Flemish Beef Stew

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Beef stewed in beer with onions, brown sugar, and herbs.

This is the national Belgian dish. In some regions, bread spread with mustard is added towards the end of the cooking to give a special texture to the sauce. Rodenbach red beer is traditionally used in this recipe but any good red beer will do (possibly from Belgium).

Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 2 h 30 min
390 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Kosher
  • Kid-friendly
  • Diabetes-friendly


800 g blade pot roast, rib roast or shoulder cloud, cut into cubes
2 tbsp canola oil 30 mL
1 1/2 onions, finely chopped 300 g
2 tbsp cornstarch 16 g
1 1/3 cup gluten-free beer 330 mL
2 bay leaf 0.4 g
1 sprig rosemary, fresh 5 g
1/2 tbsp brown sugar 6 g
1/2 tbsp wine vinegar 8 mL
1 rutabagas, or turnips, peeled and cut into large pieces 150 g
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces 400 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

A baking or casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid is necessary for this recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF.
  2. Cut the beef into large cubes, about 4 cm, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Finely chop the onions.
  3. Heat the oil in a casserole dish over high heat. Add the beef cubes in batches, turning them until dark brown on all sides, 5-7 min. Take the cubes out of the casserole using a slotted spoon, then transfer them to a plate.
  4. Add the onions and sauté over medium heat about 5 min, then add the cornstarch and cook 1-2 min with stirring. Pour in the beer, then put the meat back into the casserole. Add the bay leaves, rosemary, brown sugar, and vinegar. Pour in some water if necessary to cover the meat. Cover and cook 2 h in the middle of the oven, until the meat is tender.
  5. During this time, prepare the vegetables : peel them and cut into large chunks then add them to the casserole. Pour in some warm water if too dry. Season with salt, cover and continue to cook an additional 20-25 min until the vegetables are tender. Serve.


This stew can be made a few days ahead and reheated over moderate heat.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (330g)


% Daily Value




13 g

20 %

Saturated 3.7 g
+ Trans 0.4 g

20 %


70 mg


80 mg

3 %


33 g

11 %


3 g

14 %


6 g

Net Carbs

30 g


27 g

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

39 %


4 %


22 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 2 servings
Grain Products : ¼ serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 serving


This recipe is :
Excellent source of  :
Niacin, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Zinc
Good source of  :
Copper, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C
Source of  :
Fibre, Omega-3, Vitamin B1, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Low  :


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1
Vegetables 1 ½
Meat and Alternatives 3
Fats 2 ½
Other Foods 0

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This recipe is in the following categories

Beef | Main courses/Entrées | High Iron | Source of Omega-3 | Kosher | Low Sodium | Diabetes-friendly | Braise/Stew | Belgian