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Traditional Irish Lamb Stew Recipe

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
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
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.