Caribbean Oxtail Stew

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You know it’s a real traditional meal in the English-speaking Caribbean when you are presented with a dish of fragrant oxtail stew. The slow-cooked dish is always dense with flavor and “more-ish,” meaning a second helping is the norm. Typically, it’s seasoned with browning, a sauce prepared using a burned-sugar technique that imparts a hint of caramelized flavor.


  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
    2 lb. oxtails, cut into 2″ pieces
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    3 tbsp. tomato paste
    1 tbsp. minced ginger
    6 cloves garlic, minced
    2 large yellow onions, chopped
    1 small carrot, chopped
    1 rib celery, chopped
    2 tbsp. flour
    4 cups beef stock
    1 tbsp. whole allspice berries
    4 sprigs thyme
    2 habanero chiles
    2 tbsp. light brown sugar
    1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    4 scallions, roughly chopped
    Cooked rice, for serving


1. Heat oil in an 8-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat; season oxtails with salt and pepper. Add to pot; cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate; set aside. Add tomato paste, ginger, garlic, onions, carrot, and celery; cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add flour; cook until smooth, about 2 minutes. Return oxtails to pot with stock, allspice, thyme, and chiles; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until oxtails are tender, about 1½ hours.

2. Add sugar and Worcestershire to pot and cook until liquid is reduced, about 5 minutes. Garnish with scallions and serve with rice.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by sam N on Feb 5, 2013

    What is your fav dish ,mine is jerk chicken, but it only tastes really nice in a carribean restaurant.

  2. posted by Seth on Feb 5, 2013

    nothing with rice as boyfriend is not keen on rice. thanks!
    would also like to know a jamaican (or caribbean) desert?

  3. posted by apleaforbrandon on Feb 12, 2013

    im doing a project can some one help

  4. posted by ouch on Mar 18, 2013

    I love this stuff! Does anyone know if this dish is commonly found in Trinidad? If so, where in Port of Spain can I find it? Gracias.

  5. posted by nmlpc on Mar 22, 2013

    Have to be restauraunt type main dishes. No appetizers or desserts. Give me like, 15 answers.

  6. posted by Ev dog on Mar 25, 2013

    I have to write an english paper on Barbados and i want to know this to help add to my paper. Any additional info you have would be great. thx

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