Flemish Beef Stew: A Legendary Belgian Dish

This rich and hearty recipe is one of the Belgian signature dishes. It fills and warms you, not only in Winter.
The Belgian kitchen is rich of hearty dishes, just like this one.

Serve this special recipe with French Fries or potatoes.

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Recipe by: Susanne
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Cuisine: Belgian

Flemish Beer Stew is one of the most delicous Belgian dishes. It is eaten all year round and has a hearty, full flavour. Try our recipe and enjoy.



3 hours, 25 minutes
4 - 5 persons
  • 1 kg (2 to 2.5 lbs) stew meat, cut to medium sized cubes
  • 100 ml of dark beer, originally "Rodenbach" beer
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 1-2 slices of dark brown bread
  • 2 tbsp yellow or Dijon mustard,
  • 2 tbsp of dark brown sugar
  • 1 clove
  • 2 laurel bay leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme
  • a balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper


10 minutes
3 hours, 15 minutes
Ready in
3 hours, 25 minutes
  1. Take a big pot with a thick base.
  2. Wash the stew meat and remove from tendons.
  3. Cut the onions into not too thin slices, mince the garlic cloves.
  4. Add butter to a frying pan and fry the meat chunks until browned. Add the onion now.
  5. Fill the herbs and spices into a tea egg so you can easily remove them at the end.
  6. Add the dark beer and all the spices in the tea egg.
  7. Cover the pot and let it simmer on low heat 2 - 3 hours until the meat is tender.
  8. Uncover the pot, add the mustard and place the slices of bread on top of the dish. Let it simmer until the desired thickness of the stew is reached. The bread will slowly dissolve and thicken the dish.
  9. Remove the herbs.
  10. Add the vinegar and stir.
  11. The stew is now ready.
  12. Serve with French Fries.


For the stew meat, choose shoulder meat if possible.

For the dark beer, choose a brand not too bitter in taste. IPA is not a good choice for the Felmish beer stew.

Nutrition Facts

Dark Flemish Beer Stew "Stoofvlees of stoverij"


Amount Per Serving
Calories 475
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 g 15.4%
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate 44 g 14.7%
Dietary Fiber
Protein 50 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


1 Comment

  1. I’m so excited about finding this recipe- I loved the Flemish stew I had in Belgium. Your recipe looks delicious.

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