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Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew Recipe (AIP, Paleo)

AIP Irish Beef Stew in a white bowl.
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This AIP Irish Beef Stew is perfect for an autoimmune-friendly Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, or for any day of the year! And the Instant Pot makes it mostly hands-off, so you can take the time to relax with friends and family, or seize the opportunity to try your hand at making some AIP Irish soda bread.

An AIP Saint Patrick’s Day

As Saint Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, I was trying to brainstorm some ways us autoimmune warriors could participate in the festivities and not feel left out.

While eating corned beef and cabbage seems to be the typical way Americans celebrate (along with drinking their weight in Guinness), there are already so many awesome AIP-friendly corned beef recipes on the internet. (Be sure to check out this Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe from Paleo On The Go, or this Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage from Real World AIP).

Though both of these recipes seem like they would be fairly simple (I haven’t tried either, yet), they also seem time intensive and not necessarily something a novice AIP cook would attempt. So, I decided I wanted to make an easy AIP version of Irish Stew for those of us who don’t like to spend a lot of time and energy in the kitchen.

AIP Irish Stew

Traditionally, Irish Stew uses lamb, but lamb is difficult to come by, and it’s definitely not the most economical meat choice. If you have the ability and the means to purchase lamb for this recipe, please do! But for this AIP Irish Beef Stew recipe, I used beef stew meat I found at my local grocery store.

Traditional Irish Stew also includes white potatoes. So, to make this AIP Irish Beef Stew AIP-friendly, I used white sweet potatoes instead. And while they are definitely sweeter than standard white potatoes, they are less sweet than orange sweet potatoes and lend themselves nicely to this savory Irish Beef Stew recipe.

Some Irish Stew recipes also include things like tomatoes, tomato paste, and/or red wine. But, in the interest of keeping this recipe AIP-compliant and as simple as possible, I omitted these ingredients. It doesn’t need them, anyway.

Alright, enough jibber-jabber! Let’s get on with this recipe for Instant Pot AIP Irish Beef Stew!

How to make Instant Pot AIP Irish Beef Stew

First, you will need an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker. If you don’t have one, I’m sure you can make this on the stovetop, but I have not had the opportunity to test it yet. So, if you try it, please share your experience in the comments.

AIP Irish Beef Stew ingredients.

Ingredients you’ll need for AIP Irish Beef Stew:

  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1.25 lbs stew meat
  • 1 large onion, cut into large chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 3 large carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 2 medium white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

Instructions:

Step 1: Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and add the avocado oil. Once it’s hot, add your stew meat and sear on all sides (about 5 minutes).

Close up of stew beef cooking.

Step 2: Turn the Instant Pot off and add the chopped onion, garlic, coconut aminossea salt, thyme, bay leaf and broth. Seal and set to the stew setting for 30 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, do a quick release of the pressure, taking care not to burn yourself on the steam. Cover the release valve with a towel to prevent splatter.

Detail shot of stew beef, onions, garlic, spices and broth in an Instant Pot.

Step 3: Remove the bay leaf, and add the chopped carrots and white sweet potato. Seal the Instant Pot and set to high pressure for 4 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, do a quick release of the pressure again, taking care not to burn yourself on the steam. Cover the release valve with a towel to prevent splatter.

Step 4: Give the stew a good stir and serve!

Close up of AIP Irish Beef Stew in a white bowl.
Close up of AIP Irish Beef Stew in a white bowl.

FAQ

What sides go with AIP Irish Stew?

Some great sides to serve with this AIP Irish Beef Stew would be something starchy, such as this AIP Irish Soda Bread from Unbound Wellness or AIP Biscuits from Otto’s Naturals. Or you can serve it with something fresh, such as a simple side salad, or roasted cabbage.

What if I can’t find white sweet potatoes?

If you can’t find white sweet potatoes, you can sub an equal amount of regular orange sweet potatoes, parsnips or rutabagas, but the flavor will be different. If you tolerate potatoes, you could also swap in regular ol’ potatoes. Yukon Gold are my favorite.

Other recipes to try

If you’re a huge Instant Pot fan, like I am, you should definitely try these other AIP Instant Pot recipes:

Flavorful Zuppa Toscana with Only 6 Ingredients!

Hearty AIP Chicken Vegetable Soup

Effortless Instant Pot Turmeric Chicken

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AIP Irish Beef Stew in a white bowl.

Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew (AIP, Paleo)

  • Author: Andrea
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 34 minutes
  • Total Time: 44 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Irish
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This AIP Irish Beef Stew is perfect for an autoimmune-friendly Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, or for any day of the year! And the Instant Pot makes it mostly hands-off, so you can take the time to relax with friends and family, or seize the opportunity to try your hand at making some AIP Irish soda bread.


Ingredients

Scale

1 Tbsp avocado oil

1.25 lbs stew meat

1 large onion, cut into large chunks

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp coconut aminos

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp dried thyme

1 bay leaf

3 cups beef or chicken broth

3 large carrots, cut into large chunks

2 medium white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks


Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and add the avocado oil. Once it’s hot, add your stew meat and sear on all sides (about 5 minutes).
  2. Turn the Instant Pot off and add the chopped onion, garlic, coconut aminos, sea salt, thyme, bay leaf and broth. Seal and set to the stew setting for 30 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, do a quick release of the pressure, taking care not to burn yourself on the steam. Cover the release valve with a towel to prevent splatter.
  3. Remove the bay leaf, and add the chopped carrots and white sweet potato. Seal the Instant Pot and set to high pressure for 4 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, do a quick release of the pressure again, taking care not to burn yourself on the steam. Cover the release valve with a towel to prevent splatter.
  4. Give the stew a good stir and serve!


Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 394
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 34g

Keywords: irish stew, irish beef stew, beef stew, instant pot, saint patrick’s day

This AIP Irish Beef Stew is perfect for an autoimmune-friendly Saint Patrick's Day celebration, or for any day of the year! And the Instant Pot makes it mostly hands-off, so you can take the time to relax with friends and family, or seize the opportunity to try your hand at making some AIP Irish soda bread. #aip #irishstew #irishbeefstew #paleo #stpatricksday
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