Irish Beef Stew Instant Pot

irish beef stew instant pot

Irish Beef Stew Instant Pot

Traditional and Easy

Pressure Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Irish beef stew is a beef and root vegetables all mixed together to make a really hearty meal.  This is chef Rosies adaptation and has a few special ingredients added to make it really over the top in terms of taste.

We also teach you how to thicken it if it is just a little bit runny. 

See the last picture to see what else you can do with this meat stew.
irish beef stew instant pot
Can I Freeze Irish Stew?
Yes, you can and you may find that it even tastes more intense and the flavors of all the herbs and spices infuse in more to the meat as it cools down.
The Irish beef stew is usually served with mashed potato- but really you can serve it with whatever side dish you like.

This dish really is a must try and very flexible - see what we make with it at the end.

Key Ingredients for Irish Beef Stew

Stout or Draught Beer

Beer is used in roasting, baking or broiling.  Beer is also used to baste the foods or as an ingredient in the basting sauce to impart a rich, dark color and highlight the gravy. Used in place of water as the simmering liquid, beer brings out all the richness of the meat and vegetables.


Rosemary has a very distinctive, strong fragrance, thanks to the essential oils in this herb. Some call the flavor almost pine-like, with camphor, mint, sage, and bitter woody aftertaste. Rosemary doesn’t mellow upon cooking and adds a great taste to this dish. 


The flavor of thyme is very earthy and a little bit sweet, with a slightly minty taste. Warm, peppery undertones add depth to the overall flavor profile for this herb.

You can read more about the above herbs in our Ultimate Herb Guide.

ingredients for irish stew instant pot pressure cooker

Prepare Your Ingredients

It really does help to get organized by getting all of your ingredients assembled. Why - because then you can focus on following the recipe rather than having to pause and go off to find another spice or something. For ingredients that can be measured - I really like to also measure them out also so again there is one less thing to do when you actually start cooking. 

Prepare the Vegetables

Again doing this in advance of the cooking process is essential
slice and dice carrot
sear the beef

Sear the Beef

Whatever type of beef you use, be sure to dice it into uniform-sized pieces for even cooking. 

Put the instant pot on high sautee heat - let it get hot and then brown the beef on each side. You will probably need to take out the first lot of beef that is browned before you put in the second - it will sear better if you do it in this way.

Take out the Beef

Take out the beef and then cook the onions and garlic till they change to a clear color.
set browned meat aside
stir in the rest of the irish stew vegetables

Stir in the rest of the ingredients

Now it is time to mix in all the other ingredients and give them a good stir.  Then and the wet ingredients and mix again.  Then put on the lid and you are ready for cooking.

Completed Irish Stew

This is what our stew looked like - we tested it for taste added a little more salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper. This really intensified the flavor. Do not be afraid to experiment with your cooking.

Send us any ideas you have.

We noticed our stew was still a little runny so we thickened it up- see the next photo.
instant pot irish stew complete
how to thicken stew

How to thicken the stew

If your stew is a little runny it is very easy to thicken. Turn the instant pot back on to high heat sautee. To thicken, start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Add an equal amount of cold liquid and stir until smooth paste forms. This is your slurry. Whisk the slurry into the hot, simmering liquid that you want to thicken and boil it for a few minutes.

Plating up and ready to eat.

I really like the depth of this dish and I love it with mashed potato.

We put a little crispy salad on the top for crunch and it was really nice.
plated irish stew
irish pie

Irish Pie

We had some Irish stew leftover and the next day we made it into amazing pies! We will post soon just how we did that.

Also see our amazing Belgium Beer Stew recipe.

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