Looking for a comforting stew recipe? Try our best stews, from fragrant beef stews with an Asian twist to classic chicken stew to comfort the soul…
Beef stew recipes
This hearty stew is full of iron, protein and natural antioxidants. Pop beef shin, red wine and veggies into a slow cooker and leave for four hours
What could be more satisfying than a hearty beef stew topped with herby dumplings? Try this comforting classic at the weekend, when you’ve got a bit of time to spare
Loaded up with smoky paprika and melting beef shin, this deeply satisfying Hungarian stew is a recipe you’ll find yourself returning to. Serve with pasta or rice for a comforting dinner for four.
Cook pieces of beef shin in herby red wine stock until meltingly tender, then serve with creamy mash for a crowd pleasing weekend meal.
Check out our easy kimchi soup recipe with beef shin, gochugaru (Korean chilli flakes) and gochujang – a fermented Korean chilli paste. This easy one-pot may take some time, but it makes the perfect winter warming dish. Here are our top Korean recipes to try…
We love Vietnamese-inspired flavours, and this Vietnamese beef and lemongrass one pot is a definite winner. It’s a one-pot, so there’s minimal washing up, and is under 300 calories but still packs a punch in terms of flavour.
This Jamaican pepperpot stew recipe is an easy one-pot to feed the family. Ginger, chilli and allspice spice up the tender beef and sweet potato for a winter warming dish. More one-pot ideas here…
Sunday lunch is easy with this beef and Guinness stew. This one-pot results in meltingly tender meat – just a little prep and a long, slow cook for a deep, rich, weekend treat. Plus instructions on how to make this in a slow cooker.
Chicken stew recipes
Lift your chicken stew with pickled chilli peppers and top with soured cream and grated cheese for a hearty midweek meal.
Check out our creamy chicken stew with peanut butter. Groundnut stew is a typically West African dish. Serve this slow-cooked chicken, with its mellow peanut butter and fiery ensemble of spices, alongside extra sliced red chilli for oomph.
This recipe for Dijon chicken casserole with buttery herb dumplings is an easy one-pot that will feed the family in just an hour.
A super quick and easy chicken and pepper stew for the whole family, served with a herbed quinoa. Packed full of veggies and beans, it’s also a nice healthy tea option – at just over 300 calories per portion.
This recipe for lemon chicken and kale stew with couscous is a really easy midweek meal. It is low fat and ready in less than 30 minutes.
This smoky chicken and bean stew with chorizo and a chilli kick is hearty and delicious. You just need one pot and it’s on the table in just 30 minutes, perfect for a hassle-free midweek meal.
This is a good way of using up cooked meat over the holidays – chicken or ham would work nicely as well. The chipotle paste and smoked paprika gives this a lovely smoky, but not too hot, chilli flavour
Seafood stew recipes
Recreate this hearty one-pot – tender squid paired with creamy butter beans – for a satisfying dinner for two. This recipe is from the co-owners of seafood restaurant Prawn on the Lawn.
Try this creamy seafood stew with haddock for a comforting dinner for two ready in 30 minutes.
Check out this easy fish stew recipe with juicy butterflied prawns and sweet red peppers. This vibrant dish is low in calories and ready in 30 minutes.
Fancy a stew with a difference? Meaty hake, rich chorizo and slices of orange makes this the perfect warming stew for a night in.
This Portuguese fish stew contains a mixture of fish including squid, prawns, clams and mussels. It is a low calorie recipe and makes several portions, perfect for sharing with a group of friends or family.
The best way to enjoy a nice tuna steak… alongside harissa potatoes. All the ingredients are easy to get hold of and it’s on the table in 25 minutes. If you’re looking for meal ideas using tuna, click here…
This recipe for Indian salmon with chickpea stew is a great simple supper for when there’s just two of you. Most of the ingredients you’ll already have in your cupboard. Here are more ideas for cooking with salmon.
