Braised Oxtail With Peanut Sauce

I made Braised Oxtail With Peanut Sauce (Karé-Karé) for the Eat For The Earth initiative.

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The Eat For The Earth initiative from Yuppiechef is being held for the second year running. I hosted a meal on World Environment Day and made a donation to Soil for Life. If you would like to make a donation of any amount then please click on the link above and do so. In real money terms, €10 (R100) can make a difference! The aim is to raise R100 000 to change the lives of 50 men and women. Soil for Life is a Cape Town-based Non Governmental Organization. It teaches people how to build the soil and grow healthy plants so that families can sit down to plates of safe, fresh nutritious food at night, all year round. The low-cost methods enable gardeners to harvest large amounts of food from small spaces using very little water and no harmful chemicals.

Erica and I waiting for Dave so we can eat the Braised Oxtail With Peanut Sauce
Erica and I waiting for Dave so we can eat

I was very inspired this year to approach my dinner from a different perspective. I love oxtail, and it used to be a cheap cut of meat. It was considered the ‘leftovers’ and until quite recently was not a popular part of the animal. My Curry book has a recipe for Karé-Karé (page 198) which refers to oxtail as offal. I don’t think of it that way, as I love it! This dish originates in the Philippines and uses peanut sauce for the vegetables. It is traditionally accompanied by a dried shrimp relish but we ate it without any chilli seasoning. I have adapted the recipe for the braised oxtail with peanut sauce for various reasons but mostly to suit my style of cooking.

Braised Oxtail With Peanut Sauce
Braised Oxtail With Peanut Sauce
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Braised Oxtail With Peanut Sauce

Recipe Category: Meat
Makes enough for: 4 people
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Curry page 198


  • 30 mls olive oil
  • 1 kg oxtail
  • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2.5 mls shrimp paste
  • 5 mls coarse salt
  • 5 mls ground turmeric
  • 5 mls black pepper
  • 300 mls beef stock


  • Green beans, topped and tailed
  • 1 small cabbage, sliced
  • Carrots, cut into rounds
  • 300 mls Sambal Kacang / Peanut Sauce


  • Using a large casserole dish, heat the olive oil
  • Brown the oxtail, remove and set aside
  • Lower the heat and gently sauté the shallots until soft
  • In a mortar and pestle, crush together the garlic, shrimp paste and salt
  • Add to the shallots with the turmeric and pepper
  • As soon as you can smell the spices, add back the oxtail
  • Cover the meat with the stock (you might not need all of it) and bring to the boil
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours
  • Remove the oxtail and keep warm in an ovenproof dish in the oven set to a low heat
  • Increase the heat and bring the stock to a boil
  • Allow to reduce by half
  • Stir the peanut sauce into the stock
  • Bring back to the boil
  • At the same time cook your vegetables in boiling water until done to your taste
  • Add the vegetables to the oxtail and then pour the sauce over the vegetables and the oxtail
  • Serve straight away with rice

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44 thoughts on “Braised Oxtail With Peanut Sauce

  1. Tandy this was really superb, that peanut sauce with the oxtail was not something I would have thought to cook up but it worked like a bomb. The Vergenoed red worked amazingly well with the caramel cake, all in all a fantastic meal!

  2. My Dad was a lover of making this type of stew for us, with Winter upon us now, I so wish he was still here to warm the soul with a pot of ox tail stew! Thanks for the flashback memory! x

  3. I made Braised Oxtail just recently (blogged it, too!) and I agree with you – it’s very moreish! The peanut sauce is a new tangent on an old idea and if ever I’m moved to make Oxtail again, I’ll have to try to remember it and come back for a reminder!

  4. I really like your spin on an old favorite. New flavors can really reinvent this dish. The initiative sounds like a worthwhile project. Take care, BAM

  5. Love the oxtail recipe, my aunt used to cook oxtail with butter beans, thanx for taking me back to my childhood. 🙂

  6. This looks really yummy. I’ve never cooked oxtail in my whole life. Love your pics, both of them. Hope Dave didn’t keep you waiting too long.;)

  7. Strangely I used to eat this as a child but not as an adult. I have no idea why…..yours looks delicious! Well done. Have a great wekeend 😉 xx

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