Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare – Rich Peanut Stew Recipe

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kari Kari with Rice
Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare with Rice

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare is a traditional Filipino dish which features slow-cooked oxtail in a thick, tasty, savory peanut sauce with vegetables. The perfect comfort food for Autumn and Winter!

Oxtail is a second class cut that our grandparents grew up eating, it often shunned in favor of first-class meat cuts, such as eye fillet and prime rib. Lamb shanks and oxtail are both cuts of meat from the same era that are enjoying a revival.

How to make Oxtail Kare-Kare

How to make Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare - easy traditional filipino recipe
How to make Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare

Oxtail Kare-kare is a traditional Filipino dish, every Filipino family has their own version of this dish. The unusual ingredients in the recipe can all be found on Amazon; shrimp paste, Mama Sita’s Kare-Kare mix, and Annatto Seeds.

Regardless of the minor variations families may bring to the dish, it always features a thick peanut sauce.

The meat is rich and hearty, and the slow cooking allows the collagen to melt into a rich, sticky broth. In the slow cooker, oxtail performs very similarly to lamb shank. The meat slowly softens and falls from the bone, retaining moisture and flavor.

Our Oxtail Kare-Kare recipe makes 8 servings. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kari Kari with Rice

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare Kare - Filipino Peanut Stew Recipe

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare is a traditional Filipino dish which features slow-cooked oxtail in a thick, tasty, savory peanut sauce with vegetables. The perfect comfort food for Autumn and Winter!
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Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Dish, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Filipino
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
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Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Daisy Edwards

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Oxtail
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoon annatto seed
  • 1 cup water for soaking annatto seed
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 small Lebanese eggplant cut diagonally into 1in lengths
  • 1 bunch green snake beans cut into 2in lengths
  • 5 pak choy
  • 1 packet Mama Sita's Kare-Kare
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup shrimp paste
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste

Instructions

Preparation

  • The first step is to put the meat into the slow cooker with the 2 cups of water. Cover and leave on low for 8 hours or more.
  • In a jug, place 1 cup of water and the annatto seed. Allow to sit for at least an hour (or all day). The annatto seeds color the dish.

Method

  • Remove the oxtail from the slow cooker and reserve the liquid and meat in separate bowls.
  • Fry the onion and garlic in a heavy base casserole dish.
  • Add the shrimp paste to the onion mixture and cook gently for one minute.
  • Add the meat stock to shrimp mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Next add the eggplant and the beans to the casserole dish. Cover with a lid and allow simmer slowly until the eggplant is soft.
  • Strain the annatto seed liquid, keeping the water. Discard the Annatto seed.
  • Mix the cornflour with the red Annatto seed liquid.
  • Add the Mama Sita Kare Kare Sachet to the red liquid and stir until combined.
  • Once the eggplant has softened add the peanut butter to the casserole and stir until combined.
  • Return the meat to the stew and add the bok choy.
  • Gently stir sauce base through the ingredients in the casserole dish. Stir until thickened and serve with rice.

Slow cooking the oxtail gives the meat and the broth, a wonderful silky texture. As with any slow-cooked meat, the dish can be started in the morning and then finished in the evening.

Slow Cooker Filipino Oxtail Kare-Kare Recipe - easy traditional filipino stew
Slow Cooker Filipino Oxtail Kare-Kare Recipe

Looking for more slow cooked recipes? Why not try some of our other delicious slow cooker recipes;

To make a larger batch of this Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare recipe adjust the servings above.

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