Whether you’re looking for some classics you grew up on, or are exploring British cuisine for the first time, you’ve come to the right place.
This collection of traditional British Recipes includes thirty great dishes, from breakfast to supper, and of course some pub favorites and teatime treats.
Cook your way through all of these great recipes, you’re sure to find some new family favorites!
The Best British Recipes:
1. Toad in the Hole
Lets start this British recipes with a fun one.. As if Yorkshire pudding wasn’t amazing enough, this uniquely named dish ramps up the flavor by adding in whole sausages. Serve with gravy for an amazing complete meal.
2. Lancashire Hotpot
Lancashire Hotpot is a very traditional dish from Lancashire in northwest England.
Meat and veggies in a savory broth are topped with sliced potatoes, then baked. It’s part stew, part casserole, and total comfort food.
3. Welsh Rarebit
This British classic will be a staple in your kitchen. Breakfast? Snack? Dinner? You are all set if you have this pile of cheesy sauce over toast.
4. Bangers and Mash
One of the most most iconic dishes on this list of British Recipes is the very famous Bangers and Mash. Simply meaning sausages with mashed potatoes and gravy, it’s the ultimate British comfort food.
5. Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips! This crispy combination of beer battered cod with chips is a favorite in British pubs and the world over.
Serve it with tartar sauce, lemon and, to keep that British authenticity, malt vinegar.
6. Shepherds Pie
You’re going to love this cozy shepherd’s pie. Tender lamb or beef and veggies in a hearty gravy, then all is topped off with mashed potatoes. Great comfort food!
7. Chicken Tikka Masala
These aromatic chicken chunks in creamy tomatoeey sauce might remind you a little bit of butter chicken, but there are subtle differences.
I absolutely love the recipe below and it will show how easy it is to recreate one of the very iconic dishes in your kitchen.
8. Full English Breakfast
The Full English Breakfast is the best way to start your day, with eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, toast and veggies.
Bring a big appetite, this is how you do breakfast, British style.
9. Yorkshire Pudding
Yorkshire Pudding is a classic British side dish, and one of the most delicious things you will ever taste.
Only requiring 5 basic ingredients, it’s the perfect side for roast beef or lamb.
10. Cornish Pasties
Cornish Pasties are flaky pastry pockets filled with beef and vegetables. A similar idea to empanadas or samosas, they make for a great handheld snack.
This traditional Welsh lamb Cawl is a simple stew made from lamb shoulder and root vegetables. It’s a great cold weather food, and we love it with some crusty bread.
Scones are the perfect snack to munch on during tea time. This recipe shows you how to bake them perfectly in your own home.
It’s also a great basic recipe that allows you to add in your favorite inclusions.
13. Bubble and Squeak
Bubble and Squeak is a typical British way to use up potatoes and cabbage leftover from roast. The two are mashed together, then fried into a patty. Everything is topped off with crumbled bacon and a cooked egg.
14. Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce
This Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce is a real crowd pleaser. It’s a great dish to serve for holidays like Easter, Christmas or New Year.
This leg of lamb is coated in a garlic rosemary lemon crust, then roasted to perfection.
15. Mushy Peas
Mushy Peas are a popular British side. Peas are simply cooked, then mashed and seasoned. You can’t get much simpler than that!
16. Beef Wellington
Beef Wellington is a decadent meal made to impress! Beef tenderloin is covered in finely chopped mushrooms and wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, then roasted.
This is a great centerpiece for a holiday or special occasion.
17. Beans on Toast
Beans on Toast is a super simple dish, that can be a breakfast, lunch or snack. It requires exactly two ingredients: toasts and Heinz baked beans.
18. Banoffee Pie
Here is one of England’s most beloved desserts… Banoffee Pie. Gooey caramel, sliced banana and homemade whipped cream make for a delicious combination!
19. Ploughman’s Lunch
The Ploughman’s Lunch is a pub favorite all over Britain. It’s a spread of cold meats, cheeses, bread and pickle. Make sure to serve it with cellar temperature beer.
20. Cauliflower Cheese
Cauliflower Cheese is a decadent dish of roasted cauliflower in a creamy, cheesy sauce, then baked. Think mac and cheese, but with cauliflower in place of the pasta.
21. Singing Hinnies
Hailing from the North East, Singing Hinnies are griddle cakes with a texture similar to scones.
They’re great with afternoon tea, topped with a dab of butter.
22. Steak and Ale Pie
This steak and ale pie is creative, tasty, and melts in your mouth. It’s inspired by the best British pubs, and it’s sure to impress, regardless of whether you’re in the UK, the US, or somewhere else in the world.
23. Homemade Worcestershire Sauce
Worcestershire sauce is one of the best flavor enhancers or of Britain. As with most things, homemade is so much better. You can refrigerate it for up to a month.
24. Liver and Onions
Liver and Onions is a very popular dish in the UK. Beef liver is sautéed in olive oil and served with plenty of onions.
Serve this dish alone, or with mashed potatoes.
25. Spotted Dick
The name might sound funny, but spotted dick is one of the most popular desserts in Britain.
It’s an English steamed pudding with plenty of dried currants (which make it “spotted”).
26. Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns are sweet spiced buns that are studded with dried fruits. A cross is marked on the top of the bun, hence the name. They are a popular treat during Easter season.
27. Potted Shrimps
Potted Shrimps are a fantastic seafood dish. The cooked shrimp are soaked in butter, then left in the fridge overnight to marinate. Served over crusty bread, they’re a great lunch or appetizer.
28. Deviled Kidneys
Deviled Kidneys are a traditional British breakfast recipe. This kidney is cooked in various sauces and spices, then served with buttered toast.
29. Clotted Cream
Clotted Cream is the best spread for your scones, and goes great on a variety of other bread products as well.
You don’t have to go to England to enjoy your tea time treat though, because clotted cream is easy to make at home. It’s easy to make, and requires exactly one ingredient!
30. Gypsy Tart
Wrapping up our list of British Recipes, this Gypsy Tart is a sweet treat from Kent made from evaporated milk and muscovado sugar. It’s so easy, anyone can make it!
We hope you enjoy these classic British Recipes as much as we do. There’s just so many tasty dishes to choose from!
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- 8oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp Mustard powder
- 1/2 cup Beer
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 4 slices of bread
- Over medium heat, melt butter in a sauce pan.
- Slowly stir in flour to create a smooth roux. Stir in paprika, salt, pepper, mustard powder.
- Slowly stir in milk followed by beer.
- Once you have smooth consistency, add in cheese and Worcestershire sauce.
- Toast bread and serve covered in cheese sauce.
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