• There is nothing more comforting than a delicious, heart-warming oxtail for lunch (or for dinner). This family favourite oxtail with polenta recipe will definitely put a smile on the dial of the one you love. 

    Oxtail with polenta

    Serves: 4
    Cooking Time: 2 hours 20 mins


    • 20ml (4 tsp) butter
    • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
    • 1kg oxtail
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, chopped
    • 1 carrot, chopped
    • 1 celery stick, chopped
    • 45ml (3 tbsp) fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
    • 60ml (¼ cup) red wine
    • 2 x 410g tins Italian chopped tomatoes
    • 4 bay leaves
    • polenta, to serve



    Heat the butter and oil in a large pot. Add the oxtail and season. Cook on all sides until golden. Remove from the pot and set aside.


    In the same pot, sauté the onion, garlic, carrot, celery and parsley until the onion is translucent and the carrots are cooked, about 7 minutes.


    Add the wine, tomatoes and bay leaves and adjust the seasoning. Cover the pot and simmer on a low heat until the meat is cooked, about 2 hours. Keep checking to make sure the sauce doesn’t dry out, adding a little water if necessary.


    Prepare the polenta according to the packet instructions. Discard the bay leaves and serve the oxtail on a bed of hot polenta.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com