Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables

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The lamb in this delicious stew is braised in a flavorful Guinness-spiked broth until it almost falls apart.

guinness lamb stew

Admittedly, I don’t do much to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (other than trying to remember to dress my kids in something green) but I do love the food. To that end, I’ve got two Irish recipes for you this week. First up is this hearty lamb stew with vegetables. The lamb is seared and then braised in a flavorful Guinness-spiked broth until it almost falls apart, and the vegetables are added at just the right time so they don’t get mushy. If you like my Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes, you’ll love this recipe too.

What you’ll need to make Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables

Begin by selecting the right cut of meat, which is lamb shoulder. Locally, I found it at Whole Foods but it was whole so I had to ask the butcher to cut it up for me. Be sure not to buy leg of lamb — it’s best for roasting or grilling, and won’t get tender in a stew. Have your butcher trim as much of the excess fat off the meat as possible, or you can do it yourself when you get home.

You can see some of the excess fat in the photo below where the yellow arrow is. Simply loosen those little flaps of fat with a knife and they pull right off.

How to make Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables

Season the meat with salt and pepper and then brown it in batches in a large pot or Dutch oven.

Be sure the oil is very hot and don’t crowd the pan or the meat won’t sear properly. This step is a bit time consuming but important because it caramelizes the surface of the meat and adds wonderful depth of flavor to the stew.

Set the meat aside, then add the onions and garlic to the pot, along with a few tablespoons of water to loosen the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

Stir in the tomato paste and cook a few minutes more.

Add the lamb back to the pot and sprinkle it with flour, which will thicken the broth as it cooks.

Cook and stir for for a few minutes until the flour dissolves.

Add the braising liquid, which is simply beef broth, Guinness, water and herbs.

Bring the broth to a boil, then cover and simmer for about an hour and twenty minutes.

Add the carrots and potatoes and continue cooking until the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked, about 30 minutes more. Be sure to stir it a few times so the vegetables don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

As you can see below, the broth thickens up nicely as it continues to cook. Right before serving, stir in the frozen green peas. They’ll defrost and cook right in the stew.

You can definitely make this stew a day or two ahead, as the flavor only improves. Just note that the broth thickens up quite a bit in the fridge so you may need to add some water to thin it out.


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Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables

The lamb in this delicious stew is braised in a flavorful Guinness-spiked broth until it almost falls apart.

Servings: 4-6


  • 3 pounds lamb shoulder, well-trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1-1/2-inch
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water, plus 2 tablespoons more for cooking onions and garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks on diagonal
  • 1 pound small white boiling potatoes (baby yukons), cut in half
  • 1 cup frozen green peas


  1. Pat the lamb dry and season with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat one tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Brown the lamb in three batches, adding one more tablespoon of oil for each batch. Do not crowd the pan and let the meat develop a brown crust before turning with tongs. It should take 5-8 minutes per batch. Transfer the browned meat to large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the onions, garlic and 2 tablespoons of water to the pot. Cook until the onions are soft, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of pan, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and cook a few minutes more.
  4. Add the lamb with its juices back to the pan and sprinkle with flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until the flour is dissolved, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the Guinness, beef broth, water, bay leaf, rosemary sprig and sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon to loosen any brown bits from the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, turn the heat down to low and simmer for one hour and twenty minutes.
  6. Add the carrots and potatoes to the stew, then cover and continue simmering until the vegetables are cooked and the meat is very tender, 30-40 minutes. (Be sure to stir a few times to prevent vegetables from sticking to bottom.)
  7. Remove the bay leaf and rosemary sprig, and then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If serving right away, add the frozen peas and cook until the peas are warmed through. Otherwise, let the stew cool, then cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Reheat gently on the stovetop and add the peas right before serving.
  8. Make Ahead: This stew can be made a day or two ahead of time and reheated gently on the stovetop. Just be sure to add the peas right before serving so they stay fresh. Also, the broth will thicken in the fridge so it may be necessary to thin it with a bit of water (add it little by little).
  9. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The stew can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just omit the potatoes because they don’t freeze well. If you’d like, boil some potatoes separately when you defrost the stew and either add them into the stew or serve them on the side.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 789
  • Fat: 52g
  • Saturated fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 42g
  • Sodium: 1242mg
  • Cholesterol: 150mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Can you use cut up leg of lamb rather than shoulder? Like several of your reviews note, shoulder is not available in my area. Thanks! P.S. Your Maryland Crab Cake recipe was the best! Don’t want to skew your rating score, so I’ll vote 5 stars now and correct with a later view if different.

