Irish Colcannon - The Southern Lady Cooks

Irish colcannon is a traditional dish of Ireland made with mashed potatoes, cabbage or kale with milk, butter, salt and pepper.  If you like cabbage and potatoes, you will love this Irish colcannon.  Make it for St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate.  Colcannon goes well with ham and would even be good for Easter or just anytime you want something a little different to serve your family and guests.  You might also like our recipe for Irish whiskey apple cake.

Irish Colcannon Simple Ingredients:


Green onions

Cabbage or kale (could use a combination of both)



Black pepper

Evaporated milk (could use regular but the evaporated is richer)

You could add bacon, chives, a little garlic powder or even nutmeg to this dish. This Irish colcannon can be reheated in the oven or microwave. As you can see this is a very easy dish and one your family will love.

If you love traditional recipes for St. Patrick’s Day you will also love this Crock Pot Corned Beef. You can easily make it without the potatoes and serve it with this delicious colcannon. I honestly love this dish so much we make it year round.

Irish Colcannon - The Southern Lady Cooks


Irish Colcannon - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Irish Colcannon

The Southern Lady Cooks
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish


  • 6 to 8 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage or kale could use a combination of both
  • 1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk could use regular but the evaporated is richer


  • Combine cubed potatoes, chopped cabbage and green onions in a large pot on top of the stove. Cover with water, bring to a low boil and cook 15 to 20 minutes until potatoes are done.
  • Remove from stove and drain. Add the butter, salt, pepper and milk. Mash until like mashed potatoes. I just use a hand potato masher. Spoon into a casserole dish and serve. Can sprinkle on some green onion tops.


You could add bacon, chives, a little garlic powder or even nutmeg to this dish. This Irish colcannon can be reheated in the oven or microwave.
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  1. I made this EXACTLY as written & it was HIT! I added crumbled bacon on top & BOY was it YUMMY! Not sure if I can eat mashed potatoes plain AGAIN! THANK YOU!5 stars

  2. The majority of my family thought it was great, even my daughter who made a face at the word cabbage. I will be making this again and again.5 stars

  3. Our mom made something very similar to this, but she added the canned corn beef to the potatoes as well. It’s delicious.5 stars

  4. This sounds like Irish heaven. We love cabbage and potatoes. This is on my to do soon list. My Dad, very Irish, always fixes Sauerkraut and mash potatoes every Thanksgiving…tradition for only him and I at the table. You put both mash potatoes and Kraut together on your fork and it melts together in your mouth. My husband thought I was crazy to continue this but it’s a salute to my dear Dad. I can only imagine that your dish would do the same, and melt in my mouth. Will probably make this with Easter ham too.
    Thank you for sharing. Now off to the store for a head of cabbage.5 stars

  5. Judy Meyer says:

    I made this for my son in law’s birthday on Sunday. I think I messed up by now adding the bacon and extra green onions. I thought I could sneak some cabbage into my picky eater grandson this way, but it didn’t work.

  6. Char Harris says:

    OMG! The hubby is so excited. Never heard of this.
    Thank you!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hope you and hubby enjoy this recipe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you both!

  7. Colcannon also a great base for your favorite Irish Stew or beef stew!! I sometimes toss some cubed turnip in with the potatoes just for a little variety.