Irish Black and White Pudding
black and white pudding

Irish Black and White Pudding

My wife’s parents were Irish, mother from Dublin and father from Newry, lived in London, and following regular visits “home” would always return with some genuine Irish black and white pudding in their suitcase.

Their return was looked forward to with great excitement and no sooner had the suitcase been opened, the frying pan was on and white pudding on toast was being devoured with great pleasure.

irish pudding on toast
Irish pudding on toast

Black pudding (blood sausage) may be more popular worldwide, but white pudding is very popular in Ireland and an important part of an Irish breakfast. The white is similar to the black, but it contains no blood, only pork, spices, and usually oatmeal.

Clonakilty black and white puddings from County Cork are our preference with quite a peppery taste. They have been making black pudding since the 1880s using an unchanged recipe to this day. Their white pudding is a relatively new addition only sold since 1986.

clonakilty black and white pudding
Clonakilty black and white puddings

If you fancy a proper fry-up Irish style, Rachel Allen makes a fine breakfast in her book Rachel’s Irish Family Food, © 2013 Harper Collins Publishers

irish weekend fried breakfast
Irish weekend fry up



  1. Hello, I’ve finally found something resembling Irish black and white pudding here in Switzerland. But I had to go to Portuguese grocery to find it. The puddings I can get in Switzerland are very bland in taste and don’t have those necessary additional spices. I like your idea of scrambled egg on toast topped with fried pudding slices.

    • Maybe you could order some online? I don’t know what the import rules are in Switzerland for meat products.

  2. I have just tasted them here in Dublin !!!
    Very very delicious!!!
    I come from Milan Italy and we are not so common to taste things like this so spice but it’s ok!!!

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