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Southern Oxtail Recipe

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 3.5 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main course, dinner
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: southern, soul food


This Southern oxtail recipe is a cherished classic that evokes memories of Sunday soul food dinners and family gatherings. Cooked to tender perfection, these oxtails, are smothered in rich, velvety gravy with bell pepper and onion and served over rice. 


  • 34 pounds beef oxtails
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 4 tablespoons neutral oil (e.g. vegetable oil, olive oil)
  • 3 cups beef stock or beef broth
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced (or 1 small yellow onion)
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cooked rice, for serving

Oxtail Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt (start with less and adjust to taste if using any other type of salt)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon spoon seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon of Sazón


  1. Make Oxtail Seasoning: In a small bowl, combine kosher salt, pepper, seasoned salt, granulated garlic, granulated onion, lemon pepper, ground white pepper, Italian seasoning, and Sazón. Stir all the ingredients together until well combined. 
  2. Season oxtails with 2 tablespoons seasoning mixture.
  3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour over oxtails; shake off any excess flour. 
  4. Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a large heavy-duty roaster or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once oil is hot and shimmering, add seasoned oxtails.
  5. Sear and turn oxtails until they are browned on all sides. Then remove them from pan and set aside.
  6. Leave oil in the pan and whisk in 1/2 cup flour.
  7. Pour in beef stock and add 1 tablespoon of oxtail seasoning. Keep whisking until gravy is smooth and takes on golden brown color.
  8. Lower heat to medium and add onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
  9. Return seared oxtails back to pot and give them a gentle stir.
  10. Cover pot and place in preheated oven set at 325°F.
  11. Cook oxtail, letting them simmer and stew in oven for 2 hours and 45 minutes up to 3 hours. Oxtails are typically done when they reach an internal temperature of 180-200°F (82-93°C).
  12. Remove oxtails from oven and spoon gravy generously all over.
  13. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes then serve over white rice. 
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This oxtail seasoning yields 6 tablespoons, but the recipe only calls for 3 tablespoons. Feel free to adjust to your taste preferences if you’d like to use more or less. For the gravy, adjust to your desired consistency by adding more flour or more oil and/or broth. 


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 850 kcal
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 900mg
  • Fat: 55g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 35g

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