Oxtail Stew

Have you ever had oxtails? Most people I know haven’t even heard of them, which is really quite a shame. Think braised beef short ribs, but with even more flavor, and you’ll get a sense of why those of us who eat oxtail get dreamy eyed when we think about them.

Yes oxtails come from a steer’s tail, a well exercised muscle, marbled with fat. The segments are vertebrae so they have lots of iron-rich marrow as well. My father, who grew up during the Depression, remembers oxtails as being food for people with little money, because they could be had so cheap. You could get them for pennies a pound.

These days, they’re somewhat hard to come by and no longer cheap (though you can sometimes get a good deal on them at Costco and Asian markets). As with most tough cuts, oxtail are best slow cooked for several hours. They tend to be fatty, so we like to cook them a day ahead, so we can chill them overnight and scrape off the fat from the top the next day.

Revised and updated, Jan 27, 2009, in honor of the Year of the Ox

Oxtail Stew Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4-6

We serve the oxtails with the bone-in, though if you want you can easily remove the bones from the meat before serving.




  • 3 lbs oxtails with separated joints
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 cups stock (chicken or beef)*
  • 2 cups of red wine
  • 3 whole cloves garlic, peel still on
  • One bay leaf
  • Pinch of thyme
  • Parsley
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1-inch segments, large pieces also cut lengthwise
  • 2 parsnips, cut into 1-inch segments, large pieces also cut lengthwise
  • 2 turnips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

*If cooking gluten-free use homemade stock or gluten-free packaged stock.


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1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pat dry oxtails with paper towels. Sprinkle oxtails all over with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium to medium high heat in a 6-quart Dutch oven. Working in batches, and not crowding the pan, sear the oxtails in hot pan on all sides until golden brown. Use tongs to remove oxtails to a plate, setting aside.

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2 Add the chopped onion, carrot, and celery to the pan. Cook for a few minutes until onions are translucent. Add the oxtails back to the pan. Add the whole garlic cloves, the stock and wine. Add bay leaf, thyme, and half a teaspoon of salt. Bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 3 hours, until meat is fork tender.


3 One hour before the meat is done, heat oven on 350°F. Toss carrots, parsnips, and turnips in olive oil in a roasting pan. Sprinkle well with salt and pepper. Roast vegetables for 1 hour, or until lightly browned and cooked through.

4 When meat is tender, remove oxtails from the cooking liquid. Either skim the fat off the top with a spoon, use a fat separator to remove the fat, or chill the cooking liquid for several hours so that the fat solidifies, making it easier to remove. If you are making ahead, at this point you can just put the stew in the refrigerator (let come to room temp first), with the oxtails still in it, and let it chill over night. The next day, scrape off the fat, reheat and then remove the meat from the dish.

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5 Pour the cooking liquid through a mesh strainer into a bowl, using a rubber spatula to press against the vegetable solids caught in the strainer. Discard the solids. Return the liquid to the pan and simmer until reduced by half. Then add back in the oxtails, and add the roasted vegetables to the pan. Heat on low heat for half an hour for the flavors to meld. Add some chopped parsley before serving.

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Oxtail Stew


  1. aardvarknav

    I’ve found oxtails in specialty meat markets and, as you said, they are expensive. However, we have a new Korean market in an old warehouse grocery store that carries oxtails at a very reasonable price. I’ve found several other items like ducks and geese that are also priced more competitively.

    Tower Market in San Francisco often carries them, as well as Corti Brothers in Sacramento. Both stores will place special orders for them if they don’t have them in stock. It’s sad that most grocery stores don’t have butchers anymore and that we have to rely on specialty grocers for items like this. I’ve also seen them at Costco and Whole Foods. ~Elise

  2. melissa

    Can any one tell me the best things to serve with an Oxtail Stew?
    I thought maybe rice or mashed potatoes, what else?

    It’s also pretty good served over egg noodles or with French or Italian loaf bread. ~Elise

  3. Dan

    Melissa asked for some of the best things to serve with Oxtail stew. Thats easy – Beer. :)

  4. Jack Gifford

    Can Ox Tail Soup (stew) be cooked in a slow cooker? On hi or low?

