This hearty steak and ale pie recipe features tender steak, thick and robust gravy and light pastry. You’ll want to serve this again and again. 

More Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day to check out: Baked Corned Beef, Reuben Sandwich, Smoked Corned Beef, Irish Potato Soup, and Corned Beef Spices

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite recipes: Steak and Ale Pie. This Steak and Ale Meat Pie Recipe is full of robust gravy, tender steak, light pastry and dark beer. All it’s missing is a little green leprechaun. One bite of this gravy goodness and you’ll wish St. Patrick’s Day occurred more than once a year.

Hearty and Tender Steak and Ale Pie

Among all the dinner recipes or steak recipes we’ve featured here at FoodieandWine, this Steak and Ale Pie is tied for our favorite alongside our Shepard’s Pie. They’ve been in the rotation for years and haven’t been kicked off their very high pedestal. For very good reason. They satisfy even the largest appetite and pickiest palates.

This steak pie recipe is a great way to use up any leftover beef (like prime rib) you have from the holiday. Or even leftover chuck roast from Beef Chuck Roast Recipes.

This Steak and Ale Pie Recipe calls for a good robust stout or ale. We always use classic Guinness, but don’t let that limit your decision. If there is a particular dark stout or ale you prefer or already have on hand, have at it. We know. We know. This is called “ale” pie. We just prefer a non-bitter stout like Guinness.

Hearty and Tender Steak and Ale Pie

When cooking with beer, we’re steadfast in our process. Please take notes and don’t skip:

Step 1 – Take a fatty swig to make sure the “product” is up to snuff.

Step 2 – Set aside the listed amount called for in the recipe.

Step 3 – Take another fatty swig just to make sure you weren’t wrong the first time.

Step 4 – Repeat Steps 1-3 as needed.

Yep. Makes cooking MUCH more fun. Don’t drink beer? This recipe calls for 1.5 cups so maybe this isn’t the right recipe for you. As they say “it’s not you, it’s me.” Do note…you won’t be able to taste the beer in the end product, but I know how “touchy” some palates are.

Meat and potato pie with bite taken out of crust.

Standard Steak an Ale Meat Pie calls for a mixture of vinegar and brown gravy. A lot of recipes we’ve seen online the past couple of years don’t call for vinegar which is a bit puzzling. The vinegar adds that little bit of acid required to make the gravy complex and your loved ones instinctively say “mmmm” after the first bite. TRUST. You want to keep it in.

Steak and Ale Pie

Don’t have time to spend 3 hours in the kitchen today? Make it the day before and refrigerate. When you’re ready to enjoy just pop it in the oven for 30 minutes to reheat. Then skip ahead to the step in which you add the puff pastry.

Now Swig and Repeat Away!

More Recipes With Mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms
Garlic Butter Mushrooms
Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
Sautéed Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce
Beef Wellington Recipe

Drink Pairing Recommendations

White Wines: Pinot Noir, Red Bordeaux
Beers – Guinness (Obviously!), Brown ale, Belgian ale

Shepherd's pie recipe with sprig of rosemary.

Hearty and Tender Steak and Ale Meat Pie

This hearty steak and ale meat pie recipe features tender steak, thick and robust gravy and light pastry. You’ll want to serve this again and again.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1188kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $15


  • 1.75 – 2 lb Roast (Chuck or Rump)
  • ¼ cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1.2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Large Yellow Onions (Sliced (Approx. 1 Cup))
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1.5 – 2 cup High Quality Dark Ale or Stout (divided)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Rosemary
  • 1 Bay Leaf (Whole)
  • ¼ tsp Ground Thyme
  • 1 cup High Quality Beef Broth
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • tsp Black Pepper
  • 5 Large Mushrooms (Sliced (any variety))
  • 2 Medium Size Carrots (Sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch (or 2 Tbsp. Tapioca Flour)
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 1 Sheet of Puff Pastry
  • Additional Salt and Pepper (to Taste)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl mix the flour and garlic powder. Set aside.
  • Cut the roast into 1.5″ – 2″ cubes.
  • Place the beef into the flour mixture and toss to coat evenly.
  • Place a dutch oven (or large pan) over high heat. Once heated, add 1 tablespoon of butter and let melt to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the beef to the hot pan and sear on each site until crispy (about two minutes per side).
  • Place the seared beef on a dinner plate and set aside.
  • Reduce the temperature to medium and add 1 tablespoon of butter followed by the onion and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes until the carrots and onions are soft.
  • Add the garlic and cook an additional minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup of beer to deglaze the pan. Make sure to scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  • If necessary, add another 1/2 cup (if the original amt. cooks off quickly).
  • Let cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire Sauce, balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, sugar, rosemary, bay leaf and thyme.
  • Add in the last cup of beer, beef broth, salt and black pepper and stir.
  • Add in the mushrooms and seared beef and stir.
  • Place the dutch oven in the oven and bake for 90 minutes (covered).
  • When done baking, mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and add to the beef mixture. Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Transfer the beef mixture to a pie dish or other deep dish container.
  • Turn the oven temperature up to 400 degrees.
  • Unfold the puff pastry and lay flat.
  • Beat the egg with a tablespoon of water and brush lightly across the puff pastry.
  • Place the puff pastry on top of the pie dish and, using a knife, poke a hole or two in the top (to allow air to escape).
  • Transfer the pie to the oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 1188kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 103g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 340mg | Sodium: 1665mg | Potassium: 1835mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5484IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 12mg
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  1. I get so annoyed at all these people taking the time to say how great a recipe sounds and gee, I’ll have to try that! How is that helpful to anyone?? Of course it sounds good! But I read comments to get others opinions on the recipe. Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest lol!

  2. Avatar of TravelPhotoGal TravelPhotoGal says:

    5 stars
    This is in my home run file. Super delicious when made the day before. Added porcini mushrooms as well from RecipeTinEat’s recipe and snuck cheddar cheese under the crust. Wowza!

  3. This looks amazing. I’ll have to try this out. I love steak.

  4. My husband was just talking to me the other day about wanting to make something like this! I’ll be showing him your recipe.

  5. This looks so fresh and delicious. I love a great meat pie.

  6. Yum! This food looks delish. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I LOVE eating steak.

  7. Ah, I agree, that kind of dish does satisfy most anyone. I know it would be a big hit here.

  8. This looks so hearty, healthy, and tasty. I love meat pies especially homemade though I have not had any in so long. I will have to make one soon.

  9. Wow! It looks so tasty and yummy. I actually love steak. Anyway, good shot for the pictures though. :)

  10. What a healthy food for my family. you saved our dinner for tonight. Thanks for the procedure

  11. Avatar of Elizabeth O. Elizabeth O. says:

    That looks so good. The gravy looks packed with awesome flavor as well. It’s really great to serve this with ale, otherwise the meal wouldn’t be complete.

  12. That looks amazing! My mouth is watering, I just ate dinner but I want this right now!

  13. It is exactly the kind of tasty and hearty dinner my husband likes and if I were to be honest, I like too. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. I’m gonna be honest here. I can’t cook that. I just don’t have the talent for it. I think I’m just gonna go ahead and order that coz it looks really good.

  15. Yum! This looks really good and even though we aren’t drinkers I still think it would be worth trying!

  16. oh my this looks and sounds amazing think I need to try it out for myself

  17. Oh wow! i will ask my husband to make this for me <3 yuuuummy!

  18. Oh, I think my father would love this. I will certainly make this for him.

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