Jamaican Oxtails Stew (Jamaica)




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Jamaican Oxtails Stew

Published Mar 14, 2004
Jamaican Oxtail
Jamaican Oxtail


  • 1 oxtail about 2-2.5 lb. Cut up
  • 4 tblsp. cornflour
  • 2 tblsp. cooking oil
  • Salt and Black pepper
  • 4 rashers (slices) Bacon (Sugar cured, rindless)
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 4 carrots pared and sliced
  • 1 cup peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pint (16 fl. Oz) hot water
  • 2 stalks green onions finely sliced
  • 1 spring thyme
  • 1 can butter beans (Lima beans)

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  1. Trim away excess fat and place oxtail in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes to blanch.
  2. Drain well on absorbent paper and coat with cornflour.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat oil in heavy skillet and brown oxtail on both sides removing when brown.
  5. Pour off excess fat.
  6. Dice bacon and fry for a few minutes.
  7. Return oxtail to pot with bacon, add carrots, onion, garlic, tomatoes and hot water.
  8. Cover and simmer gently for 3.5 to 4 hours or until oxtail is almost tender.
  9. At this stage add more liquid if necessary and season.
  10. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Add the butter beans and allow to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  11. Serving for 4.
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Aug 4, 2010 11:46am [ 1 ]


Oct 15, 2010 2:37pm [ 2 ]

Instead of simmering on stove for 3.5 - 4 hours, let oxtails cook for about 30 minutes on the stove, then put in a pyrex dish with a tight cover, pour gravy over it, put on lid and bake in oven for 2 hours at 350 degrees. Check after an hour to make sure gravy doesn't dry up (add water if necessary). Just as tender, flavourful and cooks in alot less time.

melanie robinson
Oct 17, 2010 11:26am [ 3 ]

I made the curry goat, and it was good know i will be making the oxtails ,i am trouble try to find bacon (sugar cured,rindless)

Bethanie Wair
Oct 21, 2010 6:17pm [ 4 ]

love this too

Jan 16, 2011 4:05pm [ 5 ]

Delicious! I love this recipe. I pressure cook it instead. It takes 75 min initially, then another 20-25 min after you put the lima beans in.

Mar 22, 2011 4:43pm [ 6 ]

I am so glad to find this site. I am a big fan of Jamaican food, but because I am here in Louisiana it is hard to find certain spices. I am in the middle of cooking oxtails. Peace be with you all

Sep 6, 2012 2:39pm [ 7 ]

that oxtail gonna dun ma gas, better i use coal.. or hood fya...3-4hrs nooo sah pressure cookah mi seh

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