    Yes, the bulk of the cooking of this oxtail stew can be cooked in a slow cooker. After the initial browning, I would cook it on low, not sure about how long, but when the meat is fork tender and easily comes off the bone, the meat is done. ~Elise

  5. Linda Reynolds

    If you are able to get Ostrich neck, you can add some of this to the oxtail. Cook exactly as you would the oxtail at the same time.
    It is a bonier meat but tastes almost exactly the same, although a lot less fatty.

  6. Teri

    Wow, an Ostrich variation. That’s a first for me…I am hooked on pressure cookers as I am always starting dinner too late, this is an excellent way to get “falling-off-the-bone” tenderness in less than half the time.

    I looked at your recipe, used most of your ingredients and added 1/2 cup of barley to soak up all the extra liquids that develop in cooking via this method.

    Then, I perused the Leg of Lamb recipe (as it has about the same volume) in the pressure cooker cookbook to get an idea of how long. I opted to cook for 25 minutes with a cool down under the sink with just the browned meat, garlic and onion, tomato paste a bit of stock and red wine. Then on the second pressure cooking added turnip, celery and fresh rosemary for just 2 minutes, then let it cool (at room temperature) on its own.

    Loaf of bread would be the idea side dish. Maybe a Puglise? Well, maybe tomorrow as I am a bit behind on my baking schedule.

    We ate at 8:00 p.m., our usual hour.

    Do your parents have one of these scary things (Pressure Cookers) in their kitchen? I never saw one until I married Tom. He learned from the best. His mother!

  7. Ray

    To Jack Gifford 1 Mar 2006

    I cook my oxtail in a slow cooker and get excellent results. When you make a stew of it you need no side dish as it is a meal in itself.
    Any crusty bread accompanies quite well.

  8. Morgan (South Africa)

    Ox Tail stew is absolutely divine. As a variation, try adding dried apricots, or whole white button mushrooms, or canned butter beans, or even a combination of all three.

  9. Mei

    I found oxtail at the local Mexican meat market for $1/lb. I’m going to make stew in my slow cooker. Never cooked oxtail before. Looking forward to taste the result :-)

  10. Garin Denysschen

    Oxtail is one of the most underated meats with the most incredible flavour when cooked correctly. One of the best ways to cook it is in what we call a Potjie Pot.This is a traditional method of South African cooking. It is basically a large and heavy cast iron pot which is placed over an open fire. The best way I have found is to cook the oxtail very slowly over a low heat. Anywhere up to 8 hours may be necessary but thats all part of the fun. I guarantee the best flavoured & most tender oxtail you have ever had. Enjoy!!

  11. louise conroy

    If I could select a final meal it would be oxtail. It has the most fantastic flavor. And, yes it is expensive. I bought oxtail at Wholefoods. It was beautiful and neatly trimmed, but I sure paided. One has too have a luxury in life. I serve my oxtail with brown rice and lots of red wine.

  12. Kathy O'Brien

    My mom made the best Oxtail stew – and I have continued to do so. I start out the same as your recipe – I flour the oxtails first in seasoned flour and then braise. I cook in Beef stock and wine, but I differ in the additional items. I like all fresh ingredients: Mushrooms, green beans, corn, barley, potato and sometimes some canned tomatoes. I am all about the meat – and yes, it is best the next day after you have chilled and skimmed the fat off the top. I also cook mine on the stove on low instead of the oven, only because I do not own the proper pot. Good eating – I am craving it now.

  13. Nate

    Thanks for the recipe! I made it the other night and it was really good! I like that you don’t have to flour the oxtails before browning – that takes a step out of the recipe and makes clean up a bit easier.

