Instant Pot Oxtail

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Super easy to make fall-off-the-bone tender & juicy Instant Pot Oxtail! You’ll fall in love with the buttery rich beefy flavors paired with the satisfying gelatin-rich & tender beef. Comforting & delicious Instant Pot meal!

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After numerous requests from readers, we’ve been eager to test & develop a recipe for cooking oxtails in Instant Pot!

Oxtails are often slow-cooked or braised for hours to achieve that melty rich fall-off-the-bone beefy satisfaction. So this is where our Instant Pot shines!

To celebrate the end of another school year, we invited some of our international students over for a homecooked dinner.

As we were designing the menu & planning for the meal, we thought, hey! oxtail would be great to pamper our lovely guests!

And they loved it! 🙂

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The best part of using Instant Pot to cook oxtail?

  • Deliciously fall-off-the-bone tender, rich, juicy, & flavorful beef
  • Saves time
  • Hands-off cooking – no need to tend the pot
  • No need to heat up the oven (saves electricity!)

ohhh yeessss, please!! 😀

Time to make Fall-off-the-bone Juicy Instant Pot Oxtails!

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Instant Pot Oxtail

Super easy to make fall-off-the-bone tender & juicy Instant Pot Oxtail! Fall in love with the buttery rich beefy flavors paired with the satisfying gelatin-rich & tender pressure cooker oxtails. Comforting & delicious!
5 from 3 votes
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Total: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 1553kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Brown Oxtail in Instant Pot: Heat up Instant Pot using "Sauté More" function. Wait until it says "HOT" (~8 mins) - this prevents the oxtail from sticking to the pot.
    Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot. Season one side generously with salt & black pepper. Add in the larger pieces of oxtails, then brown each side for 5 mins. While one side is browning, season the other side with more salt & black pepper.
    *Pro Tip: We are just browning the larger pieces to save time.
  • Saute Onion & Garlic: Set aside the browned oxtails. Add in sliced onions, then saute for 2 mins. Add in 3 tbsp (49g) tomato paste, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of dried oregano and dried thyme. Saute for another 3 mins. Add in chopped garlic cloves, then saute for another minute.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Oxtails: Add ¼ cup (63ml) balsamic vinegar, 1.5 tbsp (22.5ml) regular soy sauce, and 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce in Instant Pot. Carefully add browned oxtails in Instant Pot. Ensure they are partially submerged in the liquid. Then, layer the carrots and potatoes on top.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 40 minutes + Natural Release 20 minutes.
    After 20 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.
  • Thicken & Seasonings: The Instant Pot Oxtail will be fall-off-the-bone tender, so carefully set aside the oxtail and half of the carrots. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Break down the potatoes and the other half of the carrots to thicken the sauce. Taste and season with more salt & black pepper if necessary (we added 2 large pinches of salt). Turn off the heat.
  • Serve Instant Pot Oxtail: Carefully place the oxtails back in the sauce to keep them hot.
    *Pro Tip: The oxtails will taste even better after sitting in the sauce for 10 - 15 mins. The oxtails will be good enough to serve immediately or you can serve it the next day to allow the flavors to really come together! Enjoy~ 🙂
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Nutrition:

Calories: 1553kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 180g | Fat: 78g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 624mg | Sodium: 1705mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 167.3% | Vitamin C: 16.6% | Calcium: 16.4% | Iron: 133%
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American
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Instant Pot Oxtail Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

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Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot Oxtails.

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1

Brown Oxtail in Instant Pot


Heat up Instant Pot using “Sauté More” function.

*Tip: For older versions – press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer versions – press “Saute” button twice.

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Wait until it says “HOT” (takes roughly 8 minutes). This prevents the oxtail from sticking to the pot.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot.

Season one side generously with salt & black pepper.

Add in the larger pieces of oxtails, then brown each side for 5 minutes.

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While one side is browning, season the other side with more salt & black pepper.

*Pro Tip: We are just browning the larger pieces of oxtails to save time from browning a second batch.

2

Saute Onion & Garlic


Set aside the browned oxtails.

Add in sliced onions, then saute for two minutes.

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Add in 3 tbsp (49g) tomato paste, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of dried oregano and dried thyme. Saute for another 3 minutes.

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Add in chopped garlic cloves, then saute for another minute.

3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

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Give it a quick mix.

4

Pressure Cook Oxtails


Add ¼ cup (63ml) balsamic vinegar, 1.5 tbsp (22.5ml) regular soy sauce, and 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce in Instant Pot.

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Carefully add browned oxtails in Instant Pot. Make sure they are partially submerged in the liquid.

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Then, layer the carrots and potatoes on top.

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With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure 40 minutes

  • Pressure Cooking Methods: High Pressure 40 minutes + Natural Release 20 minutes

After 20 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

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5

Thicken & Seasonings


The Instant Pot Oxtail will be fall-off-the-bone tender, so carefully set aside the oxtail and half of the carrots. Yes, the carrots will be soft as well. 🙂

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Bring the sauce to a simmer. Break down the potatoes and the other half of the carrots to thicken the sauce.

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Taste and season with more salt & black pepper if necessary. For reference, we added 2 large pinches of salt.

Turn off the heat.

6

Serve Instant Pot Oxtail


Carefully place the oxtails back in the sauce to keep them hot.

*Pro Tip: The oxtails will taste even better after sitting in the sauce for 10 – 15 minutes.

The oxtails will be good enough to serve immediately or you can serve it the next day to allow the flavor to really come together!

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Enjoy your Fall-off-the-bone Juicy Instant Pot Oxtail!~ 🙂


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  1. Can you give a recommended time for only about half the recipe? We couldn’t find that much oxtail at our butcher. Thanks! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Does this oxtail have alot of fat in the juice? I want to try a new recipe and came across this one. I usually put my oxtail in the oven to get all the excess fat baked out.

    Thank you for your help. I try alot of your recipes and I love evryine so far!

    1. Hi Marie,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Yes, it will have some fat in the juice. The best way to remove them is to use an oil separator to separator the oil from the juice after pressure cooking.

      Take care!
      Jacky

  3. Yummy! Made this last week and it was a hit!!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!! Can’t wait to try other ones!!!

  4. So yummy! I switched the ox tails for beef short ribs and they are so tender and delicious! Thank you for all your recipes – I love them all!

  5. Oh my! So yummy! (Like all your recipes!). I switched the ox tail for beef ribs and it was SO DELICIOUS and tender. Thank you for your fabulous recipes – I recommend them to everyone I know.

  6. Thank you for your amazing recipes! Instead of obtain, can I use this same recipe for other cuts of beef brisket?

    1. Hi Carrolyn,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Chuck roast will work great. You will need to increase the cooking time roughly 58 – 65 minutes for beef briskets.

      Please take care!
      Jacky

  7. Thank you for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it! ??

    If I have enough self control to keep the oxtails to serve the next day, what is the best way to reheat it please? Thank you!

    1. Hi Madoka,

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

      You can use the Saute less function to reheat them. You will want to stir in occasionally.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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