Braised Oxtail is a delicious one-pot meal. This dish takes some time to cook, but the fall off the bone end results are well worth the wait.

Braised Oxtail in a pot with veggies

If you love pot roast, braised oxtails will surely win you over. Cook this dish on a lazy Sunday when you have the time for some good, old-fashioned slow cooking. Just wait until those savory smells fill your house…

What are Oxtails

Unlike the name insinuates, oxtail doesn’t actually come from oxen. Instead, oxtail refers to the tail cut on a cow. Long braising of oxtails turns this tough meat into a delicacy.

If you are looking to add another protein to your grocery list, oxtail is definitely worth trying out. This cut is high in protein and iron, as well as rich collagen which is pulled out from the bone and released into the broth during braising.

While oxtail can be on the pricier side, it’s worth splurging on for a night you want to make something special.

Oxtail on a plate

How Long to Cook the Oxtail

Good things come to those who wait and these oxtails are of no exception. The sweet spot for braised oxtail is between two and three hours. You could go longer if you like, just make sure to give it a stir every now and again to prevent sticking or burning.

Hot tip: Want oxtail sooner? Set the Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker) to Saute mode and brown your oxtail on all sides. Then, add in the rest of your ingredients. Change the setting to Pressure Cook and cook for 45 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 30 minutes more.

Braised Oxtail ingredients

How to Make Braised Oxtail

Making braised oxtail may take some time, but the recipe is pretty hands off and fuss free. Follow these step-by-step instructions to nail the recipe each and every time:

  • Preheat the oven and chop up all your veggies. Set them aside.
  • Preheat your dutch oven over high heat. Brown oxtail pieces.
  • Season with salt and pepper and add in veggies and bay leaves.
  • Add water (swap for beef broth for extra flavor) and stir.
  • Add water and stir to combine all ingredients together.
  • Cover with a lid. Bake for at least 2 hours.

Making Braised Oxtail Ahead

Braised oxtail is perfect for meal prepping because it reheats so beautifully. Double or triple the recipe and have leftovers throughout the week. Store braised oxtail in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Hot tip: Avoid freezing your leftovers. When thawed and reheated, the carrots and potatoes will turn to mush. It’s best to only make as much as you can eat within a week.

A bowl of braise oxtail in a bowl

A Few More Beef Recipes

  • Braised Potatoes with Beef – This classic Ukrainian dish is perfect for a cozy dinner at home.
  • Instant Pot Pot Roast – The best thing about the Instant Pot is you can really count on it to make your meat super tender every single time. Never stress about ruining the roast again!
  • Beef Barley Soup – This soup eats like a hearty dinner. Snag a piece of crusty bread to sop the broth up with!
  • Beef Gravy Recipe – Beef gravy goes wonderfully with a steaming bowl of rice or a hefty serving of mashed potatoes.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.