    • — Blair on October 10, 2020
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    • I wouldn’t recommend leg of lamb here — it won’t get tender if cooked this way — sorry! And glad to hear you enjoyed the crab cakes. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 12, 2020
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  • I have a comment and a question. First, this is an amazing recipe. I spent over ten years trying every Guinness stew recipe I could find, searching for the elusive taste that I loved from traveling through Ireland on a major budget with my now-husband. I kept thinking I would find the ingredient that was responsible for the missing flavor. I felt so silly when I made yours, using lamb for the first time (every other recipe used beef, and I thought it was beef in Ireland). I realized the flavor I had missed was lamb (which I love, and has really a really recognizable flavor).

    Now the question: for some reason, lamb shoulder is not readily available in my area. I used lamb rib chops, that the butcher cut up, but that is an awfully expensive meal (just the meat was over $60. I do see ground lamb and occasionally lamb shoulder blade chops. Can you recommend the best way (if there is one) to get the lamb flavor using either of these (or something else) in combination with beef?

    By the way, every recipe of yours I have tried has been delicious. There are a couple other bloggers whose recipes I use because they are decent, QUICK everyday family meals. Yours take just a little more time than I sometimes have on weekdays but I can always count on them to be fantastic.

    • — Rachel on September 17, 2020
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    • So glad you like the recipes, Rachel! This may be pretty disappointing considering you’ve been looking for so long for a lamb stew that’s “just right,” but I’m not sure of another cut that would make more sense — I’m sorry! While you won’t get the lamb flavor you’re looking for, you may want to give my beef stew a try. It’s similar and delicious!

      • — Jenn on September 21, 2020
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  • Omg! My boyfriend is Irish and I wanted to cook a nice easter dinner for him since we are stuck inside. The stew was just so nice! So full of flavour and the meat was as soft as butter! I added some mushrooms and celery. If an Irish man says this stew was nicer than his nanas, then it must be! Thanks for the recipe!

    • — Carla on April 15, 2020
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  • I made this last few days ago and we ate it for dinner tonight. My husband and I quite enjoyed it. Being of Irish descent it reminded me quite a bit of my grandmother’s cooking. Not to brag but I was very proud of how the dish turned out. However I did replace sweet potatoes with regular golden potatoes, For my husband does not care for sweet potatoes. I also added a cup of fresh green beans while simmering at the end. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and bringing back such beautiful memories as I have of my grandmother.

    • — Pixie on April 12, 2020
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  • This is a family favorite! It is excellent!

    • — Jennifer Goodwin on February 3, 2020
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    • I just made it for the first time. I added some chilli pepper to give it a little kick but OMG it so gooooooood! Thank you for the recipe♥️

      • — Shane Bleier on April 26, 2020
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  • Hi, Jen – I just made this last night and I loved it. I added a can of diced tomatoes and cut back on the water to 1 cup. I would like to make this for our Christmas Eve dinner. But, I have an issue. The lamb I was able to buy ended up being quite strong in taste – too strong (I’m thinking it must be Australian,) and I also wasn’t thrilled with the variations in the size of the cubes. So, I have a question for you: how do you think this recipe would work with veal? (I think it would be fantastic.) Would you make any adjustments? Is it okay to cook the veal until it has a crust on it? Thanks so much, Jen.

    • — Laura on December 17, 2019
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    • Hi Laura, The most reliable substitute for lamb would be beef. I haven’t tested this with veal, but if you can find veal chuck, theoretically, it should work without any changes. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2019
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  • Can I make this in a crockpot? If so, how would I alter the recipe?

    • — Catherine on November 26, 2019
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    • Hi Catherine, This could be done in a slow cooker — You’ll still need to go through all the initial steps like searing the meat on the stovetop, so not sure it’s worth it. If you choose to use a slow cooker, here are some tips that may help you to adapt the recipe.

      • — Jenn on November 27, 2019
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    • Thank you! I tried the recipe and it was wonderful! Everyone loved it.

      • — Catherine on December 2, 2019
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  • This recipe is fab! I made the stew again but with beef, no garlic and 2 onions instead of one as my partner hates garlic and we thought it was better than the lamb stew but that’s our opinion.

    • — JUDE on September 3, 2019
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  • Hello! I can’t wait to try out this recipe; I’ve tried the Beef one with awesome results 🙂

    May I ask, may I add a little bit of canned tomatoes to this? Just to get that extra acidity… I understand this recipe is perfect as it is, but if you could add anything at all to it, what would you add?

    • — Ann on August 22, 2019
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    • Hi Ann, I think a bit of canned tomatoes would work nicely here. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 22, 2019
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  • We made the Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables tonight and we were super impressed with this recipe. We added celery and corn and it was delicious, so much so my husband suggested I write a review! I live in Australia and in our local supermarket I found it hard to get the right lamb portion so I bought a rolled lamb shoulder boneless roast and pulled it apart, cut off all the fat and chopped up the meat – it was so tender! Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

    • — Anita on June 22, 2019
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  • I’ve made this recipe several times now and it’s amazing! It is a family favorite and one I make often. The flavors are on point. It is delicious, hearty, very filling and perfect for chilly days. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    • — Krista Tracy on April 11, 2019
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  • I’m simmering the stew as I write this and it smells sooo good! I had lamb chops in the freezer and decided to use those (bones added for flavor) rather than buying more lamb. It was easy to put together with pantry ingredients. Can’t wait to eat it! Happy St Patty’s Day!