    Here’s a link to our post:


    Hi Nate, I’ve revised the recipe since you posted this, but original recipe still works great. I’ve posted it in the following comment for those interested. ~Elise

  14. Elise

    I’ve revised this recipe from my oxtail stew recipe originally posted in 2005. (Why the revision? mostly wanted to get more flavor by roasting the root vegetables separately.) If you are looking for the original recipe, here it is:

    3 lbs oxtails with separated joints
    1 large yellow onion, chopped
    2 cups stock
    1 cup water
    2 cups of red wine
    1 garlic clove, minced
    2 to 3 cups chopped vegetables – carrots, celery, parsnips, turnips
    1/2 cup raisins
    1/4 cup tomato paste
    Seasoning – salt and pepper, a pinch of thyme, one bay leaf

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Season oxtails with salt and pepper. Sear in a 5 or 6 quart dutch oven (or other tightly covered casserole dish) on all sides until golden brown. You may need to sear the oxtails in separate batches. Add 1/4 cup of the chopped onion, cook until translucent.
    2. In a separate pan, heat stock, water, and wine together. Add stock mixture to meat in casserole pan. Add a teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Bring to simmer.
    3. Place in oven and cook, covered, for 3 hours. Remove from oven, add vegetables, the rest of the onion, raisins, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, bay leaf. Return to the oven and cook for another hour.
    4. Remove from oven, let sit for a few minutes, and skim as much fat as you can from the surface.

  15. Lynn

    I am going to have to try this recipe. I have ox tail in the freezer and I have been wondering what to do with it. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Amy

    I love love LOVE oxtail.

    Marrow is by far one of the best things as well….

  17. Fiona

    I love oxtail but have never made it my self. Will have to make a few substitutes as no parsnips or turnips in Belize. No worries as we have lots of other root vegetables. Thanks.

  18. Sara

    This looks delicious.

    Last Friday I went out to dinner where someone ordered ox tail and we were all talking about how great it is. Your recipe has perfect timing.

  19. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    The stew looks wonderful! I love to use oxtails in my beef barley soup, when I can find them.

    I saw a dish on TFN the other day where the chef made an oxtail “marmalade”with the meat, which was basically a caramelized stew. He served it with the marrow bones and toast points. Anne Burrell was drooling over it and so was I!

  20. melikefood

    In my family–oxtails are very commonplace fare. Black culture –at least in my part of the south–rarely make a stew of them though. THey are cooked with a little onion and garlic until tender and with little stock that will be turned into a light gravy. Naturally, we serve wtih rice and simmered greens and johnny cakes with molasses. I love soul food!

  21. ambitious

    How long did this take you to make, Elise?

    Korean cuisine has our own version of Oxtail soup too. You just slow cook it for a lot of hours (probably 6-7) and the meat becomes tender and fall right off the bone. You drain the fat, top it with scallions/corase salt then you eat it alongside rice, kimchi. :)

    I also enjoy oxtail in Cuban restaurants!

    The oxtails took about 3 hours to cook to get tender enough. We did chill it overnight to make it easier to remove the excess fat. I haven’t seen oxtails in Cuban restaurants but will keep an eye out, thanks! ~Elise

  22. EH

    Ah, this recipe shows up again at just the perfect time. 2008 was my year of learning ham hocks, and just a few short weeks ago I had an oxtail risotto that was the best risotto I’ve ever had. Time to shift my goals a degree or two for 2009!

  23. Dallas from BitchinKitchen

    I’ve seen this on the menu at several caribbean restaurants, but never had the guts to order it. This post made it a little less scary for me. The finished photo looks amazing.

  24. Garrett

    Why did you not call me over for this meal?! ;)

    Looks incredibly tasty, and I love oxtail. I think I’ll pick some up from Whole Foods this week.

    Sorry! And it’s all gone now too. Mopped up the last of it with some French bread. ~Elise

  25. Mrs. L

    Love oxtail stew. My grams been making it all my life. I noticed our local grocery store had an ad in the paper for oxtails this past week and they even included a recipe!

  26. Ellie from Kitchen Caravan

    This looks beautiful! I generally serve stew ladled over creamy polenta, but I’d like to try this recipe just as you suggest – plain or with some crunch French bread on the side. Simply divine…

  27. Scott Sinclair

    Cheap but delicious – when you can get hold of them. I love home-made oxtail soup / stew but sadly I don’t get to do it very often.

  28. Cindy

    Instead of red wine, use dark beer such as Guinness or any dark beer you can find. Gives a different flavour.

