Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe

Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe

This authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe is bursting with flavour from the pimento berries, scotch bonnet pepper, other Jamaican spices. Prepare the delicious dish with simply ingredients. One of Jamaicans’ favourite and sure to became your too. 

The oxtail is slow cooked allowing the meat to absorb all the flavour from the herd and spices used in the recipe. Like may of Jamaican stapled cuisine, the oxtail dish is often eaten with rice and peas or hard food.

Jamaican oxtail is not loved just by Jamaicans alone. Many peoples throughout the world have taste and fell in love with the flavoured meaty goodness of the Jamaican oxtail. You may be one of many who have taste and fell in love and now want to learn how to cook the Jamaican oxtail.

Below I have shared with you an authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe, so you can have the exact taste of Jamaica. To reduce cooking time, the recipe uses pressure cooking.

Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe

Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe

Khaydean Powell
Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe that is easy to prepare. One of the most delicious Jamaican cuisines you are ure to enjoy this dish.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 450 kcal


  • 2 lbs Oxtail
  • 1 Canned butterbean
  • 1 tsp Oxtail or meat seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Salt Or to taste
  • 1 tsp tsp Browning Thick soya sauce can use as an alternative
  • Large onion Sliced
  • 1 Small scotch bonnet pepper Seeds remove and finely chopped
  • 2 Large Tomato Diced
  • 3 Sprig scallion Chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic Crushed
  • 2 Sprig thyme
  • 1 tsp Freshly grated ginger
  • 10 Pimento barriers (allspice)
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup (optional)
  • Cooking oil
  • Water
  • 1 Small lime To wash the oxtail
  • 1 tsp Vinegar To wash the oxtail


  • Wash the oxtail with the vinegar and lime then drain, getting rid of all the excess water.
  • In a kitchen bowl, conbine the oxtail with all the seasioning. The salt, oxtail/meat seasoning, onion, scallion, pimentio barries, garlic, ginger, browning, scotch bonnet pepper and thyme. Mix the ingredients to together until the oxtail is completely coated in seasoning. Leave to marinate for about a hour (traditionally the oxtail is marinated over night).
  • Add 2 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pressure cooker pot and put to hot on medium heat. Saperate the oxtail and the seasioning. Place the oxtail in the hot oil and let it fry until all sides are brown.
  • Pour 3 cups of water onto the meat, the seaoning, the dice tomato and close the pressure cooker lid and cook at high pressure for 30-45 minutes. (If you are not using a pressure cooker, let the pot cook for 2 hours on medium low).
  • Carefully remove the pressure cooker cover. Turn the heat down to medium low.
  • Add the butterbean and stirto evenly distribute.
  • Cover the pot with a nomal pot cover and let it simmer for another 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the ketchup and let it simmer for other 5 minute are so. Your oxtail is now ready to serve.


Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe uses ketchup but you may choose not to add it. Even though I grow up seen it used, I no longer add it when making oxtail. 
Oxtail serve best with hard food or rice and peas especially on a Sunday for dinner.
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Khaydean Powell

My name is Khaydean and I am the founder of Jamaican foods and recipes. I am a food enthusiast and I am here sharing with you my love for food. Born Jamaican living in the UK and wants the world to learn about Jamaica's culinary culture.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Mike

    What is oxtail seasoning please?

    1. Khaydean Powell

      Hi Mike, if you can’t find oxtail seasoning you can use any meant seasoning. It will work just the same.

  2. Destiny

    Hello i am also a Jamaican in the U.K. where can I find oxtail seasoning

    1. Khaydean Powell

      Any Caribbean or afro-caribbean store or supermarket

  3. Shatia Powell

    Jamaican living in upstate New York and this recipe is almost identical to mumi. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Tony

    Hi Khaydean, great looking oxtail. Can I use tomato paste instead of ketchup for this recipe?

    1. Khaydean Powell

      Sure you can

  5. Sagirah Thomas

    Ok do you use the seasoning from the marinade? And do the tomatoes go into the marinade?

    1. Khaydean Powell

      Hey Sagirah, Yes I use seasoning from the marinade, I put it in with the oxtail when it is nearly cooked. No don’t put the tomato in the marinade only when Im about to put it into the pot

  6. Suzy

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for building this web page and sharing your knowledge.

  7. Debra

    4 stars
    I’m trying your oxtail recipe tonight. I have been making oxtail most of my life but wanted to try a new way. Your recipe looks great!!
    One thing that really upset me is that one of the advertisements features a rodent in someone’s hands. I’ve seen this on other sites and it’s very disturbing. I don’t know if you have any control over this but it really would be great not to have this on recipe sites.

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