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Irish Corned Beef Boxty

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a classically stuffed boxty. An Irish Corned Beef Boxty is a potato pancake stuffed with tender corned beef and lots of melted Swiss cheese.

A vertical collage image of how to make and Irish Corned Beef Boxty. One prep photo on a cutting board and one prep photo in the skillet.

This must be your lucky day!!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making an Irish Corned Beef Boxty is available near the end of this post. Or you can click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


A vertical closeup of and Irish potato pancake filled with corned beef and Swiss cheese along with chips and a beer in the background.

The ingredient list:

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (leftovers are great for this recipe)
  • prepared horseradish
  • grated russet potatoes
  • milk
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • corned beef, chopped (10 ounces)
  • grated Swiss cheese (10 ounces)
  • 1,000 island dressing, optional

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How this recipe came to be:

We have a local Irish restaurant we like to frequent.

While there, I always gravitate towards the corned beef boxty on their menu, especially around St. Patrick’s Day.

That, and the Irish coffee, but I digress. LOL

On our last visit to that restaurant, I decided that I was going to take notes and try my hand at recreating their delicious corned beef boxty at home.

Today’s recipe is the result. I’m super pleased with how it turned out, and I trust you will be also.

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

For me, (and hopefully for you too) making and eating a hearty Irish boxty is a great way to celebrate being Irish…if only for a day!

It’s magically delicious!!

The step-by-step photo instructions for how to make a corned beef boxty:

  • In a large bowl mix the mashed potatoes and horseradish.
  • Grate 2 cups of russet potatoes (I leave the skin on, but you can peel them if you wish), and dry them in a clean towel by squeezing out all the moisture.
  • Add the dried grated potatoes into the bowl with the mashed potatoes.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and mix well.
  • In a small bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Add the egg and milk into the potato mixture.
  • Stir well to form a creamy, thick pancake batter consistency.
  • Add oil to a large skillet and drop enough batter into the skillet to form a 6″ pancake which is approximately ¼” thick.
  • Cook over medium heat until browned on one side.
  • Flip the pancake and cook on the second side until browned.
  • Add the corned beef and Swiss cheese to half of the cooked pancake.
  • Use a spatula to flip the plain half of the pancake over the filled half.
  • Cover the skillet loosely with a lid or foil and cook until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve the Irish boxty hot, with 1000 island dressing for dipping if desired.
An overhead closeup photo of a golden potato pancake called and Irish Corned Beef Boxty on a green and brown plaid plate.

What is the proper consistency for the potato pancake batter?

Since you’ll be using leftover mashed potatoes, and everyone’s mashed potatoes are slightly different consistency, when you mix up the pancake batter for the boxty, it should be similar in thickness as a pancake batter.

Easily pourable, but not too runny.

Can instant mashed potatoes be substituted for the leftover mashed potatoes?

I don’t see why not.

As long as the instant mashed potatoes are seasoned well, and made to the proper consistency, they should work the same as homemade.

Can I swap out a different kind of meat and/or cheese for this stuffed boxty recipe?

Yes. Of course!

Making the boxty (potato pancake) is a method, but what you stuff it with is your choice.

Go crazy and have fun!

Is there a swap I can use for the prepared horseradish?

Good question! Glad you asked! 😉

Why not add some Dijon mustard or maybe even a touch of beer to the batter?

As long as you thicken the batter accordingly with additional flour (so it’s not too wet), you’ll be fine experimenting!

Again, have fun! 

Additional St. Patrick’s Day recipes:

When you have a taste for corned beef hash, but also a wonderfully eggy frittata, why not make this unexpected yet delicious Corned Beef Hash Frittata? It will satisfy everyone at the breakfast, lunch, and even dinner table.

Corned beef hash frittata in a silver skillet with a silver spatula.

Corned Beef & Swiss Cheese Cheese Reuben Quesadillas are a cross between a Reuben sandwich and a quesadilla, but what makes them extra special is the homemade 1000 Islands Dipping Sauce! You’re going to LOVE these!! 

This rolled Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich and buttery. It’s simply the best-tasting cookie that requires only four simple ingredients. This must be your lucky day!

A cookie sheet filled with Traditional Irish Shortbread cookies. Some are broken, some are whole.

Travel all the way to Ireland without ever leaving home with the flavor of this Irish Cheese and Potato Tart. It will soon become an annual tradition.

