Jamaican Oxtails Recipe
Jamaican Oxtails is one of the most popular Jamaican recipes. It is delicious and easy to make. This dish has European origins, as it was introduced to the island by the British many centuries ago. The British used to enjoy oxtail soup with vegetables in the 17th century and brought it to Jamaica when they arrived. It has since been synonymous with Jamaican cuisine ever since. This is my Jamaican oxtail recipe which I’ve used to feed many satisfied palates. Let’s get going, and learn how to cook Jamaican oxtails.
Jamaican Oxtails Recipe
- 2 lbs oxtails (chopped into small to medium pieces)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil may be substituted with olive oil
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 whole yellow onion cut in half moon slices
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (chopped and de-seeded)
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 stalks scallions chopped (AKA green onions)
- 7 whole allspice seeds AKA pimento seeds)
- 1 1/2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 can butter beans
- 1 tbsp browning sauce
- The first thing you want to do is clean your oxtails. You start by trimming the excess fat from your chopped oxtails with a knife. You then soak them in a solution of lemon juice, and water, you can also use salt, or white vinegar as a substitute for lemon juice.Let the oxtails sit in this solution for about an hour. You then rinse the oxtails in fresh water. Your oxtails are now ready to be seasoned
- In a large mixing bowl, add 1 tablespoon of black pepper to your oxtails. You then add 1 teaspoon of paprika, add your chopped onion, scallions (green onions), chopped garlic, scotch bonnet (habanero) pepper, thyme, and allspice seeds. Add Worcestershire sauce and browning sauce to your oxtails. Rub vigorously until your oxtails are completely coated and infused by the seasonings you've just added. Let sit for 1 hour (overnight is ideal for a proper marinade).
- Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a large saucepan under a medium flame. When the oil becomes hot (approximately 5 minutes), place your seasoned oxtails in the saucepan until your oxtails become brown (approximately 5 minutes).
- Add 3 cups of water and add your beef bullion cube. Stir occasionally and let cook under a medium flame for about 2 hrs while stirring intermittently. Add the butter beans (remember to drain the water from the can) after about 1/ ½ hr. Let simmer and add a little water if needed. You have just made Jamaican oxtails. Enjoy and don't forget to share it.
Awesome. I’m from the Netherlands and Oxtail Soup is actually pretty common over here. I remember my mom used to make it. Have to give this a try some day!
Hi Jonathan, I have never tried oxtail soup. I am going to have to try that out. Do you have a recipe for it?
Let me know how your Jamaican oxtails turn out. Bon Appetit.
Oooh, that oxtail curry looks YUMMY!
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
I had curried goat the other day which got me interested in looking for some Jamaican recipes to try, so I’m really glad I stumbled upon yours.
Hi Stephanie, thanks for stopping by. I look forward to sharing many more recipes with you. Let me know how if there are any particular recipes you would like to see. Please also let me know how it turns out. Bon Appetit.
I love it, very clean website, love the images
posts are very informative clear directions
Im going to try your curry chicken for sure
All the best
Hello David, thanks for visiting. I appreciate your kind words. Please let me know how your curry chicken turns out. Please check back soon for more recipes.
Your recipes look delightful. Your directions are very detailed and easy to read. I am limited in what I can eat, spices are out, buy I like reading recipes and getting ideas for other people.
Hi Carolyn, thanks for visiting. I have some recipes that I will publish that will be easy on the spices (soups, porridges, etc). Please revisit, and I hope you can find something that you like.
Jeez, this meal looks very appetizing.
I think I will give it a try.
I love how detailed and clear your recipes are.
Welcome to my corner of the internet Pearl. Thanks so much for stopping by. Give the recipe a whirl, and let me know how it turns out.
Definitely about to try this for Sunday dinner with the rice and peas, mac and cheese and collar greens as side dishes! Can’t wait!
Great recipe, love it. Thanks for posting.
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hi the seasoning pictures do not match the recipe list.. so im kind of confuse to which seasonings to use. thanks
I just made this tonight. OMG. So yummy. My aunts and dad cook like this but I never took the time to learn. So delicious!
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Every time I make oxtail i reference this recipe. Every time I’ve used it its worked a treat. Thank you for sharing, tastes yummy !
The video instructions/ ingredients are different from the write-up… just an observation. Also, no mention of adding salt at any point either.
I am about to try this!
Our oxtail here is cooked with peanut butter which is called Kare Kare and it taste great too. I want to try out yours.
Recipe doesn’t match ingredient list so I’m a little lost.
Emil J Sullivan Jr
I’ve cooked oxtail a thousand times and I’ve used several recipes. This one is definitely at the top of the list. Thanks for sharing.
Your ingredients list didn’t include thyme. Is that going to seriously alter the taste or can I omit?
How much thyme? Can’t find it on the ingredients list
The recipe doesn’t match your video??? The ingredients list is missing several things and the amount don’t match either was excited to try this but it’s all over the place.
I’m Italian.. years ,years ago when I was a little boy growing up beside a Jamaican family I was always interested different foods beside Italian. Little at a time they introduced me to everything Jamaican . I would sneak out of the house and go sit and eat at their table. Ox tail was one of the fist things they gave me along with peas and rice. I loved it. I never ever made it and now the beauty of the internet is I can find people like you who share the real deal step by step and I made it for the first time for my wife on Sunday and the octal and rice came out perfect I followed all your steps and even watched the videos. I sent a picture to the Jamaican man who fed me he is 85 now. He was so proud.. I am happy to have found your site . I appreciate you. I will try my hand at curry goat which was another favourite of mine. Merry Christmas.
Delicious but the recipe needs tweaking. Is there no salt in it? Thyme is left off the list of ingredients as is bouillon. Can only use this as a reference.