Irish Stew


This delicious Irish stew is very easy to prepare, but it will make you look like a culinary wizard. The result is a rich, savory dish that is satisfying and delicious. Parsnips, leeks and cabbage give it a surprising amount of fiber, and it has 23 grams of protein per serving.


  • 2 tsp. olive oil

  • 12 oz. raw leg of lamb, boneless, fat removed, cut into ¾-inch cubes

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped

  • 2 medium leeks, sliced

  • 2 medium parsnips, sliced

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 cups low-sodium organic beef (or vegetable) broth

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tsp. dried thyme

  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

  • 2 medium Yukon gold (or Peruvian blue) potatoes, cut into ¾-inch cubes (approx. 12 oz.)

  • 2 cups cabbage, coarsely cut

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add lamb; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned.

  3. Add onion, carrot, leeks, and parsnips; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.

  4. Add water, broth, bay leaf, thyme, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, covered, for 30 minutes.

  5. Add potatoes and cabbage; cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lamb and potatoes are tender.

  6. Remove bay leaf; add parsley.

Recipe Notes

To make this recipe in an Instant Pot (programmable pressure cooker), follow these instructions:

  • Turn 6-quart Instant Pot to high sauté setting.

  • Heat oil to hot.

  • Add onion, carrots, leeks, and parsnips; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.

  • Add 2 cups water, 2 cups broth, lamb, bay leaf, thyme, salt, potatoes, and cabbage. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for locking lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high for 12 minutes.

  • Follow manufacturer’s guide for quick release, and wait until cycle is complete. Carefully unlock and remove lid, taking care that there is no remaining steam.

  • Remove bay leaf; sprinkle with parsley.