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Jamaican Oxtails

This tasty dish is loved and served worldwide, While I'm sure all the recipes are delicious, there is something special about Jamaican oxtails.

Course Main Course

Cuisine Jamaican

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Total Time 2 hours

Servings 4

Calories 349


  • 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

  • I beef bullion cube


  1. 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

  2. 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).

  3. 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). 

  4. 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



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