  29. Jessica

    I’ll be making this soon… oh, it is so good! The first time I had oxtails was in South Africa, where it simmered in a type of dutch oven over an iron wood fire all day. It was served with something called “pap,” which I would compare to something in between grits and polenta.

  30. Andrea

    I think that flouring the tails is a good idea, because even a little flour will help thicken the stew just like beof bourgenion (which I probably just misspelled!)

    I’ve never had oxtail but I would tuck into that in a heartbeat! Maybe add a few cubes of sweet potatoes too. MMmmm comfort food.

  31. Lynn

    I dated a Swiss man for a while. His mom made great oxtail stew. Haven’t had it since but I really should visit it this winter. Thanks for surfacing your recipe!

  32. co_cookie

    I agree with melikefood! In my family we do the stew OR we have oxtails and rice with greens or cabbage on the side, and cornbread. Getting hungry just thinking about it!!! And to Andrea, try it first before using the flour method. A thicker gravy does nothing for the flavor. Most of it comes from the marrow.

  33. Kristine

    Ok, so I’m probably one of the few who have never tried oxtail stew. I’ve always heard about it though and have been curious. After seeing your beautiful photographs I had to try it, especially knowing I could easily find the oxtails at my neighborhood Asian market. OH MY! Because of the long cooking time, I had to eat it a little later than my usual dinnertime but it was well worth the wait and the expense! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Patricia Scarpin

    Elise, what a wonderful coincidence! The hubby asked me last night to make oxtail for him, but I have never made it, so I told him I would look it up online. I did not need to, because my feeder brought me your recipe. Looks like the hubby will have seconds and thirds… :D

  35. Peter Albertson

    Your recipe is quite similar, except for some seasonings, to my mother’s from long ago (I’m 75) but she would be rolling over in her grave because you cook then discard all the early vegetables. She did not know, of course, about roasting veggies so she put the bigger chunks in late in the game after using a potato masher on the overcooked vegetables. Made for a richer gravy. And except that I hated (and still hate) parsnips I loved the oxtails and it was the talk of Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn.

  36. BrendaStar

    When you say you cook the oxtail the night before and scrape off the fat, do you cook the whole stew the night before or do you brown the oxtail, put it in the fridge and scrape off the fat that way?

    You cook the whole stew (wait on adding the roasted vegetables). The fat will rise to the top of the liquid because it is a lighter density than water. It will solidify and you can easily scrape it off the top of the stew. ~Elise

  37. Sherine

    This is a wonderfull dish and is actually a chart topper for Jamaicans. Usually we add butter beans to the stew with a slight variation to the preparation and we serve it with Jamaican style rice & beans, some fried plantains and greens. Which is what I made it this past sunday with a fresh bowl of rum punch, it was a great meals and for dessert home made bread pudding. Needless to say our friends had a blast!

  38. Nate

    Hi Elise,

    Thanks for the update.

    So does it matter whether you braise in the oven or on top of the stove?

    Nope, no difference. I just find it easier to check on when it’s on the stove-top, and it may take less electricity to cook it on the stove versus in the oven. ~Elise

  39. Homer

    I grew up eating oxtail. One of my favorite dishes was an oxtail peanut “curry.”

    Slow cook the oxtail with salt and water for several hours. Chill over night and scrape off the fat. Saute finely chopped onion and minced garlic, add annatto dissolved in oil or water. Add some old-fashioned peanut butter and Asian shrimp paste. Add the reserved oxtail broth and oxtail. Add bok choy (or Chinese cabbage), haricot vert, and slices of Chinese eggplant. Simmer until everything is cooked. Serve on top of rice! My dad also likes to add some ground sweet rice that has been toasted (it thickens the sauce).

    What an unusual (for me) way to prepare oxtails! I bet it is delicious. Thank you for sharing. ~Elise

  40. Betty

    Love oxtail. I grew up with an asian version of this dish that my mom made during the wintertime. It has oxtail with carrots, potatoes, turnips, onions, tomatoes and cabbage all in one big soup/stew. We’d then have it on its own or pour it over some rice and top with a little Maggi (type of soy sauce).

