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A traditional full irish breakfast just cooked in a cast iron frypan. On a bench alongside baked beans, orange juice and brown sauce.

Full Irish Breakfast

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  • Author: Emma Lee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serve 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Pan fry
  • Cuisine: Irish


The breakfast of champions. A plate of ALL the cooked breakfast bits… The full, traditional Irish breakfast or a “fry up” as it’s more commonly known. 


  • 1 cooked potato, sliced into 1cm discs or hash brown
  • 130g baked beans
  • a little olive oil
  • 1 Irish pork sausage
  • 3 mushrooms
  • knob of butter
  • 2 slices of black pudding cut approx 2cm thick.
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 rashes eye bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of Irish brown bread, or bacon, chive and cheese soda bread
  • a cup of tea
  • glass of orange juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. 
  2. On a baking sheet, pop the hashbrowns or leftover potatoes with a little oil into the oven. Bake until golden and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the baked beans. While they are cooking start on the fried bits.
  4. In a large skillet, cook the sausages on medium heat. Once they are ready to turn, add the mushrooms to your pan with a knob of butter. Let the butter melt and stir through the mushrooms.
  5. Add the black pudding to the pan and cook for 4 minutes on each side.
  6. Into the pan add the tomatoes and bacon.  Cook for a couple of minutes.
  7. When everything else is fully cooked and ready to serve, crack the eggs into the pan and cook until sunny side up.
  8. Pop all the cooked ingredients on a plate and serve with 2 slices of soda bread (and butter), a cup of tea, and a glass of orange juice.


This is the basic order in which I cook a full Irish breakfast. Alternate ingredients will have different cooking times, however, by having an order in which to cook them, I try to have all my components, ready to go at the same time. Another method is to have a warming tray in the oven and as an ingredient is cooked, it goes into the warming tray until everything is ready for the plate.