Oxtail Pâté (Pate)


Oxtail pate includes no liver, it is just made with the rich, flavorful meat of oxtails.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Recipe accompanies the recipe for Beef Bouillon Soup from Oxtails and is from a recipe in the December 1993 issue of Gourmet. Once making the bouillon, you can use the cooked oxtail meat to make a delicious oxtail pâté.

I love pâtés of all kinds (see Pâté Maison), but they usually have liver in them, which many people don’t like. Oxtail pâté, however, has no liver, and is just made with the rich, flavorful meat of oxtails.

If you’ve gone through the trouble to make the oxtail bouillon, making this pâté is a cinch, since you are starting with already cooked oxtails. It takes only a few minutes to prepare with a food processor.

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Oxtail Pâté (Pate) Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups


  • 3-4 pounds oxtails, cooked*
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3/4 stick (6 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons drained bottled green peppercorns
  • 2 Tbsp oxtail bouillon or beef broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

* To cook the oxtails, follow the instructions on the oxtail beef bouillon recipe. Or, salt the oxtails, then brown them in a little vegetable oil on all sides, place oxtails in a pot, brown a chopped onion, carrot, and celery stalk, add to pot. Cover with water, bring to a low simmer, simmer for 3 1/2 to 4 hours until the meat is falling off the bone.


1 Prepare oxtails: Carefully pick through and discard the fat and bones from the oxtails. Place the meat in a food processor.

2 Cook onions: Heat 2 Tbsp of butter in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the chopped onions. Cook until translucent and lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes.

3 Process oxtail meat, onions, butter, juice, peppercorns, bouillon, cloves, salt in food processor: Add the cooked onions to the oxtail meat in the food processor. Add 4 Tbsp more of butter, the orange juice, peppercorns, bouillon or broth, cloves and salt.

Pulse until the mixture is finely minced, but not completely smooth.

4 Press the pâté into a crock or mold of some sort. The pâté will keep several days in the fridge, covered.

Bring to room temperature for serving, and serve with crusty bread or crackers.

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Recipe from December 1993 issue of Gourmet magazine.

Oxtail Pâté

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  1. Zoe

    I made the bouillon and the pate. The oxtail bouillon was so flavorful – more flavorful than regular beef stock. It was wonderful. I used dried cranberries. Made a double batch and used 1/2 for pho bo. What a glorious thing the pate. It would never have entered my mind to make pate out of it, but so glad I did. My sister said: “Ohmygodyum” All one sentence. Both perfect for winter! Thank you!


  2. bgm

    Made the bouillon for a sick uncle in hospice who could not eat solids; he loved the rich hearty soup and looked forward to it every day.

    Made the pate today. Skipped the clover (too strong for my taste), substituted four cloves of garlic, boiled in a white wine and brady reduction, instead. Great stuff. A lot of work, but worth it.

    Your site is great!

  3. Kalyn

    On my, this does sound wonderful. In a previous life I worked as a waitress in a fancy French restaurant in Salt Lake. I was a poor college student, but sometimes we got to eat the ends of the pate that were deemed not suitable for the customers. At the same restaurant I learned to love escargot and espresso. It was a great way to make it through college while dining on the finer things in life.

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