    • — Sherry on March 17, 2019
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    • What are the quantities of ingredients??

      • — Curtis Gaulke on May 29, 2019
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      • Hi Curtis, It sounds like you are just looking at the portion of the page that has the pictures with some instructions underneath. If you scroll down a bit to under the pictures, you’ll find the full recipe. Alternatively, at the very top of the page, to the right of the recipe name, you’ll see an icon that looks like a notepad – if you click on that, it will take you directly to the recipe. Hope that clarifies!

        • — Jenn on May 29, 2019
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  • Love this recipe it’s soooo delicious !!!

    • — JoJo on February 21, 2019
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  • I used beef instead of lamb to make this stew. The beef came out so tender! My family loved it, not a drop left. I’ll definitely make this recipe again, and it’ll be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

    • — Laurie Reilly on January 18, 2019
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  • Wonderful lamb stew! The lamb was so tender, almost melted in your mouth! Everyone raved about it. I did use 1/2 cup of flour instead of 1/4 cup as some others suggested and consistency was perfect. I also added some cooked barley with the peas at the end. We absolutely loved this stew!

    • — Sandy on January 18, 2019
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  • Just made this for my husband’s birthday. It was absolutely delicious. The lamb was so tender. I will say I did cut off quite a lot of fat from the lamb shoulder, which left under 2 lbs. meat. Definitely enough, though. I also did not add the sugar. Plenty thick for us, but I had made it in the morning and reheated it later. This is a keeper.

    • — Bernadette Hanson on December 20, 2018
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  • Awesome flavor! I did use leg of lamb meat and it does cook as tender as the cuts mentioned in the recipe.

    • — Susanne on November 17, 2018
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  • Great flavor. Did not get thick enough for our tastes, ended up adding some cornstarch to thicken. Next time will use less liquids and see if that helps. Love all the variety of your recipes though.

  • I have made this stew several times over the course of the past year when I originally found this recipe. My husband told me he didn’t like lamb, but I decided to make it because I said he probably never had it prepared correctly. I was right! He absolutely LOVES this stew, as does our daughter. I made a few changes though. I added 1/2 cup of flour instead of 1/4 cup, I used John Smith’s Imperial Stout, I added a little more salt, I added 1-1/2 teaspoons of roasted garlic powder to the meat before I browned it, and I ALWAYS add twice as much smashed garlic, as we are all garlic fans! Today I decided to also use a teaspoon of thyme to the meat before browning it and it turned out absolutely fabulous! I usually serve this over homemade mashed potatoes. I once replaced the lamb for beef and it wasn’t as good. The lamb is definitely the best! Preparing this makes the house and the outside of it smell wonderful 🙂 thank you for this recipe! Absolutely delicious 🙂

  • This recipe is superb. All 3 of my kids eat this, they used to ignore soupy meat that I cooked. They prefer fried as usual. The big kids become curious how did I make this one. I am a big fan now, your recipes are easy and always a big hit at home, I have become a good chef mom now. I used to be non cooking working mom.

  • Currently making this (Happy St Patrick’s Day) and just added the potatoes and carrots. Followed the recipe to a T, however, there is no sign of thickening. Aren’t you supposed to simmer without cover? I had the cover on for the hour 20 mins but I’m taking it off in hopes that it will start to thicken…
    It smells amazing and I know it will have great flavor but I do want a stew and not a soup.

    • Hi Jess, It won’t thicken until the very end. Hope it turned out!

  • Jenn, once the stew is put together, can I put it in a low oven to cook?

    • Hi Carol, Yes, you can cook this in the oven if you’d prefer. I’d stick to the times indicated in the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  • I always make lamb stew twice a year, March and December. And this is my favorite recipe so far because its simplicity both in prep and ingredients lets the lamb really shine through. Using beef broth instead of chicken broth also plays strongly in favor of the lamb, but I recommend using only 2 cups of beef broth instead because, again, you’ll want to play to this recipe’s strength, that robust lamb flavor, and not overpower it. Also, don’t be afraid to be more liberal with the rosemary. The recipe also calls for 1 cup of Guinness, which leaves you at a critical life decision, do you pour the remaining 4 oz down the drain (heresy), do you drop the remaining 4 oz into the recipe (recommended), or do you just drink it (inevitable)? 5 Stars.