  41. Kevin

    I have not used oxtails before but that stew looks great!

  42. Wendy

    My mother-in-law introduced me to oxtail soup/stew when my husband and I were dating 15 yrs ago. It is everyone’s favorite. We make homemade spaetzel to serve in the soup. Just put a serving of spaetzle in your bowl and ladle the soup on top. Nothing better!

  43. Celeste

    Thanks for giving me a reason to try it again. I made this once, years ago…it WASN’T a hit. LOL I’ll have to see if my markets around here carry the oxtail. ;) C.

  44. Jeanne

    LOL – oxtail stew for the Year of the Ox! I grew up with oxtail and have always loved it. There’s nothing quite like it on a cold winter night. My mom always used to swear by eating it only once it’s been cooked twice, so when I posted about it a while back, I highlighted this double cooking:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Hi Jeanne – Cool! I’ve added your post to the additional links on the recipe. ~Elise

  45. Ricardo Fernandez

    Oxtail Stew is common in Miami’s Cuban restaurants. Almost every place has a version of Rabo Encendido (Rabo=Tail, Encendido=Spicey, Piquant), or Rabo al Vino (in wine sauce). They are similar, but the spicey version will have a subtle kick (red pepper flakes or tiny pinch of chopped hot chilies–Cuban food is NEVER hot in the Mexican sense), and the wine sauce version relies more on the wine in the cooking broth for richness.

    It is made essentially in the manner posted here, but the traditional “sofrito” (q.v.) base is more of a Creole Trinity (diced onion and green pepper 2:1, with garlic to taste; seasoned with s/p, oregano, bay leaf and optionally flavored with a little diced tomato or tomato sauce to taste).

    I like to mix the mirepoix (onion, celery, carrots), as in the posted recipe, with the trinity for added flavor and richness in the undertones of the braising broth and eventual sauce. I also add a bit of thyme, again as in the posted recipe, which is a nice complement to the oregano.

    Best of both worlds in the seasoning…and delicious, tender, beef either way.

  46. Paz

    O.M.G! I puffy heart oxtails!!!! I don’t know if it’s because my mom ate it a lot when she was pregnant with me. There’s a whole long story about that. I do remember her saying the same thing as your dad that it was a meat that wasn’t expensive and could be afforded by all. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Yum!

    Paz ;-)

  47. Cris

    Hi Elise… this is sooo good! In Brazil we add watercress on top just before serving…

  48. mareza

    Love the oxtail stew with peanut sauce. Just like Nate’s style of
    cooking. It is a Filipino dish, I just buy the ready mix powder and add some peanut butter with bok choy, green beans and eggplant. I would like this on my last meal, and of course served with rice
    and salty shrimp paste on the side.

  49. Paula

    I am a recent convert to oxtail stew. Made with a bit of red wine to deglaze the pan, a day to chill and remove the fat, and then the addition of whatever combination of root vegetables delights your palate, there is no better comfort on a winter’s night. They are available now in most markets in my west end of the country.

  50. Okihwn

    My Braised Oxtail Stew recipe, simple but great gravy!


    3 Tbs. shortening
    3 Tbs. flour
    1/2 tsp. ground pepper
    1/2 tsp. salt
    3~4 lbs. oxtail, in 2″ pieces
    1-1/2 cups pearl onions
    1-1/2 cups baby carrots
    3 cups beef broth
    1 bottle white wine (750 ml)
    2 ea. bay leaves

    1. Melt shortening in hvy. skillet.
    2. Mix flour, salt & pepper, roll oxtail pieces in flour, brown in shortening until colored, transfer to casserole.
    3. Cook onions in skillet, when lightly brown, add to casserole.
    4. Pour in broth & wine, stir, add bay leaves.
    5. Cover, bake at 300°F (150°C) ~3 hrs., add carrots in last hr.
    6. Remove bay leaves, cool, remove fat, reheat.

  51. Lynn

    You can buy oxtails from your local “carniceria”, which many mexican food markets have. I’ve even found carniceria in very small mexican produce stores here on the west coast. So if you have such an area of town, give them a try.

