How to Make Classic Beef Stew and Braised Steak in the Oven

Updated on April 15, 2018
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Classic Beef Stew Recipe
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How to Make Traditional Beef Stew

Homemade beef stew with carrots and onions makes a very tasty meal.

I give step-by-step instructions so you can cook this recipe from scratch.

I also explain in detail how to thicken the stew safely.

Here in Ireland we call this dish braised steak.

Beef Stew

Homemade Stew

Preparation time: 15 mins approx

Cooking time: 2 hours

Serves: 4 portions


  • 1 ½ lbs of round steak or other beef cuts
  • 2 large size onions
  • 4 medium size carrots
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • Tomato puree, Sunflower oil, Gravy mix

Ingredients for Beef Stew
Ingredients for Beef Stew | Source

My 84-year-old Mum Making Stew. Watch it to the End for Some Funny Outtakes!

In-Depth Step-By-Step Instructions


Step 1

  1. Cut up the onions into medium slices.
  2. Cut up the tomatoes into medium pieces.
  3. Cut up the carrots into large round shapes.

Chopped Onions and Tomatoes
Chopped Onions and Tomatoes | Source

Step 2

  1. Wash the round steak under the tap.
  2. Cut up the round steak in to portions.
  3. Put these into the bottom of the cooking dish.
  4. Add the cooking oil and onions to a pot.
  5. Cook for approx. thirty seconds until the onions are brown.
  6. Add the carrots, tomatoes, and tomato puree.
  7. Mix in these vegetables on the cooker for three minutes.
  8. By putting in the carrots and heating them, it gives them a harder shell. They taste better in the stew because of this.

Making Beef Stew
Making Beef Stew | Source

Step 3

  1. Remove the vegetables from the cooker and add on top of the meat and spread evenly.
  2. Add enough water to cover the ingredients.
  3. Cover the cooking dish with a lid and place in the oven.
  4. If you do not have a lid then use tin foil. Cook for one and a half hours.

Step 4 (Thickening)

  1. Remove the stew from cooker.
  2. Add some extra boiled water to the stew.
  3. Make up the gravy and stir this into the dish slowly until mixed in evenly.
  4. Place the dish back in to the oven for a further thirty minutes.

Beef Stew
Beef Stew | Source

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        Beef stew or casserole as some call it is a great meal to have when you have a few people over for dinner.

        Thanks kikalina and Peggy W for taking the time to leave a comment, the shares and votes

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        Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

        This looks so good! I can almost smell it from looking at that last photo! Thanks for this good sounding recipe. I also like cooking from scratch. Up and useful votes.

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        kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

        Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        The beef does go a long way with this recipe because the stew is full of flavour with the carrots, onions and gravy.

        Thanks alocsin for the share and votes

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        alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

        I'm am just loving your recipes on saving money while cooking delicious meals. This looks like a worthy addition. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

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        L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

        It does taste as good as it looks Fiddleman and is quite easy to make.

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        Fiddleman 6 years ago

        Great recipe and I know this must really be good.

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        L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

        Beef Stew is one of my favorite dishes. Always lovely with mashed potatoes and cabbage.

        Thanks for SHARING

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        L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

        Than you Ian for your comment and your extra ingredients. Will give that a try and see how much extra zing I get from it lol

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        Ian Rowan 6 years ago

        Great stew but just add a bit of Worcestershire sauce or similar to give it a bit of extra zing.

        And the next day add curry.

        Ian, Australia