    • Your beer quandary made me laugh – glad you like the stew! 🙂

  • This recipe is easy and delish! Highly recommend giving it a try.

  • Most flavorful lamb stew ever! Mmeat was so tender. Absolutely no contest with first lamb stew I made 30 years ago. Will definitely make this my go to lamb stew recipe. Thank you!!

  • HI jenn, my family is gluten free. What can I use instead of flour to thicken the stew?

    • Hi Debbie, gluten-free flour would also work nicely here. Enjoy!

  • Have made many recipes from Once Upon a Chef.. have loved each one. Made this stew and followed recipe no substitutes. Stew was rich in flavor and delicious, I did add few more veggies as our family likes vegetables. The whole family was raving about richness of flavor, I served this with cornbread, and salad.. The best!

  • I had Irish stew last year at a pub in Ireland. I loved it and when I found your recipe, I just had to try it. It came out amazing. Just like the one I had in Ireland. Thank you. I can’t wait to make it again.

    • — theodora hamezopoulos
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  • Hello Jenn,
    I can’t find lamb shoulder anywhere in my area. The butcher offered to cut lamb shank or inside round instead. Would that work? Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Tina, I’d suggest lamb shank. Hope you enjoy!

  • I cannot begin to tell how much I enjoy all your recipes! Have a question for this one. Can it be done in n a slow cooker? What would be the procedure? Thanking you for all the good recipes.
    Madeleine Cotterill

    • — Madeleine Cotterill
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    • So glad you enjoy the recipes, Madeleine! This stew could be done in a slow cooker; You’d still need to go through all of the initial steps like searing the meat on the stovetop, so not sure it’s worth it. If you do choose to use a slow cooker, here are some tips that may help you to adapt the recipe.

  • I have made this several times and my family goes crazy for it! Super flavorful, however I had to adjust the flour to a heaping 1/2 cup. I also added some roasted garlic powder to the salt/pepper that I coated the meat with! Tastes even better when reheated. Makes 3 meals for 3 in my household. YUM!

  • Was basically a beef stew but with lamb. Also thought it was too watery unfortunately.

  • I made this for Friday night dinner this St. Patrick’s day(2017) as an alternative to corned beef and cabbage. Everyone loved it including the 8 and 11 year old kids. The lamb stew meat I used was local, organic etc from our meat share so the quality was good. I mostly did a 2/3rds ratio as I only had 2 pounds of lamb. That said, I did full amount of garlic and onions that the 3 lb recipe called for. Also I slightly reduced cook times to allow for the 2lb alternative. I have just finished the small amount that was left over for lunch and have to say it was even better than Friday night as the flavors have developed even further. I will make this recipe again and I can imagine it will become a family favorite. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  • I sent a question and accidently sent before completed…
    Love your blog and all recipes that I have tried.
    Thank you

    • My pleasure Maryann- glad you enjoy the recipes!

  • We liked the stew but it was very soupy. I even added more flour. Frankly, nothing special.

  • I asked the butcher for lamb shoulder and he told me shoulder has so little meat on it and would therefore be very expensive to buy what I needed so he recommended I buy inside round.

    • Hmmm… I’ve never experienced that when buying lamb shoulder. I suspect the inside round should work as well. Hope you enjoy!

      • I used a lamb rump because it was cheaper, cut off about 90% of the fat, and it was divine! Thick, hearty, and flavorful! The meat fell apart like brisket! Yum!

  • this recipe was excellent. I made it just as recipe directs and was very pleased. The lamb was tender and the flavor of the soup was fantastic. I plan to make this again.

  • I have 5 lbs meat how do I adjust the other ingredients accordingly? Answer needed urgently…Thankyou

    • Hi Monica, I’d multiply all of the other ingredients by 1.5. Hope you enjoy it and please come back and lmk how it turns out!

  • I’ve tried many beef stew recipes over the years, and mostly they all taste the same. This recipe is special! It has so many flavors, yet still seems traditional. The use of lamb really makes it fancy, in my book, too. I followed the recipe exactly, and I had no trouble. Thanks for this!

  • What size pot/crock pot should be used?

    • I made this in an 8 quart pot, so something in that size range works well.

      • Could the reciped be halved and cooked in a 4 or 5qt pot? There are only 2 carnivores in our household and we don’t want to waste.

        • Yes, definitely!

  • Loved this recipe. So simple and tasty. I used what we had in the house though so I had to modify a few things like using chicken broth and coors light because it’s what we had and katsup instead of tomato paste and sugar. It worked out great. Delicious!!!

  • I made it in an electric pressure cooking following the adaptations posted by another reviewer (15 minutes/high pressure) and it turned out great! Thank you, Ms. Segal, for such delicious recipes–and thanks to the fellow cooks who take the time to review them so we can learn from each other!