    As for this recipe, I find that all of this separate cooking is unnecessary. I always place my root vegetables and potatoes, if used, in the pot with the oxtail after it has simmered for a few hours. And the question about crock pots, you could use a crock, but only if you follow the brasing steps first. It is essential that the oxtail be seasoned and braised first, the onions sauted, and the pan seasoned with the red wine, then simmered down. Only then can you put all the ingredients together in a crock.

    You can of course, just add the root vegetables in with the stew for the last hour of cooking. Roasting them separately though allows them to caramelize a bit, adding even more depth of flavor to the stew. ~Elise

  52. Jenni

    I love oxtails–there’s almost nothing as meltingly-good and lip smacking as braised oxtail. Love the color on your dish–deep and glorious!

  53. Nelly

    This looks delicious. I have some good rich lamb stock I made with the remnants of my Christmas gigot – any thoughts on how this would work with oxtail? Too overpowering? I usually only use lamb stock for lamb dishes, but i think it might work well for this.

    Hi Nelly, Your guess is as good as mine on this one. ~Elise

  54. Dean

    Oxtails were part of our regular family fare when I was growing up in the 1940s and ’50s. We lived in Omaha, where the livestock market had surpassed Chicago as the world’s largest.

    “Variety meats” were commonly available at the corner grocery. My mother used them frequently – oxtails, tongue, brains – to feed five of us on a working man’s wages. To this day, I remember them all as a special treat.

    My wife and I often prepared oxtail stew for our own four kids. We found that our Magnalite roaster made a perfect Dutch oven.

    We used the roaster on range top for browning the floured oxtails, combining all other ingredients and bringing the stew to a simmer. Then we covered the roaster and put it in the oven for 4-5 hours at just under 300-F degrees.

    With a covered Magnalite pan in a slow oven, you get steady, moist, radiant heat and never any burning.

  55. Dan

    Oxtails were a long lost recipe from my child hood, until I saw your revision for Oxtail Stew. Then when Costco had some oxtails for sale, I just had to try it out. I like to adapt recipes for the slow cooker, and though this would be an excellent candidate to try.

    After browning the oxtails and onion/celery mixture, I added them to the slow cooker, then used the broth and wine to deglaze the pan and brought them to a simmer before adding to the slow cooker, with the thyme and bay leaf. I left the slow cooker on low for 12 hours. I removed the oxtails and strained the liquid and placed both in the fridge overnight. The next day I skimmed the fat off the liquid and deboned the meat, and finished as per your recipe, only I added two quartered onions to the vegetables being roasted.

    This stew was awesome!!! My only comment is that the sauce was more brothy like soup, than the thicker sauce I am used to in a stew. The flavor, however was perfect so adding flour as a thickener may have detracted from the great flavor.

    I am a relative new comer to your blog, but so far every recipe of yours I have tried has been excellent. Next will be your oven roasted corned beef for our post St. Patty’s day party.

  56. pat gardner

    I love this recipe for oxtail stew. I found that by adding horseradish, it became even better.
    I have no idea why but it just adds something to the overall flavor.

  57. Angela

    Can you do this in a slow cooker. I just found some in a supermarket by my grandmother’s and picked up 2 packages since they are tough to come by in stores by me.
    I don’t have much time these days with training for a half marathon and work and trying to find 3 people jobs in these hard times so was wondering if I could pretty much cook this in my slow cooker, aside from braising the meat a bit and sauteeing the veggies to get them to a nice color and get them sweating so they release their flavors, but after that do you think a slow cooker for 4-6 hours would be ok?

    Yes, if you brown them (not braise) them first, you can easily cook them in a slow cooker. ~Elise


    I am cooking this dish for the first time. It sounds like a great flavorful dish. My wife is from the mid west and grew up on oxtails cooked in many different forms. Was there any problems anyone had or something I might need to watch out for or add?

    Hard to go wrong with oxtails. ~Elise

  59. Michelle Garcia _pitts

    In my family we do a different version.We saute oxyails until browned and then boil for a couple of hours then add celery, chopped tomatoes, cilantro , cumin , garlic powder and salt into broth for another hour. Add cabbage, potatoes, carrots,and pieces of corn on the cob,cook until just about done the add squash. Great for a nice winter day. You will need a large stock pot for this version and lots of people because this makes a lot.

