Delicious Lamb and Barley Hot Pot Recipe

Are you looking for a hearty and flavorful dish to warm you up on a cold evening? Look no further than this Lamb and Barley Hot Pot recipe. Whether you’re a fan of Irish lamb stews or looking to try something new, this dish is sure to satisfy your craving.

As an experienced chef specializing in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I know the importance of using fresh and high-quality ingredients in my cooking. This Lamb and Barley Hot Pot recipe is no exception – featuring tender lamb chops and pearl barley stewed with a medley of vegetables, this recipe is both delicious and nutritious.

But don’t take my word for it – try it out for yourself! Perfectly seasoned with white pepper, bay leaves, thyme, and freshly ground black pepper, this dish has just the right amount of kick without being too overpowering. And if lamb isn’t your favorite, this recipe can easily be substituted with beef or even corned beef.

So why settle for boring, bland meals when you can have a satisfying bowl of Lamb and Barley Hot Pot? Follow along with me as I guide you through each step of this scrumptious recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lamb and Barley Hot Pot
Lamb and Barley Hot Pot

Calling all lamb lovers: you’re in for a treat with this Lamb and Barley Hot Pot Recipe! This hearty and savory dish is packed with the comforting flavors of tender lamb, barley, and vegetables, making for the perfect meal to warm you up on a cold day.

What makes this recipe stand out from the rest is its simplicity. With just a few basic ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, even those new to cooking can pull off this delicious stew. It’s a wholesome dish that doesn’t require any fancy techniques or complicated preparations.

Not only is this Lamb and Barley Hot Pot easy to make, but it’s also customizable to your preferences. You can swap out vegetables or try different types of barley to create a unique taste every time. Plus, this recipe can be adapted to suit various cooking methods such as using an Instant Pot, slow cooker or pressure cooker.

It’s not just the ease of preparation and flexibility that makes this dish special though; it’s the delightful textures and flavors you’ll experience with every bite. The tender chunks of lamb shoulder trimmed cut, flavorful potatoes, carrots, celery rib along with pearl barley, come together in a hot pot that explodes with one savory flavor after another. The use of bay leaves, thyme sprigs, and salt freshly ground black pepper also bring a whole new dimension of taste.

If you’re in search of a comforting yet delicious meal that satisfies both the palate and body, look no further than this Lamb and Barley Hot Pot Recipe. It’s rich in flavor, nutritious, filling and easy to make – you’ll keep coming back for more.

Ingredient List

 Slow-cooked lamb in a hearty broth
Slow-cooked lamb in a hearty broth

Ingredients for Lamb and Barley Hot Pot Recipe

  • 2 pounds lamb shoulder trimmed, cut bite size pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled roughly chopped
  • 2 cups pot barley or pearl barley
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 celery ribs, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely diced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, picked and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, picked and roughly chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped parsley (for garnish)

This hearty hotpot recipe calls for a mix of tender lamb cuts with earthy barley. The lamb can be from lamb chops or lamb shanks, but I prefer using Irish lamb. Creamy potatoes, sweet parsnips, and fragrant celery come together to enhance the flavor profile of this dish. There’s also a healthy dose of aromatics like onions and herbs such as thyme and rosemary. The barley stew is cooked in three cups of water that makes it chunky yet creamy. You can use either pot barley, pearl barley, or try a combination of both – depending on your preference. Don’t forget to add bay leaves for depth of flavor. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper round out the dish before serving.

The Recipe How-To

 A cozy hot pot perfect for cold nights
A cozy hot pot perfect for cold nights

Now that you have your ingredients ready, let me guide you on how to create this tasty lamb and barley hot pot recipe. This recipe can be cooked in a slow cooker, oven or Instant Pot depending on your preference.

