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Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew – Jamaican Style

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Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew – Jamaican Style

Whether you grew up eating oxtail or you’re brand new to the experience, this Jamaican-Style Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew is sure to be a hit. With the warmth of fresh ginger, the heat of Scotch bonnet pepper, and the sweetness of caramelized brown sugar, this soup presents a bold, yet perfectly balanced, flavor.

Oxtail stew is traditionally slow-cooked, with a cook time upward of three hours. Fortunately, with our friend the Instant Pot, we now can create a delicious pressure cooker oxtail stew in less than two hours!

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What is Oxtail?

Though I grew up eating oxtail, my wife didn’t. So, when I said that I was making pressure cooker oxtail stew for dinner, my wife asked me… “What is oxtail?”

The quick answer: Oxtail is the the tail of a cow. However, what my wife really wanted to know was what to expect as far as the quality, texture and taste of oxtail. Though oxtail is bony and a gelatin-rich meat, perfect for braising, stew and stock, the meat itself is similar in texture to pot roast.

Oxtail used to be considered a “poor man’s food.” However, as oxtail has gained popularity among connoisseurs and foodies, the price has gone up considerably. No longer a budget meal, oxtail stew remains a popular, and delicious dish.

 

The Process

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - seasonings in mixing bowl | The Foodie Eats

Add salt, pepper, and brown sugar to mixing bowl.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - seasonings whisked together | The Foodie Eats

Whisk them together, making sure to break up the brown sugar.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - uncooked oxtails after seasoned | The Foodie Eats

Add oxtails to mixing bowl and toss very well, making sure each piece is evenly coated with seasoning.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - browning oxtails in Instant Pot | The Foodie Eats

Turn on sauté setting. Once hot – add oil, then add seasoned oxtails. Take your time with this and brown thoroughly on each side.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - Herbs placed in cheesecloth | The Foodie Eats

Meanwhile – add scotch bonnet, thyme, and allspice berries to cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - Browning all sides in Instant Pot | The Foodie Eats

Continue browning until each side is caramelized.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - Fond in Instant Pot | The Foodie Eats

Once oxtails are fully browned, set them aside in a large bowl and cover with foil. Don’t you dare wash out this amazing fond!

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - Using onions to deglaze the Instant Pot | The Foodie Eats

Add onions to pot and use them to deglaze the bottom, making sure to scrape up all the brown bits.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - sautéing onions and garlic | The Foodie Eats

Then add ginger, garlic, and half of the green onions – cook for 2 minutes or so.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - sautéing onions and garlic in Worestershire | The Foodie Eats

Add Worcestershire and continue cooking for a minute or two.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - all ingredients in Instant Pot before cooking | The Foodie Eats

Return oxtails to pot along with beef stock and cheesecloth (on top). Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (about 30 minutes).

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - fully cooked oxtails in mixing bowl | The Foodie Eats

Carefully remove oxtails and set them aside in a large bowl. Cover with foil.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - pass sauce through fine mesh strainer | The Foodie Eats

Pour sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl, then return liquid to pot. Discard cooked ingredients.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - carrots, onions, butter beans in Instant Pot | The Foodie Eats

Add carrots, butter beans, and remaining green onions to pot. Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 4 minutes.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - cornstarch slurry | The Foodie Eats

Meanwhile – make a cornstarch slurry.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - boiling veggies | The Foodie Eats

Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Then switch to sauté setting and bring up to a boil.

 

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - cornstarch slurry poured into Instant Pot | The Foodie Eats

Add cornstarch slurry to pot and cook until desired thickness (we did about 3 minutes). Then return oxtails to sauce.

 

The Delicious Result!

Perfect Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew

Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew - Close-up in white bowl with coconut rice and peas | The Foodie Eats

 

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Pressure Cooker Jamaican Oxtail Stew

This Jamaican-Style Pressure Cooker Oxtail Stew is sure to be a hit. With the warmth, the heat, and the sweetness we love - it's perfectly balanced.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 513 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. oxtails
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onions roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh ginger grated
  • 6 green onions roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 12 allspice berries
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 3 medium carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 cans butter beans drained, rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Add salt, pepper, and brown sugar to mixing bowl. Whisk them together, making sure to break up the brown sugar. Add oxtails to mixing bowl and toss very well, making sure each piece is evenly coated with seasoning.

  2. Turn on sauté setting. Once hot - add oil, then add seasoned oxtails. Take your time with this and brown thoroughly on each side. 

  3. Meanwhile - add scotch bonnet, thyme, and allspice berries to cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine.

  4. Once oxtails are fully browned, set them aside in a large bowl and cover with foil. Don't you dare wash out this amazing fond! Add onions to pot and use them to deglaze the bottom, making sure to scrape up all the brown bits. Then add ginger, garlic, and half of the green onions - cook for 2 minutes or so. Add Worcestershire and continue cooking for a minute or two.

  5. Return oxtails to pot along with beef stock and cheesecloth (on top). Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (about 30 minutes).

  6. Carefully remove oxtails and set them aside in a large bowl. Cover with foil. Pour sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl, then return liquid to pot. Discard cooked ingredients. Add carrots, butter beans, and remaining green onions to pot. Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 4 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile - make a cornstarch slurry.

  8. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Then switch to sauté setting and bring up to a boil. Add cornstarch slurry to pot and cook until desired thickness (we did about 3 minutes). Then return oxtails to sauce.

  9. Serve with rice. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Jamaican Oxtail Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 513 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 1343mg 56%
Potassium 445mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 55g 110%
Vitamin A 79.2%
Vitamin C 11.6%
Calcium 8.3%
Iron 43.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna
    June 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I am cooking this as I write. There is some information missing and I wonder if you would update this recipe. 1. How much worcestershire sauce? It is not mentioned in the list of ingredients. 2. When do you add the cheesecloth with the scotch bonnet? I went ahead and put it in just before pressure cooking & keeping my fingers crossed that the scotch bonnet stays intact.
    I haven’t given this a rating yet as I am still in the process of making it. So far it smells divine!

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      June 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Hey Anna! Sorry for the oversight. The ingredients list should have 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. And you were correct in adding the cheesecloth after returning the oxtails to the IP, before closing the lid. I sure hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  • Reply
    Deb
    November 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Can you sub in a less fiery pepper than the Scotch Bonnet without affecting the overall flavour profile?

    • Reply
      Gary
      November 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Yes, you can use any pepper that you like. Scotch Bonnet is just the traditional pepper used.

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