A good oxtail recipe makes the best use of a traditional ingredient and is a perfect example of nose-to-tail eating. These oxtail recipes come from around the world – Korea, Jamaica, Indonesia and South Africa to name a few – and they’re all deliciously nutritious.
Most of these oxtail recipes are low-carb, keto friendly or even paleo thanks to oxtail’s high fat, protein and gelatine content. Leaky gut is a common problem with the modern diet but these slow-cooked recipes help extract maximum healing goodness from oxtails.
As my grandmother used to say these meals will “stick to your ribs”, leaving you satisfied and nourished all day long!
1. Oxtail Soup
This recipe is the perfect example of a nutritious, real food meal using non-starchy vegetables, and my favourite cut of beef – oxtail. Apart from being delicious, oxtail is perfect for stews. It adds an amazing flavour, even if you use just a few pieces together with other meat cuts.
From: Keto Diet App
2. Slow Cooked Asian Style Oxtail
Who else loves to use a slow cooker? To have dinner all ready to go and avoid the crazy pressure after a busy day is such a relief! One of our favourites is Slow Cooked Asian Style Oxtail with mashed potato and steamed bok choy. Especially in the winter time. You can replace the mashed potato with steamed or cauliflower rice for a lighter option.
From: Raggedy Bits
3. Slow Cooker Oxtail and Butter Beans
It is so funny to me that more people don’t enjoy stewed oxtail. The meat is tender because it is braised for hours. The gravy that it produces should be bottled. I’m just saying I would buy all of them. And I do mean all! It is also encouraged around these parts to gnaw on the bones. Even though the meat falls off the bone, a part of the experience of eating oxtail is to enjoy the bone. Trust me, it is worth it! Forget manners, just dive in.
From: Cooking Maniac
4. Outrageously Good Oxtail
You can never have too much oxtail. The thing about oxtail is that it sits firmly (and wonderfully) in my cook once to eat twice (or thrice) camp. It’s the ultimate batch cook, really. And, it’s an economical cut, too. Some people are scared of all the bones. But not you! A few bones won’t scare you off! It tastes even better the next day. Once all the flavours have had time to imbue…
From: Joanna Frankham
5. Slow Cooker Paleo Korean Braised Oxtail
I hope you enjoy this delicious and flavorful Kkorijjim, that can easily be made in the slow cooker. The best way to eat it is to hold it with your hands to pick out all the meat and connective tissues attached to the bone (the BEST part, in my opinion). There’s something so comforting and nutritious about the way oxtail gels its braising liquid from the all beneficial collagen that it releases, and I think you’ll love this comforting dish.
From: Empowered Sustenance
6. Oxtail Gnocchi Stew
This recipe does come with a warning- you will eat the whole pot. Also, with potato gnocchi in the mix this is in no way keto, paleo or low-carb! But this oxtail gnocchi stew is the perfect beef stew. It is rich and indulgent and also very flavorful. Make it today!
From: Cooking Maniac
7. Jamaican Oxtail Recipe
Learn how to make the best Jamaican Style Oxtails and Beans. This Jamaican Oxtails and Beans recipe is a slow-cooked, thick and savory beef that features bacon, potatoes, and butter beans for extra heartiness.
8. Low Carb Paleo Oxtail Stew
Oxtail stew is made for colder and darker nights during fall and winter. With hearty flavor and tender veggies, this recipe is the perfect low-carb meal that makes the most of nose-to-tail cooking.
From: Bulletproof Blog
9. Nourishing Korean Oxtail Soup
Korean Oxtail Soup is a delicious combination of onion, garlic, bacon, leeks, turnips, carrots, sake, rice vinegar, soy sauce, oxtail, miso, shiitake mushrooms, champignons de Paris (Parisian mushrooms), leeks, cilantro, Katsuobushi (optional), soba noodles and olive oil. Also known as kkori gomtang, gomguk, gomtang, oxtail broth or beef bone soup, it is nourishing and delicious.
From: A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
10. Beef Heart and Oxtail Soup
There’s just nothing quite like a warm bowl of hearty beef stew on a cold winter’s day. This low carb stew features beef heart and oxtail. Stews are a great way to incorporate organ meat and lesser used cuts of meat, providing wonderful flavor and mouth feel. And if you make this low carb stew in an InstaPot, it’s incredibly easy and much faster than on the stove top!
