What better dish than a hearty stew for when the weather outside's so drizzly and cold?  We're still a long way from summer but this stew will see us safely there. 

Irish lamb stew is a traditional dish that has been enjoyed in Ireland for centuries. It is a hearty and warming meal that is perfect for cold winter days. The dish is made with tender lamb, root vegetables, and aromatic herbs, creating a savory and flavorful stew that is both comforting and satisfying.

Irish lamb stew recipe

Tips: Have your butcher cut up the meat for you to save some time. You can also use stewing beef for this recipe.

Serves 6


  • 3 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into 2inch pieces
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup white wine, chardonnay is good
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1-teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 can roasted red peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup red wine, cabernet
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • fresh cracked pepper


Marinade the meat with half the garlic cloves, rosemary, and white wine. Let stand for 1 hour. Drain the meat and discard the wine mix.

Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan, brown meat on all sides, and brown meat in small batches.

Remove browned meat from the pan and add onions and cook for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute.

Return meat to the pan, and stir in chili flakes, peppers, tomatoes, bay leaf, and red wine. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer for 15 minutes.

Add chicken stock and bring back to a low simmer for 1 ½ - 2 hours or until meat is very tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with rice or crusty bread.

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* Originally published in January 2022. Updated in January 2024.