  • Can this be baked in the oven in a Dutch Oven?
    I usually find that the meat is more tender if oven baked instead of cooked on the cooktop.

    • Hi Debbie, Yes, you can cook this in the oven if you’d prefer. I’d stick to the times indicated in the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  • Hand down, this is the BEST LAMB STEW EVER!!!

  • I’ve just made this stew, following your recipe perfectly, but my broth just didn’t thicken like yours did- mine stayed the consistency of yours in the picture when you added the carrots and potatoes. Any idea why this would have happened?

    • Hmmm- did you leave it uncovered while simmering it?

  • I would love to make this for a small dinner party. Would this stew work well, if slightly thickened, as a lamb guinness pie?

    • — Sahara Glasener-Boles
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    • Hi Sahara, Yes, I think that’s doable I’d prepare the stew in the same way, but just drain the liquid after it’s done cooking. Hope everyone enjoys!

  • Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have a question? Why don’t you marinate the meat the day before? I followed Ina Garten to make beef stew and she marinates meat in red wine for 24 hours. I am just curious. This is a beautiful site. HAPPY COOKING!!

    • Hi Rebecca, I don’t find it necessary to marinate slow-cooking cuts, as they absorb so much flavor during the cooking process. But feel free to marinate if you like – can’t hurt :).

  • Hi — I want to make a lamb stew because I hear lamb is great for post-surgery healing. But I’m torn. I love stew with red wine (like you beef stew…delicious?). Would it be best to make the beef stew recipe with lamb or the lamb stew recipe with wine? Thanks!!

    • Hi Lesa, I’d go with the beef stew recipe with lamb :).

  • Anyway to use leftover leg of lamb(bone in)
    instead of fresh? How would you suggest
    CANNOT wait to make this!

    • Hi Mary, I wouldn’t recommend it– I’m sorry!

  • This is a great make ahead dish and the flavor improves after resting. in the refrigerator. I substituted red wine for the beer since I didn’t have any beer on hand and it turned out beautifully. The next time that I make this, I will serve it with polenta.

  • I made this using beef instead of lamb and it was fantastic. My husband loved it. I omitted the sugar and used a porter beer that we had on hand. It tastes great as leftovers. Next time I will double the recipe and freeze it.

  • I just cooked (today) this recipe and I loved it like cooked food. I followed the recipe instruction but I put few changes to it. For example, I left the sugar out because I am not really a sugar person, I added thyme to my stew, I put it in the oven, I used white butter beans instead of the green peas.

    I must admit, I put the butter beans, carrot, rosemary, bay leaf straight in the Dutch oven before I put it in the oven, which means they were there for 2 hours. It wasn’t a problem in my opinion. I only put in the redskin potatoes when 40 minutes cooking time was left.

    I served it with mashed redskin and sweet potatoes with some whipped cream and butter. As god is my witness, it came out very rich, tasty and succulent.

    I can’t wait to see tomorrow so as to take another dip in the pot. I am really a lamb and Guinness person, which means this recipe comes very handy for me.

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe and I shall cook it next weekend.

  • Hi Jenn, I wonder if i can use Beef instead of Lamb ? if yes what type or cut should i use for the Beef?

    Regards, Marjanne

    • Sure, Marjanne — I would use a chuck roast.

  • I was a bit worried when I was making this since we really aren’t lamb eaters, I wondered if the lamb would be tender, would it taste good…well it was delicious! The hubby said it was the best homemade meal he had in a while and I cook homemade meals frequently, this was a total success and pefect for the cooler weather.

  • Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Made it today for after a hike tomorrow but just had a sneaky taste, the gravy is so tasty and glossy and the lamb is delicious.

  • I don’t get to cook very often and I was able to complete your recipe successfully the pictures were very helpful. The family enjoyed it thoroughly next time I make it I may add some turnips

  • Hello, getting ready to prepare this with lamb for a wedding soup. I need to have 10 gallons. Aaah I am so bad with measuring . Would 4-6 servings be about a gallon? Help.

    • HI Dawn, That’s a lot of stew to make! Each serving is about 2 cups, so a pot of the stew as is, would be about 3/4 of a gallon.

  • I’ve just made this and it’s delicious.
    Not a fan of lamb, so I prepared it ahead to get rid of the smell. Placed it in vinegar for 30min and rinsed, than in milk for overnight.
    I had lamb shank with bones, but it worked out well, I placed even the bones in the simmering stew.
    And the green peas boiled separately so they don’t become brownish from the stew.
    It’s a really good recipe similar to your beef stew, which I love 🙂
    Thank you!

  • Hi, would you be able to post the metric measurements for this recipe please, I am looking to cook it tomorrow. Thanks

    • Hi Niamh, I just added them. Hope you enjoy!!