  • Step 1: Preheat your oven to 170°C or gas mark 3 (if using the oven).
  • Step 2: In a large casserole dish, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Step 3: Add 1 medium-sized brown onion, finely chopped, and sauté for about 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  • Step 4: Add 2 celery ribs and 2 carrots, both peeled and roughly chopped, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Step 5: Add your lamb meat. If you’re using lamb chops or boneless lamb shoulder trimmed cut, simply cut them into bite-size pieces. If you’re using lamb shanks, season them with salt and freshly ground black pepper then brown it on all sides before setting it aside.
  • Step 6: Once your lamb meat is cooked through, add in 8 cups of boiling water to the pot along with 2 bay leaves, some fresh thyme stems plus leaves picked from some parsley sprigs. Tip: For best results use low-sodium stock along with the boiling water.
  • Step 7: Stir in 1 cup of pot barley or pearl barley and add a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground white pepper. For best pearl barley stew results, cook for about an hour until the barley is tender but still chewy.
  • Step 8: Now it’s time to add in your potatoes along with any other root vegetables you prefer such as parsnips or turnips. Make sure you’ve peeled your potatoes first before roughly chopping them into pieces similar in size to your lamb.
  • Step 9: Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil evenly over the top of the entire mixture and pour in 2 cups of cold water.
  • Step 10: Place the lid on the casserole dish or dutch oven, and transfer to the preheated oven to cook for about 90 minutes. Ensure your lamb barley hot pot is fully cooked through and the lamb has become meltingly tender before serving. Tip: if using slow cooker or Instant Pot, cook on low heat setting for 8 hours.
  • Step 11: Serve your delicious lamb barley stew hot and topped with freshly chopped parsley for extra flavor!

Substitutions and Variations

 Tender chunks of lamb with an earthy barley flavor
Tender chunks of lamb with an earthy barley flavor

Are you looking to add your own twist to the lamb and barley hot pot recipe? Don’t be afraid to experiment with different substitutions and variations.

If you don’t have lamb chops, feel free to use lamb shoulder or boneless lamb as a substitute. These cuts of meat work well in stews and will provide the same delicious taste as the chops.

For those who do not eat meat, try substituting the lamb with mushrooms or cauliflower. These ingredients will add a unique flavor and texture to the dish.

You can also switch up the vegetables by using sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, or adding in some turnips for a slight peppery taste. If you want more greens, throw in some lightly sautéed spinach leaves for added nutrition.

If you’re feeling adventurous, swap out barley for other grains like quinoa, farro or even pearl couscous. These grains are hearty and will add a different texture to your hot pot.

For a spicy kick, add in some red pepper flakes or chili powder. You can also include other herbs like rosemary or oregano for extra flavor.

Substituting ingredients is an excellent way to make this classic dish unique to your taste buds. Just remember, it’s important to maintain balance between the flavors, so be sure to taste-test along the way.

Serving and Pairing

 A warm hug in a bowl
A warm hug in a bowl

The lamb and barley hot pot is a hearty and wholesome main dish with flavors that complement well with a variety of sides. I suggest serving this delicious stew with a crusty bread, such as sourdough or baguette, to soak up the savory broth. You can also serve it over a bed of steamed rice or mashed potatoes for a more filling meal.

If you’re looking to add some greens to your dish, try pairing this hot pot with a simple side salad of arugula or mixed greens tossed with a tangy vinaigrette dressing. You can also add some crunchiness to the dish by serving it with some roasted carrots, parsnips or Brussels sprouts.

For drinks, a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel would pair nicely with this lamb and barley hot pot. If you prefer a non-alcoholic option, try serving some sparkling water with lemon or lime wedges to provide a refreshing balance to the rich and robust flavors of the stew.

I hope these serving and pairing suggestions inspire you to host an unforgettable dinner party!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The ultimate comfort food
The ultimate comfort food

This lamb and barley hot pot recipe is great for making ahead of time, it can be prepared up to three days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. This way, you can save time and energy by having the meal ready on busy days.

To reheat, simply preheat oven to 170°C (350°F) and warm up the hot pot for about thirty minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat it on a stove over medium heat until piping hot.

It’s important to note that this dish tastes even better the next day after it has had time for the flavors to meld together. So if possible, prepare it a day before serving.

For storing leftovers, transfer them into an airtight container or a covered plate in the refrigerator. They should last for up to three days.

