Bubble and squeak recipe

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Bubble and squeak is the one of the tastiest ways to use up mash. This easy bubble and squeak recipe sticks to traditional flavours & takes just 10mins prep

Bubble and squeak
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  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories303 Kcal15%
Sugar4.9 g5%
Fat14.7 g21%
Saturated Fat5.8 g29%
Salt0.36 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein10.9 g22%
Carbohydrates33.1 g13%
Salt0.36 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This bubble and squeak recipe is delicious whether you're making it from scratch or using up leftovers the next day.

Bubble and squeak doesn't have to just be for leftovers after the main meal on Christmas day, it makes a delicious meal at any time of the day. From brunch right through to dinner time. It's the perfect recipe to make when you have all that left over mashed potato in the fridge from dinner the evening before. Using traditional flavours we've made this recipe easy to follow with classic shredded cabbage, smooth mashed potatoes and a few peppery spring onions.

This bubble and squeak takes just ten minutes to prep. If you are using ready-made mashed potatoes then you can just skip straight to step two of our recipe. Simple! To take your meal to the next level we've added a delicious smoky egg to the top. A tasty modern twist to this traditional British dish.

If you're looking for another recipe to help you use up the rest of your leftover Christmas day feast, then why not try our delicious recipe for turkey pie with leeks and mushroom!


  • 600g potatoes, peeled weight, cut into chunks
  • About 30g butter
  • ½ a January King cabbage (about 300g), shredded
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 6 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • 4 medium or large eggs
  • Smoked paprika
  • Rocket, to serve




  1. Boil the potato chunks in just enough water to cover them until tender. Drain well, keeping the cooking water. Put them back in the pan, dry over the heat, add seasoning and half the butter then roughly crush or mash. Spoon into a large bowl.
  2. Bring the cooking water to the boil again, add the cabbage and cook for 2 minutes. Drain well and add the cabbage to the mash. Season well.
  3. Heat the rest of the butter (and more if you like it really buttery) with the oil in a frying pan, add the spring onions, fry for a minute then add the mash mix, smoothing it out, and cook until it starts to brown on the bottom. Turn it over in chunks and cook for a few minutes more until golden and squeaking.
  4. While that cooks, and if you want to add the egg, poach them for 2-3 minutes. Spoon the bubble and squeak on to plates and top with a poached egg. Sprinkle with seasoning and paprika. Garnish with rocket and serve with a tomato salad, if you like.
Top Tip for making Bubble and squeak

If you have leftover veg lurking at the back of the fridge, this dish is a great way to use them up.

Bubble and squeak is a traditional dish from the Ireland that made its way to England that gets its name from the noise that the cabbage makes as it cooks -it bubbles, and it squeaks! It most often comprises of potatoes and cabbage however a lot of people like to throw in extra vegetables they may have lying around, for example all the yummy Christmas day leftovers like carrots, peas, and the odd bit of ham or turkey!

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies