Vegan Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes)

Boxty is a traditional Irish dish made of both mashed and grated raw potatoes. Essentially, they are savory potato pancakes. Golden brown and crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside, they are a potato lover’s dream.

In the time of it’s origin, Boxty was such a popular dish that it inspired folk rhymes:

“Boxty on the griddle, Boxty on the Pan, if you can’t make Boxty, you’ll never get a man”

These are a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes from the day before or after the holidays. They are a solid choice if you’re looking for a potato side dish, but are also hearty and filling enough to be a main. They are especially good for breakfast.

Try these today, I promise you won’t regret it!

(Makes 6 Servings)


  • 2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 C Mashed Potatoes (can also replace with a plain, boiled potato that’s been mashed)
  • 1 1/2 C Raw Potato, Grated
  • 1 C Soymilk + 1 Tbsp Vinegar (vegan buttermilk)
  • Neutral Oil, for the pan.
  • Vegan Butter (for serving)
  • Vegan Sour Cream (for serving)
  • Sliced Green Onions (for serving)


  1. In a small bowl, place flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a measuring cup or glass, mix soymilk with vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes to curdle.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed potatoes with grated, raw potatoes. Then add the flour mixture, and mix well.
  4. Slowly add in your “buttermilk” and stir gently. You should end up with what looks like a thick batter. Add more milk by the tablespoon, if needed.
  5. Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a couple tablespoons of oil to the pan and let heat through.
  6. Scoop about 1/2 cup of batter onto the pan. Flatten it with your spatula and shape it into a nice, round pancake shape. Fry until golden brown on each side. Flip halfway through. (They should take about 7-10 minutes total) If the outside starts to burn before the inside is done, you have the heat up too high. (Also, as you cook these, you will need to add more oil to the pan periodically)
  7. Serve hot with lots of butter or sour cream, and sliced green onions. I also like a sprinkle of black pepper on top.
  8. Enjoy!

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