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Stewed oxtail

Caribbean oxtail

Rich tasting oxtails slow cooked until the meat melts off the bone, then sugar stewed and served with red bean stew
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 245 kcal


  • 1 kg Oxtails plus onion carrot and celery cover with water and slow cook for 3 hours
  • 1 tin red beans drained
  • 1 tbspn sugar
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • 1 Sweet pepper sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 inch tomato paste from tube
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic minced


  • Slow Cook
    First  slow bake the oxtails oven 130-140C  with water to cover, onion, carrot and celery for 3 hours. This can (and often is for us) be done up to a week before the final dish. Then when ready to serve, separate oxtails from liquid (sometime the liquid set so you may have to heat enough to liquefy., also of course remove fat).
    Take a wok and put 2 tbs oil and 1 tbs brown sugar. heat medium until sugar turns to caramel (watch it closely as you don’t want it to go black and taste burnt). Then throw in the oxtails and stir until coated and allow to heat up.
    Meanwhile in a separate pan (cover between) sauté 1 chopped onion and 1 chopped sweet pepper with garlic slowly until softened and transparent (6-8min). Add a few pieces of chopped pumpkin (optional) and 2 tomato chopped and let this simmer until the tomato is soft (13min). Add a little stock from the oxtails, chopped parsley salt and pepper, 2 tsp Ooft!, plus  1tbs  of tomato paste. Add a drained tin of red beans. Let cook until pumpkin cooked (15min).
    Meanwhile that’s cooking prepare gravy. Add 1.5 cup stock to a pan  heat then add 1 tbs Bisto (or cornflour) dissolved in a little water to thicken. Hold.
    We combine the three components and let them warm together to create our version of Caribbean Oxtail


We use a little Bisto in water to thicken the red bean mixture but you can use cornflour or potato starch instead
This is a very tasty and nutritious meal. It keeps well in the fridge and  would serve 4-6. Stewing the oxtail adds a lovely caramelise to the taste. The red beans slow cooked in onions and sweet peppers and garlic are a great addition. This is a recipe we use once or twice a month. The slow cooked ox tails melt in the mouth.
Keyword Caribbean oxtail, Oxtail stew, oxtails