Ginger and Basil Oxtail

There are two beef cuts where one cannot go wrong cooking, so as long as there is time to spare. Oxtail, like short ribs (here and here), are flavorful pieces of bone-in meat that only need to be slow cooked with minimal seasoning to produce a tender and tasty dish that but packs a flavor punch.
The bones add a rich and marrow-like flavor to the stew whose sauce is good enough to mop bread or rice with. It’s common to find oxtails used in peanut stews like kare-kare, or in Spanish dishes as stews and sauces for mofongos and the like.
Ginger and basil oxtail is one of those dishes with limited ingredients, but with an amazing and layered taste.

Oxtail, ginger, onion and oyster sauce are simmered in a pot.
Thirty minutes.
One hour.
Two hours.
Carrots and basil are added.
Simmer some more until carrots are cooked.
Served with snap peas.

Ginger and Basil Oxtail


5-6 pieces 1-inch thick oxtail
1 whole onion, cut in quarters
2-inch piece of ginger, sliced
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1 cup water
2 medium carrots, sliced into 1-inch rounds
1/2 bunch basil leaves, washed

In a pot, simmer first five ingredients covered over low heat until meat is tender, about two and a half hours. Stir occasionally, adding carrots in the last thirty minutes and the basil fifteen minutes before serving.

Serve with vegetables and rice. Serves 3-4.

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