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Most Tender Oxtail Ever!

I have been so excited about posting this recipe, god knows!!! I love a good slow cooked dish. For me, investing time into getting amazing food has never been an ache. That is because, it always pay off! The flavor is always so potent and the met-in-your-mouth deliciousness is an ever amazing reward. It is presently cold in Kenya. July has come with it’s deep freeze and that only means we snuggle up to the yummiest comforting meals. Honey let me tell you, my oxtail will have to be among those meals you indulge in!

She is bold! She is tender! She is unforgettable and believe me when I tell you, you will fall head over heels in love with this oxtail recipe!

Oxtail is a beef cut that comes from the tail of a cow. Preparation is time-heavy,  but always resulta in the most tender meat. Top Kenyan Blogger and YouTuber Kaluhi Adagala walks you through how to make the most sinfully and boldly flavored oxtail in the world

PREP TIME: 10 min    COOK TIME:  5hrs       SERVES: 5


1 kg of Oxtail

1 red onion, diced

¼ cup of dania stems

½ teaspoon of dried thyme/4 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 heaped tablespoon of minced ginger

1 heaped tablespoon of minced garlic

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 large tomato, diced

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of curry

1 tablespoon of smoked paprika

1 tablespoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of coriander powder

1 teaspoon of cumin

2 bay leaves

Chillies to simmer

Salt to taste

Vegetable oil to cook


“What is oxtail, Kaluhi?

Oxtail simply means the tail of a cow. In days past, it used to be a cut reserved for low income persons. They became incredibly creative with the prep and once everyone else awakened to the deliciousness of this cut, more people sought to purchase it. That in-turn drove up prices because the demand increased. The demand and the time that goes into making this is what contributes to this cut being slightly pricier. Even then, it is still super affordable.

You can purchase yours in any butchery; just go ask for mkia ya ngombe and request to have it sliced into individual sections. I bought mine form Carrefour Meat Deli where a kg went for 700bob.



We begin by searing our oxtail. The purpose of this stage is not to cook the oxtail through and through but to get a nice char on it.

Once brown and golden, set aside.

In the same sufuria, add some salt, and then proceed to sear your red onion, garlic, ginger, thyme, dania (cilantro) stems. Make sure you save the dania leaves for garnish. The stems however do make for a great ingredient for the initial stage of cooking.

A great herby base is fantastic for building flavor upon so this stage is paramount. I used dry thyme for this, but fresh thyme would be perfect if not better.

Once the herbs are softened, add in the tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves and the spices. The spices may look like much, but they compliment each other so so well so make sure you include all of them. Spices are your friend and we are going for bold flavor here!!

Add some water/stock, simmer for a few minutes. It should be nice and thick and you can see the consistency from the video at 8.10 – 8.14.

This should be nice and thick and with that then add in the seared oxtail. Add a bit of stock/ water, cover, and allow this to simmer for low and slow for 5 hours. Yes, you read that right. Great oxtail demands time as an investment. Check on it from time to time, adding water as and if needed. You need to keep the mchuzi thick so add only if there is need.

Because the oxtail is a bit fatty, as it cooks, some of that fat will render. That is why you will notice a slight increase of oil in your soup while serving but it shouldn’t neither will it come in the way of your eating experience. Once your oxtail is tender, discard the bay leaves garnish with some dania (coriander) leaves and serve.

Please look at this plate! I can see you drool. I can see you attempting to lick that screen. Vumilia kiasi babe lol!

I can’t wait for you to try this out!

Oxtail is a beef cut that comes from the tail of a cow. Preparation is time-heavy,  but always resulta in the most tender meat. Top Kenyan Blogger and YouTuber Kaluhi Adagala walks you through how to make the most sinfully and boldly flavored oxtail in the world

The flavor was so bold! I love how the herby base we started with really bloomed and held the other flavors to come to the fore. You can really taste the herby notes, the heat of the chili, the fullness of all the spices and baby let me tell you, each bite takes you to cloud 9 and higher!

I served my perfect oxtail with some cloudy, buttery mashed potatoes and a little bit of risudza. But this can go with literally any starch (think ugali, chapos, my fried rice or my masala fries)  and veggie you choose (broccoli or riseveve would be so bomb too!!).

This dish is a labour of love. It is time intensive. But is all pays off!!

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  1. Marta

    I had some oxtail in the freezer, so when I saw this recipe in my searches, I knew it was meant to be! It totally delivered on its promise of being the “most tender” oxtail I’ve ever had. It will definitely be a repeat recipe for me.

    • Kaluhi

      The title really shows out when one tries the recipe!! Thank you for giving this beaut a shot. I am thrilled it came through for you!

  2. Britney Brown-Chamberlain

    I no longer have to order out for my oxtail! After making this recipe, it came out better than the restaurant and I’m making this recipe whenever I crave oxtail. They were tender and so flavorful!

    • Kaluhi

      100% better than any restaurant!!! So happy you enjoyed!

  3. Jessica

    I love oxtails but I’ve never tried making them myself before. This turned out AMAZING and so tender. I’ll definitely be making it again!

    • Kaluhi

      Thank you for your feedback!

  4. Robin Sparks

    I had never prepared oxtails this way so I was eager to try them. They came out so tender and succulent I will be making a pot again soon!

    • Kaluhi

      You will enjoy it just as much next time!

  5. Kate

    By far one of the best oxtail recipes I have ever come across. The meat literally came out of the bone, and the gravy was so delicious!

    • Kaluhi

      Sis!!! I am so so happy you got to experience the beauty of this recipe!

  6. Tamara

    Oh my goodness this was a delicious recipe! The oxtail was definitely tender and juicy! I can’t wait to make it again soon!

    • Kaluhi

      The tenderness really is out of this world and I am so happy you got to expereince it!

  7. Jazz

    My oxtail turned out perfectly following your recipe. The flavor is spot on and it is SO tender. Thank you!

    • Kaluhi

      I am so so happy this turned out perfect for you!!

  8. Jay

    Absolutely perfect! Has similar flavor to Jollof rice. I struggle with oxtail and this was a great baseline recipe to impress. I’ll add my cultural (Jamaican) flare next time but I had to thank you for not only the recipe but for the great detail you put into this.

    • Kaluhi


  9. Nicole Ramos

    My husband loves oxtail. He told me he went to a lunch to have it at a local place and it was 37 dollars for a plate. I have never eaten oxtail, but I am very open to trying to make my husband his favorite foods. He loved this dish!! I LOVED this meal so much! The seasoning are perfect, the meat was amazing!! Thank you for helping me show off to my husband. I will make this again and again.

    • Kaluhi

      This has made me so happy to know! Than you so much for giving this a shot and it makes me so joyeous to see hubbz also enjoyed it


  10. Luci

    I am planning to make this to my Jamaican partner. I never cooked oxtail before but he loves it so much. Do I have to wash the oxtail before cooking it?

    • Kaluhi

      Some poeple do not. But others do

  11. Eppy

    Thank you very much for this recipe. I loved it, my family loved it. Now they keep asking when I’m making it again. Its definitely worth the labour.

    • Kaluhi

      You are most welcome and I am glad you enjoyed!

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