Total Time
1hr 31mins
Prep 12 mins
Cook 1 hr 19 mins

This is traditional Irish peasant fare, full of ingredients that were readily available. Irish Stew is typically a "white" stew, which means that the meat is never browned beforehand. From Classic International Recipes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large Dutch oven combine the lamb, beef broth, onions, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  2. Skim off the fat. Add the potatoes, carrots, thyme, and basil. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes more or until the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
  3. Combine the cold water and the flour. Stir into the stew. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle each serving with snipped parsley.
Most Helpful

Excellent! Another great recipe and I just added this to my favorites, Didn't play with it, real like the taste and texture. I've will added this to my recipe book as is. I agree with some of the other reviews. You could modify this recipe to any style. Along with being incredibly easy, it's a great base recipe and easy to modify depending on your tastes. Thank You! Lynette !! Grpa

CHEF GRPA December 27, 2013

Delicious!... almost exactly the way I make my beef rump roast in the dutch oven (only I leave mine whole instead of cubed. Your way is quicker). I've never used basil for this dish before now, but I think I will from now on. I did add a squirt of catsup to the broth (habit), and used corn starch instead of flour (habit). Served with Black Pepper Biscuits - Cooking Club and a salad. Thanks for posting. (Made for PRMR)

rosie316 January 05, 2014

This is a winner. My DH who professes to hate lamb took a big bowl and complimented me on a "really good" stew. I'm going to keep my mouth shut and be happy :D. I was very surprised at how dark the lamb color turned out. I knew that I was going to be out for good while today so I just put the whole frozen pkg of frozen lamb bits directly into the pot with seasonings and left it on very low. I just added the veggies when I got home and let them cook to my liking. Can't get a lot easier than that! I didn't even need to add any salt. Thanks Lynette for a great recipe. :D

Annacia October 06, 2013