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14 Deliciously Tender and Flavorful Oxtail Recipes

April 07, 2023

You’ll see how worth it all the waiting can be when you taste slow-cooked oxtails, which are sure to satisfy your craving for a delicious and filling meal.

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Our Best Ideas for Oxtail

While once overlooked in favor of more tender cuts, oxtails have come to be known as a delicacy in cuisines far and wide. These days, the term “oxtail” refers to the tail of any kind of cattle and is most often sold in cross sections with a bone running through the center. Due to some tough muscle fibers, oxtails have to be cooked low and slow to breakdown that tissue, but the payoff is well worth it. From oxtail stew to oxtail pho, there are great recipes for every palate. This Food Network Test Kitchen version is a delicious take on a popular Caribbean recipe for oxtail with butter beans, ginger, allspice and spicy habanero chilis. Serve it with rice and scallions to complete the meal.

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Rich Beef Barley Soup

Nothing beats a hearty bowl of beef and barley soup on a cold day. Ina Garten makes a comforting bowl using oxtail, which gives the soup a superb texture and a broth that’s rich with collagen.

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Mama Chan’s Oxtail Stew

Make a hearty oxtail stew that tastes just like mom’s but without all the simmering and waiting, thanks to some help from a pressure cooker. Instead of hours, this dish is ready in just 90 minutes.

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Braised Oxtail Burger

Simple braised oxtail makes a killer sandwich, especially when served on top of a burger loaded with sweet caramelized onions, garlicky aioli, and a generous spoonful of the oxtail gravy.

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