How to Make a Traditional Irish Coddle Recipe

Updated on May 23, 2018
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She has a keen interest in creating delicious recipes.

Dublin Irish Coddle
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Irish Dublin Coddle

I show you how I make my Dublin coddle recipe.

I have also included a video of my 84 year old mother as she prepares and cooks it.

The ingredients include pork sausages, rashers, and vegetables. These days, the Dublin coddle recipe is quite varied. Some people also add different vegetables or barley.

How to Make Dublin Coddle

My Dublin Coddle Recipe

It is nice served with a few slices of soda bread and butter.

The dish is often cooked beforehand, and then reheated and eaten later at a party or after a night out.

  • Preparation time: 15 mins
  • Cooking time: 45 mins
  • Serves: 2 to 3 portions


  • 8 Pork sausages
  • 12 Streaky bacon rashers
  • 3 Medium size potatoes
  • 2 Medium carrots
  • 2 Medium onions
Ingredients for Irish Coddle
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

  1. Add the sausages to the pot.
  2. Cut up the bacon rashers into cubes. Add to the pot.

Dublin Coddle Recipe
Dublin Coddle Recipe | Source

Step 2

  1. Peal the carrots and chop into small pieces. Add to the pot.

Step 3

  1. Peal the potatoes and chop into cubes. Add to the pot.
  2. Peal the onions and slice into small pieces. Add to the pot.

Irish Coddle Recipes
Irish Coddle Recipes | Source

Step 4

  1. Add water to the pot, just enough to cover the ingredients.
  2. Put on the cooker until it boils.

Step 5

  1. Once it has come to a boil, simmer for 45 mins.
  2. The Irish coddle is now ready to be dished up.
  3. It is just as nice if left to go cold and reheated later, as is the Irish tradition.

This You Tube video below is of my now 84-year-old mother making the coddle.

Making an Irish Coddle

Recipe for Irish Coddle
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History and Tradition of the Irish Coddle Recipe

In the late 1700’s there was a large migration of Irish people from the country to the cities.

This was due to a famine which encouraged the people to go to the cities like Dublin in search of work.

They brought with them into the city the tradition of raising small animals such as hens and pigs.

What was left of the pig once it was slaughtered and sold was turned into sausages.

This along with the rashers of streaky bacon was boiled with vegetables for a warm and nourishing meal.

24th December 1951

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Irish Coddle Recipe

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How To Make an Irish Coddle

I hope you enjoyed this recipe for my mother's coddle. As you have seen by this article it is quick, easy, and cheap.

My grandmother Louise would cook her Irish coddle without carrots, which is the traditional way to make this dish.

My mother, Christina, also cooked it this way until we were born. She added the carrots for the nutritional value and the colour so we would get the benefit.

My mother is now a great grandmother and still cooks this dish for herself and my father. When I was taking the photos for this recipe, my father asked what I was doing. When I explained about the article, he was bemused because he said, "Sure everyone knows how to make a coddle."

We all follow my mother's recipe for the coddle as it was passed down to us.

My mother was 16 when she met my father.

She worked with my father’s mother at a restaurant and had been invited to the house for a party. This is where she first met my father. There was a keg of beer there and a Dublin Coddle on the stove.

This was the norm in Dublin in those days before the Take Away Chip shops were common. The coddle would be cooked earlier and after a night out at the pictures or the pub it would be re heated and eaten by Dubliners all over the city.

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        L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

        The Dublin Coddle has a few different ingredients than the Irish Coddle peachpurple, but neither of them would be like your local soup.

        The coddles both contain rashers of bacon and sausages so that would be enough seasoning for the stew.

        Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment

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        peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        it is similar to our local potato and carrot soup, doesn't need any seasoning?

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        L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

        Yes Ronan I do agree, Irish Coddle always tastes better when reheated the next day. Glad you enjoyed it.

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        Ronan Sheridan 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi. thanks, yes i did enjoy it very much, Had it for Dinner the night i cooked it, and reheated it again for my dinner the next day. Tasted even better on the second day. Delicious, cheap, and healthy!

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        L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

        Yes we tend to forget how nice coddle can be. I have never made it with tripe though, but like you say Ronan we all make it the way our mothers did. Hope you enjoyed it

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        Ronan Sheridan 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi. thanks for posting this. I had this all the time growing up as a kid here in Dublin. The only difference is my mum would add tripe, milk and cornflour. It seems different families add different ingredients, depending on how their mother showed them. I have sausages here and decided to make it for the first time in ages, just wanted to check the cooking times and came across your post. Unfortunately the local butcher doesn't have any tripe, he has to specially order it in! But i will go ahead without it. And you are right that it is great when reheated, i think even better when it is reheated.

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        L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

        There are many different ways to make Irish Coddle Michelle so your mother could have added the soup to hers alright. I am sure it tasted really nice too.

        MollySaltmarsh I bet your sister liked her coddle too.

        Janet I also had trouble in the shops in the UK too when asking for stuff. My Irish accent always got in the way lol. I am glad you remembered to make a coddle when you noticed you had the ingredients there.

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        Janet 4 years ago

        I first tasted coddle when i lived in engkand from my irish friend I am scottish and she told me the tradition of it ,Also a funny wee story as she used thyme when making hers , she went to the local shop and asked the man if he had thyme and he asked time for what she replied thyme for a coddle you can imagine this with her lovely irish accent . this is true story i enjoyed a coddle for a few years but forgot about it over the years till recently I was rustling up some sausages and onions and potatoes for myself and i had some streaky bacon also had thyme and remembered the coddle so i made it for myself and enjoyed it and had a little smile to myself when i remembered margaret s story .It taastd as good as it did fifty years ago

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        MollySaltmarsh 4 years ago

        my ann sisters made coddle up

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        michelle 4 years ago

        Do you not add any soup to this?? my mother usually added farmhouse vegtable soup for more taste

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        L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

        Yes an Irish Coddle is one of those meals that tastes better once it has been left to go cold and reheated later.