This recipe for Jamaican prawn, pepper and coconut stew is easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes. Plus, it’s gluten-free and under 500 calories.
Seafood stew doesn’t have to take hours to make. This recipe for cheat’s seafood stew is packed full of those delicious fish flavours but is on the table in under an hour, so it’s still achievable midweek.
Vegetarian stew recipes
Whether you’re vegetarian or not, this is the kind of dish that will satisfy anyone. Gentle spicing helps to lift the sauce, and the yogurt and mint oil make it the kind of dish perfect for dipping hunks of bread into.
For a vegetarian stew packed with creamy and comforting flavours, try our cannellini bean stew with a warming crunchy topping of ginger, coconut flakes and nigella seeds.
Reflecting the food of Tehran’s hole-in-the-wall kabab houses, Berenjak restaurant’s convivial cooking is ideal to recreate at home. Try this vegan bean stew as part of a meze feast.
This recipe for Tuscan bean and barley stew is a perfect one to have on hand for a quick midweek meal. It’s ready in 30 minutes, serves 4 and is under 200 calories. You can use any leafy greens for this, just whatever you have around. Plenty more low calorie vegetarian recipes here.
Try this vegan West African stew with sweet potato and greens. This one-pot recipe is super easy to make and packed with warming flavours.
This wholesome vegetarian minestrone stew is easy to make, low in calories and packed with nutritious veggies, an ideal winter warming recipe.
Beans, tomato and spinach for when it’s cold outside: a recipe with a kick, perfect for meat-free Monday with the family. High protein and only 153 calories per serving.
The best lentil stew is lightly spiced and satisfying for all the family. This one, made with split red peas is quick and easy, good value and healthy. This vegetarian recipe works as a main meal or as part of an Indian feast. Leftovers would make a simple lunch. Whenever you eat it, crusty bread on the side is all you need to serve it with.
Lamb stew recipes
Toss lamb neck in chipotle chilli, oregano and spices to add a smoky punch to this hearty stew.
Check out our warming one-pot stew with creamy mash and peas. No pre-frying of ingredients required for this stew – it’s best to use a heavy cast-iron pot or casserole to conduct the heat evenly.
Reflecting the food of Tehran’s hole-in-the-wall kabab houses, Berenjak restaurant’s convivial cooking is ideal to recreate at home. Try this vibrant lamb and celery stew as part of a meze feast.
This Persian lamb stew one-pot recipe is really easy and under 500 calories – perfect midweek comfort food.
This Spanish smoky lamb and pepper stew is really tender and packed with flavour. Garnish with parsley and serve with some crusty bread to soak up all those delicious juices.
You can make this Moroccan lamb and chorizo stew the day before you need to feed a crowd and chill until you’re ready for your guests to feast.
Hearty, low-fat one pot for a filling family meal. Pearl barley adds bulk to an easy stew of lamb, veg and potatoes. Make in minutes then leave to cook for 1 hour. Serve the stew with leafy greens or crusty bread for the juices. Here are our healthy one-pot ideas to try.
Other stew recipes
Hungarian chef Levente Koppány shares his take on a traditional stew, feauring Hungarian Hot Wax peppers and tomatoes. Mop up the delicious sauce with crusty bread.
Got the family over at the weekend? Slow cook kid goat with peppers, paprika and sherry for tender, flavour-packed meat. Serve with a salad or crisp roast potatoes.
Check out our melt-in-the-mouth pork shoulder casserole with mixed beans. This slow-cooker recipe is an easy one-pot to feed a crowd.
Winter is coming so whack the meat and veg on the stove so you can curl up on the sofa with a warm bowl of this comforting ham hock stew
Fluffy potatoes, spicy chorizo and warm, comforting stew – what more could you want from a quick and easy mid-week meal this winter?
This recipe for pork fillet with pepper stew is easy to make and ready in under an hour and 5:2 diet friendly, but is packed full of flavour.