With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner many of you are busy getting ready to prepare your favorite Irish cuisine and need to stock up on common Irish herbs and spices.  Some traditional favorites recipes include:

  • Corned Beef & Cabbage
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Beef Stew
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Potato and Leek Soup
  • Irish Lamb Stew
  • Irish Sage Potato Muffins

These recipes include herbs and that have been used by many generations of cooks in Ireland.

Here are some of the most common herbs and spices needed for your Irish meal:

  1. Caraway Seeds
    Caraway seeds are common ingredient in Irish cakes, bread, soup and cabbage recipes. These seeds add a warm, sweet and slightly peppery aroma to your Irish cuisine.  They are an essential ingredient in Irish soda bread.
  2. Thyme
    Thyme complements fatty foods and meats. It works great in beef stews and soups for fuller flavor.  It is a common ingredient in corned beef recipes.
  3. Parsley
    Parsley is great as an ingredient in many Irish dishes. It is used in Irish soups and stews, as well as potato dishes. This herb will liven up any Irish dish and add color as well.
  4. Rosemary
    Rosemary’s strong but pleasant flavor mixes with many meat and vegetable dishes and is an essential ingredient in Irish lamb stew.
  5. Sage
    The odor of dried sage leaves is highly aromatic and fragrant and will add a wonderful, warm flavor to your Irish meals.  This herb is essential in Irish sage potato muffins and gives them a pretty, green color for St. Patrick’s Day.

Here is a recipe for my favorite Irish Soda Bread.  The caraway seeds make it absolutely delicious.

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Irish Herbs and Spices