Favorite Irish Stew Recipe
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Favorite Irish Stew Recipe

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Lamb is a great source of protein and adds a delicious flavor to this classic stew. If you can't find it at your grocery store, try using beef stew meat instead. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 271 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 618mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Place 1/3 cup flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add lamb, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown lamb in batches in 2 tablespoons oil. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, saute onions in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  3. Add broth, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Return lamb to the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender.
  4. Add potatoes and carrots; cover and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in peas; cook 5-10 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Add seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Combine remaining flour with water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Irish Stew in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p41

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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[email protected] User ID: 2731069 172374
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

"Omg! The Best stew ever...although, I personally placed it in a slow cooker + the frozen peas + turned it off an hour before serving and my spouse added 1 cup of sour cream 2 thicken it up abit...delish!"

taub User ID: 7737133 170897
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"I loved this stew, i worked diligently to get this perfect. I added a box of white mushrooms. it was SUPER DELICIOUS!!! but then i added the flour paste thickner at the end and it ruined the dish. i should of known better. The flour paste at the end is to thicken if its needed, otherwise the dish can do without and since i followed the 4 cup broth direction and added extra mushroom, it was delicious. SO DONT ADD FLOUR PASTE AT END IF YOU DONT NEED TO, its just a thickner"

kayakbabe1 User ID: 1292154 110811
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Very tasty Irish stew! We added some spinach which makes it even better and greener!"

ConnieK User ID: 282614 170895
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"Excellent recipe. I used beef instead of lamb and have to say this is the best beef stew I have ever made. I can't imagine what it will taste like tomorrow because is was perfect today!!!! This is definitely a keeper."

caree929 User ID: 3830950 209514
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"I tried making lamb stew for St. Patrick's Day a few years ago and didn't like the result. The stew was too rich for my taste. But I thought I'd try again with this recipe and boy am I glad I did! It was pretty easy and very flavorful. The stew had just the right consistency and tasted wonderful with homemade soda bread. I would like to try to make this in my slow cooker, only because I'm not fond of having to stand over the stovetop when I make stew! I will definitely make this again!"

millieanne User ID: 3525056 158811
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"Hearty and quite tasty. Even my toddler enjoyed the beef and peas. I'd make it again!"

kmnowak User ID: 3453696 102265
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"The Worcestershire and Thyme give it such a great flavor. Makes a great chicken stew too!"

BobbyFlayFan User ID: 6429059 155284
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

"Very easy to prepare and very good taste. One modification I made was instead of 4 cups of beef broth, I used 2 cups of beef broth and 2 cups of chicken broth. Tastes great the day of, it's going to taste even better tomorrow!!"

tinkerbell9902 User ID: 5896539 175057
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"We used beef in this recipe, but easy to make and very hearty. It will be replacing our beef stew recipe and we will be making this instead. Husband and kid both loved it also."

amypee User ID: 6378581 175002
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"Excellent recipe we all loved it. Can't wait to make it again - cheers!"

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