Beef stew is one of my favourite winter comfort foods and with St Patrick’s Day coming up, an Irish style beef stew is in order! I often go with lamb for an Irish style stew but beef is also great and you really can’t go wrong with either when you are slowly braising it until it just melts in your mouth! This is a pretty easy beef stew recipe with an optional Irish stout making up part of the broth and I like to add some non-traditional Worcestershire sauce and fish sauce for some umami flavour! The base version of the recipe includes onions, carrots and potatoes and you can add things like celery and peas. I like to make a double or triple sized batch of this on the weekend and have enough leftovers for lunches or meals during the week!
I like to serve this with some Irish soda bread (or cheddar and rosemary soda bread or bacon and cheddar soda bread! Yum!
Irish Beef Stew
An easy Irish style beef stew with slowly braised beef!
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 pound beef, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 can Irish stout (or 2 cups beef broth)
- 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 medium white potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
- 3 carrots, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optiaonal)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the beef in the oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat until browned on all sides before setting aside and draining off all but 1 tablespoon of the grease.
- Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook unitl fragrant, about a mintute.
- Add 1/2 cup of the broth and deglaze the pan by scraping any brown bits up from the bottom of the pan as the broth sizzles before adding the remaining broth, stout, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves.
- Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the beef is almost falling apart tender, about 2-3 hour, OR transfer to a preheated 350F/180C oven and roast, covered, until the beef is tender, about 2-3 hours, OR transfer to a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or on high for 3-5 hours.
- Add the potatoes and carrots and cook until tender, about 15 minuites.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce and fish sauce before seasoning with salt and pepepr to taste.
Option: Add 1/4 cup flour (rice flour for gluten-free) along with the garlic for a thicker, more gravy like stew!
Option: Add 2 stalks celery, sliced)
Option: Add 1/2 cup peas.
Option: Use lamb instead of beef.
Tip: Make a double batch!
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