Goat water is prepared using , , vegetables, onion, tomato, spices and herbs and flour. Additional ingredients may also be used, such as rum, whiskey and various . It is sometimes served with rice. The dish has been described as spicy and flavorful.


Goat water may have originated in Ireland from an Irish recipe. The dish has been described as an "adaptation of Irish stew" that uses goat meat in place of beef.


In the past goat water was referred to as kiddy stew.