  60. nancy

    Can any one tell me the best things to serve with an Oxtail Stew?
    I thought maybe rice or mashed potatoes, what else?

    **Dumplings, cooked with the oxtail comes out super good!

  61. Tao

    I just made this last night. Not bad. Pretty good actually. I cooked it with a slow cooker overnight and it was pretty good. It was my first time cooking with parsnips and it has a funky earthy flavor that I’m not sure if I loved. It didn’t seem necessary to have it there.

  62. Anna

    Hi Elise
    Great oxtail recipe. This is exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll try it tonight. I’ll try red wine ox tongue as well.

  63. Heather

    Made this last night and it was very easy. The broth was really savory. Two thumbs up, thanks for the great recipe!

  64. mark wilson

    Oxtail stew, oxtail stew, real good food if they got you feelin blue, add taders, carrots and onions too, then boil it down, almost gravy, woop, woop!

  65. shelley

    This recipe was worth every second put into it. Its one of the best things I have ever eaten, REALLY! Dont be afraid of this just cook it and eat it!!! My next door neighbors came over to ask what smelled so good, I fed them and turned them into oxtail believers as well :) this is some good stuff

  66. Eddie

    The photos look great but that really looks like a lot more than four cups of liquid, especially after cooking for three hours.

    Beef is 60% water. So when it slowly cooks, it releases a lot of liquid. This is why you can make a pot roast starting with only 1/2 a cup of water. ~Elise

  67. Eddie

    Thanks for the answer regarding the liquid.
    The oxtails are on the second hour of cooking now. I will finish the recipe tomorrow. I did not use any wine but all chicken broth.

    What do you think about cooking the carrots, turnips, and parsnips in a pan instead of roasting in an oven? I thought it might be good to get some caramelization on the veggies.

    Sure, pan roasting works too. ~Elise

  68. toya Richardson

    Oxtail goes great with potato salad, fried plantain, broccoli and a green salad.

  69. Gene C

    I have a Potjie (pronounced ‘poi-kee’) Pot from South Africa. On the continent, Oxtail is cheap and cooked to perfection. One way is in this Potjie pot on a bar-b-que or charcoal “braai” or just some coals on the ground and the pot on top. They braise the onion and garlic for a few monments, add the meat, season, add liquid and let it go for a couple of hours adding the hardest veggies first: 1. potatoes 2. Carrots and so on. In about three hours it is done. (Not as healthy as this version because there is no seperation of fat). They serve with rice, mash, and a great South Africa wine.

  70. Pamela

    Thanks Elise for reminding me this dish can be made in the oven. Usually I use the top range, for several hours. I’ve also tried seasoning with tumeric or curry and yes the addition of the butter beans at the last moment are to die for. What an wonderful way to end the evening!


  71. Penny

    I made this tonight, and YUM! I’m embarrassed to say what I paid for the oxtails, so this won’t get made again until they go on sale, but what a rich and decadent treat. The broth is like liquid mojo, and I now have four pints cooling on the counter in glass jars for dinners on the go.

  72. Kisha

    I made this for my mother because she said she had some oxtails to use up. It turned out that she had one big tail… I had to boil it until the meat fell off. I never did taste it, but she and her guests said it was wonderful and asked for the recipe. Thank you for this, apparently it was a hit and I’ll have to make it again for myself, but with cut up oxtails so I can suck the meat off the bone instead of having to boil it off and chop it up!

  73. Colleen

    Is it necessary to use wine? My family has never liked the flavor of anything with wine ( I have hidden the ingredient and they still detect wine….)
    Can I omit and substitute more broth?

    You can easily omit the wine and substitute with more broth. ~Elise

  74. Marie

    I made this yesterday and it was a big hit with the family. My broth seemed to have gotten soaked up or evaporated, so I ended up adding more broth. Maybe I cooked it too long or used too large of a pot? But the flavor was wonderful and the meat was super tender. Thanks for the recipe.

