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Irish Potato Bread with Lemon & Herbs (Quick, No Yeast)

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Easy Irish Potato Soda Bread with Lemon & Herbs! A Quick No Yeast bread recipe that is made with cooked mashed potatoes. Perfect for using up leftover potatoes. Serve with a bowl of soup.Jump to Recipe

Irish Potato Bread wrapped into a kitchen towel

Irish Potato Soda Bread made without Yeast

This amazingly easy and wonderfully moist Irish Bread is one of my all-time favorite bread recipes.  Not only does it require zero proofing time or endless kneading, but it is also incredibly versatile. You can add any flavour to the potato dough that your little heart desires. 

What makes this Irish recipe so special

Irish Potato Bread on a cooling rack

Lemon Zest 

With spring just waiting around the corner, I felt like adding some clean and fresh spring/summer flavours to my Irish Potato Bread. And does it get any more refreshing than combining cilantro with lemon zest ??? 

To incorporate those beautiful flavours into my Irish potato bread I opted for a heaping tablespoon of lemon zest. That’s roundabout 2 medium-sized lemons.

Cilantro Chutney 

For the cilantro part I opted for store-bought coriander chutney. You find that in every supermarket nowadays and I can’t imagine doing without it anymore. I use it in salad dressings, in soups…you name it!  It’s one of my healthier addictions.


Irish Potato Bread with lemon and herbs being cut into slices


If you look closely you’ll notice the little yellow freckles in the bread..that’s where the lemon magic is happening! The Irish Soda Bread has a slightly bright greenish color from adding the chutney. Not like mold…it’s actually a very appetizing, herby green. 


Potato Bread with Lemon and Cilantro on a cooling rack

What to serve this soda bread with?

I often make this Irish soda bread for an informal light dinner and serve it with a salad and some salted butter. Glorious! The loaf would disappear within minutes. It’s also great served with my roasted cauliflower soup

With it’s fluffy structure the Irish Potato Soda Bread invites to tear it into big chunks without bothering about slices! That’s my favourite way of eating bread. Just break it open with your hands and breath in that lemony aroma. 


a slice of homemade Irish Potato Bread with lemon and cilantro

Looking for more Irish recipes

Also, make sure to try my Irish Whisky Chocolate Cake and my Irish Pork Stew

Did you make and love this Irish Potato Bread recipe? Give it your review below! And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram!

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Irish Potato Bread with Lemon & Cilantro

An incredibly easy bread recipe from Ireland with the summery addition of Lemon and Cilantro Chutney. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside! This Cilantro & Lemon Potato bread is best eaten fresh. Serve it alongside a nice salad or as a side for your next BBQ.
Course Breakfast, brunch, side
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 200 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup cooked mashed potato
  • 3/4 cup raw grated potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro Chutney *
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly oil an 8 inch cast iron pan or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Mix the mashed potato with the grated potato. Stir in egg, egg white, oil, and milk until well combined.
  3. In another bowl, stir together chives, caraway seeds, flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until a soft dough forms.
  5. Lightly flour a work surface. Turn the dough out onto the flour and knead 6 - 7 times. Place dough into center of prepared cast iron pan and gently press into an 8 inch circle. Use a sharp knife to cut an "X" into the top.
  6. Bake at 375 for about 45 - 55 minutes. It should be nicely browned and sound hollow when tapped.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit on wire rack for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Let cool for at least an hour before slicing. or it will be rather crumbly to cut.

Recipe Notes

You can make your own Cilantro Chutney by blending 1 bunch of coriander with 2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice, a garlic clove some sugar and salt. If needed add a splash of vinegar.

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