Slow cooked Irish lamb stew

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Succulent lamb cooked in a rich gravy flavored with thyme and Guinness, makes this Irish lamb stew the perfect comfort food served with mashed potatoes.

Irish lamb stew

If soft, succulent lamb cooked in a rich Guinness and red wine gravy with potatoes and carrots seems like your kind of thing, you’ve come to the right place. And may I just say, you have excellent taste. Because this Irish lamb stew is the kind of recipe dreams are made of. The sauce is full of flavor thanks to the dark beer, red wine and herbs and there is nothing more comforting than a big pot of stew served with creamy mashed potatoes.

Use deboned lamb (shoulder or leg of lamb work best) and to cut down on cooking time, make sure the chunks aren’t too big. Of course you can make this lamb stew in a pressure- or slow cooker which makes it a totally hands-off dish. Just be sure to sear the meat well before adding the cooking liquid as this is where so much of the flavor develops.

Irish lamb stew

How to make Irish lamb stew

Sear stewing lamb in a large, oven-proof pot, until well-browned all over. Cook the onions, carrots, celery and garlic until fragrant then add thyme and the red wine. Allow the wine to reduce by half then add the lamb back into the pot along with the Guinness. If necessary, add beef/lamb stock to ensure the meat is covered with liquid. Simmer gently, with the lid ajar, for 1-1½ hours or until the lamb is starting to soften. Add peeled and chopped potatoes and simmer for another 30-45 minutes until the potatoes, carrots and lamb are all soft and cooked through. Season to taste and serve.

What to serve with Irish lamb stew

Irish lamb stew

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Irish lamb stew
Irish lamb stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 40 mins
 

Succulent lamb cooked in a rich gravy flavored with thyme and Guinness, makes this Irish lamb stew the perfect comfort food served with mashed potatoes.

Course: Dinner, Stew
Cuisine: Dinner
Keyword: Irish lamb stew, Irish stew, Lamb stew
Servings: 8
Calories: 321 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • kg (3 pounds) stewing lamb (shoulder/leg, de-boned and cubed)
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 pieces fresh celery finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp flour (optional)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 500 ml (2 cups) Guinness
  • 1-2 cups beef/lamb stock (to top up the liquid of the stew if necessary)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large pot and brown the lamb in batches. Remove and set aside. 

  2. In the same pot, sauté the onions, carrots and celery until they start to color slightly. Season with salt and pepper.  Add the garlic and thyme and cook for another minute then add the flour. 

  3. Stir to coat the vegetables in the flour then add the wine and some stock, if necessary. Allow to simmer until the wine reduces. 

  4. Add the lamb and Guinness to the pot and stir to combine with the vegetables. If necessary, top up with stock to ensure the meat is covered in liquid. 

  5. Lower the heat and gently simmer with the lid ajar for an hour to 90 minutes or until the lamb starts to soften. If necessary, add more stock during cooking. 

  6. Add the chopped potatoes when the lamb starts to soften and cook for another 30-45 minutes over low heat until the sauce has thickened and the potatoes and lamb are cooked through. 

  7. Adjust the seasoning and serve. 

Nutrition Facts
Irish lamb stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Potassium 714mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 102.2%
Vitamin C 5.4%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Showing 4 comments
  • Lucille
    Reply

    We have friends coming over so I decided to make this stew. Just had a sneak taste and WOW! Such a simple, delicious recipe. I made your cheesy bread too so can’t wait for dinner.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Oh yay! I’m so glad you like it. Enjoy dinner!

  • Reply

    My husband Tom would LOVE this! He’s a huge stew fan. Comfort food doesn’t get much better Alida! Such a cozy meal!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      It’s a stew-fan’s dream Mary Ann. Tom will love this one.

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