Jamaican Oxtail with Broad Beans


This is a traditional Jamaican dish I was taught to cook by my grandmother.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound beef oxtail, cut into pieces

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 1 scotch bonnet chile pepper, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup canned fava beans, drained

  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Toss the oxtail with the onion, green onion, garlic, ginger, chile pepper, soy sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the oxtail in the skillet until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Place into a pressure cooker, and pour in 1 1/2 cup water. Cook at pressure for 25 minutes, then remove from heat, and remove the lid according to manufacturer's directions.

  2. Add the fava beans and allspice berries, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water, and stir into the simmering oxtail. Cook and stir a few minutes until the sauce has thickened, and the beans are tender.

    close up view of Jamaican Oxtail with Broad Beans served with white rice on a plate

Cook's Note

A slow cooker may be used instead of a pressure cooker in step 1. Simply place the browned oxtail and water into the slow cooker, and cook on Low for 10 hours, or High for 6 hours. Proceed with step 2 as stated.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
22g Fat
18g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 1089mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 302mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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