Jamaican Oxtail


I made this oxtail recipe after trying and modifying lots of other oxtail recipes. It is truly delicious!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 ½ pounds oxtail

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon garlic and herb seasoning (such as Spike®)

  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce (such as Grace®)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced

  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth

  • 1 bunch fresh thyme

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Place oxtail in a shallow dish. Combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, sugar, garlic and herb seasoning, browning sauce, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper together in a small bowl. Rub both sides of oxtail with soy sauce mixture; discard any excess.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Sear oxtail in hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side; transfer to a plate and set aside.

  3. Sauté carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in the same skillet until softened, about 5 minutes. Add beef broth, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Add oxtail, with its juices, and butter. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until oxtail is fork tender, about 3 hours.

  4. Uncover skillet and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces and thickens, about 5 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of soy sauce, salt, sugar, and seasoning blend. The actual amount of soy sauce, salt, and seasoning blend consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

361 Calories
22g Fat
9g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 361
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 1583mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 462mg 10%

* 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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