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Hearty and Tender Steak and Ale Pie

Hearty and Tender Steak and Ale Pie

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, Instant Pot Corned Beef, Sous Vide Corned Beef, Irish Potato Soup, Corned Beef Spices, and Shepard’s Pie.

Steak and Ale Pie

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.

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 holidays, such as: Smoked Beef TenderloinSous Vide Prime RibSmoked Prime Rib or Prime Rib Recipe

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.

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.

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.

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Steak Recipes

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!

Other Recipes With Mushrooms We Created:

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


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


Shepherd's pie - Pot pie

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.
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Beef Recipes, Soup Recipe
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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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 19th of January 2022

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!


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

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


Tuesday 8th of March 2016

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

Molly Kumar

Monday 7th of March 2016

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

Jessica Cassidy

Monday 7th of March 2016

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