This Instant Pot Irish stew has a rich and hearty Guinness sauce, melt-in-your-mouth meat, and tender carrots and potatoes. This tasty beef stew has that slow-cooked taste with a fraction of the time and effort!
This easy Irish stew recipe would, of course, be perfect for St. Patrick's Day, but it's also good anytime you want a simple stick-to-your-ribs kinda recipe. Hello winter comfort food!
I've said it more than once now... I love the way you can sear the meat right in your Instant Pot without having to mess up more pans. I strongly encourage you not to skip the searing step - it helps seal that wonderful flavor in. 🙂
What's in Irish stew?
I kept this Instant Pot stew fairly simple. It seems like every recipe has a slightly different twist, so it's hard to know what exactly is traditional. I've seen many Irish stew recipes with lamb, but this one has beef. I also included potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and, of course, the Guinness.
How do you make stew with Guinness beer?
It's really simple. I replaced other liquids you could use (such as beef broth) with the Guinness. It forms an amazing sauce.
How do you make beef stew in an Instant Pot?
Sear the meat on all sides in two batches; remove the beef from the Instant Pot. Sauté the onions for 2-3 minutes. Add the Guinness, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder to the Instant Pot. Scrape up any brown bits into the sauce. Add the meat back in, along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. Either do a quick pressure release or let the pressure release naturally.
Can you taste the Guinness in this electric pressure cooker stew?
Yes. I don't drink stout beers (I find them too bitter), but I really enjoyed this beef and Guinness stew. You can taste it, but it just works. The flavor is deep and rich.
I hope this beef and potato stew becomes a St. Paddy's Day favorite in your home. 🙂
You may also like my Instant Pot classic beef stew or my slow cooker beef stew.
Will you give this Instant Pot Guinness stew recipe a try?
Questions? Ask me in the comments below.
Instant Pot Irish Stew
- 2 pounds beef stewing cubes
- Flour for dredging
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1 pound potatoes (I used Yukon Gold) diced
- 2 large carrots chopped or sliced
- 3 sticks celery chopped
- 1 (11 fluid ounce) bottle Guinness beer
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Sprinkle your beef with salt & pepper and dredge each piece in flour.
- Heat the oil in your Instant Pot on the "sauté" function. When hot, add the beef. I do 2 batches and brown each batch for about 5 minutes total (I use tongs to ensure all sides of the beef get browned). You may need to add more oil in the second batch.
- Once the second batch of beef has browned, take it out of the Instant Pot. Add the onions in and sauté them for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the Guinness, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder to the Instant Pot. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up any brown bits into the sauce.
- Add the meat back in, along with the potatoes, celery, and carrots. Close the lid and make sure the valve is on "sealing". Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.
- You can let the pressure naturally release once the countdown has finished, but you can also do a quick release if you're in a hurry (I did).
- Season stew with extra salt & pepper if needed. Serve immediately. It also freezes well and makes great leftovers too.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Want more St. Patrick's Day recipes? You may also like my Irish whiskey pork chops or my Instant Pot colcannon recipe.
Thomas Schenk says
I love this recipe and the only modification I make is that I add two Tbsp of Multi tomato paste for added flavor.
I'm so glad you liked it!
Forgot to ask - can I do this in my Ninja Food? My Instant Pot is the Mini - only 3 qts., and I don't think it will all fit in there.
I have never worked with one of those, so I really can't say. If it has the high pressure cooking function then I don't see why not! Let me know how it goes. 🙂
Hello! I have a chuck roast in my freezer - can I use that? If so, should I cut it up? 🤔
Hi! Yes, that's what I would do.
It FINALLY dipped below 70 degrees here in California which provided me with the opportunity to make this, and I am SO GLAD I did!!! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the celery which I traded for peas. I’m putting this on our winter meal rotation. It’s SO ding dang GOOOOOD 😩😋
Yay I am so happy you liked it, Lina! Thanks for leaving me a comment. 😀
Melanie Kramar says
Can you make dumplings in the Instant Pot to go with the stew?
Hi Melanie! I don't see why not, but I have never tried that before.
Is there any alternate option for beer??
Hi! Hmmm the beer is the main component in here, so without testing, I can’t suggest an alternative unfortunately. Maybe try my crockpot stew instead?
You can use beef broth or wine instead.
Hi! You mean instead of the Guinness? Well, that would make it not an Irish stew anymore, but I do have a tested classic beef stew that uses beef broth (I don't think it's recommended to pressure cook wine, but you may want to look more into it). I will link it here for you: https://bit.ly/3fbLbqY
Hi there! I was curious what kind of onion you used. I'm looking forward to trying to make this tomorrow! 🙂
Hi! I usually just buy the standard sweet onions (white). White/Spanish ones would work too... I think they're labeled differently depending where you live, so any of those would work. Hope you like the recipe!
I used dried minced onion & worked fine! Goodrecipe. It’s in the pot for second time this week.
Hey, my family greatly enjoyed the stew- I feel like, quite often with instant pot recipes, stews tend to end up more like soups- but not this one. Also, just wanted to give you a heads up that you don’t have the amount of onion listed in the ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!
So happy you all liked it, Maggie!! Ahh thanks for pointing that out! I read these recipes over so many times and still occasionally miss ingredients. Just updated it. 🙂