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Stewing Beef

Stewing/braising beef is a simple way to get supper to the table. Stewing starts off with less-tender but flavourful cuts of beef and turns them tender using slow moist heat for cooking. Here’s how…

Get Ready

Meat and veggies all together – a big batch of stew is great when you have the family gathered at the table. Slow-simmer on the stove top, in the oven or in a slow cooker.

  1. CUT meat from bone-into cubes if necessary. Coat beef with a mixture of flour, salt and pepper; shake off excess. In lightly oiled Dutch oven or stockpot, brown meat in batches.
  2. ADD onions and other seasoning, as desired, Add enough liquid, such as broth, tomato juice or red wine, to just cover beef.
  3. COVER AND SIMMER in 325°F (160°C) oven or on stove top for at least 1 hour or until fork-tender. Add chunks of vegetables and cook for 30 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.

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Common Cut

Stewing Beef

Alternate Cuts

Shank Centre Cut Stewing Beef Boneless

Chuck Short Ribs

Myth Buster

MYTH:

You need to flour stew cubes before browning.

TRUTH:

Flouring beef cubes prior to browning will reduce spattering but it does make the pan mucky. Pat stew cubes dry with paper towel, season all over and then brown the cubes. Sprinkle cubes all over with flour after browning.

Tips for Stewing

Cook’s Notes

  • Stews don’t require any fussing while they cook – once they’re in the oven you’re free – they cook by themselves so you can have the whole kitchen cleaned up when guests arrive – perfect for those of us who entertain in the kitchen.

  • Beef stews, are great for entertaining since they can be made the day ahead. Stew flavours meld together as it sits so it tastes better next day. Gently re-heat in the oven, microwave or slow cooker before serving.

  • Browning the beef before simmering gives beef stew a rich colour and flavour.

  • For a stew-like dinner that’s faster to prepare, you can use a Simmering Steak instead of stewing cubes; that way, you have only one piece of meat to brown. Simmer as you would for making a stew.

  • Overcrowding meat in the pan will cause meat to steam rather than brown.

  • You can dredge the beef cubes in seasoned flour before browning if you like – but sprinkling the flour over the browned cubes is easier and less messy.

  • Onions are cut into wedges lengthwise so they keep their shape in the stew. Onions that are cut crosswise tend to melt down into the background of a stew when they cook.

  • If flavourings start to scorch add a splash of water to the pot.

  • A tight fitting lid and a heavy pot are essential for best braising.

  • Keep beef cubes roughly the same size and trim them – this way beef will all cook at about the same time

  • Use the right pot – a Dutch oven made from enameled cast iron just can’t be beat – think Le Creuset for example.

  • For Stew, the secret is in the simmer. Go slow. Take your time. Use a 325ºF (160ºC) oven for a good even heat or a slow cooker will do the trick too.

Cuts used with Stewing Beef

Raw, Stewing Beef

Stewing Beef

Cut from the Chuck, stewing beef cubes have deep rich beef flavour. Best cooked by braising to make tender – slowly simmer in a seasoned brother in a covered container.


Shank Centre Cut Stewing Beef Boneless

Shank Centre Cut Stewing Beef Boneless

Perfect for stew, this cut has a deep rich beef flavour. Can be cut into cubes as stewing beef. Best cooked by braising to make tender – slowly simmer in a seasoned broth in a covered container.


Chuck Short Ribs

Chuck Short Ribs

Deep rich beef flavour is the hallmark of Short Ribs. Best cooked by braising to make them fall-off-the-bone tender – slowly simmer in a seasoned brother in a covered container, just like a stew.


Stewing Beef recipes

prep time

20 min

cook time

2 hr
Oven-Braised Beef CurryChef Rahil selected boneless beef short ribs from the Canadian Beef Information Gateway to make his version of a traditional braised beef curry. Aromatic but made with just a few basic pantry ingredients and standard braising technique so it’s not daunting for even ‘curry beginners’ to make. Beef short ribs are well marbled so the meat is moist and tender when braised and oh so flavourful!

prep time

20 min

cook time

40 min
Pistachio-crusted Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri SauceChopped pistachio nuts make a unique crusted rub that contrasts with the tenderness of Beef Tenderloin. Let the chimichurri stand at room temperature while preparing the beef to allow the flavours to infuse into the oil.

prep time

10 min

cook time

55 min
Classic Meat Loaf with Tomato GlazeThis traditional meat loaf recipe is oozing with flavour and is moist and tender–just like mom used to make. The tangy tomato glaze is what makes it a classic!

prep time

15 min

cook time

35 min
Speedy Texas Toast Topped Steak & Mushroom Pot PieDelicious and easy to prepare, this speedy skillet version of classic pot pie uses flavourful Top Sirloin Steak instead of the traditional braising beef cuts and a super-simple top crust made from garlicky Furlani® Texas toast. Serve with steamed green beans or broccoli.

