Rich and flavorful crockpot oxtail stew is wonderful on a bed of mashed cauliflower for the perfect comfort food meal!
If you like slow-cooked, rich and aromatic beef dishes, you will love this recipe!
This beautiful rich crockpot oxtail stew is so incredibly flavorful! Wonderfully fatty, tender meat, that literally falls off the bone. It’s one of my favorite winter comfort food dishes.
The ingredients you’ll need
These are the ingredients you’ll need to make this hearty dish. Exact amounts are included in the recipe card below:
Bone-in oxtails: I get them at Whole Foods. Sometimes I need to special order them.
Soy sauce: Or use a gluten-free alternative.
Sesame oi: I like to use toasted sesame oil in this recipe. It’s so flavorful!
Rice vinegar: If you don’t have any, white wine vinegar should work too.
Honey: Just one tablespoon. It doesn’t make the dish sweet – it just balances out the other favors.
Hot sauce: Much like the honey, this is not about making the dish spicy. It’s more about adding a layer of flavor.
Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt, you might want to reduce the amount you use. A teaspoon of kosher salt weighs far less than a teaspoon of regular salt.
Garlic powder: You can also use fresh minced garlic.
Cornstarch: A small amount to help thicken the stew.
How to make this crockpot oxtail stew recipe
It’s easy! The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below. Here are the basic steps:
1. Start by placing the oxtails in your slow cooker.
2. Whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the cornstarch. Pour them over the meat.
3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
4. Reduce the cooking liquids over medium heat, adding a solution of cornstarch and water to help them thicken.
5. Serve the meat with the rich sauce.
How long does it take for oxtails to get tender?
This meat is tough, but slow cooking allows it to become very tender and the fat to soften and melt. I cook this stew in the slow cooker on the low setting for 8 hours to get the best results.
Where to find oxtails
I get them at my local Whole Foods. It’s usually available in the meat department, although sometimes I do need to order it. It’s also available online.
What side dishes go with crockpot oxtail stew?
Since it’s a wonderfully saucy dish, I like to serve it on top of something that would absorb those juices.
What about leftovers?
Leftovers keep very well in the fridge, in a sealed container, for 3-4 days. In fact, like many stews, they taste even better the next day. I reheat them gently, in the microwave, covered, on 50% power.
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Crockpot Oxtail Stew
- 3 lb. raw bone-in oxtails
- ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce (or use a gluten-free alternative and add salt)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt (omit if using soy sauce)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (or ½ teaspoon konjac flour)
- Place the oxtails in your slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the cornstarch. Pour over the oxtails, and stir to coat.
- Cook on low for 8 hours, until the meat is very tender.
- Temporarily transfer the cooked oxtails to a platter. Strain the liquids from the slow cooker into a saucepan. Return the oxtails to the slow cooker, cover with the lid, and set to WARM.
- Heat the cooking liquids on medium heat. Whisk the cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water and stir it into the saucepan. Keep cooking the sauce, whisking often, until it has thickened into a rich glaze, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the oxtails from the slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the oxtails and serve.