How to Make Traditional Irish Lamb Stew

how to make traditional irish stew

How to Make Traditional Irish Lamb Stew

Authentic Irish Lamb Stew Recipe

How to make traditional Irish Lamb Stew that is simple but packed full of flavour that your family will love and enjoy.

This Authentic Irish Lamb Stew is a great meal that is loved all across Ireland because it is simple, uses ingredients that is in season and you always feel good after eating a piping hot bowl.

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Irish Lamb Stew Recipe

This Irish Lamb Stew recipe is pretty basic and sticks to tradition of using meat and vegetables that are in season and packed full of goodness.  Make sure if you have a local butcher available to you that you visit him and ask him for the right cut of meat.

It is important that you use lamb that is normally tough and needs a long time cooking to become tender.  For this Irish Lamb stew recipe I always use lamb neck or shoulder, lamb rump is also good too.  Make sure if you are getting it from your butcher you ask them to remove the bone for you if you are not able to do it yourself but get him to give you the bones to use for stock.

In this recipe I use lamb or beef stock but you can also put the bones into the stew to get all the flavour into your meal.

Cooking Lamb Stew

When cooking lamb stew it is important that you cook it over a couple of hours to make sure the meat becomes fork tender and to allow all the flavours to develop.

This is a very straight forward, one pot meal that you can just leave to simmer away and you will be glad you gave it all the time it needs to cook.  I always make sure I add the potatoes at the end of the cooking so that they don’t fall apart in the stew.

I use flour in this recipe to slightly thicken it by coating the meat.  You can remove the flour if you like and add extra potato at the start of cooking which will fall apart and thicken your stew. This is also a very traditional Irish way of thickening soups and stews.

Make sure you season your stew to taste and serve this with a side of Irish Soda bread or freshly baked rolls with Irish creamy butter.


how to make traditional irish lamb stew
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how to make traditional irish stew
Traditional Irish Lamb Stew Recipe
Prep Time
14 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins

Traditional Irish Lamb Stew Recipe packed full of flavour and very simple and easy to make. A one pot meal the family will love and enjoy.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: how to make irish lamb stew, how to make irish lamb stew recipe, how to make traditional irish lamb stew, how to make traditional irish lamb stew recipe, irish lamb stew, irish lamb stew recipe
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 690 kcal
Author: J.J. Sheridan
  • 1 Kg Diced Lamb Preferabley Lamb Neck, Shoulder or Rump
  • 1 Bouquet Garni Parsley Stalks, 2 Sprigs of Thyme, 1 Bayleaf tied
  • 3 larrge White Onions, sliced
  • 4 large Carrots, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 small Turnip/Swede Diced
  • 4 Large Potatoes, quartered Place in bowl of cold water to stop browning
  • 1 ltr Beef or Lamb stock
  • 3 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 4 tbsp Oil Rapeseed or any neutral oil
  • Salt & Pepper to season
  • Finely Chopped Parsley to garnish
  1. Place diced lamb in a bowl ans season with salt and pepper generously then dust with flour and mix to coat.

  2. Heat a heavy based pot on high heat then add the oil, its important to get the oil really hot. You can add one cube of meat and if you hear a sizzle you know you have it hot enough. Brown the lamb in small batches to prevent stewing the meat. When all meat is brown set to one side. Browning the meat is very important. It adds lots of flavour and colour to the dish.

  3. Reduce the heat and add all your vegetables, except the potatoes, into the pan and swet for 5 minutes stirring regulary. Season with salt and pepper. When the onions are translucent add all your meat back into the pot and give it all a good stir to mix.

  4. Pour the stock into the pot until it covers all the meat and vegetables and drop your bouquet garni into the stock. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil.

  5. Once brought to a boil reduce to the lowest heat and allow to simmer for 2 hours skimming any fat and scum that rises to the surface.

  6. After 2 hours add in your potatoes and cook until tender.

  7. Taste your stew and adjust the seasoning as needed. Before serving add in the finely chopped parsley and serve pipping hot with some Irish Soda bread on the side.

J.J. Sheridan

My Name is JJ Sheridan, born in Cork Ireland but spent most of my childhood in County Tipperary. I've been a Chef for a large number of years and have worked in a number of award winning restaurants. I love using local ingredients whenever possible in my food so that I can showcase the best of Irish. My passion is to share with you the best restaurants across Ireland from a Chefs perspective. For many years restaurants have been at the hands of the "food critic". Most of the time these critics will visit the same old restaurants and heap praise on them. Often forgetting about the smaller restaurants who are paving the way for Irish Cuisine. My Goal is to higlight all restaurants, especially the ones the so called food experts never visit and give you a complete list of the best Irish Restaurants to visit.

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