How to cook beef stew meat on the stove?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How to cook beef stew meat on the stove?” methods to cook beef stew meat using a dutch oven and slow cooker as well as tips to cook beef stew meat.

How to cook beef stew meat on the stove?

Beef stew meat can be cooked on the stove using a Dutch oven or a slow cooker. The methods to cook using a slow cooker and a Dutch oven are given below.

Using a dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion (chopped finely)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped finely)
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 3-4 tbsp tomato sauce or tomato puree
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2-3 medium carrots (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound red potatoes
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • Vegetable oil for cooking

Method 

  • In a small bowl, mix sea salt, thyme, rosemary, paprika, and black pepper. Observe stew meat and chop them into smaller pieces.
  • On a stove, place a dutch oven over medium heat. Heat oil. Add few pieces of meat to the pan. Add 2 tsp spice mixture over the beef and mix them well. 

Place the beef pieces aside and cook the remaining beef pieces. Remove the beef pieces using a slotted spoon.

  • After cooking the beef pieces, add oil if required. Cook the onions, garlic, and celery. Mix well. Add tomato sauce or tomato puree to the pan. Mix well.
  • Increase the heat to boil the mixture. Add red wine and mix well. Add the Worcestershire sauce, spice mix along with bay leaf and beef broth. Mix well. Stir occasionally. 

Bring the mixture to a boil. After it starts to boil, reduce the heat and start simmering. Cover the pan and let it simmer for a while.

  • Add the chopped potatoes and carrots. Cover the pan and cook for 30-35 minutes. 
  • Add the parsley and peas. Add corn starch along with ¼ cup water and cook the beef stew till it has a thicker consistency.

Using a slow cooker

Using the ingredients given above, you can cook beef stew meat on the slow cooker as well. Follow the steps provided below.

  • In a dutch oven, add oil and cook the beef after seasoning them in batches till it becomes brown. Transfer the browned beef to the slow cooker.
  • In the same dutch oven, add oil and cook onions, garlic, and celery. Add tomato sauce or puree and mix well. Add the red wine too. Mix the mixture well and transfer them to the slow cooker.
  • In the slow cooker, add Worcestershire sauce, carrots, beef broth, potatoes, and bay leaf. Cover the mixture and allow them to cook in low heat for 7-8 hours. If you wish to cook them on high heat, cook them for 3-5 hours.

You would have to cook the veggies and beef till they turn soft. 

  • After 25 minutes of the cooking time, add in the frozen peas. Add cornstarch along with ¼ cup of water and mix well. Cover and cook for 25 minutes till the stew thickens. 

If it does not turn thick, you can add more cornstarch, stir and cook for additional 5-10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf while serving and add in parsley.

What are some tips to cook beef stew meat?

  • Avoid overcrowding the pan with meat pieces while cooking them. Cook them in batches.
  • To save time, you can chop and refrigerate the veggies as well as beef pieces in separate ziplock bags.
  • If you had frozen beef stew meat, you can thaw it in the refrigerator or place them at room temperature for a short while.
  • To check the tenderness of the meat and its doneness, you can poke the meat pieces using a fork. If the meat is not tender, you would need to allow the meat to cook for a while.
  • Avoid using olive oil or virgin oils for cooking meat as they have a low smoke point. Use oils that have a high smoke point like vegetable oils or refined oils for cooking meat and veggies.

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Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How to cook beef stew meat on the stove?” methods to cook beef stew meat using a dutch oven and slow cooker as well as tips to cook beef stew meat.

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