Chef John's Irish Stew Recipe -
Chef John's Irish Stew  Recipe
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How to Make Irish Stew
This simple lamb stew is too good to eat just once a year. See more
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Chef John's Irish Stew

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"Pay attention to the cut of lamb used in this recipe. I used lamb shoulder chops, which are a fantastic value, when you consider flavor, useable meat, and price. They will probably be the cheapest lamb at the store, have more flavor and richness than leg meat, and are cheaper than shanks and loins. It takes a while for the meat to braise and fall off the bone, but it's a wait rewarded with tender, succulent chucks of lamb."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 25 mins

    2 hrs 45 mins


  1. Season lamb shoulder chops with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Working in batches, cook lamb shoulder chops until browned on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to a stock pot.
  3. Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in the same skillet over medium heat until slightly softened and edges are browning, about 5 minutes. Stir butter into onion until melted; add flour and stir until onions are coated, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour stock into onion mixture; bring to a boil, add rosemary, and stir until mixture thickens, 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Stir carrots and celery into pot with lamb shoulder chops and pour chicken stock mixture over the top. Add water as needed to cover meat completely. Bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and cook until meat is almost falling off the bone, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Transfer meat to a plate. Stir potatoes into stew and return meat to stew, placing on top of vegetables. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender and meat is falling off the bone, about 30 minutes.
  7. Transfer meat to a plate using a slotted spoon. Bring stew to a boil and cook, skimming off fat, until stew is reduced and thick, 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Remove meat from bones; discard bones and any pieces of fat. Stir meat back into stew. Stir green onions into stew and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • You can substitute 1 bottle dark beer plus 1 1/2 cups chicken stock for the chicken stock.

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Mar 20, 2014

Another hit for a Chef John recipe! I LOVE lamb. I also buy the shoulder chops often because of their price. I do, however, buy leg, breast, racks (OMG yummm) and ground. It is probably my favorite meat ever. I also love Irish stew. This recipe is perfection! As you will probably notice, I had to substitute frozen vegetables for soup in this dish today as I didn't have any carrots. I actually found the variety of vegetables delicious. I do, however, feel like the way Chef John wrote it is the way to go. I just didn't feel like going to the grocery store just for carrots! So I improvised with what I did have on hand :-) I also made the colcannon from AR and OMG, you couldn't ask for a better meal! Give this recipe a try. I know you are going to enjoy it as much as I am (I'm eating it as I'm writing this! )Thanks Chef John :-)

Jan 15, 2015

This was the first time I made Chef John's Irish Stew. I followed the recipe exactly. I thought it was really good, but wanted a friend of mine, who is a very good cook to have some and tell me what she thought. She said it was excellent and will be making it herself. I will surely be making this again ! Thanks Chef John


11 Ratings

Dec 29, 2014

Been following Chef John/foodwishes(dot)com for YEARS, this stew is a staple in my home, we have it once a week in the cooler months. I'm making it for a date tonight, it's THAT GOOD and impossible to mess up. Another great thing about this recipe is that you can make it early, leave simmering for awhile if you're not sure what time you're going to eat. Perfect the way it is, but here's another version: follow recipe exactly, only without the potatoes at first. Then follow Chef John's mashed potatoes recipe, once both are finished, ladle the stew over the mashed potatoes and sprinkle with a few extra green onions for garnish. Freezer Tips: I make it all the way, put the stew and the mashed potatoes in separate ziplok bags, freeze, then take to a cabin in the mountains to enjoy with a glass of red wine in front of the fire. Perfect, because all you have to do is reheat and enjoy! Highly suggest visiting his website as well-entertaining and informative; inspired my love for cooking.

Dec 09, 2014

This was incredible! Made better by using local Ontario lamb.

Nov 03, 2014

Made this with pork stew meat. (Lamb wasn't available at the time). I made it in a crockpot, cooking it for about 6 hours. It turned out fantastic!

Apr 14, 2014

I did not use Celery and chicken broth, I also leave the bone on as I like chewing bones.

Oct 17, 2014

I used sweet potatoes instead of Dutch yellow. Best lamb stew EVER!!!

Mar 25, 2014

The entire family loved this stew! First time we have ever eaten lamb, too! Thanks, Chef John!


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  • Calories
  • 508 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 120 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 29.1 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 32.1 g
  • 64%
  • Sodium
  • 530 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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