Go Back
+ servings
Lamb stew in a bowl.
Print Recipe
5 from 6 votes

Lamb Stew (Irish Stew)

A traditional Irish Lamb Stew recipe that's simple to prepare yet full of flavor. It's hearty, nourishing and delicious.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: Irish lamb stew, Irish stew, lamb stew
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 458kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 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


  • 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 one hour.
  • After one hour add the potatoes, carrots, turnip, and bacon. Cook for an additional 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 1363mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10240IU | Vitamin C: 40.9mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 4.2mg