Traditional Irish Stew

Kristin D


This stew was traditionally made with lamb or mutton, potatoes and, every so often, carrots.

Also, this is aboslutely AMAZING with some Irish soda bread, which I will be posting as well. :)

For those of us who want something quick and easy, you can make this in the slow cooker a day in advance.
This is a white stew, which means the meat itself isn't browned before going in. Also, making it a day in advance really brings out the combinations of flavors and gives them time to blend together. :)


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15 Min
8 Hr


  • 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 3 lb
    neck of lamb, trimmed of all visible fat (if you aren't a lamb fan, you can sustitute beef instead)
  • 3 large
    yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 large
    carrots, sliced
  • 4
    starchy potatoes, such as russets, yukon golds or white rounds; quartered
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 3 1/2 c
    hot beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • ·
    salt and pepper

How to Make Traditional Irish Stew


  1. Preheat oven to 225 F. Put flour into a large Ziploc bag and season well with salt and pepper. Add your lamb and shake well to coat. Do this in batches if necessary. Arrange the lamb in the bottom of a flameproof dutch oven.
  2. Layer your onions, carrots and potatoes on top of the lamb.
  3. Sprinkle in the thyme and pour in the beef stock. Cover and cook in preheated oven for 7-8 hours. Garnish with the parsley and serve straight from your dutch oven.

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About Traditional Irish Stew

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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