Top 10 essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for the Irish. Here are ten essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.

It is no shock that Ireland has one of the best breakfasts globally, particularly when we have some of the best homegrown ingredients available that give us all-around great food at whatever time of the day.

Breakfast, however, is a favourite meal of many Irish people. It has been a tradition for such a long time now that the phrase ‘Irish Breakfast’ is known internationally and can be found on many worldwide menus.

With that being said, we are very particular about our Irish breakfasts, and to make an authentic meal, you will need to follow the list of ingredients we have here.

Bear in mind that you will find vegan alternatives to almost all of these ingredients in many Irish supermarkets; look out for brands such as Denny, Tesco own brand, and Linda Mc Cartney.

So, let’s take you through the ten essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.

10. Fried Mushrooms – you’ve got to have some veg

You need to have fried mushrooms on your breakfast.
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Frying a few button mushrooms in the fat that remains after you’ve cooked the rest of your ingredients is a great addition to our Irish breakfast.

You will find these available in every Irish supermarket, and they’re one of the most essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.

9. Fried Tomato – the healthy addition, kind of

Fried tomato is one of the essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.
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We Irish believe in balance. So, with our meat, we like to have a few ‘healthy’ options.

These include tomatoes; even if they are fried, they are a perfect addition to our favourite meal of the day.

8. Irish Cuppa – Irish breakfast tea for a reason

Tea is a great accompaniment for an Irish breakfast.
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Nothing completes the Irish breakfast like an Irish cuppa. That is why around the world, they even call Irish tea Irish Breakfast tea.

For us, Barry’s, Lyons, or even Bewley’s is just our regular beloved tea, perfect for any time of day but an essential accompaniment to the traditional breakfast.

7. Soda Bread – the ingredient to complete the meal

Soda bread is one of the essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.
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Grab yourself good Irish soda bread for the ultimate accompaniment to soak up all the greasy goodness.

Once toasted to perfection, top it all off with some melt in your mouth Kerrygold butter!

6. Beans – beans are healthy too, right?

The addition of baked beans is widely debated.
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Beans should be added to an Irish breakfast to give more options for dipping, alongside the runny eggs, of course.

You will find many options for beans, but we recommend Batchelor’s Irish Baked Beans for the best flavour.

5. Fried Eggs – runny, sunny side up, and salty

Fried eggs are one of the essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.
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A couple of Irish free-range eggs, fried in the fat of the rashers and sausages, is an absolute must when it comes to essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.

Sunny side up with a little salt and pepper sprinkled on top will do it just right!

4. White Pudding – the quintessence of an Irish breakfast

White pudding is a must.
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Similar to black pudding, white pudding has the same consistency, but the colour is different because it contains no blood.

These days, it can be found in vegan form by many Irish brands, including Denny, which tastes scarily similar.

3. Black Pudding – it may not be for everyone, but it’s delicious

Black pudding is one of the essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.
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Despite the unappealing ingredients that go into making this ‘blood sausage’, it is still much loved and still widely available to make as part of a traditional Irish breakfast.

It combines pork blood, pork fat, oatmeal, and a mix of herbs to give it a unique Irish taste.

2. Sausages – nothing beats an authentic Irish sausage

Can't beat an Irish sausage.
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Where would we be without Irish sausages? Well, we would certainly not be making an authentic Irish breakfast!

Irish pork sausages are most definitely one of the essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast. Choices include Denny, Clonakilty, Shaw’s, and, of course, Galtee.

1. Rashers – the Irish just love their rashers

Rashers top our list of essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast.
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One of the most essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast just HAS to be rashers.

Rashers are what the rest of the world like to call bacon, and for us, bacon is what the rest of the world likes to call boiled ham… and so on!

Here in Ireland, though, rashers are a big part of the traditional breakfast and must be thick, crispy, and, of course, Irish.

Well, we don’t know about you, but this made us hungry and absolutely craving a good old fashioned Irish breakfast.

So, this weekend why not gather up these ten essential ingredients for a delicious Irish breakfast and make a meal fit for kings, the Irish way.