oxtail stew

I cooked a pot of tasty oxtail stew a few weeks ago and friends asked for the recipe so I thought why not cook up another batch and post about it.  Oxtail for those of you wondering is essentially the tail of a cattle. It’s rich , gelatinous and fatty often needs a couple of hours to get the best out of it. My advice, don’t attempt this if you are starving and need a quick meal as you’ll probably spend the 3 hours cooking time dipping chunks of bread in the stew before its done (ahem ) . That said, If you do have hours to spare , this stew is deeply rewarding.

Oxtail Stew Ingredients

1/2 Red and green bell peppers

1/2 onion

clove of garlic

1 tbs of freshly grated ginger

1 tsp of Paprika

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp curry

1 tbs of ketchup and 1 tbs of tomato paste

6 Pimento seeds or 1 tbs of allspice

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

1.5 tbs Browning

2 tbs of apple cider vinegar

1 Scotch bonnet

2 knorr or Jumbo chicken cube

1 cup of chicken stock

vegetable oil

8 – 10 oxtail pieces

1 tbs of cornflour and 1 tbs of water

Non stick pot


Oxtail stew ingredients

Dice the peppers, onion , garlic and ginger

Make a marinade out of the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, browning , vinegar , ketchup , tomato paste , pimentos , salt , 2 chicken cube and paprika. Rub marinade into the oxtail and leave in the fridge for 24 hours.

Marinate the oxtail for 24 hours in the fridge

Carefully lift out the oxtail from the bowl ( leave the rest of the ingredients in the bowl ) and fry for 3 mins in a little vegetable oil .

Fry the oxtail in oil for 3 mins

After the 3 mins, pour the rest of the ingredients left in the bowl on the oxtail. Cover the pot with foil and place a lid over . Let it simmer for 20 mins on low heat, open up and pour in a cup of stock water.

Pour marinade on oxtail and simmer for over 3 hours.

Leave on low heat for 3 hours and add the cornflour slurry. Mix the pot of tasty oxtail stew , let it simmer without the lid for 20 more minutes and switch off the flames .  I always find that it tastes better the next day and will keep for 4 days in a fridge.

Check the pot of tasty oxtail stew and make sure it doesn’t burn

I am always up for tweaking things, so chuck your own recipes and tips in the comment section.

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