How To Cook A ‘Full Irish’ Breakfast

Full Irish Breakfast Recipe

We are always told that a breakfast is the most important meal of the day and when you experience a typical traditional Irish breakfast you will see for yourself how important it actually is. A Full Irish Breakfast is often referred to as simply ‘A Full Irish’ and its a traditional style breakfast enjoyed all over Ireland.

What is a full Irish breakfast?

The main part of an Irish breakfast is also known as a fry-up which consists of meat, eggs, pudding, bread and vegetables that are all shallow fried in a pan. In addition to the fried foods extras would include, slices of toast, a pot of tea and glasses of orange juice making it a full Irish breakfast.

The fantastic thing about the traditional Irish breakfast is how in Ireland it can vary from one family home to another but the basics remain the same, the actual fy-up.

You will need to following to cook an Irish breakfast and we highly recommend buying Irish made where possible. Any ex-pat from Ireland only knows too well that a sausage isn’t a sausage unless its from Ireland.

A typical full Irish breakfast would consist of:

  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Black & White Pudding
  • Fried or scrambled Eggs
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Potato Bread
  • Wheaten bread

How to make a traditional Irish Breakfast

Shallow fry the bacon, sausages, eggs and Black & White pudding until cooked.

If you are having Potato Bread also shallow fry with chopped tomatoes or mushrooms until cooked.

You may also be interested in making your own soda bread to also add to the breakfast.

Serve the fry-up with wheaten bread, toast, jam, butter, marmalade along with a pot of tea and glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice and you have yourself a full Irish breakfast.

An Irish breakfast is not just a breakfast; it’s a fully cooked meal that can be eaten at any time of the day and will keep anyone satisfied for hours.

Last updated July 29, 2017.

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