Stifado (Traditional Greek Stew)

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the tomatoes, vinegar, stock, 50 mls olive oil, garlic, cinnamon stick, orange zest, honey, bay leaf and cumin in a large casserole pot with a lid.
  2. Stir through the beef until coated and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
  3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan, add onions and sugar and cook until browned.
  4. Pre heat the oven to 160°C.
  5. Add onions to marinated beef and cover.
  6. Cook for 2 ½- 3 hours until tender.


Most Helpful

This was super easy & so delicious! I love Greek food but can't get it where we live, so I was so happy to find this recipe! I made it with brown rice, some garlic herb flat bread and tzatziki dip. Made a wonderful meal with very little effort! Definitely a keeper!

moose_kristi March 24, 2012

This was amazing! The aroma coming from the oven was heavenly and just from that we knew we were in for a treat. I did make a few additions and though they probably weren't authentic, they fit perfectly and added an extra dimension to the stew. Towards the end of cooking I added a drained and rinsed can of cannelini beans and some fresh spinach for some extra nutrition. We served this over brown rice and it made for a wonderfully scrumptious and South Beach diet friendly meal. Thank you so much for a recipe that is one of my favorites off Zaar so far!

shimmerchk November 10, 2004

Have been looking for a recipe for this for years. The last time I had it I lived in Cyprus for 3 years in the 70's. It was wonderful and brought back so many memories. It is also very authentic.The only change I made was to reduce the Olive oil, as personally I do not like a lot. I made a flat style Cyprus loaf to soak up the juices. Wonderful!!!

kit444 October 27, 2004

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