Yeah, it’s almost summer, but Instant Pot Oxtail Stew is one of my favorite comfort meals any time of year. I make it whenever I can snag oxtails from the butcher ’cause it’s a cinch to throw this dish together in a pressure cooker. Plus, my Whole30-friendly oxtail ragu tastes amazing on zoodles, cauliflower rice, or just paired with a ginormous green salad. (And yes, you can even eat it on rice or pasta if you’re only part-time Paleo.)
Growing up in a Chinese-American household, I’ve never been fazed by weird chewy bits of meat at the dinner table. Seeing the heads on cooked whole fish or chicken was a regular occurrence in my house. In fact, these foods—while “gross” to some—are what I consider comfort food. In particular, I have a preference for oxtails because the meat is meltingly tender. It takes a little persistence and patience to get to all the goodness tucked in the nooks and crannies—and to me, that’s a good thing. If you’re a little squeamish about eating nose-to-tail, you may not be ready for this jelly. But as I do with my own kids, I encourage you to be brave in all things, and grab some oxtails the next time you spy them in the butcher case!
Turn on the broiler and set the oven rack 6 inches from the heating element. Place oxtails in a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon Magic Mushroom Powder or Diamond Crystal kosher salt.
Toss well and and arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
Pop the oxtails under the broiler.
Broil for about 5 minutes on each side or until nicely browned. Alternatively, you can brown the meat in batches in the Instant Pot on the “Sauté” function, but it’ll be tedious and messy.
While the oxtails are browning under the broiler, grab your Instant Pot and turn on the “Sauté” function. When the metal insert is hot, add the ghee or fat of choice. Toss in the sliced onions and carrots…
…and cook until the onions are softened.
Sprinkle on some…
Read the full recipe on Nom Nom Paleo.