Oxtail Stew

June 14, 2012

I took some time out of my semi-busy schedule to whip dinner for me and my guy. It consists of staples from Zimbabwe; okra, sadza and oxtail stew. The later is considered a delicacy there and somewhat here (it’s a bit pricy). Oxtail stew is one of my all time favorite; growing up my mom used to ma e it all the time, when I see the word hearty, it is what comes to mind for me.

If you love trying ethnic foods here is a great recipe from the NY Times. I used my very own which is hard to share since I don’t do measurements, after making it for so many years it’s so intuitive. If anyone wants to try my recipe, let me know in the comments and I will retrace my steps and share.

Oxtail Stew Recipe.

1.Boil the oxtail until tender (everyone has their own tender pref I pref not too tender)
2.After all the water evaporates, add 3tblespoon oil, spices of choice. I use paprika, black pepper.
3.Saute until golden brown.
4.Add onions, peppers of choice (green/red) and saute until onions are done
5.Add tomatoes and let it simmer at low heat until all the tomatoes are cooked.
6.Add some water(a cup) and beef stew mix (from walmart)
7.Continue to simmer on low heat.
8.I usually also add fresh basil during the last simmer.

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  • Reply vanessa June 15, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Wow! This one looks good!


  • Reply Ruth June 15, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Hi Patience, my husband looooves oxtail. It’s almost like a weekly item on the menu. I have been looking for other ways of making it so I would be interested in how you make yours.


  • Reply Christy June 15, 2012 at 4:42 am

    It looks delicious!!! I think oxtail stew is one of the most popular delicacies across Africa. In Cameroon too it’s like one the It dishes. Its my weekend fave and you have now made me very hungry!

    Christy of:

  • Reply ashi June 15, 2012 at 7:05 am

    it looks so yummy, it also reminds me of okra soup from nigeria. love this kind of post and Im sure you both enjoyed your delicious meal

  • Reply Jasmine June 15, 2012 at 7:33 am

    looks absolutely delicious. i love everything with ox tail. 🙂


  • Reply Ciaa June 15, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I am actually looking at this and i just want to run home and make this .

  • Reply TheIonfashion June 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

    This looks really delicious, and its making me a little bit hungry right now! I’ve never tried oxtail stew before! Look great though!

  • Reply Paula June 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Looks good! I have to try this!


  • Reply Toni June 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

    No way Patience,

    This is a staple for us Jamaican too and my boyfreind loveeees when I make it…..
    Yummy, girl you getting me pretty hungry now.

  • Reply Nyararai June 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

    AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWW im Zimbabwean and this is my fav meal EVVVVEEERRR!!

  • Reply collections June 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    This looks incredible.


  • Reply Like, Whatever June 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I love okra. and I love oxtail stew. yum!

  • Reply foodfashionandflow June 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I grew up eating this too and this sure looks good. I haven’t had this in a long time. I don’t measure a lot either when I cook, so I can relate to that for sure.

  • Reply KimberlyLuxe June 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Just added this to my recipe list! It looks so good!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Samantha June 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Patience, that looks yummy! I love oxtail stew! So good!

    xo, sam

  • Reply katie June 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Can you please share me your oxtail recipe.

  • Reply katie June 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Can you please share me your oxtail recipe

  • Reply Miss Jane June 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Please do share. I don’t use measurements either and know how to make stew oxtails as well as curry but would love to know your process and ingredients. Looooove your blog BTW

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  • Reply FASHION IMPERATIVE June 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    This looks amazing! 🙂


  • Reply Ruth June 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    i would love to get the recipe as well

  • Reply Ruth June 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    i would love to get the recipe to this too

  • Reply Audrey June 18, 2012 at 9:24 am

    My husband walked by me when I was looking at this post and you better believe he made us oxtail stew that night. You can take the boy out of Zimbabwe but you can never take Zimbabwe out of the boy 🙂

  • Reply Ria June 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Oh damn!! I’d love some oxtail stew right about now.

  • Reply Kim June 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    my aunt fixes this. i’ve never tried it. looks delicious.

  • Reply milka June 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    This looks so delicious. I would love to get the recipe too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply mukaranga December 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Patience I am dying to have an oxtail made the way we used to get it back home, can you share the process and ingredients, I will figure it out.

  • Reply Junice May 1, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Please send me your recipe for this OXTAIL STEW. It looks delicious.

    Thank you.

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