  75. Kitcat-007

    Wow! You stated the following:

    “Have you ever had oxtails? Most people I know haven’t even heard of them, which is really quite a shame.”

    I live in the USA, I don’t know ANYONE who has NOT heard of oxtails or short ribs! They are an AMERICAN standard! Especially, since most recipes for oxtails and shortribs (for Americans here for three generations or longer) originated in England and Germany. Oxtails are highly popular in the American southern & midwestern states. They are very popular for stews and soups. Some people cook them with a brown gravy or brown soup stock base or a tomato base gravy or soup stock. EVERYONE I KNOW grew up with oxtails or shortribs! I keep a pressure cooker skillet, so that anytime, my cravings for them can be satisfied in only 45 minutes! Life without oxtails or shortribs is no life at all!

    One tip, if you add 1 tsp of Allspice or Mace, it will give them a fuller bodied flavor, Browning Stew seasoning liquid (used sparingly or it will overpower the dish ; i.e., approx 2 Tblspns ), 1/3rd cup of molasses, 1/2 cup of soy sauce & a few hot peppers (seeds removed, 1 or 2 Knorr beef bouillon cubes, 1 green bell pepper (optional) onions, garlic of course.

    My grandmother used Allspice or Mace when cooking stews along with a small bit of Molasses paired with Worchestershire sauce (sweet balancing salt/savory flavors). You have to, experiment with these flavors to get them right, but once you do you will love it. Just a tiny bit of Allspice or Mace really gives beef a, “full bodied foundation,” but DO NOT much Allspice or Mace (1/2 tsp AT A TIME TO TASTE ! )(maximum 1 Tblspn ). Mexican cooking uses Cinnamon and/or Chocolate Powder when cooking beef, it really gives the beef a more, “solid,” flavor. Middle Eastern recipes also include Cinnamon in meats AND fish dishes. Old fashioned American kitchens used Allspice or Mace in most meat dishes. You rarely see recipes today including them, what a shame.

  76. Judi

    Mmm, this sounds delicious. At the moment there’s a lot of kangaroo available cheaply (there’s a cull underway), I wonder how this would work with roo tail? It’d certainly be meatier, and probably in need of even longer, slower cooking…I will consult with my local butcher and report back if I try it. Oxtail is a bit hit and miss, it’s cheap when you can get it but you have to ask the butcher in advance (I suspect it goes home with them rather than being thrown out, and it’s the same story with lamb neck, which makes a divine ragu).

    I’ve had braised lamb neck, which is outstanding. Love these more flavorful cuts! ~Elise

  77. ARPerry

    I made this about a year ago for the first time, and let me say that it was amazing. It was the first time I had had oxtail, at all, and it’s true that when mom used to talk about it she got this wistful, happy face and I wanted to see what all the hubub was about. Needless to say I am like that now. I also learned that day that I disliked turnips, a lot, they’re from Satan I’m convinced of it-rubber bands batman! So, instead, I doubled the parsnips this time, added around a fourth of a daikon radish, and it came out heavenly. Use the best red wine you can afford. It adds a great depth of flavor to the meat. I’m making this again tomorrow and I can’t wait! This, Coq Au Vin, and many of my squash recipes make the Fall well worth waiting for!

    How can anyone go without trying this? The collagen that the marrow gives the broth is amazing, and the meat is just… divine. Even here in Texas most people look at me funny when I say I’m making oxtail and we love our beef! Shame it’s such a down and out cut, even today.

  78. craig

    People were complaining about the price of the oxtails but never saying what they paid for them. I paid $5.99 a pound at Whole Foods in Minneapolis.

    BTW my mom used to cook brains, liver, tongue etc all the time growing up but we never had oxtail.

  79. Kim

    Elise this was so good, thanks for the post. First time to cook oxtails, did it in a pressure cooker. The leftovers were even better. Thank you!

  80. s matchsticks

    i made the ox tails like the recipe ..but iadded some guajillo chillis..mmmmm .the bomb..you have to hydrate them ..and put them in a bender..then add to your soup stock..

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