Traditional Irish food for kids: kid-friendly Irish recipes you can make at home right now.
Filling, warming meals enjoyed in a family-friendly pub and indulgent Irish breakfasts are one of the many things that make a family vacation in Ireland special.
Breaking bread around the kitchen table is an important part of Irish family life, Irish mammies being very much like Italian ones- if you are your guest, they will want to feed you!
So today, I decided to share some kid-friendly Irish recipes and write an overview of traditional Irish foods for kids you may enjoy in Ireland or recreate at home.
You can make these recipes from Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, Halloween or any time you want to bring a touch of the Emerald Isle to your table, no matter the time of the year or where you are in the world.
Traditional Irish foods for kids
Starting from the first meal of the day, these are some Irish foods your kids may enjoy in Ireland.
Traditional Irish breakfast – a traditional Irish breakfast is a filling, indulgent meal with fried bacon, eggs, sausages, baked beans and tomatoes, served with a basket of white bread (or Irish soda bread), butter and jam.
Kids usually love it and they also handle better than adults the not exactly light nature of this dish!
A full-fried Irish breakfast usually involves also mushrooms and black and white pudding however, it is very common in Ireland to ask for substitutions.
If your kids don’t like them, you can easily ask for them to be left out and replaced with more eggs or extra rasher (bacon) and at home you can tailor make your irish breakfast for them without fear of straying from tradition too much!
If they like salmon, you can also add smokes salmon to your Irish breakfast, salmon being another lovely Irish food kids love.
Irish Pancakes – pancakes are very popular with Irish kids and you find them often offered as a breakfast food or brunch food and of course on Shrove Tuesday, which in Ireland I called Pancake Tuesday!
Irish pancakes make the most of Irish local ingredients: eggs, milk, and butter and you can make serve them plain or dress them with berries, honey, or Irish whipped cream. A delight!
Irish scones – Another delicious Irish food kids will love is scones. Irish scones are usually served for breakfast with Irish butter and jam or as an afternoon treat with tea and they can be plain or made with raisins.
Irish flour and butter make them delightfully rich and they are super easy to make so your kids can enjoy not just eating them, but even making them with you!
Irish lamb cutlets/leg of lamb – Lamb is a popular meat dish in Ireland, especially in spring, when you get the delicious Wicklow spring lambs.
Kids usually love it in the form of cutlets or as sliced leg of lamb served with mash potatoes and gravy. A wonderfully filling and complete meal!
Salmon (fresh and smoked) – Ireland has amazing salmon and you find it in Irish restaurants and shops all year round.
Kids usually love it: my two love smoked Irish salmon on grilled bread with a thin layer of butter, on fried eggs, in a wrap (it makes a wonderful on-the-go-snack too!) and we often make fresh salmon in the oven too, in the form of salmon darns or fillets.
Colcannon – Colcannon is a traditional potato dish from Ireland eaten especially in the winter and at Halloween. Colcannon is a creamy potato mash made with Irish potatoes, cabbage, milk and butter and it is a great way to get kids to eat their greens since the taste of the cabbage, in colcannon, is really mild (that of potatoes and butter prevails!)
Irish Flapjack – an Irish flapjack is a granola bar and one of the most popular Irish snacks for kids!
Super easy to make and very nutritious, it is an Irish recipe you can make with the kids and that will give you bars for a few days, so you can use them as snacks for instance in a lunch box.
We usually make them before the weekend and then use them as hiking snacks for the kids – they are perfect for a mess-free, homemade, nutritious kid snack on an active day!
Irish apple cake – Ireland has delicious apples and a great way to taste them is in a traditional Irish apple cake!
Unlike and English apple pie, and Irish apple cake is a sponge type cake and I can tell you: it is wonderful!
Serve it with Irish whipped cream for a truly indulgent treat
Banana bread – did you know that banana bread is super popular in Ireland?
While bananas are definitely not an Irish food, banana bread is so popular here the national newspaper reported it was a new ‘national dish’!
If your kids love banana bread, they will be happy to know they won’t have to go without, during your Irish vacation!
Irish fairy cakes – Irish fairy cakes are are Irish small cupcakes or buns. usually lighter and smaller that American style cupcakes, they are delicious with tea and are super easy to make too!
Kid-friendly Irish recipes you can make at home
I hope you enjoyed this overview of traditional Irish food for kids and the recipes will inspire you to make some of it at home!
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