Simple Soda Bread Recipe (+ Version with Cheese & Onions)

Soda bread is a perfect get out of trouble yeast-free bread which is great to make when you don’t have time to wait for dough to rise.  

Read on to see the recipe, find out more about soda bread and see an additional recipe for soda bread with cheese and onions.

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Quick and easy soda bread

Make this tasty soda bread to turn a soup or stew into a hearty meal.
3.38 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6 People
Calories 257 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet or tray
  • Sheet of baking paper
  • Serrated bread knife


  • 375 g Plain white flour
  • ¾ tsp Sea salt (Maldon if you have it)
  • ¾ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 284 ml Buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
  • Place a sheet of baking paper onto the bakingtray or sheet.
  • Add all the ingredients to the mixing bowl mix and bring together with your hands to form a dough.
  • If the dough seems too dry, add a splash of milk to the mix. 
  • Generously flour your work surface and tip out the dough onto the flour.
  • Gently shape the dough into a round shape and lightly roll all sides in the flour so they're covered.
  • Place the loaf on the lined tray.
  • Using a bread knife cut a line into the middle of the dough stopping once you get half way through. Then turn and cut another line halfway through to form a cross (see image).
    Image of an uncooked soda bread loaf with a cross cut in
  • Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes until the loaf is golden brown and crunchy on the top – it should also hear a hollow sound when you knock on the base of the loaf.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!


Sodium: 478mgCalcium: 64mgVitamin A: 78IUSugar: 2gFiber: 2gPotassium: 131mgCholesterol: 5mgCalories: 257kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 2gProtein: 8gCarbohydrates: 50gIron: 3mg
Keyword No knead, No rise, No yeast, Soda Bread
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Soda bread with cheese and onions


  • 1 quantity soda bread dough (see above) stop at stage 4 while the dough is still in the mixing bowl.
  • One small red onion
  • 75g Mature cheddar cheese – grated
  • 1tbs olive oil


  1. Chop the onion into small pieces. 
  2. Place a small pan over a medium to low head, add the olive oil and gently fry the onions for around five minutes until slightly softened. 
  3. Leave the onions to cool.
  4. Add the onions and grated cheddar to the mixing bowl with the dough and gently fold it into the dough with your hands.
  5. Continue with the soda bread recipe from step 5 (see above).

What is soda bread?

Soda bread is a traditional Irish recipe which is made by using baking soda as the rising agent instead of yeast. Soda bread has a unique taste which is unlike bread made with yeast, it has a fluffy almost scone-like texture and crunchy top which is extra tasty.

It’s very easy to make soda bread, because it doesn’t need time to rise, no kneading is required and this recipe only contains four ingredients which are flour, salt, buttermilk and bicarbonate of soda.

If you’ve not used buttermilk before, its consistency is a bit like a thin yogurt and it helps to give soda bread it’s fluffy texture. 

You can buy buttermilk from most supermarkets and it’s usually found alongside fresh cream, the main buttermilk brand is St. Ivel.  

Soda bread goes well with soup, stews or just warm with lashings of real butter.

Read on to see the soda bread recipe and an additional recipe for soda bread with cheese and red onions.

How long can you keep soda bread for?

For best results, soda bread is best eaten within 24hours of baking.  You can freeze a soda bread loaf or slices and it does freeze well, but I recommend freezing it when it’s very fresh.

To save time, make a double batch of soda bread and freeze one of the cooked loaves in a large freezer bag and then simply defrost and use.

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Hi, I’m Rachel Jones, I’ve been baking bread for nearly 20 years now, and I’m excited to share my baking tricks with you at Loafy Bread. In the past, I baked on a professional level, but I no longer do that, because it’s physically exhausting! I still bake and cook all the time for my family and friends and to create new recipes for this site. Bread is in my genes, I was brought up on homemade bread and most of my close family are keen bakers, so my baking skills just happened naturally and have developed over time. Find more from Rachel Jones at where she helps visitors with food weights for cooking and calorie counting.

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