Oxtails, Roman Style

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This from The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines by Jeff Smith. Very rich sauce, great with pasta and be sure to have the ever handy crusty bread available. If it is too rich for you try adding a can of chopped tomatoes to thin it out. We have always used oxtails in stews, etc and find this recipe to be right up our alley.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season oxtails with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a 6 quart stove top covered casserole and add the oil and garlic.
  3. Saute for just a moment and add one third of the meat.
  4. Brown well on both sides and remove.
  5. Brown next third and then last third.
  6. Drain fat from the pot and return all the meat, along with all the other ingredients.
  7. Cover and simmer until very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
  8. You may need to add a bit of water now and then if the mixture dries out.
  9. I add a can of chopped tomatoes at the end.


Most Helpful

Oxtails are so underrated as a meat.. These are tender and succulent and though they are inexpensive they taste so luxurious

GingerlyJ October 22, 2009

This was my first time making ox tails. I had about 2 lbs, so I halved the recipe with no problems. I didn't need to add the chopped tomato or water as my sauce was not overly thick. This was rich tasting, and required very little prep, which I liked. Because I used regular tomato sauce, I added a little dried oregano and basil when I added the tomato sauce. I also added quite a bit of salt. I thought the sauce might have been a little thin to serve over pasta, but worked well over my mashed potatoes. I used a chianti for the wine. Thanks for an easy, tasty dinner.

Dr. Jenny July 01, 2009

I have used oxtails many times in preparing my homemade stock but this was a first for me in trying them as a main dish. I thought this dish was very rich and delicious. Simmering for a long time is the key to tender moist meat... I served this over rice. Loved it and loved watching Jeff Smith as a child... Thanks for sharing!

atlfitgirl August 11, 2007

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