        Thanks Rebecca for taking the time to leave a comment and sharing

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        Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        This sounds so comforting. I can see why it was eaten after a night of partying. Makes sense! Thanks for sharing.

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        I am delighted your family loved the Irish Coddle nefratti. It is so quick and easy to make and surprisingly tasty too lol.

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        easy to follow receipe@ pics were a grt coddle was devoured by all...thank you for posting the receipe in nice detail..

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        Thank you Rana for reading my Irish coddle recipe and for taking the time to leave a comment

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        Rano 5 years ago

        Thank you for posting your mums recipe, I'll give it a go. And for sharing the heart warming story of your parents, 57 years and still going strong. Well done! I'll drink to their health and happiness when I have the coddle.

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        Clive my mum made mince meat balls too. She would either put them in a stew with potatoes or my favourite was when she cooked them on the frying pan with onions. I hope you enjoyed the coddle you made.

        Eiddwen thanks for your comment and the votes, you will enjoy the unique taste of this Irish Coddle

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        Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

        Another great recipe and thank you so much for sharing.

        I will be saving many of yours I can see. I would have given this one a go tonight but we had sausages last night so it'll have to wait until next week.

        Up /useful/interesting again.


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        Clive 5 years ago

        Just making the coddle now for the first time, cant wait... thank you for ur help... i do recall getting mince meat / balls when i was growing up... is that some thing just my mam done or does everyone do it

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        Themla glad to be able to share mum's recipe with you. The flavours of the ingredients does make this a unique taste and experience.

        Thanks for the share

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        Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

        Oh, wow! I love it. I have eaten this in Ireland and now I´ll be able to cook this by using your recipe. Thanks a lot. Shared in Twitter.

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        thewritingowl you will be surprised how easy it is to make and how nice Coddle tastes.

        naimishika thanks for taking the time to leave a comment

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        Mary Kelly Godley 5 years ago from Ireland

        Nice one, my mom-in-law makes it. I must try it myself sometime.

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        L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

        I hope you enjoyed the Irish Coddle Pamela for Paddy's Day.

        Hello Jonathan, yes Streaky bacon rashers are also called bacon strips. The pork sausages are just ordinary ones that are available here in Ireland. I didn't know you could buy different kinds.

        Thank you both for reading and taking the time to leave a comment

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        Jonathan 6 years ago

        Just a few questions from a less than informed American :). What kind of pork sausages are those? and what are 'Streaky bacon rashers' ? is it just regular bacon strips? thanks!

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        pamela bennett 6 years ago

        I am just delighted by yer recipes, i am gonna start on the coddle and continuing wit the rest of the recipes, I cannot wait, Tomorro is st paddys day and coddle it is (say a prayer)xxxx

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        L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

        Yes Irish Coddle is easy to make but so tasty. Thank you everyone for reading and taking the time to comment and share.

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        Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

        Looks very is to make, tasty and healthy ... what more could you want?

        Thanks for SHARING, up and useful.

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        mick nolan 6 years ago

        just found the best valintines meal. so so. simple even i can cook it , hope her in doors likes it?

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        Hazel Wade 6 years ago

        I first saw a recipe for dublin coddle on the Netmums website - their version calls for the addition of celery as well as carrots and is the favoured dish my 14 year old daughter loves to make - it's rather like her signature now lol.

        So filling & tasty :)

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        Teresa Coppens 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Recipes look awesome and your hub is well laid out. I'll have to bookmark this to try some of the recipes at a later date!

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        wildelderberryone 6 years ago

        This sound really good; but i'm afraid I would end up really throwing some spices into it, especially garlic. I'm Irish but raised in the US and really don't know too much about traditional foods. Thanks for this hub.

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        danny wall 6 years ago

        beautifull but i lash garlic in alwell

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        peter kelly 7 years ago

        going to have a go a making this dish hope it turns out ok looking farward to it mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....

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        dublindiscohire 7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland.

        I so love a Dublin Coddle. Country people never seem to have heard about it. I'm 40 and my wife makes a lovely coddle. Only difference is she adds a bit of potato soup to it. Coddle and batch loaf..... How Dublin can ya get!

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        Billie Walker 7 years ago

        I look forward to giving this a try, especially with cool, Autumn weather on it's way.

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        Jaypyramid 7 years ago

        That brings back memories! I never liked coddle myself but my kids love it! Its a great dish to have when they come in on a cold and rainy day after school. Or for a supper. Its very filling and according to the kids, tasty! Its also handy because as you say, you can make it before hand and heat it up.

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        L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

        Thanks for your comment rmcrayne about my parents. Yes it is hard to imagine them that young lol.

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        rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

        Excellent pictures. Your mother looked so young and beautiful in the 1951 photo. What a handsome couple.

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        L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

        Thanks scarytaff for your comment. Yes it is quick and easy to make the coddle. It really does not look too tasty from the photos but believe me it is delicious.

        Give it a try and I promise you will not be dissapointed.

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        L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

        Thanks for reading and your comments KoffeeKlatch. Yes my mother, I must admit, does make a lovely coddle.

        When I read your comment I was a bit confused until I went back and read the hub again. I made an error there when I wrote that you can enjoy the Irish coddle hot or cold. Sorry I meant to write that it is often let go cold but then enjoyed when reheated at a later time. My mistake, which I have rectified now. To be honest the coddle would not be too tasty cold.

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        Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

        Excellent hub. Traditional foods always interest me and I'll try this one out soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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        Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

        Wonderful directions and pictures. I am intrigued by a dish that is good when eaten hot and also when eaten cold. Thanks you.


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