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Ferg's Ulster Fry-up Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Ferg's Ulster Fry-up

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"In the North of Ireland, locals treat themselves to this enormous breakfast on the weekends. The fried breads make it unique. Soda bread and potato farls are cooked in reserved bacon fat making them golden and crispy. Served alongside Irish bacon, sausage, black pudding, tomato and egg - you won't need to eat again for the rest of the day!"

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Original recipe makes 2 breakfasts Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon and sausages, until they are browned. Reserving the fat in the pan, transfer to a heat resistant dish. Keep warm in the oven.
  3. Fry both sides of the potato and soda farls in the reserved fat for a few minutes, or until they are golden and crispy. Meanwhile, heat oil in smaller skillet over medium heat and cook black pudding slices and tomato halves. Transfer everything to the dish in the oven to keep warm.
  4. Crack eggs into the pan with any residual bacon grease, adding more oil to the skillet if necessary. Fry until egg whites are set but yolks are still runny, or to your liking. Divide everything onto 2 separate plates and serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 06, 2006

When this breakfast started frying up, the crowds came running. Then they started jostling each other to get to the goods. Everything looked, smelled, and tasted sooooo amazing! I didn't wash it down with a pint of Guiness...an excellent coffee had to do. Could I eat this every day? Sure! But I'd have fewer days in the long run, and I'd have to run 10 miles a day to work off the calories. It will have to be a once-in-a-while treat. But what a treat!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 16, 2014

Belfast girl here to explain an ulster fry! An ulster fry is unique to ulster! I have one every weekend. It is a six county fry up ( an item for each county of ulster). Potato bread, soda bread, bacon, eggs, sausages and fried tomato or mushrooms, the last varies wherever you get it from. I've been eating ulster fries since I could chew and I have never had black pudding in my life, nor did my mummy, daddy, grandparents. It is an item from mainland united kingdom, also known as blood sausage? It originates from Lancashire. We don't have it in a traditional ulster fry here although a few hotels and restaurants have started to serve it over the years, along with hash browns, white pudding etc but it has no place in an ulster fry and I personally wouldn't be able to anything that shared a plate with it lol.


19 Ratings

Mar 17, 2008

I made this for a special St. Patrick's Day breakfast for my family. I love how fast and easy it was to make -- I made it all (minus boiling and mashing the potatoes the night before for the Farl) in 30 mins! I did leave out the black pudding because after reading the ingredients it just didn't sound like something my family or I would like. I had no idea how much this was going to yield! I made everything to the specifications, and it was SO MUCH food! I have a family of 4, and easily could have cut the recipe in half and still had plenty. Like others have said, its not something you would want to have everyday - loaded with fat, carbs, and calories - but for a once-in-a-while treat, yum!

Mar 17, 2008

Growing up in an Irish family (Dad was from Northern Ireland) My dad got black pudding and Irish sausages from the Irish butcher shop, they are so good, I live in Pa,USA, now and I can't get black pudding or Irish sausage here. When I visited my relitives in Northern Ireland, they made me this breakfast and it's fantastic. Can't wait to go back.

Mar 22, 2010

I live in the States, but my Dad's from London, and I have many fond memories of having a "Full English Breakfast" very similar to this one as a kid. For those of us who live in the States and can't get the Irish bacon, sausages and black pudding from our local stores, there are some US-based online companies who offer these goods. I can personally recommend Tommy Moloney's I've ordered from them several times and have been very satisfied. It costs a little more than what you'd find at the supermarket, because of the shipping, but it's worth the splurge every so often. British/Irish rashers (bacon) and sausage are very different from the style we have here. Their bacon is much less fatty than ours. I love it!

Mar 17, 2009

I'm from Northern Ireland and you can get this entire meal for 99P or $1.50. We treat ourselves for breakast, lunch or even dinner. Recipes for potato farles and soda scones go back hundreds of years.

Oct 27, 2006

This is belter! Had it may times after a night on the town. Ferg must be a big guy if he eats these all the time

Mar 17, 2010

I made Ferg's Ulster Fry-up for last year's St Patrick's breakfast, & will make it again this year. I didn't make the mushrooms & blood sausage because I don't like those foods. I made both the Potato & the Soda Farls (on this site, also by Ita). This was very tasty, tho' will enjoy it only a couple of times a year, as it is all fried in bacon fat. The tomato is a great & very tasty addition; its acidity helps to cut the fattiness. I liked the Potato Farl better than the Soda Farl (bread).


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  • Calories
  • 643 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 227 mg
  • 76%
  • Fat
  • 47.7 g
  • 73%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 21 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 957 mg
  • 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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