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Stack of Vegan Colcannon Cakes

Vegan Colcannon Cakes

Vegan Colcannon Cakes (or colcannon patties) are the perfect snack for St. Patrick’s Day parties. They make a great appetizer or side dish for dinner, too. 

Makes approximately 18 patties.

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Irish
Keyword colcannon cakes, colcannon patties, colcannon recipe, vegan colcannon
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yields 18 patties
Calories 38 kcal
Author Dianne


  • 3-4 medium-sized potatoes (about 3 heaping cups), any kind,
  • 1 teaspoon neutral-flavored oil
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • cup finely chopped green cabbage
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch or corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  1. If you’re using your oven, preheat it to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover them plus an inch. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Bring to a rolling boil and cook the potatoes are fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, heat the oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat. Add the scallions, cabbage, and parsley, and cook for about 5 minutes or until the cabbage softens.
  4. Drain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl with the non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, potato starch or corn starch, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Mash everything together with a potato masher or large fork until it’s the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  5. Fold the cabbage mixture into the potatoes. Make sure it’s incorporated well.
  6. Use a small scoop or spoon to form balls with the mixture that are approximately 1” in diameter. Flatten each to form a small patty, about ½” thick.
  7. If you’re using your oven, place the patties on the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the nuggets are golden brown. If you’re using your air fryer, cook them for about 15 minutes on 400°. You may need to spray the basket with a little oil to prevent sticking. Whichever cooking method you use, be sure to flip the patties at the halfway point.
  8. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.