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Irish Soda Bread with Caraway and Dill is super simple to make, but it packs a huge punch of flavor! You’re going to love this savory quick bread!!

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This savory quick bread requires no special equipment or lengthy proving time. In no time at all, you’ll have hot, homemade bread on the table that everyone will love!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Soda Bread with Caraway and Dill is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How does soda bread rise without yeast?

It’s the combination of baking soda and acid (in this case, the acid is the apple cider vinegar) that creates carbon dioxide bubbles.

It’s those tiny carbon dioxide bubbles that make this savory quick bread rise in the oven while baking.

Other benefits of apple cider vinegar in this soda bread:

It will give this soda bread a light but undeniable tang, and it will help balance all the big, bold ingredient flavors nicely.

How long will this bread take to make from start to finish?

Approximately 60 minutes.

Ten minutes to prepare the dough, and 50 minutes to bake the bread.

Can Irish soda bread with caraway and dill be used for sandwiches?

Most definitely!!

Choose meats and cheeses that will stand up nicely to the flavors of the caraway, dill, and onion, and you’re on your way to one (or many) terrific sandwiches!

Can this bread be toasted?

You bet!!

And once it’s out of the toaster, slater it well with some good Irish butter or some mashed avocados topped with everything seasoning.


How to slice a round loaf of Irish soda bread:

I like to slice the round loaf fully down the center using a serrated knife.

Once sliced in half, I then like to take each half and slice it into approximate ½” slices, so they’ll easily fit into a toaster or to make for a manageable-sized sandwich.

Can the caraway or the seasonings be left out of this recipe?

Yes, of course.

It’s your bread, you can tweak it however you like.

Since the caraway, dill weed, and dehydrated onions only add flavor and not moisture, leaving them out will not affect the texture of the completed bread.

The step-by-step photo instructions:

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*Strawberry Banana Quick Bread (shown below)

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*Beer Bread Biscuits with Herbs (not shown)

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*Irish Soda Bread with Caraway and Dill (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s savory and delicious quick bread recipe.

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. 🙂

A whole loaf of Irish Soda Bread with Caraway and Dill on a wooden cutting board with a knife.


Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Irish Soda Bread with Caraway and Dill is super simple to make, but it packs a huge punch of flavor! You’re going to love this savory quick bread!!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course batter bread, Quick Bread
Cuisine Irish cuisine
Servings 16 slices
Calories 135 kcal


  • 2 cups milk whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for kneading
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion


  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  • In a small bowl, stir the apple cider vinegar into the milk. Set aside while preparing the dry ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda, dill weed, caraway seed, and dehydrated onion. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well until a soft, shaggy dough forms.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and sprinkle additional flour over the dough’s surface.
  • Hand-knead the dough for approximately 2-3 minutes until the dough is smoothish and no longer sticky (adding a little more flour, if needed).
  • Shape the dough into a round loaf and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Use a sharp paring knife or a bread lame to slash an X onto the bread’s top that is at least ¼” in depth.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until it is golden brown in color and sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 334mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 51IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Irish quick bread, Irish soda bread, Irish soda bread with caraway and dill, soda bread
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Recipe Rating


Friday 12th of March 2021

What terrific flavor in such a simple loaf. The dill really complements the caraway flavor. Perfect with a smear of Kerrygold butter!! YUMMY!


Friday 12th of March 2021

Glad you enjoyed this recipe so much! Yes, a smear of Kerrygold butter is the perfect finishing touch! Take good care, Lisalia! Renee


Friday 12th of March 2021

What I love about this recipe is its simplicity, but I must say that what I enjoy more is the delicious flavor packed away in each slice!

Jeannie Markech

Thursday 11th of March 2021

This will be a MUST MAKE for me. One of my best memories is picking up my best friend, on our way to the bus (for h.s.) Her Mom baked Irish Soda Bread every morning. She'd cut off a big hunk, slather it in butter, and give it to us for our walk to the bus. On those cold Chicago mornings...omg, warm hands, warm bellies!


Friday 12th of March 2021

Nice to see you here, Jeannie! What a great memory! That sure would make a cold walk a whole lot more enjoyable! I hope you'll enjoy this recipe as much. Take good care, Renee