Savory Irish Potato Pie Recipe


Irish Potato Pie

Irish potato pie is a type of delicious savory pie, that you can easily make at home, and for a low cost. This type of Irish potato pie is similar to the traditional Irish shepherd’s pie, which is topped with mashed potatoes. Shepherd’s pie is well loved and often thought of as one of the best comfort foods out there.

Irish Potato Pie cooked

I am so excited to share this recipe with you for Irish potato pie which is super easy to make and walk you through the step-by-step instructions of how you can make this easy and low-cost meal at home, from scratch. 

Unlike fruit pie, Irish potato pie can be served as a side dish or main dish to your meal. When uses just a few basic ingredients, to make the dish which can be enjoyed for many different occasions. This recipe is quite easy to make from scratch and doesn’t have to cost a lot to make it.

Why We Love This Irish Potato Pie Recipe

This Irish potato pie recipe is a great recipe if you are looking for easy potato dishes you can serve as a main meal or side dish. This recipe is a relatively easy recipe to pull together, and you can make it completely from scratch, or almost completely from scratch, whatever you prefer.

Like cottage pie, this Irish potato pie is a type of Irish cuisine, that you could make to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, or really any day of the week. It is based on a traditional Irish recipe, but you can feel free to adapt it and make it into your own version of the dish.

To make this recipe, you’ll want to have a large skillet, then either a pie plate or a tart pan to bake your pie in. Let’s look at the ingredients we recommend including in this delicious recipe.

Savory Irish Potato Pie Recipe

What You’ll Need to Make It

Thawed Puff Pastry. My personal favorite way to make this Irish potato pie is using a side puff pastry as the pie crust. Of course, if you prefer to use a pie crust, or make your own pie crust from scratch you are welcome to do so. Make sure if you are buying a pie crust you purchase either 8-inch pie shells or 9-inch pie crust.

If you opt for the puff pastry, you can pick this up in the cooler section of your local grocery store. Usually, they are right next to the cans of premade biscuits, pizza dough, or pie crust.

Yukon Gold Potatoes. I recommend using Yukon Gold potatoes as the potatoes in this recipe. If you prefer to use another type of potato, then you are welcome to change them out for your favorite types of potatoes. Some good options are russet potatoes or even red potatoes if desired.

Butter. I recommend using a little bit of butter in this recipe, to help cook your potato pie, and give it the best overall flavor. If needed, you can substitute the butter for oil. 

Crispy Bacon. To make this recipe turn out amazing, you will also want to use bacon. There is no need to pre-cook the bacon, as we want to use the bacon grease, bacon drippings, and all the good things associated with bacon to make your Irish potato pie turn out tasting fabulous.

Green Onions. We also recommend including green onions in this pie. If you prefer you can substitute the green onions for regular onions or chives.

Salt. A teaspoon of salt will make your Irish potato pie an amazing flavor. I would recommend using sea salt, kosher salt, or iodized salt for the best results.

Black Pepper. Also using a teaspoon of ground pepper, added to the pie will help enhance the overall flavor. If you’re able to use freshly ground black pepper, this is my preferred, but any type of ground black pepper would work. 

Heavy Cream. To make your Irish potato pie taste amazing, you want to include either heavy cream or half-and-half in the pie as it bakes.

Fresh Dill. Dill is a delicious herb option to season your potato pie. If you’re able to use freshly minced dill, this is the best option, however, dried dill will work as well if needed.

Shredded cheese. The best cheese options for this recipe are either Parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese, simply choose your favorite option.

Sour Cream. Serving your potato pie with a side of sour cream or adding a dollop of sour cream to the top of the pie as it is served is a delicious option as well.

Irish potato pie with chives

How to Make Irish Potato Pie

Start by taking an 8 or 9-inch pie dish and spraying it lightly with cooking spray. Then take your thawed puff pastry dough and fold it out across the pie pan. 

Cut away any excess dough, making sure to leave approximately one inch all the way around the top of the pie plate. Pinch the edges of the crust. Place the prepared puff pastry crust in the fridge until you are ready to fill it.

Next, prepare your potatoes. If you have a mandolin slicer, you can use it to carefully slice your potatoes into thin slices. If you do not have a mandolin slicer you can use a knife and cutting board to cut your potatoes in even slices, or you can simply cut them into small pieces, or bite-size chunks. Rinse the potatoes thoroughly, then set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).

