When is Easter?
In 2023, Easter will fall on Sunday 9th April. As a moveable feast, the date of Easter changes every year, but it is always celebrated on a Sunday between 21st March and 25th April. The date is determined by the first full moon after 21st March, and is always welcomed as the beginning of spring.
What are Some Easter Traditions?
Like many public holidays in Ireland, Easter gives families a chance to keep up their favourite traiditions, from fish suppers on Good Friday and spring drinks with the family on Easter Saturday, to chocolate eggs and lamb roast dinners on Easter Sunday. Read on to discover more ways in which Easter is celebrated with food in Ireland.
Fish Recipes for Good Friday
Traditionally, a lot of people who celebrate Easter often swap meat for fish on Good Friday. This gives families the opportunity to visit the beach during the bank holiday or enjoy a fish supper altogether at home. In addition to this, many people also choose to give up meat throughout Lent, too, so it's not uncommon for lots of fish dishes to be enjoyed throughout the six weeks leading up to Easter.
A popular meal to eat on Good Friday is classic fish and chips. This is one of the easiest meals to make at home too, as you just need to coat your fish in breadcrumbs and bake alongside your potatoes. We recommend this Ultimate Fish and Chip recipe because of how simple yet delicious the fish crust is - simply mix breadcrumbs, parsley and lemon zest, then use mayo to coat.
Seafood chowder is another Good Friday favourite in Ireland and can be made using many different seafood ingredients such as salmon, hake or cod. This Hake and Potato Chowder just takes half an hour to make and is great for big batch cooking too, making it a delicious, hearty lunch for the whole family.
Easter Soup RecipesSoup is a popular meal to serve on Easter Sunday because of its ability to include an abundance of fresh, spring vegetables. In Ireland, leek soup is a traditional Easter recipe and is often served before a lamb roast dinner. Now, there are many tasty takes on the typical Irish leek soup to make it feel even more special. This Crumbled Chorizo, Leek and Potato Soup makes a delicious Easter soup recipe as it’s so warming and moreish. Alternatively if you’re looking for a vegetarian Easter soup recipe, this Hearty Vegetable Stew is so rich and comforting.
Easy Easter Meal Recipes
When we think of Easter meals, we often think of roast dinners, particularly lamb. That’s because roasts make the most out of local, spring ingredients and are a filling feast for the whole family. Roasted meat also marks the end of Lent, as historically people would cut this out until Easter Sunday.
If you’re looking for an Easter roast dinner recipe that’s both delicious and easy to make, roasted chicken is the best option. You can cater to many different serving sizes too, and chicken breast is great for cooking an Easter dinner when there’s just two of you. This Lemon and Honey Chicken is so succulent and can be served with your choice of spring vegetables, or there’s Roast Chicken and Chilli Chive Sauce that feels impressive but is simple to whip up.