Guiness, Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

This is a fabulous middle-of-the-week dinner in approximately 30 minutes from start to plating. It is tasty and is a spin on the Irish Stew we all probably grew up on. I know we did in our family.


  • 1 can Guiness Beer
  • 2-3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. dry mustard
  • 8 x 1 inch wedges of green cabbage (cored, outer leaves removed)
  • 1 cup peeled carrots, cut in 1 inch pieces (baby carrots are best)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil (looks like lard in a jar)
  • 1 lb. top sirloin steak, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. flour

In a bowl, whisk together the beer, honey, tomato paste, mustard and a pinch of salt and cracked black pepper.

Place cabbage and carrots in a 2 quart baking dish and 2 tbsp. water. Microwave, covered on high for 9-10 minutes until tender-crisp, stir once and set aside, keeping it warm.

In a large skillet add the coconut oil and when melted, add the beef. Cook, stirring often for about 4 minutes until just slightly pink in the center. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.

Add the onion to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes  until really tender. Pour the beer mixture into the skillet. In a small bowl add the flour and 2 tbsp. of water, mixing well. Add to the onion /beer mixture, and cook for 3 minutes.

Return the beef to the skillet, add the cabbage and arrots, cooking until it becomes bubbly. This should only take about 2 2 1/2 minutes.

All this needs is a slice (or two) of good old-fashioned soda bread and, of course, another Guiness…..for  you.


*Note: Coconut oil does not make foods taste like coconuts.



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