If you end up with extra pearl barley stew, you can freeze it in small portions to enjoy later on. The barley will tend to expand during cooking so just add more water when reheating.

This hearty lamb and barley hot pot recipe is perfect for batch cooking and meal prep. It’s also easily adaptable so don’t be afraid to get creative with any leftovers you might have on hand!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A filling and nutritious meal
A filling and nutritious meal

Cooking lamb and barley hot pot can be a bit challenging at times, but don’t worry, with these tips, it’ll be a breeze. Follow these guidelines and achieve perfect results.

1. Choose the Best Pearl Barley

The quality of pearl barley used in this recipe is crucial. Get the highest quality barley that you can. It will make a huge difference in the taste and texture of the final dish.

2. Browning the Meat

Browning the meat before adding it to the simmering pot will enhance the flavor and texture of your lamb barley hot pot stew.

3. Adding Water

When adding water or broth to your stew, start with less than you think you’ll need – you can always add more liquid later on if necessary.

4. Cut the Vegetables into Bite-Size Pieces

Chop all of your vegetables into bite-sized pieces so they will cook evenly and faster.

5. Simmer Slowly

A slow simmer is key to making a tasty lamb barley stew. Don’t rush it – let it cook slowly for best results.

6. Seasoning

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Remember, always taste as you go along and adjust seasoning accordingly.

7. Garnishing with Parsley

Chopped fresh parsley adds color, vibrancy, and freshness to this hearty stew. Scatter parsley over each bowl before serving.

8. Serving Suggestions

Serve hot with crusty bread, rice or potatoes; choose your favourite accompaniment or experiment with something new! It’s also great served with a pint of dark beer or a robust red wine.

Follow these tips and your lamb and barley hot pot will turn out perfect every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, whether you’re new to cooking with lamb and barley or an experienced home chef, this lamb and barley hotpot recipe is a must-try. With its rich and hearty flavors, this dish is perfect for a cozy dinner on a chilly evening or when entertaining friends and family.

So don’t hesitate, grab your ingredients and get cooking! And if you’re feeling adventurous or want to mix things up in the kitchen, try some of the substitutions and variations I’ve included in this recipe article.

Whether you choose to make this lamb and barley hotpot in the slow cooker, instant pot or oven, know that it will be a savory and satisfying meal that’s sure to please. So go ahead, add some Irish flavor to your menu with this scrumptious lamb and barley hotpot recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

Lamb and Barley Hot Pot

Lamb and Barley Hot Pot Recipe

From Nigel Slater's Taste of My Life
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Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Calories 876.2 kcal


  • 3 1/2 ounces pot barley
  • 3 medium onions
  • 2 large celery ribs
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 -5 medium potatoes
  • 8 lamb chops
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 ounces corned beef (canned)
  • white pepper
  • water or stock, to cover
  • 1/4 cup parsley


  • Boil the pot barley in unsalted water for 25 minutes, then drain it.
  • Preheat an oven to 320°F.
  • Peel the onions and slice them into thick rings. Cut the celery into short lengths. Peel the parsnip, carrot and potatoes and cut them into fat chunks.
  • Pile the vegetables into a large deep pot, then tuck in the chops, thyme and bay leaves.
  • Add the corn beef.
  • Season with a little white pepper, no salt, then pour in the drained barley and enough water or stock to cover the meat and vegetables completely. Bring it slowly to the boil.
  • Skim off the worst of the froth that has accumulated on the surface.
  • Transfer the pot to the oven and cook for two hours.
  • Remove the lid. The broth should be thin, thickened only slightly by the potatoes. Chop the parsley and mix it in carefully, so as not to smash the vegetables, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Refrigerate overnight. Next day, skim the fat from the top, then reheat slowly on the stove til the meat is thoroughly hot and the broth gently bubbling. Season as requiered and serve piping hot.

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Serving: 580gCalories: 876.2kcalCarbohydrates: 49.2gProtein: 42gFat: 56.4gSaturated Fat: 24.3gCholesterol: 168.4mgSodium: 492.5mgFiber: 7.6gSugar: 7.2g
Keyword European, Lamb/Sheep, Meat
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