Homemade Oxtail Soup

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

485Calories | 26gFat | 16gCarbs | 43gProtein

Oxtail Soup

Oxtail soup is a rich and flavorful broth made from slow-cooked oxtail meat, often with vegetables and aromatic herbs. It’s a comforting and hearty dish, perfect for warming up on chilly days.

Prep:25 mins

Cook:3 hrs 30 mins

Total:3 hrs 55 mins

Servings:6 servings

In spite of what the name may suggest, oxtails are in fact the tails of cattle (and not a particular breed of cow), and they happen to be the key ingredient in the most flavorful soup. This recipe has the potential to change the minds of those who initially balk at the thought of consuming a cow’s tail as food. Oxtail has a flavor similar to beef, but its texture is more similar to that of a short rib that has been smoothed out and made more supple. Because it is such a gelatinous and rich meat, oxtail is frequently used on its own to produce stock. In fact, this is rather common.

It is widely held that French and Flemish immigrants to London in the 1700s were responsible for the creation of this recipe for oxtail soup. Because of the length of time they take to cook and the considerable amount of fat they contain, oxtails have historically been considered a particularly inexpensive cut of meat that was used to make efficient use of all parts of the animal. It is a dish that is prepared in many different parts of the world, ranging from the countries of Korea, Indonesia, and Russia to the countries of Africa, Spain, Jamaica, and the American South.

The traditional British recipe calls for onions, carrots, celery, and thyme to be used in the dish. The fatty beef makes it necessary to boil for a long period of time, but other than that, very little effort is required. When you take a bite of the soup, you will realize that the end result was well worth the effort that was put into it.


  • 2 pounds oxtail, fat trimmed cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons beef drippings, or cooking oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, minced
  • 2 quarts water, or 6 cups water and 2 cups beef broth or bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry, or port wine, optional

Instructions on How to Do It

01. Collect the necessary components.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

ingredients for oxtail soup

02. The oxtails should be dredged in the half cup of flour.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

03. In a large, heavy saucepan, bring the oil for cooking or the beef drippings to a high temperature. After being cooked to a browned consistency, remove the meat from the pan but leave the fat in it. Let the meat drain on some paper towels.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

04. When the onions are golden brown, add the minced onions to the pot, crank the heat up to medium, and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

05. Mix everything together thoroughly, then lightly toast the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

06. As you gradually pour in the water, whisk in the tomato paste, then season with salt and pepper. Place the parsley, thyme, and cloves in the pot after you have tied the bay leaf in cheesecloth with the other herbs.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

07. After returning the oxtail to the saucepan, cover it and continue to boil it for another three hours, or until the meat is fork-tender. After letting it cool, skim out the fat, and then remove the cheesecloth bag.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

08. Take the oxtail out of the broth and pull the meat away from the bones. Return the meat to the stew after chopping it into bite-sized pieces. Carrots and celery should be added to the pan.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

09. Cover and cook over low heat for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the carrots are soft. You can add some sherry or port if you’d like.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

10. You can serve it as it is, or you can filter the liquid and serve it as an appetizer. After that, serve the oxtail and some veggies.

Homemade Oxtail Soup

Why is oxtail soup so good?

The tail of a steer, which is typically segmented into smaller pieces and called an oxtail. It is a really tasty cut that is marbled throughout with plenty of fat and is ideal for slow braising, which may be done in stews or soups. The bones contain a significant amount of collagen, making them ideal for the preparation of a gelatinous stock.

Why is Oxtail So Expensive?

The fact that a cut of meat that was traditionally linked with frugal cooking has taken a turn in the opposite direction is a little bit ironic. Frugal cooking refers to making use of every part of the animal since it is efficient and inexpensive. Recently, chefs have rediscovered this cut of beef, which has led to an increase in demand as a result of the popularity of farm-to-table food. After all, each cow has only a single tail to its name.

Is it safe to eat oxtail?

Because of its high protein content and high nutritional load from bone marrow and connective tissues, oxtail is a very healthy meat. The secret to incorporating oxtail into a healthy dinner is to portion it and cook it with reduced calorie and lower fat items.