  • One of our FAVORITE lamb recipes. Depending on the fat content we occasionally add a little bit more sugar. Our family loves this. Thanks for the recipe.

  • The Guinness Lamb and Vegetable Stew was absolutely delicious! My 91 year old mother from County Galway loved it.
    Thank you Jenn! I look forward to trying more of your recipes.
    Best regards,

  • Is it ok to make this recipe a day ahead? —
    Lamb Stew. Would the lamb take on a less desirable life of its own ??


    • — Charlotte Akridge
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    • Absolutely, Charlotte, it will be even better the next day. Enjoy!

      • I am wondering if I could add barley to this stew? I love barley beef stew and it looks like it would be a good fit here. Thoughts?

        • — Nicole - Seattle
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        • Hi Nicole, Absolutely but I’d cook it separately and add it at the end, otherwise it will soak up all the broth. Hope you enjoy it!

    • Can I Substitute potatoes for sweet potatoes?

      • — Nicole on October 16, 2019
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      • Sure!

        • — Jenn on October 17, 2019
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  • the guiness lamb stew can i freeze half

    • Deb, For the most part, the stew freezes nicely — just omit the potatoes because they don’t freeze well. You can boil some potatoes separately when you defrost the stew and either add them in or serve them on the side. Enjoy!

  • I made this stew last night. Oh my. Hands down the best stew I’ve ever made, and I’ve made a lot. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  • Could I make this in an electric pressure cooker therefore cutting the time down, or do you think that will alter the flavor?

    • Hi Cindy, I don’t have any experience with pressure cookers…I think they are supposed to be good for stews but you may need a different recipe that’s specific to a pressure cooker.

    • I’ve made this in my pressure cooker and it’s amazing. You would do almost everything in the same order. Brown the meat, take it out, then the onions, etc.. I put everything in but peas, stuck it on high pressure for 15 minutes.. And it was ready to go. Add peas.
      Flavor is unbelievable and meat is incredibly tender like always in a PC.

  • Hello, im making this for my family for dinner tonight. What goes well on the side for this? Bread? what kind if so? anything else??

    • — Cheyenne Sommers
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    • Hi Cheyenne, I like to serve it with a French baguette and a big green salad — that’s all you need.

  • Instead of simmering it on the stove, I braised the stew in a 350 degree oven for the times indicated in the recipe, and the results were wonderful. Braising saved me from having to stir the stew, also. I used a nice porter instead of Guinness and it worked deliciously. Thanks for a terrific recipe!

  • Hi – Would it be okay to braise the stew in a 350 degree oven instead of simmering on the cooktop? Thanks!

    • Yes Laura, I think you could get away with that. I’d keep the cook time the same. Hope you enjoy!

      • Thanks, Jenn! Looking forward to making it!

  • Can you use either corn or wheat flour for this recipe? If so, would one be preferable to the other, and would the amount be the same for each? Thanks

    • Hi Juliette, out of the two, I would opt for the wheat flour. The measurement would remain the same– 1/4 cup.

  • Made this last night during the winter storm and it was fantastic. Not a huge lamb fan but boyfriend is. It was one of the best stews I ever made, also made the beef stew from this website a few weeks ago and that was beautiful too! Thank you!!!

  • Please add prep time at the top of the recipe to help me find what to cook as a “simple stew” shouldn’t take 2 hours to prepare.

    • Daniel, Sorry to hear that the stew took more time than you expected. I could see that being frustrating on a busy weeknight. If you liked the stew enough to make again, it can be prepared a day or two ahead of time and reheated gently on the stovetop.

  • My husband loves this dish– thick and hearty– a manly stew. Definitely putting this on the winter rotation.

  • Thanks, My favourite recipe website.

    • That’s so nice to read, Gary. Thank you!

  • My family absolutely loved this. Thank you for giving us a wonderful recipe that can be added to our family favorites list!

  • Just made this for friends last night. It was a huge hit! Only had Murphy’s stout, but it worked great. There was a very subtle sweetness which worked fantastically well with this stew! Saving this recipe!


  • Is the weight of lamb after trimming?

    • Hi Louis, That is the weight before trimming. Enjoy 🙂

  • Lamb stews are a big thing in England due to having amazing lamb. And this one is a winner. I used Guinness and a homemade beef stock, which gave it a great flavour in addition to the lovely lamb shoulder. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Can I use Negra Modelo instead of Guiness

    • Hi Barbara, Yes, that should work fine.

  • Just made this, and it’s absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe!!! 🙂

  • I made this meal with beef because I couldn’t get lamb in my area. I was extremely disappointed with the taste. I want to try making it again when I can get lamb from another part of town, because of all the positive reviews. I thought with the garlic, onion, bay leaf and tomato paste I would have devoured every bite but that was NOT the case. I think it was the beer that did it in for me. I’m so disappointed and hesitant to try it a second time although I really want to.

