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Jamaican Oxtails

I grew up eating Oxtail Stew so I've always been familiar with this unique cut of beef.  It was when I ate Jamaican Oxtails for the first time that I knew it would be the only way I'd want to have them from then on.  As with most of my recipes, I decided to try my hand at making this dish after having them at some of my favorite Jamaican restaurants. It took several tries, but I can finally say that I've perfected this recipe and am happy to share it with you.  Jamaican Oxtails are succulent and rich, and perfect for those moments when you're craving comfort, just in time for fall! 



2lbs Oxtails

2Tbsp Jerk spice blend

2Tbsp Caribbean Green Seasoning 

1Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce

1Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1Tbsp Ketchup

1Tbsp Kitchen Bouquet

1/2Tbsp Scotch Bonnet/Red Pepper Flakes

1tsp whole Allspice/Pimento Berries

4 sprigs of Thyme

3 Green Onion stalks, chopped

1/2 Onion, sliced

3 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 Roma Tomato, chopped

1 cup of Water

Black Pepper, to taste

Salt, to taste

1Tbsp Oil

2Tbsp Brown Sugar 

1 can of Butter Beans

1 can of Coconut Milk


  1. Rinse Oxtails in vinegar & lemon water to clean, strain and pat dry
  2. Season meat with Jerk blend, add veggies, herbs, & sauces and marinate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight
  3. Remove meat from fridge and let stand at room temperature for an hour
  4. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot/dutch oven over medium high heat. Add brown sugar and cook until sugar turns an amber color and starts to foam Do not burn
  5. Add meat to pot, set marinade aside. Brown meat on all sides
  6. Add marinade to pot. Add water to marinade bowl and add to pot. 
  7. Cover meat and let simmer, at least 2 hours. You will need to add a little water periodically as it evaporates. The meat should start to make its own gravy 
  8. Add Butter beans and cook for another, 20 mins.
  9. When meat is spoon tender, add coconut milk to finish. Serve with Rice & Peas


    • We use Lee Kum Kee brand Mushroom flavored Dark Soy Sauce in this recipe which can be purchased at any International grocer or
    • You can find our recipe for Caribbean Green Seasoning on our Instagram and Facebook pages. It is a wet all purpose seasoning commonly used in Caribbean cooking. 
    • Be sure not to add too much water as it evaporates, try 1/2 cup increments. 






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