How to Make Authentic Jamaican Oxtail

Jamaicans have an obsession with tail-inspired meals. And I can say this because I am Jamaican and I have found these ‘tail meals’ rather delicious. Feeling a bit lost? Don’t be, I am talking about cow’s tail, pig’s and oxtail meals. All are tasty, but one has found favor among Jamaicans at home and abroad and even people of other nationalities. This is no other than the famous taste bud stimulator, braised oxtail.

Oxtail is the tail of the ox and when prepared with a blend of spices and beans, it is super delicious, however, its demand and reputation result in the delicacy attracting somewhat of a high cost, but not to worry, you can get it at your local Jamaican restaurant at a reasonable price and if not, Sandals Resort was kind enough to share their recipe which keeps guests have given an excellent grade.

AuthorsherikaeCategoryDifficultyAdvanced

Enjoy this easy, step-by-step Jamaican oxtail stew recipe that's juicy, flavourful, tender, and 'seasoned to the bone' good!

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time3 hrsTotal Time3 hrs 20 mins

 1 lb cleaned and prepped oxtail
 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 1 tbsp soy sauce
 1 tbsp salt
 1 tbsp garlic and herb spices
 1 tbsp sugar
 1 tsp Grace Browning sauce
 ¼ tsp paprika
 ¼ tsp pepper
 ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
 2 tbsp vegetable oil
 2 carrots
 2 celery stalks
 1 chopped onion
 4 cloves of garlic
 3 cups of beef broth
 1 bunch of thyme
 1 sprig rosemary
 1 bay leaf
 2 tbsp butter

1

Take a shallow baking dish, and add the oxtail first.

2

Mix Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt, garlic and herb seasoning, browning sauce, sugar, paprika and both types of pepper to create a sauce. Rub the oxtail with the sauce and remove any excess from the dish.

3

Place a large pan over high heat and sear the outside of the oxtail in vegetable oil until it changes colour to a golden-brown hue. This should take around three minutes. Then, take your oxtail out and place it on a plate.

4

In the same pan, sauté your carrots, garlic, celery and onion until they begin to go soft. It’ll take around five minutes. Once they’re softened, start to add your beef broth, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Bring the mixture up to the boil and then, as soon as it’s boiling, you can add your oxtail.

5

Reduce the heat on your pan and cover. Then simmer at low heat until the oxtail is completely tender and falls apart. This will take around three hours, but it’s worth the wait!

6

Once the oxtail is tender and succulent, you can remove the lid and increase the heat. Stir the mixture from time to time and wait for the sauce to thicken. It’ll only take five minutes or so.

7

Your authentic Jamaican oxtail is now ready to serve! You can serve this dish as it is, for a comforting stew, or accompany it with typical Jamaican sides like rice and peas or baked plantain.
Enjoy your meal! The oxtail should fall right off the bone and the spices should caress your taste bud.

Ingredients

 1 lb cleaned and prepped oxtail
 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 1 tbsp soy sauce
 1 tbsp salt
 1 tbsp garlic and herb spices
 1 tbsp sugar
 1 tsp Grace Browning sauce
 ¼ tsp paprika
 ¼ tsp pepper
 ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
 2 tbsp vegetable oil
 2 carrots
 2 celery stalks
 1 chopped onion
 4 cloves of garlic
 3 cups of beef broth
 1 bunch of thyme
 1 sprig rosemary
 1 bay leaf
 2 tbsp butter

Directions

1

Take a shallow baking dish, and add the oxtail first.

2

Mix Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt, garlic and herb seasoning, browning sauce, sugar, paprika and both types of pepper to create a sauce. Rub the oxtail with the sauce and remove any excess from the dish.

3

Place a large pan over high heat and sear the outside of the oxtail in vegetable oil until it changes colour to a golden-brown hue. This should take around three minutes. Then, take your oxtail out and place it on a plate.

4

In the same pan, sauté your carrots, garlic, celery and onion until they begin to go soft. It’ll take around five minutes. Once they’re softened, start to add your beef broth, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Bring the mixture up to the boil and then, as soon as it’s boiling, you can add your oxtail.

5

Reduce the heat on your pan and cover. Then simmer at low heat until the oxtail is completely tender and falls apart. This will take around three hours, but it’s worth the wait!

6

Once the oxtail is tender and succulent, you can remove the lid and increase the heat. Stir the mixture from time to time and wait for the sauce to thicken. It’ll only take five minutes or so.

7

Your authentic Jamaican oxtail is now ready to serve! You can serve this dish as it is, for a comforting stew, or accompany it with typical Jamaican sides like rice and peas or baked plantain.
Enjoy your meal! The oxtail should fall right off the bone and the spices should caress your taste bud.

How to Make Authentic Jamaican Oxtail

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