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Instant Pot Oxtails Recipe

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Dorothy Kleber


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 pounds oxtail, cut into 3-inch lengths
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 cup beef or chicken broth (or water)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Sear the oxtail on one side:Heat the vegetable oil in the Instant Pot over Sauté mode set to high (medium-high heat in a stovetop PC) until the oil starts to shimmer. While the pot heats, sprinkle the oxtail with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Add the oxtails to the pot in a single layer (they will just barely fit in a 6-quart Instant Pot – think jigsaw puzzle) and sear until well browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Flip the oxtails and immediately move on to the next step.
Add the thyme and liquid: Pour the broth into the pot, then sprinkle the oxtails with the dried thyme. Drizzle the Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce over everything.
Pressure cook for 45 minutes with a Natural Pressure Release:Lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot), or for 40 minutes in a stovetop PC. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 30 more minutes. (If you’re in a hurry, you can quick release any remaining pressure after 20 minutes.) Remove the lid, tilting it away from you to avoid the hot steam.
De-fat the sauce and serve: Remove the oxtails from the pot with tongs or a slotted spoon. Be gentle – the oxtails will be fall-apart tender. Pour the cooking liquid into a 1-quart fat strainer, and let it settle to separate the fat. Pour a little of the de-fatted liquid on the oxtails and pass the rest at the table to use as a sauce. Enjoy!




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