Jamaican Brown Stew Oxtail Recipe

Brown Stew Oxtail is a classic Jamaican dish! There are more than one way to make it but this “brown stew” version is what most people think of when they think of Jamaican Oxtail. It really is all about simmering the meat until tender. Better said,… until it is falling off the bone.

This is a recipe that you can really add lots of love to because it’s a slow simmering dish that’s well worth the wait. You can make it with or without lima beans (also called butter beans). Either way you’ll love it!

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  • celestine

    wonderful i love it

  • Bill Best

    I haven’t tried making this brown gravy oxtail yet, but I’m surprised your recipe doesn’t call for any allspice. Most of the other oxtail recipes I’ve seen use it. Any reason why you don’t?

    I already made your Ackee & codfish and jerk chicken. Both turned out WAY beyond my expectations! I live near a west Indian community in Toronto (Parkdale) and have tried most of the shops, but your jerk recipe turned out better than I’ve ever had before. I was shocked that I could make something so authentic tasting. Thank you! 🙂

    • Fay & Angela

      Hi Bill,
      Thank you for your compliments and question. I don’t use allspice in my recipe because that’s not how I was taught to make it. This recipe is delicious without it but you’re welcome to include it. I’m sure it will enhance the flavour nicely.

      • Samantha Raymond

        I just want to say thanks for all the great flavorful recipes. Im so young and because of you i cook so well. My carribean managers and co workers can’t get enough of me! I really really love your way of cooking

  • Herbert

    I’ve cooked the brown stew chicken twice. Your recipe is outstanding!!! Pre-seasoning the meat really locks in the flavor. I’m ready to try the oxtails and the fried chicken, now! Although I love the recipe, my house is overwhelmed by the heavy aroma of the brown stew cooking for two or three days after I prepare it. I think that it’s the onion or garlic. Any advice on lessening this effect?

    • Fay & Angela

      Hi Herbert,
      Glad to hear your enjoying my recipes! Frying food will leave a lingering aroma but, as you know, it doesn’t last forever. I recommend putting your exhaust fan on High and opening the windows while cooking as the best way to lessen the fumes. Enjoy!

  • Sparkle

    I was so pleased at how my Oxtails came out this weekend when i cooked them i loved them, i actually prayed they came out good, last time i cooked them was a waste of my money and time, they were awful. This time was a different story i can’t wait to cook them again thanks for sharing that recipe with everyone my husband and son loved them. Two thumbs up!!!!

  • Chiari

    I made your curry chicken yesterday and it was AWESOME!!!!

  • Melissa McGhie-Williams

    Thank you very much for this wonderful recipe, my oxtail tasted delious! Big thumbs up from the UK

  • Tyrece

    Ugh……..why do I gotta pay $20 for one recipe I only need. Jamaican brown stewed oxtails!!!!!! Ugh

    • Fay & Angela

      Hi Tyrece,
      Sorry that you are disappointed. However, we offer another Oxtail recipe that available to all visitors: Fay’s Oxtail Stew. Yes, this recipe is one of our recipes that you can access as a gold member only. But whys not try our Free 7-day trial to see what it’s all about: https://cooklikeajamaican.com/register

  • Stacey

    Happy New Year Miss Faye. I was viewing your video on how to prepare King Fish. I love King fish and I was impressed by your step by step instructions on how to cook it. Because the fish always falls apart when I cook it. But I will follow your instructions and I know I will do just fine.

  • Mrs. Brooks-Redmond

    I love this recepie. Can you tell me how to do this in a crockpot?

    • Fay & Angela

      Looking forward to sharing some slower cooker recipes soon. Stay tuned! Fay

  • merline

    I tried the curry chicken recipe and my boyfriend and I loved it. Now I about to try the stew oxtails. I know it’s going to turn out well because your recipes are the bomb. Thank you

  • cassie

    I tried your curry goat and rice and peas recipes and my family and I loved them. I’m going to try the oxtail one but can’t decide on this one or the curry either way I’m sure it will be great. Thank you so much for your delicious recipes

  • Lynne

    Hi, thanks for this recipe loved it. Making again this weekend. Looking forward to making the patties next.

  • Tracey

    I tried making in the slow cooker using 3lbs of oxtails. I added diced onions, celery and carrots to the meat in the slow cooker as the the meat was cooking. I also added a chopped tomato. The meat cooked on high for 3 hours and low for an hour. The meat was falling off of the bone! I did not add the butter beans. I served with coconut rice and peas (brown pigeon peas). Very Good!

  • Lavator

    This is my first time on your website and I am going to enjoy learning your recipes. I love Jamaican styled foods and have for years now it’s time for me to learn and teach my children how to cook it.

  • Lavator

    I am doing the pepper steak tonight my daughters idea.

  • Khadijah

    I love your recipes, you remind me so much of my mom. Whenever I can\’t remember how to do a Caribbean dish and I can\’t get ah hold of her, I come on your page. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

  • Phil Duncan Sr

    Thank you