Shin of beef with Guinness



Shin is such a lovely meat – it’s nice and gelatinous and sweet in flavour. Together with the bitter stout it makes for a great combination.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2


For the beef

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 500 g beef shin cut up into bite size pieces
  • 1 tbsp flour to sprinkle over beef
  • 1 red onions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • fresh rosemary
  • 70 – 100 g sugar
  • 600 – 700 ml Guinness

To serve with

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes roasted until completely cooked
  • butter a generous amount
  • brown sugar a sprinkle
  • parsley freshly chopped as garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large pot then on a moderate temperature brown the beef. Remove the beef from the pot. Lightly coat the beef in flour.
  • Add onions to the pot then sauté the onions on a low temperature with the lid on until they soften.
  • Add the garlic, rosemary & sugar then add beef back into the pot, pour in the Guinness. Bring the contents of the pot to a simmer and braise in the oven until the meat is tender. This will take 2-3hours.
  • For the sweet potatoes, cut the roasted sweet potatoes in half, arrange the butter inside the sweet potato and sprinkle brown sugar on top then roast in the oven until the butter melts sugar caramelizes onto the sweet potato.
  • To serve, arrange the beef shin in a bowl and serve with the sweet potato and a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley.


Keyword Beef shin, comforting, Guinness, Stew


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