It's 2016 and I know people who have NEVER had oxtail before. NEVER. Not as a choice from previous experience, but simply because 1) they thought it was too difficult to prepare or 2) knew nothing about this cut of meat. I've even heard "I don't eat ox meat."
Yep. In 2016.
It's been a minute since I've made oxtail, or any home food for that matter, so I figured why not?? Plus - I have men to feed.
Since I have 1.5 days per week that I get to work from home, marinating is now a lunchtime activity. Check out the ingredient list, stock up and get to work.
INGREDIENTS and TOOLS
- 1-2 pounds oxtail - I'm a huge fan of the farmers market or my local Publix for choice cuts
- 2-3 medium to large sized fresh garlic bulbs, minced
- ½ c. low sodium soy sauce
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 medium carrots cut into 2 inch pieces
- small red and gold potatoes, skin on washed and scrubbed
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 tbsp ground thyme
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- enough fresh ground black pepper to cover each piece of meat
- Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
- Set aside your slow cooker/Instant pot, clean and ready to go
- Season and marinate your oxtail - salt, pepper, thyme, onion, garlic and soy sauce (at least 1 hr.)
- Heat a medium-sized cast iron skillet, add a few tbsp of EVOO
- Sear seasoned oxtail on both sides, suggested 5-10 min per side. You are looking for a crusty char.
- While searing meat, clean and chop vegetables and add to slow cooker/Instant Pot
- Combine seared meat, vegetables and remaining seasoning for pan to slow cooker - add a dash more salt and pepper
- Add 1 c water and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes (Instant Pot) or in slow cooker on high for 6 hours
As you can see - that instant pot shaves tons of time off cooking and makes oxtail as a weeknight meal a real option. You can easily serve this with (a house fav) rice or as is with potatoes and carrots and perhaps a side salad. If you didn't achieve the char you wanted, stick your finished product in the broiler for 8-10 minutes for a perfected look. Regardless, enjoy the fall off the bone goodness!