Irish Stew Recipe for St. Patrick Day 2024 - Saint Patricks Day

Irish Stew Recipe for St. Patrick Day 2024


Irish Stew is a traditional dish from Ireland, loved the world over. It was traditionally made with mutton (sheep), but it is now often made with the easier-to-find lamb. This stew is full of pantry staples and cheaper cuts of meat. It’s a good one to serve with a few friends around the table on a winter’s night with a few bottles of red wine.

Prep TimeTotal TimeServings
50 mints2 hrs 30 mints4 to 5


  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower Oil
  • 200 grams Smoked Streaky Bacon (preferably in one piece, skinned and cut into chunks)
  • 900 grams Stewing Lamb (cut into large chunks)
  • 5 Medium Onions (sliced)
  • 5 Carrots (sliced into chunks)
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • Small bunch of Thyme
  • 100 grams Pearl Barley
  • 850 milliliters Lamb Stock
  • 6 Medium Potatoes (cut into chunks)
  • Small knob of Butter
  • 3 Spring Onions (finely sliced)


Step 1

Heat the 3 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Working in 3 batches, cook the lamb over moderate heat until browned all over, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a large plate.

Step 2

Add the onions to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes; transfer to the plate.

Step 3

Remove the casserole from the heat and add enough oil to make 6 tablespoons of fat. Whisk in the flour, then return the casserole to the heat. Add the wine and bring to a simmer over moderate heat, scraping the bottom of the casserole.

Step 4

Stir in 4 cups of water along with the stock and whisk until smooth and simmering, then add the lamb and onion mixture and bring to a simmer.

Step 5

Add the remaining seasonings and cook for one hour.

Step 6

Add the potatoes and simmer until they are tender.

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