Traditional Irish stew

Traditional Irish stew


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About this recipe: This is a very good traditional Irish stew. Lamb should be used but you can use beef if you like. Serve with Irish soda bread

IrishMountainGirl Wyoming, United States

Serves: 8 

  • oil for frying
  • 2 or 3 onions, chopped
  • 450g (1 lb) lamb stew meat
  • 225g (1/2 lb) parsnips or carrots, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1.3kg (3 lb) potatoes, sliced
  • 500ml (17 fl oz) stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

  1. Brown onions and meat in oil. Once browned, add parsnips or carrots (or a mix) and brown sugar to glaze. Add remaining ingredients and bring to the boil, then cover, lower heat and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve with Irish soda bread.

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Reviews (5)


This is not a real Traditional Irish Stew Recipe. It may be a stew recipe but as an Irish Woman who has lived for almost 40 years in Ireland. I was taught by mother who had been making it for 48 years. This recipe is Not Traditionally Irish Stew. Traditional Irish stew is not made with oil, bay leaves, basil, lamb or brown sugar. The recipe above is a lamb stew not a Traditional Irish Stew which has mince balls, carrots or parsnips, potatoes, Onions,Beef or Vegetable OXO,just cover the ingredients with water. Everything in a pot on a high heat, bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Then serve. There is no wine in Traditional Irish Stew of course wine is part of Traditional English Lamb Stew which is a slow cook recipe. Also soda bread is a part of an Irish Fry. Its not something that would be eaten with a stew - 25 May 2015


Altered ingredient amounts. if you remove the fat from the meat and render it down to release a cooking fat to brown the meat you will have a much better flavour, - 22 Feb 2010


good almost traditional - 22 Feb 2010

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