This rich and flavorful oxtail stew is also very healthy. Enjoy it as is, or on a bed of mashed cauliflower, for the perfect comfort food meal.
This 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. I also love making braised short ribs and slow cooked beef cheeks.
Oxtail stew is highly nourishing and very healthy. Oxtail, the tail of an ox cut into pieces, is rich in glucosamine, glycine, marrow and collagen. These nutrients help form bone cells, connective tissue and collagen, which makes oxtail stew a great choice for joint and bone health.
Oxtail meat is tough, but slow cooking it allows the meat to become very tender and the fat to soften and melt. I get oxtail at my local Whole Foods, it’s readily available in the meat department. It’s also available online.
Leftovers keep very well in the fridge for 4-5 days and in fact they taste even better the next day.
If you like slow cooked, rich and aromatic beef stews, you will love this oxtail stew!
- 3 lb. raw bone-in oxtails
- ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon 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.