St. Patrick's Day Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes

Although religious in principle, St. Patrick's Day celebrations are big and loud, with copious amounts for alcohol and food that celebrate the life of the patron saint of Ireland. Each country with big Irish immigration has its own traditions, but they all agree on tasty food, the color green, and recipes that celebrate their Irish heritage.

Our collection of traditional Irish recipes features vegan and vegetarian dishes that can accommodate these dietary needs so no one goes hungry! Find ideas for main dishes, sides, bread, and beverages so you can plan a traditional menu and still be sensitive to special dietary needs.

  • 01 of 08

    Pub Style Vegetarian Guinness Stew

    Seitan and beer stew
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    Beef and Guinness stew, an Irish pub favorite, gets a vegetarian makeover in this vegetarian "beef" and beer stew recipe. The soy protein seitan, used here instead of beef, absorbs all of that rich stout flavor. Many people celebrate St. Patrick's sharing a beer over at a local pub, and when drinking you can get the most delicious and decadent concoctions at your pub to keep you full. This is our take on a classic.

    The flavor of the beer is very strong in this recipe, so if you aren't a Guinness fan use half the amount of beer and add an equal amount of vegetable broth. If you're keeping to a purely ethical vegan diet, note that Guinness is made using some animal products in the refining process, so although vegetarian, this dish isn't technically vegan.

  • 02 of 08


    Courtesy of Jolinda Hackett

    Colcannon is a traditional Irish side dish, and this version is both vegetarian and vegan. Make this recipe for St. Patrick's Day, or any day when you're longing for a wee taste of Ireland.

    The base of the dish is potatoes, leeks, and cabbage. Use soy milk, or if there are no nut allergies substitute for a cup of cashew milk, as it adds a lot of creaminess and makes the potatoes silky and smooth. To add a pop of traditional green to your colcannon, add 2 cups of chopped kale or spinach sauteed in olive oil.

  • 03 of 08

    Happy Irish Beer Bread Recipe

    Vegan Irish Beer Bread by flickr user Mike M.

    We call this Irish recipe "happy" because it calls for just a bit under 12 oz of beer... so you take a sip before using the rest. This vegan sweet bread includes raisins and walnuts and is especially dense and filling, ideal to accompany a pint of stout. Mix all the ingredients, bake, and slice. Spread whipped butter and enjoy!

    Replace raisins for tart cherries for a sweet-sour finish, or add dried cranberries for a sweeter bread.

  • 04 of 08

    Irish Soda Bread

    Irish Brown Soda Bread

    Elaine Lemm

    This vegetarian soda bread uses buttermilk and two types of flour to make a sturdy and dense bread that pairs beautifully with Irish cheeses. Make the bread the day before and offer it with butter, cheeses, and fruit preserves. Or buy a gourmet chutney to serve with this delicious bake.

    A cheese plate is a great and simple idea to entertain your guest over St. Patrick's. Add to the spread some slices of apples, a bunch of grapes, nuts, and seeds.

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  • 05 of 08

    Irish Eggs in a Hole

    stuffed peppers with eggs
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    This vegetarian dish is a simple and cute St. Patricks Day's breakfast or brunch dish that will captivate your family and friends because of its shamrock shape. Green peppers cut into rings serve as the shape within which you fry some eggs. The shamrock shape is just beautiful and the peppery flavor pairs well with the silky, runny yolk.

    Use olive oil instead of butter for a dairy-free preparation, or cut the peppers in half and use the whole piece as a boat that you can stuff with eggs and some Dubliner cheese.

  • 06 of 08

    Vegan Shepherds Pie

    Vegetarian shepherd's pie. Potatoes, lentils and seasonal garden vegetables casserole. Autumn vegetarian lunch
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    Shepherds pie is traditionally served on St. Patrick's. Now you can serve this hearty and healthy vegan version to your family friends. Lentils are packed with fiber and vitamins and are a great meat substitute because of their texture and meaty flavor.

    Although this recipe only uses lentils and potatoes, you can add peas and carrots to the lentils adjusting the salt to taste. This is a great family-style dish that's satisfying and light. Simply toss a salad while you bake the pie and you'll have a celebratory vegan meal in just 40 minutes.

  • 07 of 08

    Shamrock Shake

    shamrock shake

     Leah Maroney

    Take care of the wee ones during your St. Patrick's celebration with this delicious green celebratory milkshake. Vanilla ice cream, green food coloring, and peppermint extract make a delicious shake that you can decorate in whichever way you want. Or you can place decorations and toppings in bowls (maraschino cherries, dark and white chocolate chips, green cookies) so the kids can make their own.

    Use pistachio ice-cream if you're not fond of peppermint extract so you can keep the traditional green in your preparation.

  • 08 of 08

    Vegan Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee
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    No Irish meal would be complete without a bit of spirits. With just a few simple ingredients, this recipe for a non-dairy vegan Irish coffee is the perfect end to your meal or a fine start to a lively evening.

    Brew some strong coffee, add sugar and Irish whiskey, and top with vegan whipped cream or serve it flat. For a vegetarian version with dairy, check our original Irish coffee recipe.