prep time

30 min

cook time

5 hr
House-Smoked Beef BrisketMost people don’t have a backyard smoker, so this recipe, while unconventional, allows anyone with a regular kitchen stove to produce a brisket with a natural wood-smoke flavor. Note that your house will smell like smoked meat for a couple of days afterward, but that’s not the worst problem to have.

prep time

15 min

cook time

45 min
Speedy Pasta PieSimple as pie… This recipe is way faster to make than lasagne, and you have the option of making two pans, so you can freeze one for a future meal (baking from frozen for about 1-1/2 hours). You can also assemble it ahead and refrigerate to bake later, baking for 10 minutes longer. When baked in a single lasagna pan, this recipe is perfect for potluck and buffet-style dinners.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2:30
Mixed Herb Pesto Stuffed Braised BeefThis stuffed, rolled beef tenderloin is the perfect entertaining recipe. The simple pesto recipe can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Roll up the tenderloin like a jelly roll and tie with butcher twine every couple inches to secure the roll.

prep time

45 min

cook time

25 min
Beef and Cheese Egg Roll BitesHomemade egg rolls don’t have to be intimidating. This simple egg roll recipe is filled with thinly sliced beef tenderloin and cream cheese. These perfect bite-sized appetizers will impress your guests.

prep time

50 min

cook time

60 min
Oven Roast Beef Stuffed with Mushroom Barley RisottoWith beef tenderloin and a rich risotto made from barley and mixed mushrooms, this recipe is a showstopper. To simplify meal-planning, make the risotto ahead and store covered tightly in the fridge for up to 3 days. The recipe makes 5 cups of risotto which is plenty for stuffing the roast with 3 cups remaining that can be served as a meal unto itself or as a side along with the roast.

prep time

25 min

cook time

20 min
Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Meatballs with Herbed SlawGround beef and smashed kidney beans are seasoned with warm spices and formed into a delicious meatball packed with protein and fibre – perfect for make ahead lunches and quick weeknight dinners. Use white kidney beans if you don’t want the kids to spot them.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2 hr
Orange Balsamic Roast Beef with Herbed Quinoa Pilaf and Roasted FennelFeed a crowd with a modestly priced roast beef that is loaded with flavour and perfectly tender when cooked to medium-rare and carved into thin slices. Served with a Mediterranean-inspired quinoa dish and roasted fennel bulb. You meet over all your daily needs for zinc and vitamin B12 with this one meal! This serving of beef provides 20% of heme iron – the type that is easiest for your body to absorb. Beef also boosts the absorption of the non-heme iron from the spinach by 150%.

prep time

10 min

cook time

4:30
Beef Prime Rib Roast with Berry Wine SauceCranberries and red wine give the sauce a rosie hue that's the perfect pairing with medium-rare roast beef and is pretty to take to the table.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:30
Beef Prime Rib Au JusAu Jus is just a fancy name for making a beef gravy recipe.

prep time

20 min

cook time

3 hr
Tangy Oktoberfest Roast BeefWith lots of veggies, this one pot recipe for Tangy Oktoberfest Beef Roast makes a roast that's juicy and tender with a flavour that everyone will love.

prep time

20 min

cook time

25 min
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Wine SauceHere is the perfect burger recipe when it gets to be too cold for grilling. When is a hamburger, not just a hamburger? When it's a Salisbury Steak served with this yummy wine and mushroom sauce!

prep time

15 min

cook time

2 hr
Roast Beef with Sun Dried Tomato SauceBeef roasts are easy to prepare and they practically cook themselves. Visit our Cooking Lessons to learn more and see more recipes.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:15
Mushroom-Crusted Roast BeefAdd something new to your roast beef repertoire with this Mushroon-Crusted Roast Beef recipe. Made from dried mushrooms, the crust adds an intense mushroom flavour to both the sauce and the roast beef. 

prep time

15 min

cook time

30 min
Muffin-Sized Pizza Beef Meat LoavesThe recipe for these little Muffin-Sized Pizza beef meat loaves are the perfect size and flavour for children’s meals – serve them with the Vegetable Sauce and some pasta to complete the meal.

prep time

15 min

cook time

60 min
Moroccan Mini Beef Quick Roast with Kasbah CouscousThe recipe for this adventurous weeknight Moroccan meal can be on the table with minimal time and effort by using the Mini Beef Quick Roast. Make the simple Kasbah couscous side-dish while the roast beef is cooking.

prep time

15 min

cook time

30 min
Mini Beef Meat LoavesThese mini meat loaves can be served hot from the oven or wrap each cooled loaf individually and freeze them for future fast meals – they heat from frozen in minutes. Children love this Mini Beef Meat Loaf recipe!