How To Make Traditional Irish Stew

Traditional Irish Stew Recipe

People tend to think there is a special recipe to make traditional Irish Stew but to be honest, there is nothing special about this Irish recipe except that it tastes delicious.

There are only four ingredients to Irish Stew making it a very low cost meal.

With  potatoes being the main ingredient a typical bowl of Stew is enough as one serving but the great thing about this recipe is that it still tastes good when re-heated.

Its probably safe to say that every Irish family have their own method of making stew by adding their own ingredients for flavouring. Always remember though, keep this recipe simple.

Ingredients for cooking Traditional Irish Stew

  • 2 large onions
  • 4 large Carrots
  • ½ stewing steak / mince or lamb
  • 8 large potatoes
  • Salt & pepper (personal preference)

How to make Traditional Irish stew

  • Wash and cut onions into moderate size chunks and add to the pot. (dont like onions? Do not worry, this can still be cooked without onions).
  • Wash carrots and cut into chunks (some prefer thicker chucks for taste).
  • Wash and peel the potatoes (spuds) then cut each one in half.
  • Slice the meat into smaller pieces. If using stewing mince roll into meatballs.
  • Get a large pot and fill it with water. Add the potatoes and meat.
  • Heat pot until water boils then add carrots and onions.
  • Keep on a low boil and stir every now and then until vegetables are cooked.
  • Serve hot!

Cooking time for the Irish stew should be approximately 60 minutes or when the meat is fully cooked and the potatoes are soft inside (check using a fork).

Serving Irish Stew

Stew can be ate at any time of day although eating it for breakfast would be bit much. This can be a substantial meal so dont plan on taking a jog afterwards.

In our family home our mother would make a large pot for lunch every Saturday in the winter months. She would serve it in large bowls with freshly cut bread and butter to be washed down with either a glass of water or milk.

Irish Stew for Kids

The great thing about this meal is that it contains only vegetables and a small amount of meat and kids love it.

Our mother started serving us stew since we were toddlers and its something we serve to our own children. If serving to a toddler make sure to stir the stew into a mush like stew and that there are no large pieces of vegetables or meat. Also ensure the stew is cool before allowing kids to taste it.

Experimenting with Irish Stew

The above recipe makes a great stew but it is common for people to add something extra to give it more taste or to thicken the stew. A small amount of beef gravy granules can do the trick, don’t be afraid to experiment.

Here are just some of the ingredients you can try for yourself.

  • Mushrooms
  • Parsley
  • Herbs
  • Oxtail powdered soup
  • Table Sauce (Brown)
  • Ketchup
  • Curry powder (no this is not a typo and actually tastes great)
Just remember though, the more ingredients you add to your Stew the further you move away from cooking a traditional meal from Ireland. Keep it basic!