  • What to do with leftover lamb. I did a lamb shoulder. Ideas would be welcome ..I have enough for 4 people!!!

  • I tried this recipe today. Loved it!

  • I’d like to oven cook this stew in an enameled, cast iron, dutch oven.
    What would you suggest for cooking time at 325 degrees F?
    When would you put the potatoes in? At the same 30 minute point?

    • Hi Bob, I think the cook time will be about the same; I’d stick to the times indicated in the recipe. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • For St. Patrick’s Day I made your Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables and my family went wild! Your instructions were so easy my 20-year-old daughter started it while I was at work and my 17-year-old-son picked up when he got home and I came in as the relief pitcher to finish it off. Simply wonderful!

  • I made this Irish Stew on St. Patrick’s Day. I halved the recipe and it came out fine.

    • — Renée Finlayson
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  • I substituted cauliflower for potatoes to cut back on the carb in-take. My guests and I thought the soup turned out really well. I will use additional salt and pepper next time.

  • Thank you thank you thank you a thousand times over for this recipe. Being married to a Boston Irish man, I am usually subjected to corned beef and cabbage every March. I can’t even stand the smell of that, let alone the taste. So I was so happy to see a recipe that gave me an alternative to make for St Paddy’s Day this year. My husband is not normally a fan of beef stew but when I told him this was a lamb stew, he got excited.

    Cooked it up on Sunday, following the recipe almost to a T. The lamb shoulder I bought at the supermarket turned out to be on the bone…is this normal? Your recipe didn’t mention bones. I couldn’t get that much meat off the bones so we ended up getting an 8 oz center cut lamb steak for the meat. But my husband had the genius idea to use the lamb bones to make a lamb broth to use in place of the beef broth. So we added the lamb bones, an onion and water to a pot and boiled up what turned out to be delicious lamb broth. We ended up needing 1 cup of the beef broth but I think this definitely added an extra bit of lamb richness to the stew.

    The stew came out brilliantly. Loved it and am actually making it for my 91-year-old Dad this weekend. He’s really excited about it because he’s always talked about how when his Mom was growing up in County Mayo Ireland, they’d have lamb on St Paddy’s Day because they didn’t have corned beef on the farm. I’m excited to give him a little taste of what his Mom had on the holiday.

    • — Melissa Donnelly
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  • planning a st. Patty’s day themed dinner on Saturday with friends and I think this looks absolutely delish! and my Irish husband wants me to make it for the dinner. do you think it is “dinner party worth”? what sides or apps would you recomend to go along with this?

    • Hi Karen, I absolutely think it is dinner party worthy 🙂 You could serve it with my Roasted Beet Salad with Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette, Cheddar Soda Bread and French Green Beans with Shallots. For dessert, the Irish Cream Tiramisu or Bailey Cheesecake Brownies would be good.

  • This was our St. Patrick’s Day dinner and received rave reviews! This one is now a keeper in our house. We like mashed potatoes, so I swapped the potatoes in the recipe out with parsnips (not sure that’s very Irish). Thanks, Jenn!

  • Any hints on adapting this for a slow cooker? Thank you!

    • Hi Angela, It will work but you’d still need to go through all of the initial steps like searing the meat on the stovetop, so not sure it’s worth it.

  • My question is can I use lamb neck for this recipe and can I use a slow cooker?


    • Hi Kate, Sorry for the late reply. I do think lamb neck will work but not sure it makes sense to use a slow cooker, as you’d still need to go through all of the initial steps, like searing the meat, on the stovetop.

  • Hi, this recipe looks absolutely amazing….will be making this for a party. I was wondering if there’s anything I can use to substitute the beef broth with as there are some people who don’t eat beef. Thanks in advance!

    • Yes, you can use chicken broth.

  • I followed the “spirit” of this recipe but substituted with what I had on hand. First, I replaced the lamb for beef chuck. Second, instead of Guinness, I used Founder’s Breakfast Stout (“Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout”). All else was as described in the recipe (browned the meat, sprinkled with flour, added peas just before serving…) It turned out amazing. I made it one night and served it the next. Next time, I’ll make some soda bread to go with it. Five stars!

  • Question – I have never made your lamb stew, but would like too make it ahead and freeze for a family St. Patrick’s Day party in six weeks. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Hi Molly, For the most part, the stew freezes beautifully — just omit the potatoes, as they do not freeze well. You can boil some potatoes separately when you defrost the stew and either add them in or serve them on the side. Hope you enjoy!

  • Jenn, I’m getting ready to make this delicious stew for the second time, doubling the recipe this time for guests. (I assume I double everything, including the liquids. Please correct me if that’s not right). I noticed Whole Foods has bags of multi-colored baby potatoes (so cute and pretty) and wonder if you think those would work well in this dish. Or do I need to stay with the white yukon type?

