Spicy Oxtail Okra & Cabbage Stew



Spicy Oxtail Okra & Cabbage Stew

Spicy stew made with oxtail, okra and chopped cabbage.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Soup, soup & stew
Cuisine Ghanaian
Servings 6 People


  • Sauce Pan
  • Wooden Spatula
  • Chopping Board
  • Sharp knife
  • Gretter


  • 1 Kg Oxtail
  • 1 Medium Onion Sliced
  • 1 Tsp Ground Grains of Paradise
  • 1 Tsp Grains of Selim
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • For the Stew;
  • 1 Kg Okra (Grated & Sliced)
  • ½ cup Palm Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion (Sliced)
  • 2 Stockfish
  • 1 cup Scotch Bonnet Pepper (Blended)
  • 3 tbsp Herrings Powder
  • 1 Small Cabbage (Chopped)
  • cup Stock
  • ½ Tsp Salt


  • Pour the oxtail into a saucepan over medium heat, add sliced onion, ground grains of paradise, grains of selim, salt, water, cover and let cook on medium-high heat for 1 hour 35 minutes.
  • Slice ¼ part of the okra, grate the remaining and set aside.
  • Heat palm oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add sliced onions, stir until translucent, then add the stockfish and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add the scotch bonnet pepper, stir and let simmer for 2 minutes before adding the herrings powder, stirring continuously.
  • Add the chopped cabbage, stir, add the cooked oxtail, stir it in, then add the stock, stir and allow the cabbage to wilt for 3 minutes.
  • Add the grated okra, stir in and add the remaining stock and let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add the slice okra, salt, stir and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Spicy oxtail okra and cabbage stew ready to serve.
  • NB; okra can be cut to suit your palate but for this recipe I wanted to have a good draw soup effect, yet beautifully textured, that’s why the grating and slicing was applied.


Keyword cabbage, Okra, Oxtail

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