Traditional Irish Stew: A Truly, Hearty Irish Meal


With the weather in Ireland always being a bit unpredictable, a traditional Irish Stew recipe is a must-have for any cold, rainy nights that come along! This recipe is easy to follow and easy to prepare, making it a perfect dish to share with family and friends.


  • 5lbs of lamb (or beef)
  • 3 large onions
  • 4 large carrots
  • 6-8 large potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 leek
  • Beef/lamb stock

Don’t forget – you can also add different vegetables and herbs of your choice. Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients for your tasty Irish stew!


  • Remove the meat from the lamb/beef bones, chop into 3-5 cm pieces and set aside.
  • Finely chop your onions and cut your carrots and leek into rough chunks. Peel and chop your potatoes.
  • In a large frying pan heat half the oil to hot, add the lamb/beef pieces and brown all over by turning.
  • Take a large pot and add your meat, onions, carrots and leek! Cover with 4 cups of water, bring to the boil and then let the stew gently simmer for 2 hours.
  • Skim with a large tablespoon if necessary and as the water reduces, gently top up with your beef/lamb stock for extra flavor.
  • Add your potatoes to the pot and continue to cook for the last 20-25 minutes until the potatoes soften.
  • You can continue to let the stew simmer to reduce it further, and season with salt and pepper as it cooks.
  • Serve hot with tasty sourdough bread to soak up the delicious stew!

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