garnish


1 Make the colcannon: Make the colcannon first (see our colcannon recipe.) Put potatoes in a pot, cover with cold, well salted water by an inch, bring to a boil, and cook until fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain the potatoes and remove them from the pot. Melt the butter in the still warm pot, add the chopped greens, cook for 3-4 minutes until wilted, then add the green onions and cook for another minute.

Add the potatoes, milk or cream to the pot, mash until everything is well mixed.

2 Mix with egg, flour, salt, and chill: Mix the egg, flour and salt in with the colcannon. You may want to chill the mixture for 15 minutes or longer to make it easier to shape the patties.

3 Form into patties: Form into little cakes of whatever size you want, but make them flat so they will cook through without burning. If the mixture is too wet, add more flour until the mixture is easy to shape.

4 Fry until golden: Heat the butter or vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, place the formed patties in the pan so they are not touching. Lower the heat to medium and gently fry until golden, about 3-4 minutes.

Turn and cook the other side. Let the cakes rest on a paper towel while you cook the others. Serve with slices of lemon.

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Colcannon Cakes

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Joan

    These are fabulous to make with leftover Colcannon. I made your delicious colcannon yesterday, as I mentioned before, I make it every year! I have a question for you: Once I make the cake mixture, is it ok to shape and freeze some of them? There’s only 2 of us here and it makes a lot!!! If I can freeze some, I won’t have to waste any of the delicious colcannon. If they are freezable, should I defrost before frying? Thanks Elise for a wonderful recipe!!


  2. Kelly

    Had some leftover colcannon, so i made colcannon cakes the other day… my recipe is pretty much like this but i add a little cornmeal. Delicious! :)

  3. Paddy O'Furniture

    Bin’ atin’ dees all me loif! Troi addin’ pickled cream (sour cream) ‘stead o’ milk. Sarve wid a generous dollop o’ sweet budder an’ a fine greezy banger. Jaysus… Now dat’s breakfast!

  4. Cake Michaels

    These are not only delicious but pretty healthy as well. And guess what, I got my son to eat it, so it means it is good!


  5. KariVery

    I tried to make these without frying them in oil (I used cooking spray on my non-stick griddle) and they did not turn out at all :-/ Next time I will definitely go full-fat and use a frying pan!

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