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Oxtail Soup

Oxtail Soup -
Written by Susan H

One of those soups many have heard of but never tried.

Oxtail Soup -

Oxtail Soup

Oxtail soup is made with beef tails. The use of the word "ox" in this context is a legacy of nomenclature; no specialized stock of beef animals are used
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Soup
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 33 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 1297kcal



  • Heat the oil in a large soup pot over high heat and brown the oxtails and onion halves in batches.
  • Remove and set aside.
  • Add the red wine to the pot and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up all the brown bits in the bottom of the pot.
  • Boil until the wine is reduced to about 2 tablespoons (30 ml).
  • Add the reserved oxtails and onion and reduce the heat to low.
  • Simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  • Add the beef stock and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Skim off the foam that rises to the surface and simmer partially covered for 4 hours.
  • Strain the soup and set the oxtails aside to cool.
  • Pick off the meat from the oxtails and reserve.
  • Refrigerate the meat and stock for up to 3 days.
  • Skim off and discard the fat from the surface of the stock.
  • Bring the stock to a simmer and add the reserved meat, sherry, carrot, celery, salt, and pepper.
  • Simmer just until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Serve garnished with chopped parsley if desired.


This should always be made the day before you intend to serve and refridgerate it overnight. This will make the removal of the thin layer of fat easier.


Sodium: 2573mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 0.3g | Potassium: 1305mg | Cholesterol: 481mg | Calories: 1297kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Fat: 70g | Protein: 142g | Carbohydrates: 6g