Chinese Braised Oxtails
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Authentic Chinese braised oxtails in soy sauce and spices cooked until they're tender and extremely flavorful, this oxtail recipe is as good or much better than any oxtail stew you've ever tried!
Recipe type: Beef
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4 servings
  • 3 lbs oxtails, cut into 2 to 3 inch thick pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 half-inch thick slices of fresh ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 pieces of star anise
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ cup Chinese cooking wine (Shaoxing wine)
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of rock sugar (you can substitute regular sugar)
  • 1½ cups of water
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Clean the oxtails and pat them dry. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and brown them on all sides.
  2. Remove the oxtails and set aside on a plate. To the pot, add the ginger, garlic, star anise, cloves, and bay leaves. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Now it’s time to add cooking wine, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, rock sugar, water, and salt (careful with the salt, as the soy sauce is already quite salty).
  4. Add the oxtails back to the pot, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1-1/2 – 2 hours, until the meat is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. As it's simmering, stir occasionally and add additional water if necessary to avoid sticking. Serve!
Recipe by The Woks of Life at