Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe
April 21, 2020
Fresh baked bread on plate with rosemary by Salt Lake Healthy Hostess

Easy Irish Soda Bread

We LOVE this easy Irish Soda Bread! I started making it for St. Patrick's Day but we like it so much it became a regular dinner time staple. So if you feel like stress baking, have last minute guests, or just need a slice of fresh baked bread, this is a great recipe to try.

I love that it doesn't require yeast, no rising or extra kneading required. Just make the dough and put it in the oven. Having homemade bread ready in about an hour will make you feel like a rockstar hostess!

Loaf of Irish Soda Bread on plate

Irish Soda Bread Ingredients

  • Flour: You can also sub 2 cups with whole wheat flour without adjusting the ingredients
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Buttermilk: Need a substitute? Add 1 TB Lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let sit 5 minutes
  • Egg
  • Sweet version:
    • sprinkle top with brown sugar
    • Add optional mix-ins like: raisins, currents, or craisins after soaking in water to rehydrate them

Soda Bread Instructions

This Irish Soda Bread really is easy. The only caveat is letting the butter soften properly. Melted butter doesn't work very well.

Soda bread dough in large bowl
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the softened butter and use your hands to combine.
  2. Then, add in the egg and buttermilk and continue mixing. It'll be the consistency of thick pancake batter.
  3. Finally knead the dough on a floured surface until the surface is smooth and not sticky.
  4. Shape into a dome on sprayed pan, slice an X across the top, then baste with extra buttermilk and melted butter.

You can also sprinkle brown sugar on top if desired and place in a preheated oven at 375° for approximately 45 minutes.

Soda Bread basted with buttermilk

Re-baste the loaf every 15 minutes, sprinkling a little more brown sugar on top each time. Test for doneness after 30 minutes and watch it carefully the final 15 minutes.

Fresh baked bread on plate with rosemary by Salt Lake Healthy Hostess

This loaf was pretty crusty on the outside but so fluffy and delicious on the inside! It's like eating a giant biscuit.

Serve It Warm

Potato corn chowder in a bowl with Irish soda bread

The slightly sweet flavor of this Soda Bread is a perfect compliment to savory stews, like our favorite Potato Corn Chowder.

Best served warm out of the oven. If you do have leftovers, I recommend warming them first. It tends to get a crumbly when cooled.

Easy and delicious. There's a reason Irish kitchens have been making this bread for centuries. Bring the taste of the Irish to your next dinner party with this Easy Irish Soda Bread and let me know how you liked it!

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5 from 1 vote

Easy Irish Soda Bread

Crusty and delicious traditional sweet soda bread
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: No rise, quick bread
Servings: 16 servings


  • Large bowl
  • Wooden spoon


  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 4 Tb White sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tb Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Buttermilk

For Basting

  • 2 Tb Butter melted
  • 2 Tb Buttermilk
  • 2 Tb Brown sugar for topping


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Add in the softened butter and used hands to fully incorporate
  • Stir in egg and buttermilk, dough will be like thick cake batter, slightly lumpy
  • Place dough on floured surface and knead lightly
  • Form into dome and place on sprayed baking pan
  • Mix together remaining buttermilk and melted butter
  • Slice top into an X and brush with basting mixture, then sprinkle with sugar
  • Place in oven and bake. Basting every 15 minutes and sprinkling with additional sugar if desired
  • Because ovens vary, check at 30 minutes with toothpick. Place back into oven for additional time unless toothpick comes out clean.
  • Serve immediately with butter and a bowl of stew!


Buttermilk substitute: add 1 Tb lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup milk and allow to sit for 5 minutes


    • Brianna Adams

      I lOVE soda bread. And so easy to make. I’ll have to try this recipe.

      • Karen

        Try Steve Gamelin’s NoKnead Homemade Bread recipes (Google him) – you’ll no longer have a zero tolerance for yeast Ed breads!

        • Brianna Adams

          I’ll definitely have to take a look. I just don’t have a lot of time to make bread but no knead seems like it might be doable. Thank you!

  1. Lori

    We love Irish soda bread! It’s a tradition in our house!

    • Brianna Adams

      It’s the best! But I kind of forgot I could make it at other times of the year! It’s been nice having bread around now that I can’t find yeast.

  2. Natalie Mayhew

    5 stars
    Yum! I love soda bread! This brings back so many memories!

    • Brianna Adams

      I didn’t grow up with it – even though I’ve got a lot of Irish blood – so this has been a really fun addition to our family. Thank you!

  3. Jackie

    Looks so good! I haven’t tried making bread yet.

    • Brianna Adams

      This is the bread to try then. It’s SO easy. It’s like banana bread. Just mix it up and throw it in the oven. No yeast, no waiting for it to rise. And it’s really yummy too!


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