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Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe

The oxtail recipe shared below is an authentic Jamaican recipe. Oxtail stewed down in a savoury sauce with Jamaican spices and butter bean makes this recipe so mouthwatering.

Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe

Make Oxtail Cheap Again

Once upon a time certain set of people wouldn’t dear think of eating oxtail, but because this meat makes tasty meals that people loves the price have gone up.

In recent years oxtail have becoming more expensive to purchase.

Oxtail is meat from the tail of the cow. The name came about because the meat was only from the tail of the ox (male cow).

Nowadays, oxtail meat comes from the tail of both male and female cows. Oxtail taste much like beef but with a slightly better texture and much more tasty.

Jamaican Oxtail

This deeply flavoured oxtail dish starts with the oxtail intensely marinated in variety of Jamaican spices then braised down in the tastiest savoury sauce.

Care should be taken when cooking the oxtail because if it’s not cooked properly the oxtail will be tough.

If you find it hard to chew the meat from the oxtail bone, it means that it was not cooked properly.

In Jamaica we pressure cooked the oxtail to get it soft and reduce the time it takes to cook.

If you have a slow cooker, that’s the best thing use. Cooking oxtail in a normal pot will take to much time.

Oxtail Stew

What Goes In It

Jamaican authentic oxtail recipe includes a various spices, such as pimento (allspice) and scotch bonnet pepper that’s a must for this dish. with them the end result won’t taste like it should.

The meat seasoning used is not very important.

In Jamaica we use either all-purpose seasoning, oxtail seasoning, meat seasoning but mainly all-purpose or oxtail seasoning.

How To Cook Oxtail

  • After washing the raw meat with in water with lime and vinegar, drain away all the water and ready for seasoning.
  • Add the seasoning.

But this is what makes oxtail dish so tasty, most of the flavour comes from the bone marrow.

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What To Serve With Oxtail

Serve oxtail with rice and peas or hard food. Plain boiled white rice also goes well with oxtail

Try your hands at the recipe below and let us know how you get on in the comment section.

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Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe

Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe

Authentic Jamaican oxtail recipe. One of the most delicious Jamaican cuisines, you are sure to enjoy this dish.
4.9 from 19 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 512 kcal


  • 2 lbs Oxtail
  • 2 cups Cooked butterbean
  • 3 tbsp Oxtail or meat seasoning
  • 2 tsp Salt Or to taste
  • 3 tsp Browning
  • 1 Medium onion Sliced
  • 1/2 Large bell pepper Sliced
  • 1/2 Scotch bonnet pepper Seeds remove and finely chopped
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes Diced
  • 2 oz Chopped scallion (green onion)
  • 3 Cloves garlic Crushed
  • 3 Sprig thyme
  • 2 tsp Freshly grated ginger
  • 10 Pimento barriers (allspice)
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • Water
  • 1 Small lime To wash the oxtail
  • 1 tbsp 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, combine the oxtail with all salt, oxtail/meat seasoning, onion, scallion, crushed garlic, grated ginger, browning, scotch bonnet pepper and thyme. Mix the ingredients to together until the oxtail is completely coated in seasoning. Leave to marinate for at least a hour (traditionally the oxtail is marinated over night).
  • Separate the oxtail and the green seasoning.
  • Add 2 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pressure cooker pot on high heat.
  • Add the oxtail in the hot oil and let it fry for 15 minutes or until all sides are brown. Stir continuously to prevent the meat sticking to the pot.
  • Stir in the green seasoning you separated from the meat along with the diced tomatoes, pimento berries and bell pepper.
  • Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water or enough to just about cover what's in the pot. Close the pressure cooker lid and cook at high pressure for 30-45 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the pressure cooker cover, once the pressure cooker is cool. Check that the meat is soft and falling off of the bone.
  • Put to continue cooking on medium-low heat. Add the butterbean and ketchup stir to evenly distribute. (At this point taste the pot if it is full flavoured to your liken)
  • Cover the pot with a normal pot cover and let it simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the sauce is thicken.


  • Try getting oxtail that have very little fat on it. If you can’t, make sure to cut away as much of the fat as you possible can. Too much fat on the oxtail makes the gravy fatty. 


Calories: 512kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 56gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 1347mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 69IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 7mg
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  1. What is oxtail seasoning please?

    • Jamaican Foods and Recipes

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

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

  3. Shatia Powell

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

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Lesa, great looking oxtail. Can I use tomato paste instead of ketchup for this recipe?

  5. Sagirah Thomas

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

    • Jamaican Foods and Recipes

      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

    • Bertha Lewis

      You state that the oxtail can be eaten with “hard food”, what is hard food?

  6. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for building this web page and sharing your knowledge.

  7. 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.

  8. Jessica Tillis

    What is 1 tbsp of browning

  9. 5 stars
    I have made oxtail like this always and it is always amazing – except I don’t use either browning or sugar. The gravy might not be as dark, but it is plenty good enough – in fact, we find it more delicious as my husband and I don’t like sugar in our protein dishes. I don’t use ketchup either in oxtail.

  10. Brigette Booker

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe I’ve tried so many different ones and this ny far is the best!

  11. Hi I can only find ground allspice? Like a powder. Can I use this if so how much?

  12. Your recipes use generic names for critical seasoning that are not found in Us Grocery stores
    Can you supply brand name and common names for these to make your Oxtail and Brown Chicken stew.
    Examples- Browning, meat seasoning, chicken seasoning, Thick Soya Sauce, Pimento Barriers, you list all spice, is this for powered all spice-need a measurement , if ground berried again need a measurement. If you list and ingredient and measurement, you need to list a name common in this country or a common subsitute.

    • Hi, I’m a Jamaican and I live in the US. Most of these ingredients are found in US grocers. The only ingredient you would get from a Caribbean store is oxtail seasoning and browning.

      Browning can be found in Keyfood if you are up north or Publix if you are down in Florida. I have also found Browning in Winn Dixie and Kroger. Browning is just burnt sugar with water.

      You don’t need oxtail seasoning. I cook mines with any meat seasoning. Every US grocery has meat seasoning.

      Pimento berries are found in most US grocers. They are Allspice berries, check your spice aisle. Berries are better than the ground spice because they have more flavor, just font eat them. They are strong. Most Jamaicans don’t have measurements for spices and since you are making a Jamaican recipe why not do like the ancestors did and just use your discretion, start with 2 tsp. When the oxtail is stewing taste your pot and see if it needs more spice. If so, add another tsp. You can also Google the conversations of pimento berries to tsp.

      But most of the ingredients are found in US grocers. I have lived in a small town in Arkansas, New York, Georgia, and Florida and have found the ingredients easily in US groceries.

  13. 5 stars
    This was amazing. Doubled up the scotch bonnet. Quite spicy. Fantastic recipe. Depth of flavour…. Unbelievable. Absolutely loved it.

  14. 5 stars
    The recipe looks great, going to try this week but is butterbean, actual butter beans?

  15. What about slow cooker recipe , this is for a pressure cooker.

  16. Denise Francis

    4 stars
    Thank you for sharing sis….I’m going to make curry goat as well….

  17. Cynthia Djirackor

    5 stars
    Please keep giving us the real deal.q

  18. Nathan Ragland

    5 stars
    Hi, Lisa. I have always enjoyed the different flavors of West Africa and the Caribbean. I want to make a big pot of oxtails today. Do you have any recipe so that I may impress my friends?

  19. Hard food is green plantains, ripe plaintain, white or yellow yam, dumpling And green bananas. All ingredients can be found at your farmers market.

  20. 5 stars
    Big up Lesa!!!! You go girl!!!!!

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