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Recipe: Stovetop oxtail

Need something warm, make chef Innocent Makgwale’s fall-apart tender, hearty dish


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Cooked until fall-apart tender, a good pot of oxtail is definitely a hit when you are craving something warm and comforting.

Innocent Makgwale (26) has just the recipe for you. Braised low and slow, Makgwale’s oxtail is just what you need to keep the winter blues at bay.

READ: No stumbling block too high for Innocent


1.5kg oxtail

3 bay leaves

5 large carrots

6 cloves garlic

3 sprigs thyme

1 large onion

1.5l beef broth

3tsp browning sauce

2tbsp black paper

3tsp herbes de Provence (mixture of dried basil, thyme, oregano)   

1 1/2tbsp red pepper flakes

2 1/2tbsp seasoning salt

3tsp olive oil


1.     Trim the fat from the oxtails, then toss into large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil.

2.     Sprinkle seasoning salt, herbs, black pepper and red pepper flakes.

3.     Make sure that your oxtails are well coated with the oil and seasonings.

4.     Grab a large, deep pot and place over medium high heat.

5.     Add the oxtails into the hot pot and brown them.

6.     Once the oxtails are browned, toss in the onions, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

7.     Add cloves of garlic, bay leaves, and fresh thyme. Drizzle the browning sauce over the oxtails.

8.     Pour 6 cups of beef broth, stir the ingredients, and reduce the heat to low medium.

9.     Cover the pot and let the oxtails cook for 3 1/2 hours.

10. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add in the chopped carrots. Stir, then cover.

11. Enjoy with rice or mashed potatoes.

READ: No stumbling block too high for Innocent

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Noluthando Ngcakani
Noluthando Ngcakani
With roots in the Northern Cape, this Kimberley Diamond has had a passion for telling human interest stories since she could speak her first words. A foodie by heart, she began her journalistic career as an intern at the SABC where she discovered her love for telling agricultural, community and nature related stories. Not a stranger to a challenge Ngcakani will go above and beyond to tell your truth.

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