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Potato Farls, also known as Potato Cakes, with eggs, bacon, and tomatoes.
Authentic Irish Potato Farls Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins

If you want a true Irish breakfast, make my Authentic Irish Potato Farls recipe — perfectly fried up and served next to eggs and bacon!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6 people
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 4 cups (650g/1lb 7oz) 3 medium potatoes (Russet, Maris Piper, Roosters)
  • ¾ cup (4oz/115g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (1oz/28g) butter (plus more for cooking)
  1. Peel and chop your potatoes and THEN weigh them for the recipe. It is more accurate this way.

  2. Steam or boil the cubed potatoes in a medium pot until tender, roughly 20-25 minutes.

  3. Remove the potatoes from the pot and place them in a sieve over a bowl, allowing them to dry off slightly for 5 minutes.

  4. While still hot, pass the potatoes through the sieve to yield light, fluffy potatoes. If you don't have a sieve you can use a ricer or masher to mash the potatoes either.

  5. Into the potatoes, add in the flour, salt, pepper, and melted butter. Stir the dough together until it forms a ball.

  6. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and flatten it into an 8 inch round disc. Using a large knife cut the disc into 6 pieces.

  7. Melt a big knob of butter in a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat until bubbling. Carefully add the potato farls and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until a lovely golden brown. Flip them over and cook for another 4-5 minutes on the other side. They should be crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.

  8. Serve immediately while hot as part of a traditional Irish breakfast or simply on their own.

Watch the Recipe Video!