Keef Cooks logo
British food-lover Keef shows you how to cook amazing food with easy to follow recipes and videos. So stop wasting your time and money on takeaways or supermarket ready meals, and Get Cooking!

Irish Stew

Introduction & method

If you can get mutton, that's ideal for this dish, but if you can't, use lamb. You want it to have some fat on it, and on the bone is better - chops are ideal, or maybe shanks. Lean diced lamb isn't really the thing here - we need the fat and bones for flavour. If you decide to use beef, then it's not Irish stew (though it would still be very nice), and this is one thing that you definitely shouldn't put Guinness in - save it for drinking!

Irish Stew Recipe

Peel and chop your onion into small bits. Heat some oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion until browned and caramelised a bit. Remove them from the pan, then add the chops, and get them browned all over. You may need to do them in batches if the pan is too crowded, and you may also need to add a bit more oil. When browned, put them in a large pot with the onions and the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, put a lid on and cook for an hour.

Peel the potatoes and carrots and cut them into bite-sized chunks. Cut the celery into smaller chunks. Add the vegetables to the pot, along with the barley. You may need to add more water to make sure everything is covered. finely chop the parsley and throw that in too. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer with the lid on for at least another hour. Taste for seasoning and add salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Serve with a good chunk of soda bread and butter.

The video above is from the Keef Cooks YouTube channel. Click here to see the video recipe of Irish Stew on YouTube.


Ingredients & Info

 500 grams lamb chops
 1 large onion
 2 carrots
 2 sticks celery
 1 litre chicken or beef stock
 half a cup pearl barley
 a small bunch flat leave parsley


Salt and black pepper to taste, oil for sautéeing

US Customary/Imperial

Serves 4 -6
Prep time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 2 hours.
Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes.