Greetings, food enthusiasts and lovers of the iconic Irish stout! If you find pleasure in marrying rich flavours and hearty traditions, you’ll love this guide to cooking with Guinness. 

Here at Bad Bobs in the heart of Dublin, we believe good food and great company are the cornerstones of a memorable dining experience. We’ve discovered a treasure trove of possibilities in one of Ireland’s most celebrated beverages—Guinness. 

Renowned for its velvety texture and distinctive taste, Guinness is more than just a pint to enjoy at the bar; it’s a versatile ingredient that can elevate your dishes to new heights.

At Bad Bobs, we believe every meal should be an experience, and with Guinness as our culinary muse, we guarantee it will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Sláinte and happy cooking!

Guinness Beef Stew


  • 900g beef stew meat, cubed
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 900ml beef broth
  • 1 can (440ml) Guinness 
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, brown the beef in vegetable oil.
  2. Add onions and garlic, sauté until softened.
  3. Pour in Guinness and beef broth, bring to a simmer.
  4. Add carrots, potatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  5. Simmer for 2-3 hours until the meat is tender. Serve hot.

Guinness and Cheddar Soup:


  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 40g all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (440ml) Guinness 
  • 900ml chicken or vegetable broth
  • 200g shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives for garnish


  1. In a large pot, melt butter and sauté onion until translucent.
  2. Add grated carrots and flour, stir well.
  3. Pour in Guinness and broth, bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat, add cheddar, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with chives before serving.

Guinness Glazed Salmon:


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 240ml Guinness
  • 60ml soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • Green onions for garnish


  1. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  2. In a saucepan, combine Guinness, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the glaze thickens.
  4. Grill or pan-sear salmon, basting with the Guinness glaze.
  5. Serve with additional glaze and garnish with chopped green onions.

Guinness Chocolate Cake:


  • 240ml Guinness 
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 400g sugar
  • 180ml sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and flour a cake pan.
  2. In a saucepan, heat Guinness and butter until melted. Whisk in cocoa powder.
  3. In a bowl, combine sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Add the Guinness mixture.
  4. Sift in flour and baking soda, mix until smooth.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool before serving.

Guinness and Mushroom Risotto:


  • 200g Arborio rice
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 200g sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can (440ml) Guinness 
  • 900ml chicken or vegetable broth
  • 50g grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a saucepan, sauté onion and garlic until softened.
  2. Add mushrooms and rice, cook until rice is lightly toasted.
  3. Pour in Guinness, let it simmer until mostly absorbed.
  4. Gradually add broth, one ladle at a time, stirring until absorbed.
  5. Continue until rice is creamy and cooked.
  6. Stir in Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Fancy A Pint Of Guinness?

Our cooking with Guinness guide has only scratched the surface of what’s possible when you blend the traditional charm of Irish recipes with the bold character of Guinness. 

Whether you’re drawn to the hearty warmth of a Guinness-infused stew or enticed by the sweet indulgence of a chocolate Guinness cake, get inspired with this traditional Irish stout.

Fancy a pint? Head to Bad Bobs to try a cold pint of Ireland’s favourite stout! Our pints are fresh, authentic and delicious based just across the river from Guinnesses‘ flagship brewery. 

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