Irish Lamb Stew


This lamb stew recipe is hearty and delicious. It's best to refrigerate the stew overnight and reheat it the next day for eating. This stew "ages" well!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 ½ pounds thickly sliced bacon, diced

  • 6 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup water

  • 4 cups beef stock

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 4 cups diced carrots

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 2 large onions, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Reserve bacon fat in the skillet.

  2. Place lamb, flour, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl; toss to coat evenly. Brown lamb in bacon fat in the skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer browned meat into a stockpot, leaving 1/4 cup of fat in the skillet.

  3. Cook onion and garlic in reserved fat in the skillet over medium heat until onion is golden. Deglaze the skillet with water, then pour onion mixture into the stockpot. Add bacon, beef stock, and sugar to the stockpot. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Add carrots, potatoes, onions, wine, thyme, and bay leaves to the stockpot. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

    close up on a bowl of Irish lamb stew
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

672 Calories
39g Fat
26g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 672
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 1189mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 936mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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