Irish Potato Farls

Potato farls are a traditional Irish comfort food, delicious for breakfast (in an Ulster fry, for example) but just as good as snack, any time of the day. They are so easy to make and really tasty with a generous serving of butter. This was the first Irish recipe I ever cooked and I fell in love with how delicious these are – hopefully you’ll be a fan as well!


Preparation Time: 20-30 min | Cooking Time: 10 min | Serves: About 12 farls


What you’ll need:

  • About 500g of mashed potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 200g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Butter to serve



  • Boil your potatoes until soft, then mash them with a fork or a masher. Add the melted butter and mix everything.
  • Let it cool down for a few minutes and add the salt and sift the flour in. Combine everything together using your hands until you achieve a dough.
  • Roll the dough on a floured surface until it’s about 0.5cm thick. Using a cutter (or even a rectangle box to ensure the farls are all even), cut the dough into rectangles. You can also roll the dough into a circle and cut it in fourths (hence the word farl), if you prefer.
  • Warm up a large non-stick frying pan on the stove, with a very little amount of vegetable oil. Fry the farls until golden, then flip them. It will take around 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • You can eat them straight away or toast them afterwards. If you are serving them with an Ulster fry, you can also refry them along with all the other components.
  • Enjoy!


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