From: Advantage Meals
11. Authentic Filipino Kare Kare Recipe
Kare kare (or kare-kare) is an oxtail stew complemented by a thick peanut-based sauce, where a number of sautéed vegetables like bok choy, eggplant, string beans, daikon or banana flower are added to create a very comforting and hearty dish. The kare kare stew can also be prepared with pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and sometimes offal or tripe. The ingredients may also include seafood like prawns, squid, and mussels, or just with vegetables.
From: 196 Flavors
12. Hawaiian Oxtail Soup
Hawaiian oxtail soup with oxtails, slowly cooked to produce their own broth, with ginger, anise, orange peel, peanuts, chili, mustard greens, onions, and cilantro.
From: Simply Recipes
13. Garlic Rosemary Oxtail Stew
This recipe for oxtail stew makes use of the sauté and pressure cooker functions to transform a tough, but nutrient dense, cut of grassfed beef into a hearty bowl of unctuous meat and perfectly soft vegetables and aromatics in a broth that is delicious any time but will be especially nice as the weather shifts to cool fall temperatures. Goes well with something like cauliflower rice if you’re keeping it low-carb.
From: Gutsy by Nature
14. South Africa Oxtail and Red Wine Potjiekos
Potjie (say “poi-kee”) is a three-legged pot used by Boer settlers in South Africa. Ingredients in a potjie can vary from red meat to chicken or even seafood, but for the purist it has to be some sort of red meat. Oxtail is ideal with a long cooking time. Seasoning and spices are essential, as is the cooking liquid which may range from stock to beer to wine.
From: Cook Sister
15. Oxtail and Tongue Stew
This is one of the best stews I’ve tried. It’s delicious, keto and budget friendly! Being a big fan of oxtail, I’ve been using it in stews together with other meat cuts almost every time I fire up my slow cooker or Dutch oven. Oxtail adds an amazing flavour and it’s a great source of collagen which is important for bone health and immunity.
From: Keto Diet App
16. Hearty Oxtail Soup
This hearty Oxtail Soup Recipe is thicker than a soup, but not quite a stew. Rich and full of veggies, you are going to love this flavor!
From: My Nourished Home
17. Spicy Chinese Braised Oxtails
Very simple: while your oxtails cook add chopped red chilli peppers, minced garlic, coriander powder, star anise, soy sauce, fennel, and rice wine vinegar. Then garnish with cilantro and serve over rice, cauliflower rice or just eat it as it is.
From: Recipes by Vance
18. Instant Pot Oxtail Ragu
If you haven’t tried oxtail, it’s time you did! Oxtail is, as the name suggests, the tail of an ox, or cow. Oxtails have a lot of connective tissue and cartilage that provide an amazing amount of collagen which breaks down while it cooks to create the richest, deepest, most unctuous sauce
From: From Pasta to Paleo
19. Keto Slow Cooker Braised Oxtails
Oxtail has grown quite a lot in popularity, alongside offal and other innards – meaning the price has also gone up. I highly recommend checking out a Latino or Asian grocery store for these. They’re typically around half the price compared to the normal super market.
20. Oxtail Beef Stew with Poblano Peppers
In Mexico, some people believe that the cuts of beef that are closest to the bone are the tastiest, and oxtail is a good example of that. In this recipe, the oxtail is paired with Poblano peppers in a tomato-based stew that can be served with white rice and enjoyed with some warm crusty bread.
From: Mexico in my Kitchen
21. Paleo Crock Pot Oxtail with Mustard Gravy Recipe
I really love oxtail (it’s so tender and flavorful), and I’ve been lucky that it’s so plentiful in the UK! I see it at the butcher’s all the time, whereas I had to special order it in New York from my local butchers there.
From: Paleo Flourish
22. Coda alla Vaccinara (Roman Oxtail)
The power of slowness , the charm of slow cooking without haste. This dish has its origins in a time when the fire that was used to warm up a house as well as cooking.
From: Anastasia Grimaldi
23. Oxtail Pho Recipe
I’ve had many kinds of pho such as chicken, beef ball, flank, and brisket, but oxtail pho can beat any of those. As the oxtail is simmered in the pot, it infuses the broth with a rich and deep flavor. The oxtail tenderizes into a wonderful texture, transforming the pho into a mouthwatering dish!
From: The Foodie Luv
24. Indonesian Oxtail Soup Recipes
This rich oxtail soup is peppery with spicy aromas of ginger, star anise, cinnamon and cloves. It’s one of my all time favourites and especially heart-warming in the cold winter months.
From: Chopin and my Saucepan