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Vegan Irish Colcannon (Cabbage and Mashed Potatoes)

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 9.5 Cups 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Irish
  • Diet: Vegan


This budget-friendly Vegan Irish Colcannon is a tasty combination of lightly seasoned skillet cabbage mixed with creamy mashed potatoes.



Cabbage Skillet Base Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow onion, fine dice
  • 2 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups roughly chopped green cabbage *
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ to 1 teaspoons sea salt (+/-) *
  • 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon black pepper (+/-) 

Other Ingredients:


  1. Prepare the mashed potatoes – See Simple Mashed Potatoes recipe (or use your favorite mashed potato recipes (from 5 lbs. potatoes), set side.
  2. Measure and place all the Spice/Herb Ingredients into a small bowl, mix well and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, add the diced onions, sauté over medium heat until they begin to soften, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add a tablespoon or so of water if they start to stick and/or to prevent burning.
  4. Add the minced garlic and sauté for one minute. Then add all the remaining Cabbage Skillet Base Ingredients and the Spice/Herb Mix; mix well. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes or longer until the cabbage reaches the desired tenderness. Once the cabbage is tender, remove from the stove. The cabbage should soak up the liquids (or nearly all of the liquids).
  5. Once the mashed potatoes are made, fold in the cabbage mixture. Serve and enjoy!


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used. 

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.   

*Servings:  6 to 9 (makes 9 ½ cups)