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Irish Lamb Stew

Lamb stew is a hearty, flavorful and melt-in-your mouth traditional Irish stew. A combination of tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, turnip and onion, this easy and delicious stew is nourishing during the fall and winter months. It’s also a festive St. Patrick’s Day recipe.

Lamb stew is a hearty, flavorful and melt-in-your mouth traditional Irish stew. A combination of tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, turnip and onion, this easy and delicious stew is nourishing during the fall and winter months. It's also a festive St. Patrick's Day recipe and gluten-free, paleo and Whole30.

Lamb Stew (Irish Stew)

Lamb stew was a hearty recipe I grew up eating during the cold winter months. I’ve got a lot of Irish blood in me, but I’m also originally from New Zealand and kiwi’s eat just as much lamb as the Irish! If you’ve ever visited New Zealand, you’ll know by all the white fluffy dots that line the green landscape.

This version of lamb stew is gluten-free and paleo friendly. There’s no Guinness or flour used in this recipe and to be honest, there’s no need for it. Fresh vegetables, tender lamb and flavorful spices work together beautifully all on their own. Just ask my dad who jumped at the chance to eat this lamb stew.

Lamb stew is a hearty, flavorful and melt-in-your mouth traditional Irish stew. A combination of tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, turnip and onion, this easy and delicious stew is nourishing during the fall and winter months. It's also a festive St. Patrick's Day recipe and gluten-free, paleo and Whole30.

Lamb stew is a hearty, flavorful and melt-in-your mouth traditional Irish stew. A combination of tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, turnip and onion, this easy and delicious stew is nourishing during the fall and winter months. It's also a festive St. Patrick's Day recipe and gluten-free, paleo and Whole30.

How to Make Lamb Stew

So let’s chat about the recipe. I used organic New Zealand lamb shoulder and cubed it into two-inch chunks. The lamb will shrink a bit when it’s cooked, so it’s okay if the chunks seem big. From there, the stew comes together really easy.

  • Just sauté a few slices of bacon, season the lamb with salt and pepper and brown all sides of the lamb in the bacon fat.
  • Remove the lamb to a plate and sauté the onions until golden.
  • Add the lamb back to your pot along with broth and dried thyme and simmer for an hour.
  • While the lamb is simmering, chop up some carrots, potatoes and a turnip and then add to the stew and cook an additional 20 minutes.

And that’s it. A hearty, melt-in-your-mouth, flavorful lamb stew recipe.

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Lamb stew is a hearty, flavorful and melt-in-your mouth traditional Irish stew. A combination of tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, turnip and onion, this easy and delicious stew is nourishing during the fall and winter months. It's also a festive St. Patrick's Day recipe and gluten-free, paleo and Whole30.

Lamb stew is a hearty, flavorful and melt-in-your mouth traditional Irish stew. A combination of tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, turnip and onion, this easy and delicious stew is nourishing during the fall and winter months. It's also a festive St. Patrick's Day recipe and gluten-free, paleo and Whole30.

Lamb stew is a hearty, flavorful and melt-in-your mouth traditional Irish stew. A combination of tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, turnip and onion, this easy and delicious stew is nourishing during the fall and winter months. It's also a festive St. Patrick's Day recipe and gluten-free, paleo and Whole30.
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Irish Lamb Stew (Irish Stew)

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
A traditional Irish Lamb Stew recipe that's simple to prepare yet full of flavor. It's hearty, nourishing and delicious.
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lb lamb shoulder, cubed
  • 4 slices bacon, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 lbs new potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 6 small to medium carrots, peeled and sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 turnip, cubed
  • 4 cups chicken, beef or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Season the lamb with salt and pepper and set aside
  • Heat a large dutch oven (6 to 7-QT) on medium heat and add the bacon. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon to a paper towel.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the lamb pieces (working in batches), browning all sides in the bacon fat. Remove the lamb to a plate.
  • Add the onion to the dutch oven and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Add the lamb back to the dutch oven along with the broth and dried thyme. Bring the broth to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1.5 hours.
  • After one hour add the potatoes, carrots and turnip. Cook for an additional 20 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 113mg, Sodium: 270mg, Potassium: 1363mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 204.8%, Vitamin C: 49.6%, Calcium: 7.4%, Iron: 23.1%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: Irish lamb stew, Irish stew, lamb stew
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Originally posted November 2016, but updated to include new information. This post was created in partnership with Simply Organic. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help keep Downshiftology going! As always, all opinions are my own. 

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16 comments on “Irish Lamb Stew”

  1. Great recipe and very authentic…being Irish, I know! I make my stew in my pressure cooker (instant pot). Bung it all in together (leave the potatoes whole so they don’t go mushy) and cook for 15mins. Flavourfull fast food.

  2. Made this for dinner this evening.  It was delicious!  I used turkey bacon because we don’t eat pork anymore.  After I browned the turkey bacon I added a splash of olive oil to the pan – since the turkey doesn’t render as much fat.  

    Recently found you on YouTube.  I was searching for “how to cook hard boiled eggs”.  By the way, your technique is the best I’ve found and believe me, I’ve tried TONS of other ways.    Enjoying Downshiftology! :)

    • Wonderful! Turkey bacon is a great sub as well. And I’m happy you love all my recipes and videos – including those boiled eggs. It’s such a fail-safe method, I’m just trying to share the knowledge. ;)

  3. I have family who doesn’t like the taste of lamb. Would the cook times vary if you subbed out lamb for beef stew meat? 

  4. My kids love lamb and this will be the perfect meal for our family. I also will enjoy cleaning one pot!

  5. Yum! This stew definitely does look hearty for a chilly winter day. The flavors sound incredible!

  6. Your cooking tips really help make this recipe easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing this crowd-pleaser.

  7. Oh my goodness, it’s barely lunchtime and I’m already craving this for dinner. The flavors you’ve put together sound mouth-wateringly delicious!

  8. Lamb stew?? Amazing! Love this recipe Thanks for the great tips!