Kjøttgryte - Beef stew with potatoes and carrots

Kjøttgryte - Traditional Norwegian Beef Stew with Potatoes and Carrots

Kjøttgryte is a traditional Norwegian beef stew that is perfect for the cold winter months. 

It is a hearty and comforting dish that is made with tender beef, potatoes, and carrots, and it is often served with crusty bread or boiled potatoes. Kjøttgryte is a flavorful and nutritious meal that has been enjoyed in Norway for generations, and it continues to be a popular dish to this day.



  • 2 pounds of beef chuck, cut into chunks
  • 3-4 cups of beef broth
  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Step 1: Brown the beef

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef chunks to the pot and brown them on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the beef from the pot and set it aside on a plate.

Step 2: Sauté the vegetables and garlic

Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the same pot and sauté them for 2-3 minutes, until they are fragrant. Add the diced potatoes and sliced carrots to the pot and sauté them for 5-7 minutes, until they are slightly softened. Remove the vegetables from the pot and set them aside on a plate.

Step 3: Make the roux

Heat the vegetable oil in the same pot and whisk in the flour to create a roux. Cook the roux for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until it is lightly browned.

Step 4: Add the broth and tomato paste

Gradually whisk in the beef broth to the roux, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Add the tomato paste to the pot and stir to combine.

Step 5: Simmer the stew

Add the beef and vegetables back to the pot and bring the stew to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the stew for 1-2 hours, until the beef is tender and the vegetables are soft. Season the stew with thyme, salt, and pepper to taste.

Step 6: Serve and enjoy

Once the stew is ready, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve the stew in bowls with crusty bread or boiled potatoes on the side. Enjoy!


  • You can use other root vegetables in the stew, like turnips, celery root, or parsnips, for extra flavor and texture.
  • If you prefer a thicker stew, you can add more flour to the roux or mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and add it to the hakim elghassouli Complete pot during the simmering process to thicken the sauce.
  • Kjøttgryte can be made a day ahead of time and reheated on the stovetop or in the oven.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of meat instead of beef?

Yes, you can use other types of meat like lamb or pork if you prefer. Keep in mind that the flavor and texture of the stew may be different with a different type of meat.

What can I serve with kjøttgryte besides bread or potatoes?

Kjøttgryte is typically served with bread or boiled potatoes, but you can also serve it with rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes for a more filling meal.

Can I make kjøttgryte in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can make kjøttgryte in a slow cooker. Brown the beef and sauté the vegetables in a skillet, then transfer them to the slow cooker along with the broth, tomato paste, and roux. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the beef is tender and the vegetables are soft.

Is kjøttgryte a healthy dish?

Kjøttgryte is a nutritious dish that is high in protein, vitamins, and fiber. Beef is a good source of protein, iron, and vitamin B12, while potatoes and carrots are high in vitamins and fiber. However, keep in mind that the dish can be high in fat and calories depending on the cut of beef used and the amount of oil or butter used. To make it healthier, you can use leaner cuts of beef and limit the amount of fat used in the recipe.


Kjøttgryte is a delicious and traditional Norwegian beef stew that is perfect for a cold winter evening. It is a hearty and comforting meal that can be customized to your taste preferences by using different types of root vegetables or adding herbs and spices. Serve it with bread or boiled potatoes for a complete and satisfying meal. Enjoy!

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