Stovetop Shepherd’s Pie

Stovetop Shepherd's Pie

If you are in the mood for shepherd’s pie and wondering whether it can be made if you don’t have an oven, the answer is yes, you will be pleased to hear. Try this stovetop shepherd’s pie for dinner. The kids will love it and so will you!

Shepherd’s pie is like cottage pie but made with lamb (hence the shepherd reference) rather than beef. This is something which appeals to kids and adults alike, because everyone loves the harmony you get when combining the juicy meat mixture with the wonderful potato topping.

Some home cooks will make their stovetop shepherd’s pie recipe quite basic, topping a gently flavored meat mixture with mashed potatoes, while others like to add diced vegetables to the meat mixture, and even baked beans or other kinds of beans.

Gravy combines with the meat mixture to ensure it is moist and rich tasting. Is your mouth watering yet? That’s what happens when you think about stovetop shepherd’s pie!

How to Make Shepherd’s Pie on the Stove

Not having an oven is no reason to have to miss out on this excellent and delicious stovetop shepherd’s pie recipe. The beef mixture for shepherd’s pie is usually made in a pot on the stove anyway, as is the mashed potato topping, and the baking is just to finish it off and crisp the topping.

Think of it that way and you will see a stovetop shepherd’s pie is perfectly possible. Instead of mashed potatoes this recipe uses grated potato to add a rösti type effect but if you prefer to use mash, by all means go ahead. If you want a recipe for traditional shepherd’s pie in the oven, click here for that recipe instead.


Stovetop Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is usually oven-baked but if you are without an oven make it on the stove. This tasty, ground lamb-based recipe is served with a grated potato topping.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: USA (Traditional)


  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 crushed cloves garlic
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 6 diced mushrooms
  • 5 1/3 oz (150g) lean ground beef
  • 14 oz (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato concentrate
  • 1 crumbled bouillon cube (stock cube)
  • 2 teaspoons gravy granules
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 7 oz (200g) can baked beans
  • 14 oz (400g) peeled potatoes, grated and squeezed dry in towel
  • Rosemary and other herbs
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic until beginning to brown.
  2. Add the beef and stir over the heat until the grains are browned and separated.
  3. Add the carrot and mushroom, cook few minutes then stir in tomatoes, tomato concentrate, bouillon cube and herbs.
  4. Cook this mixture for 10 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
  5. Add the beans.
  6. Add the gravy granules to the water in a cup and mix well.
  7. Pour into pan and stir until thickened.
  8. Lower the heat.
  9. Heat the spray oil in a wok and fry the potato until browned.
  10. Place the meat in a dish, top with potato.
  11. Press down well.
  12. This is nice served with peas.

This is also a very nice recipe, in the video, offering the perfect St Patrick’s Day meal idea. This Irish shepherd’s pie is ideal for St Paddy’s Day fare. Oh and the flavor? It’s just amazing!

stovetop shepherd's pie