three white bowls with Irish stew

Instant Pot Irish Stew

Celebrate 🍀 St. Patrick's Day 🍀 with this quick and easy Instant Pot Irish Stew! 
Course Dinner
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
IP Extra Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 430
Author Nora



  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 pounds lamb OR beef stewing meat cubed
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour


  • 2 medium yellow onions cut into wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 11 or 12oz bottle Guinness beer
  • 1 cup beef stock


  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 medium carrots cut into chunks
  • 4 sticks celery sliced


  • 1-2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water


  • Brown the meat: Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Heat the oil, then brown the meat (season as it cooks). Once browned, sprinkle with the flour and toss well (make sure it doesn't burn on the bottom of the pot, it's OK if it sticks a little though).
  • Start the gravy: Stir the onions and garlic into the meat and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 more minute. Pour the Guinness over the meat, scratching the browned bits off the bottom of the pot (make sure you catch them all or you'll get the burn warning). Simmer for 5-10 minutes to cook off the alcohol.
  • Cook the stew: Switch off the instant pot. Add the beef stock to the stew. Stir in the vegetables. Close the instant pot and set the valve to "sealing". Press the "stew" button.
  • Finish: Once the pot is indicating it's done with cooking, do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes (just unplug your pot and leave it alone). Then manually release any remaining pressure and open the lid.
  • If you want to thicken the stew: Set the instant pot to sauté and stir in the cornstarch slurry. Simmer until thickened. Alternatively, you can blend 1 cup of the stew and stir it back in.


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 1168mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6975IU | Vitamin C: 15.4mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 6.2mg