Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Egg Free Boxty Recipe



One of my many zillion wishes is to actually spend St Paddy’s Day in Ireland for once in my life! I absolutely love Ireland and I actually went for the first time a year and a bit ago to meet Mikes Irish side of the family in Newcastle, County Down. It was such a lovely little break away and Mikes family were so lovely and made me feel right at home! I remember turning up at his nan’s house [where we were staying] and she had already stocked up on gluten free bread for me which was so sweet of her! I can’t wait to go back again this year to see them all again!

Anyhow,  this week I took the  opportunity to try and look for some good old fashioned Irish ‘delicacies’ and of course,  make them gluten free! So going on a good ol’ gander on Google, I stumbled across the Boxty. A Boxty is basically a potato pancake that can be served with anything you fancy; a fry up, eggs, salad or just tomato ketchup. What I like about it is that in Irish it means ‘Poor House Bread’ and I can see why, it literally needs a few items such as Potatoes [obviously!], Flour, a little Milk and you mix it all together to fry it on a frying pan just like a normal pancake! What’s more, if you have any mashed potato lying about from the night before – even better!

What I have found about the Boxty is that there’s like a billion ways to make it! Some used mashed potato, some use raw potatoes, some use milk and make it into a really yummy batter much like a pancake batter, some make them looking like normal pancakes where as some have them looking like squished ‘fish cakes’!

I also love the little song that goes with the Boxty:

Boxty on the griddle,
And Boxty on the pan;
The wee one in the middle
Is for Mary Ann

Boxty on the griddle,
boxty on the pan,
If you can’t bake boxty
sure you’ll never get a man

Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty on the pan,
If you don’t eat boxty,
You’ll never get a man!

So there you have it singltons, if you don’t eat and make some Boxty you’ll never get a man! So to make sure you’re not alone this Paddy’s day, here’s my gluten free and dairy free Boxty Recipe!

I hope you all have a wonderful gluten free Paddy’s Day today! I know us coeliacs can’t drink any Guinness but don’t worry, there’s always cider!




  • 3 medium Potatoes [peeled, boiled and mashed]
  • 3 medium Potatoes [peeled and grated]
  • 3 tablespoons Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tablespoon of Dairy Free Margarine [melted]
  • 3 tablespoons of Soya Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil




  1. Peel, chop and boil 3 medium Potatoes until soft and ready to mash 
  2. While they’re boiling away, peel 3 medium Potatoes and grate using a cheese grater 
  3. Now for the part that tests your strength! Put the grated Potato into a clean towel, twist and squeeze out as much water as you can. I got my dad to do this because my arms pathetic! 
  4. Empty the nearly wrung grated Potato into a bowl. When ready, mash the boiled Potato. 
  5. Once the mashed Potato has cooled down, add to the bowl with the grated Potato 
  6. Add the flour and mix together with a spoon 
  7. Add the Melted Butter and Soya Milk and mix again with the spoon until it’s all mixed together and season with Salt & Pepper 
  8. Heat the Olive Oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add a dollop of the Potato Mixture and flatten with your spatula  
  9. Fry until golden underneath on both sides and leave to drain on some kitchen roll and then wait for your man! 




    1. they’d go so perfect with a good greasy fry up 😀 I’m thinking the next time I make it, I might add some onion to the mix and make a big, giant hash brown 😉

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