5 from 10 votes

Irish Stew

This delicious version of classic Irish Stew is a one-pot dish that uses a cheaper cut of lamb, which means you’ll skimp on price but not on flavor.

Course Main
Cuisine Irish
Keyword comfort food, lamb, stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 960 kcal
Author Erren


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 7 ounces bacon chopped
  • 1 pound stewing lamb cubed
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery sliced
  • 4 carrots sliced into chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • small bunch fresh parsley chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup pearl barley
  • 3 1⁄2 cups lamb or chicken stock
  • 6 medium potatoes cut into cubes


  1. Preheat the oven to 300F/140C
  2. Heat the oil in a large, oven safe pan over medium low heat.
  3. Cook the bacon for 4 mins until crisp.
  4. Turn up the heat, then brown the lamb on all sides (for about 6).
  5. Remove the meats with a slotted spoon.
  6. Add the onions, carrots, celery and herbs to the pan, then cook
  7. for about 5 mins until softened.
  8. Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  9. Return the meat to the pan, stir in the pearl barley, pour over the stock, then bring to a simmer.
  10. Place the potatoes on top of the stew, cover, then braise in the oven, undisturbed, for about 1½ hrs until the potatoes are soft and the meat is tender.
  11. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Irish Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 960 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 798mg35%
Potassium 2313mg66%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 10345IU207%
Vitamin C 45.9mg56%
Calcium 175mg18%
Iron 13.7mg76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.