In a large skillet, add the butter and large chunks of bacon. Cook the bacon over medium heat until it is crispy. 

Add the potatoes and dill to the skillet. If you are using regular onions, they can also be added at this point. Toss until they are coated in the bacon drippings. Add salt and pepper to the mixture, then sauté for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Please note that we are not looking to completely cook the potatoes at this point, we are simply sautéing the ingredients here. 

Remove your prepared pie crust from the fridge to let the pie plate warm.

After they have sautéed, transfer the mixture to the prepared pie crust. Layer together with green onions and shredded cheese, then pour the heavy cream over the top. 

Bake in the preheated oven, for approximately 35-45 minutes, or until you have tender potatoes, that have turned a light golden brown and you have a crispy crust. 

Remove the Irish potato pie from the oven, and top with additional green onions, and dill if desired. Then serve with sour cream as your delicious dinner. 


There are other delicious savory options that you can enjoy making this Irish potato pie with your very own twist. Let’s explore a few different ways you might enjoy mixing things up. 

Add a bell pepper. If you like peppers, you might enjoy adding a diced bell pepper to your skillet as you sauté the ingredients together. 

Other Meat Options. In the main recipe, we suggest using bacon, however, there are several great alternative meat options if you would rather use something other than bacon. The first idea is to use ground beef.

This is a great option and will make a potato pie very similar to your traditional shepherd’s pie. Another delicious option would be to use corned beef as your meat. And the final option is to use ground lamb in your Irish potato pie if desired. 

Sweet Potato Pie. Another variation of this potato pie is to use sweet potatoes rather than regular golden or russet potatoes. This makes a delicious variation of the recipe, and you could even add sweet elements to the pie if desired.

Sweet potatoes are known for being really good for you and are a great alternative to traditional potatoes if desired. 

Irish potato pie with bacon


Room Temperature. Your Irish potato pie should not be left at room temperature any longer than two hours. This rule of thumb applies when your room temperature is between 40°F and 90°F.

If your room temperature is 90°F or above, then the potato pie should not be left out any longer than one hour before it goes bad. 

In the Fridge. For longer storage, if there is any potato pie left over, it should be transferred to an airtight container, then placed into the fridge at 40°F or below for up to 3 to 4 days.

How to Reheat Leftovers

There are a few different options you can use to reheat any leftover Irish potato pie. Those include the microwave, oven, or air fryer.

Microwave. To reheat your leftover Irish potato pie in the microwave, simply placed your slice of pie onto a microwave-safe plate, and cover with a lightly damp paper towel.

Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until the pie is reheated. Please note that this method works in a pinch but does not necessarily give you the best results.

Oven. You can reheat your leftover Irish potato pie, as a whole pie, or by the slice in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Then cover your pie with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until the pie is reheated.

Air Fryer. Place your slice of potato pie into the air fryer basket and bake it in the air fryer at 350°F for approximately 5 to 10 minutes or until your slices of pie, are warmed through.

Please note that the times may vary depending on your specific type of air fryer. 

Irish potato pie puff pastery

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of potatoes are best for potato pie?

You may choose to use any type of potato in this pie recipe. My favorite type to use is either russet potatoes or yellow potatoes. This is because they cook the best for an Irish potato pie.

Can I use pie crust instead of puff pastry?

Yes, if you prefer you can use pie crust rather than puff pastry. Both will work well as a crust for the Irish potato pie.

Can you freeze this recipe?

Yes, this Irish potato pie may be frozen if desired. Before you freeze make sure to transfer it to a freezer safe container. Then place into the freezer for up to three months.

How long will this recipe last in the fridge?

Your Irish potato pie is going to be best when it is kept in the fridge in an airtight container for no more than 3 to 4 days. However. Please note that this pie is going to be best when it is fresh, because the longer it sits in the fridge the more soggy the crust may become.

Delicious Irish Potato Pie

Making homemade Irish potato pie is it easy and low-cost meal. You can enjoy this potato pie as a main dish, or side dish for any occasion. I enjoy mixing things up and making this potato pie as a main meal, when I’m looking for something simple, but from scratch. 

I hope that you’ll take the time to try out this recipe and let me know what you think about it! I hope that you enjoy it! Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out our recipe! 

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