Despite its knobby appearance when cooked low and slow, oxtail becomes incredibly tender and delicious. On its own, oxtail has a rich beefy flavor, but something about this magical cut of meat acts as a flavor sponge and absorbs whatever zest, tang, or salty-sweet seasonings you add. Let’s take a look at a few tips that will help you season your oxtails to perfection.
Keep It Sweet and Savory
You need to cook oxtail on low heat for quite some time. So you don’t necessarily have to marinate your oxtail, but you certainly can. Traditional oxtail recipes typically have a little bit of sweet and a little bit of savory, and a whole lot of flavor. Whether you decide to marinate your oxtail or not, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and salt are all must-haves. You don’t need much, but it should be enough to coat all of the oxtails evenly.
Don’t Forget the Aromatics
Aromatics are also a staple of traditional oxtail dishes. A hefty portion of our sense of taste comes from our sense of smell, so aromatics deepen the flavor profile of a dish for a more complex tasting experience. When whipping up your ideal seasoning or marinade, be sure to include aromatics like garlic powder, black pepper, and allspice. This gives the dish a deeper, richer, warmer taste.
Bring On the Spice
How much spice you add is up to your personal preference. Traditional recipes are a little spicy, but if you’re not a huge fan of the heat, a dash of red pepper flakes never hurt anyone. If you want your spice to be a little more substantial, the seeds of a habanero or jalapeno pepper–with the membrane removed–should add the kick you’re looking for. Of course, depending on what dish you’re making, you can add your favorite hot sauce to the stew or put a splash on top of your plate before eating.
With these tips, you’re ready to season your oxtails like a pro and serve up a warm, flavorful, and delicious meal. If you’re not sure where to buy oxtail, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Vincent’s Meat Market, we can ship oxtail right to your door, so you can make a mouthwatering meal at your convenience.