Deep, Dark, Delicious Oxtail Stew

Recipe by Zurie
READY IN: 2hrs 8mins




  • Rinse the oxtail chunks and, using a large stewpot, put them in with the onion chunks and red wine. Bring to the boil.
  • Cover pot with a lid, turn heat to lowest. Check the liquid level now and then. You may need less than 2 cups red wine, or even more.
  • Let simmer slowly for as many hours as it needs, until the meat is tender and almost falling from the bones.
  • Pull pot off heat, and cool. If your kitchen is cool, leave it there until the next morning. If in doubt, keep in the fridge. Next day, scrape out the top white fat, and cut off some of the fattiest bits -- but oxtail is supposed to be rich, so do not try to remove much fat.
  • About an hour before dinner put the stewpot on the hob again and bring to a simmer. Add salt (taste!), the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ground cloves and tomato ketchup.
  • Whisk either flour or gravy powder (Bisto) into the stew, and stir as well as you can until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Add extra seasoning to taste, as suggested. But oxtail is so flavoursome it really does not not many extras.
  • Serve with sticky rice or boiled potatoes. One veggie such as green beans is fine, and grated carrot with orange juice is a great salad with this stew.