Jamaican Oxtail Stew

  • 20MINS
  • 45MINS
  • 585KCAL

Here’s our Jamaican Oxtail Stew. Easy to make in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. The perfect slimming friendly comfort food!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories585
  • Carbs34g
  • Protein68g
  • Fat30g
  • Saturates11g
  • Sugars10g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Oxtail is such an under-rated cut of beef, and it’s also extremely cheap!

1kg will serve 4-5 people and you can usually pick up 1kg of meat for around £5. You might not see it on display in your local butchers, but ask and they’ll probably have it. As with most cheaper cuts of meat, this recipe needs cooking slowly over a longer amount of time to make the meat tender. This recipe uses a slow cooker, but you could also use a casserole dish in your oven!

Inspired by a trip to the Bahamas, this recipe is rich, warming and filling – perfect for cold winter evenings with a side of mashed potatoes or rice and peas.

What diets is this Jamaican Oxtail Stew suitable for?

This Jamaican Oxtail Stew recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Worcestershire sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Jamaican Oxtail Stew recipe?

  • You need to count 11 Points per portion of this Jamaican Oxtail Stew recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Jamaican Oxtail Stew recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Jamaican Oxtail Stew recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

It’s super tasty and filling so you could easily serve half a portion and enjoy it with extra vegetables or a side salad!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Jamaican Oxtail Stew?

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Aside from a slow cooker, you can also make this recipe on a casserole dish in your oven – just extend the cooking time until the meat is tender.

Oxtail can be a little tricky to find but if you ask your butcher, they will probably have some!

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This recipe is best made in a slow cooker. There are lots around, easily available in electrical stores and online. A slow cooker is a great piece of equipment to have in your kitchen.

How many Calories are in this Jamaican Oxtail Stew?

There are 585 Calories per portion in this Jamaican Oxtail Stew, which means it falls into our Special Occasion category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Jamaican Oxtail Stew is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

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How do you know when Jamaican Oxtail Stew is cooked?

If using a slow cooker, your food will be ready when the timer has stopped, and you have given it an extra 15-20 minutes for the pressure to release.

If using an oven, cook until the meat is tender and completely cooked through.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Jamaican Oxtail Stew in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Jamaican Oxtail Stew in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Jamaican Oxtail Stew?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Jamaican Oxtail Stew?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Jamaican Oxtail Stew

Here’s our Jamaican Oxtail Stew. Easy to make in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. The perfect slimming friendly comfort food!
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    45 MINS
  • KCals 585
  • Carbs 34G
WW Points
  • 11 Green
  • 10 Blue
  • 10 Purple


  • 1 kg oxtail make sure to trim all visible fat
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp gravy browning
  • 3 large carrots chopped
  • 2 large brown onions chopped
  • 1 bunch spring onions chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp ground allspice ground
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp habanero sauce
  • 500 ml beef stock made with 2 stock cubes and 500ml/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tin butter beans drained

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  1. Trim the Oxtail of all visible fat - you will need a very sharp knife. Be careful!
  2. Place the meat into a mixing bowl and season with the all purpose seasoning. Place seasoned meat into a ziplock bag and add the black pepper, gravy browning and 1tsp of minced garlic. Mix well and if possible place bag into the fridge and marinade over night. If you can't do this - it's fine, it just absorbs the flavours better.
  3. Spray the Instant Pot bowl with low calorie cooking spray and put into Sauté mode. Brown all sides of the meat, being careful to save the marinade in the bag.
  4. Remove the browned oxtail and set aside on a plate. Deglaze the Instant Pot with a bit of the stock, making sure to get all the bits off the bottom.
  5. Add one of the chopped brown onions, 1tsp of minced garlic and cook until the onions are soft.
  6. Return the oxtail to the Instant Pot, pour in the remaining marinade, add the allspice, the bunch of fresh thyme, habanero sauce and the rest of the beef stock.
  7. Bring the Instant Pot to the boil and then put the lid on. Make sure the valve is set to sealing, and set Manual mode for 30 minutes. Once the Instant Pot has come to pressure, the timer will count down. Leave the Instant pot for an additional 20 minutes after it has done for the pressure to release naturally.
  8. Open the Instant Pot and add in the carrots, tin of chopped tomatoes, the chopped spring onions, the other chopped brown onion.
  9. Place the lid back on the Instant Pot & place into Manual mode for 15 minutes. Once the Instant Pot has come to pressure, the timer will countdown. Leave the Instant pot for an additional 15/20 minutes after it has done for the pressure to release naturally.
  10. Add the tin of butter beans and stir well.
  11. If the stew needs thickening place into Saute mode without the lid and reduce for 5 minutes. Make sure to stir often.
  12. Serve on a bed of rice and peas.


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Sabrina GoldbyThursday 1st November 2018

Hi I hoping to make the oxtail stew but I only have a slow cooker is say I can make in there but I can’t work out when I’m ment to put the thing in to it can you help ????Thanks sabrina


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