Irish Stew Recipes

Our best dark and hearty Irish stew recipes, whatever the occasion. Find authentic recipes for stew with lamb, stout beer, and more traditional Irish ingredients.

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Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

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This is a recipe I shared with my girlfriends from my recipe club last year! It is a yummy alternative to corned beef for St. Pat's Day and a wonderful anytime dish!

Beef Stew with Ale

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A delicious stew with a good brown lager flavor.

Chef John's Irish Stew

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Pay attention to the cut of lamb used in this recipe. I used lamb shoulder chops, which are a fantastic value, when you consider flavor, useable meat, and price. They will probably be the cheapest lamb at the store, have more flavor and richness than leg meat, and are cheaper than shanks and loins. It takes a while for the meat to braise and fall off the bone, but it's a wait rewarded with tender, succulent chucks of lamb.

Beef and Guinness® Stew

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The maltiness of dark beer really does amazing things for this gravy. It's a very simple dish, but at the same time it has a deep, complex, rich flavor. I served this in a nice ring of green onion-mashed potatoes. I hope you give this a try, whether for St. Patrick's Day or anytime of the year.

Simple Slow Cooker Irish Stew

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I received this recipe when I was in the third grade. Our teacher made this for us in class on St. Patrick's Day, and I've made this very simple, hearty meal every year in March since then.

Instant Pot® Irish Stew

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This hearty Irish lamb stew is perfect for a chilly day, and easy to make in an Instant Pot®! Serve as-is or with rice on the side.

Chef John's Irish Pork Stew

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I'm sure you've heard by now that corned beef and cabbage is not authentic St. Patrick's Day food. I decided to do a little mash-up and this Irish pork stew with baby cabbage was the result. By the way, baby cabbage can be a little hard to find, but you can use Brussels sprouts, and no one will know the difference, mostly because there isn't one.

Traditional Irish Stew

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Pure comfort food for a chilly day for the slow cooker! A little prep time needed up front. Don't be fooled by how much onion and garlic is used. It's honestly not too much! Cheers!

Beer-Baked Irish Beef

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An easy stew you can prep and let simmer for a few hours. Easy to prep the night before and toss in the slow cooker when you get home, for a good down-home meal. Serve with hot boiled potatoes. I have also cut potatoes into cubes and put them right in the slow cooker to save time and dishes. Works great!

Special Irish Beef Stew

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This savory recipe is a complete meal in itself. Don't forget the beer as it's what makes this recipe unique.

Gram's Irish Stew

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This is a stick-to-the-ribs stew I learned as a child from my Gram's. If you like a thicker stew, you can use more cornstarch.

Irish Stew

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Every Irish household has their own version of this famous dish-so here's mine. I like to add chunky pieces of parsnip for a little sweetness, and fresh rosemary gives it a distinct flavour and aroma. If you use a tougher cut of meat, you can leave it to simmer longer before adding the potatoes. Fantastic on a cold, blustery day-served with a pint of the black stuff, of course!

Inspiration and Ideas

Irish Beef Stew with Guinness®

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"OUTRAGEOUSLY delicious. Going to try cooking it on the stove next time." – Bellaland

Beer-Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

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"This has become one of my favorite recipes. Worth every minute of the making. Make enough for leftovers tomorrow: you'll want them!" – Miki DeLatte Corum

Tammy's Irish Stew

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This is not an American stew i.e. no liquid gravy with ingredients floating in it (like a soup) but a thick meat and vegetable stew with the meat being used to flavor, not as the main part of the dish. Serving: Serve with good crusty bread - can use ketchup on it, etc. (Some do but I don't - I prefer HP Sauce®.) Will taste even better if made 1 day in advance.