Jamaican Oxtail Stew

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is a really popular island dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Clean oxtails, trim away any excess fat, and cut into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except the dumplings, in a large, heavy saucepan.
  3. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours.
  4. Add water if necessary.
  5. Stir, add the dumplings, and return to low heat for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.
  8. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and slowly add enough cold water to make a stiff dough.
  9. (A sticky dough makes a soft pasty dumpling.).
  10. Knead in the bowl or on a lightly floured board until smooth.
  11. Break off small pieces about the size of a walnut and roll between your hands. It should be similar to a long tube with pointy ends. They're usually about 3-4 inches long.
  12. Add to the stew for the last 20 minutes of cooking.
  13. *As an alternative to the dumplings, 1 1/2 cups large dry lima beans can be added with the other ingredients at the start of the cooking.
  14. Or 1 (16 oz.) can of lima beans can be drained and added 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
Most Helpful

My fiance and I made this together today to use up a tail from our last kill ( months ago!! ). Really tasty oxtail recipe, make a good broth even when made on water. I didn't have dried thyme so used fresh and we added canellini beans instead of dumplings. Great, thanks Zusie-Q!

Aunty Dotty January 13, 2007

Excellent easy to follow recipe will make this dish again ... Served with Jamaican rice and peas

mrsajhende April 20, 2007

found this recipe very easy to follow. My husband loved it. It was the first time i really enjoyed my oxtail stew thank you. I used beans not dumplings next time i will try the dumplings thanks Bettylou

bdicamillo_2003 March 22, 2007