Irish Stew

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish, Lamb, Stew
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 537kcal
Irish Stew is perfect for winter weather – it’s hearty and filling, loaded with all kinds of nutritious ingredients, and it’s damn tasty. Plus, once you understand the basic concept and method for making a stew, you can use the same basic template and procedures for making excellent soups and stews with whatever ingredients you like.
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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour for dredging
  • 1 sprig dried thyme
  • 2 pounds lamb leg cut into 1″ cubes
  • 2 medium-sized onions chopped
  • 7 carrots cut lengthwise and chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup pearl barley
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 14.9 oz Can Guinness Stout Beer
  • 10 medium potatoes cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 bunch parsley finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, add about a tablespoon of salt and pepper each to the flour and mix well.
  • Add the lamb and toss until each piece is well coated.
  • In a large stock pot, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add a small drizzle of the oil to bring up the smoke point so the butter won’t burn.
  • Add the carrots and onions to the pot, spread them around the bottom of the pan, and let them sear (meaning don’t stir too frequently!)
  • Stir the vegetables every 2-3 minutes to get a nice sear on all sides.
  • Remove the vegetables from the pan and reserve.
  • Return the pot to the heat and add about 2 tablespoons of oil. Sear the meat on all sides, stirring every 3-4 minutes. Once all sides have been seared, add the Guinness and simmer for 3-4 minutes until reduced by half and thickend.
  • Add stock and the barley. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for 2 hours.
  • Add the potatoes, cover, and simmer for one hour more.
  • Add the reserved vegetables and the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with soda bread and a pint of Guinness.


Sodium: 403mg | Calcium: 92mg | Vitamin C: 77mg | Vitamin A: 12020IU | Sugar: 8g | Fiber: 12g | Potassium: 2296mg | Cholesterol: 71mg | Calories: 537kcal | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 9g | Protein: 32g | Carbohydrates: 84g | Iron: 6mg