Paleo Irish Boxty + Full Irish Breakfast

Paleo Irish Breakfast | Plaid and Paleo

I’m pretty pumped about St. Paddy’s Day if you haven’t figured out yet. I leave for New Orleans tomorrow!! I am so excited to explore the city and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day there. Anything I absolutely have to do while I’m there? I’ve never been and can’t wait.

I made this Irish breakfast as a little pre-St. Paddy’s Day celebration. If you are actually Irish, look away! I took some creative liberties with the Irish boxty. I swapped out white potatoes for turnips. I promise it turned out delicious! Also since rashers aka Irish bacon is a staple in Irish breakfast, I figured why not put a little bacon in the “potato” pancakes! Sorry no black and white pudding here. I just couldn’t. If you don’t know what it is, it isn’t some cookies and cream swirl deliciousness. Just google it. I made myself a little sandwich using the boxty as a bun and filled it with a fried egg and bacon. OMG you have to do this! I’m happy to say this Irish boxty turned me into a turnip fan.

Irish Boxty aka Potato Pancakes | Plaid and Paleo
Paleo Irish Boxty + Full Irish Breakfast


  • 1 lb turnips, peeled (about 3 small)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk, divided
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbls arrowroot flour
  • 4 thick bacon slices or rashers
  • extras
  • 2 banger sausages, I got mine from Whole Foods
  • 2 eggs


  1. Cut 1 1/2 turnips into small chunks. In a small saucepan, bring two cups of water up to a boil with the turnips.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes or until turnips are fork tender.
  3. While turnips are boiling, shred other 1 1/2 turnips with a cheese grater. With a dish rag, squeeze out any excess liquid of the shredded turnips.
  4. Once boiled turnips are finished cooking, drain and add 2 tablespoons coconut milk.
  5. Blend until smooth with an immersion blender.
  6. Mix in shredded turnips, remaining coconut milk, egg, arrowroot, salt and pepper.
  7. In a flat bottom skillet, crisp 4 slices of bacon over medium heat.
  8. Once bacon is done, dice two slices and add to boxty batter. Reserve a little of the bacon fat from the skillet.
  9. With the remaining bacon fat, scoop 1/4 cup boxty batter onto hot skillet. You don’t want the pancakes to be too big or they won’t flip.
  10. Cook for 7-10 minutes until patty is brown. Flip and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  11. Add more bacon fat as needed and continue the process of frying the pancakes. Makes 10 small pancakes.
  12. Cook bangers for 7-10 minutes per side, covered. In banger fat, fry up eggs to your liking.
  13. Fill your plate with boxty, bangers, bacon and eggs! Serves 2-3. Or 1 really, really hunger person.
x vanessa
Paleo Irish Boxty | Plaid and Paleo
Paleo Irish Breakfast | Plaid and Paleo


  1. tastefullygf says:

    The boxty look great! My husband loves them, but I never want to cook potato heavy foods. Looks like a great alternative! I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try!

  2. Camille says:

    I’m menu planning for my first whole30 today and this breakfast idea looks great! I’ve never heard of a boxty but I’ll give it a go. Happy early St. Patty’s Day!

  3. Bernie says:

    while your frying the components of this wonderful feast drizzle some Bush-mills if you’re game. Gets a real irish-man up and rearing to go. don’t try it if you’re pommy it might hurt.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Bangers at Wholefoods, at the counter, have breadcrumbs inside. Careful for those who are true to paleo, to read (or ask) for ingredients.

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