  • Irish Corned Beef Boxty (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
A closeup vertical title text image for Irish Corned Beef Boxty potato pancake with melted cheese and corned beef.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s Irish corned beef and potato pancake sandwich.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Irish Corned Beef Boxty

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Loads of sliced corned beef and Swiss cheese is enveloped around a delicious potato pancake.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6
Calories 542 kcal


  • 2 cups prepared mashed potatoes leftovers work well for this
  • tablespoons ground horseradish
  • 2 cups grated Idaho potatoes that have been squeezed dry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • grapeseed oil or canola for frying
  • 10 ounces corned beef sliced
  • 10 ounces Swiss cheese shredded
  • 1,000 Island dressing optional


  • In a large bowl, mix the mashed potatoes and horseradish.
  • Stir in the dried grated potato, salt, pepper, flour, and baking powder.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • Stir the egg and milk mixture into the potatoes until the mixture is creamy and has the consistency of thick pancake batter. *Note – if the mixture is too thick, add a splash of milk.
  • Add approximately 1 tablespoon of oil to a large skillet over medium/high heat.
  • Spoon enough potato mixture into the skillet to form a pancake that is approximately 6″ round and ¼” thick. *Note – use the back of a spoon to help achieve this size.
  • Cook the pancake until golden brown on the first side and then carefully flip and cook the second side until golden.
  • Place corned beef and Swiss cheese on half of the potato pancake and flip the plain half of the pancake over the filled half of pancake.
  • Cover the pan loosely and allow the cheese to melt.
  • Remove the completed boxty to a baking sheet and keep warm in a low oven while preparing the remaining boxty.


Tools and equipment:
large bowl, medium bowl, baking sheet, large skillet with a lid (or foil), spatula, whisk, measuring spoons, measuring cups, box grater, wooden spoon
Special Note – The consistency of the boxty batter should be similar to a pancake batter. Not too thick, but not too runny. Pourable but not gloppy.


Serving: 1Calories: 542kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 29gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 1135mgPotassium: 907mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 530IUVitamin C: 32.8mgCalcium: 518mgIron: 3.6mg
Keyword Irish Boxty, Irish Corned Beef Boxty
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May the luck of the Irish be with you always!

Thank you so much for visiting me here today in my Kudos Kitchen! 

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Irish corned beef meal as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

A super closeup horizontal photo of an Irish Corned Beef Boxty stuffed with chopped corned beef, and melted Swiss cheese in a golden brown potato pancake.

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Holy moly! I didn't know stuffed boxty was a thing, I am so glad I do now! This was incredible. We loved how all of the flavors combine in one perfect bite!


Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Glad you know about them now, Wilhelmina! I crave them every St. Patrick's Day... ;) Renee

Jill Baird

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

I love that you can use leftover mashed potatoes for this recipe! What a fun twist on corned beef!


Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Hey, anything to make it easier for someone. That's my motto. Thanks, Jill! Renee


Monday 16th of March 2020

What do you serve as a side dish with this?


Monday 16th of March 2020

Hi, Lynne! That's a good question. I wouldn't serve potatoes for sure, but I would serve a cabbage side dish to go along with the St. Patrick's day theme. I have a few that I'll link here for you. They both really good. One is cold and one is hot. The first one is hot. I made this one last night > This one is also very popular and is great all summer long. It's cold > Thanks for the great question. I hope you'll also enjoy these recipes. Take care and be well. Renee

John Murphy

Monday 16th of September 2019

I love stuffed Boxty. One suggestion, though. When you pour the potato mix for the “pancake” aim for somewhere in between typical pancake thickness and crepe thinness. It’s basically a potato omelette, but the potato cake doesn’t exactly fold like straight eggs. Just something to consider, after countless failed folded Boxty that broke at the fold... which are still delicious.


Monday 16th of September 2019

Thank you so much for your comments, John. I appreciate your feedback. The only thing I can think of because I didn't have this problem, is that maybe your premade mashed potatoes were a little dryer than what I was using. I will adjust the post with the information you've suggested so others won't have this same problem. Thanks so much. Glad they were still delicious! Have a great day! Renee

Aimee Shugarman

Thursday 24th of January 2019

This is such a great twist on a corned beef. LOVE IT.


Thursday 24th of January 2019

Me too, Aimee! It's one of my favorites. Thanks!