    • Hi Jane, Yes, it’s fine to just double all of the ingredients. I think the multi-colored potatoes will work, although I’m not sure you’ll be able to appreciate them once they are in the stew. Hope everyone enjoys!

  • I made this for my family over the holidays and it was oh so delicious! I didn’t have as much lamb as the recipe called for, but it was tasty nevertheless.

  • Stellar recipe! My husband says its the best stew he’s had in his whole life! (And he’s old.) I made it almost as written with the exceptions that I increased the Guinness to 2 Cups and decreased the broth to 2. And I doubled the amount of bay leaves and Rosemary. I would repeat this again the same way. Jenn, you’ve made me love cooking again!

    • So glad it turned out, Jane!

  • Do you recommend peeling the potatoes? It looks from the photos as if they’re peeled, but I like keeping vegetable skins on as much as possible as I was told a lot of nutrients are in the skins. Just wondering if it would work if I left them on or if the skins might peel off anyway in the cooking process and might ruin the texture somehow. Can’t wait to make this tonight!

    • Hi Jane, This recipe calls for baby potatoes, which don’t need to be peeled. But even if you use regular potatoes, it’s fine if you want to leave on the skin 🙂

      • Thanks, Jenn. Not quite sure I got baby ones. The tiny ones I saw at Whole Foods were in mulitcolors, so I opted for “baby-ish” ones that were white. I’ll try using them unpeeled and cutting into quarters since I think they’re slightly larger than the ones you specified.

  • I can’t wait to try this out! Do you have any suggestions for a non-alcoholic substitution for the Guinness?

    • Hi Christine, You can replace the beer with more beef broth — it will still be delicious.

  • Wow. My first time making lamb stew and it came out So amazing. I’m done looking for other recipes!

  • I’m in the process of making the stew now but I’m not exactly following your recipe; I’m just here for ideas. I don’t get why you’re against a bone in leg. Rotisseried a leg for easter this past Sunday and I made a stock from the bone and leavings and it tastes phenomenal. I’d rather have lamb stock than beef stock as it adds something that beef stock can’t. Granted this is just a way for me to utilize the leftovers, but nothing beats good old bone marrow while preparing stock. Thank you!

  • Yum! Was better than my moms! Love the photos too.

  • The Guinness and Lamb Stew was delicious. Reminded us of Ireland.

    • — Kathleen French-Wilson
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  • This is one of our favorites. I have been a follower of your blog post for two – three years now and love every recipe I’ve tried!

  • Fantastic! I used a belgian style ale. Other than that, I followed the recipe to a T. The family could not stop raving about how delicious this was, and the lamb was incredibly tender. Thank you for a great recipe.

  • Made this last night and served it tonight. Delish! Cleaned out the pot. The lamb was incredibly tender. Will make this again!

  • Yet another winner!! 🙂

  • This was a great dish. Very rich tasting. Everyone came back for seconds.

  • made this recipe “college edition”. So beef instead of lamb and pabst blue ribbon instead of guinness. Still amazing!

  • This is great. I have made it several times.

  • This looks great!!

  • I somehow forgot the main ingredient. The Guinness. But I made the stew anyway and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
    Made my day. So Miles gets the lost beer. What a sweet fact he has.

    • Too funny, Niya! I’m glad to know the recipe is very forgiving!

  • Jen,

    How about a corn beef and cabbage recipe for Saturday?

    • Hi Keith! Make this – it’s so much better 🙂

  • Is this something that can be adapted to be made in the slow cooker?

    • Hi Daryl, I think a slow cooker would work fine.

      • I think a slow cooker would work fine, Just be sure to brown the meat first.

  • This looks wonderful! Great pics too, especially the one with Miles. Talk about self-restraint! My dogs would never be able to do that!

  • I love Lamb, grew up on it. This looks like a wonderful stew & being that we are still having quite chilly weather I think I’ll make it soon.
    Thanks for sending it to us.

  • We are cut from the same cloth…taking the pic with Miles is something I would totally do. Cant wait to make this saturday for the family! as always, thanks for sharing.

  • YUM YUM YUM!!! (I had the honor of tasting this, made by the chef herself, and it is TO DIE FOR!) with all of your great step by step photos, I should be able to replicate this at home. Love seeing Miles!!

  • This looks absolutely delicious! And what a perfect dish for St. Patty’s (although it feels more like spring/summer where I am, and making stew right now seems a bit odd).

    Thanks for sharing the photo of your dog! He looks so well behaved with that delicious bowl of stew sitting right next to him. I adore labs, such sweethearts.

    • Thanks Cynthia, He has his crazy moments (he’s a lab after all!) but most the time he’s an angel.

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