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How to Make Oxtail Pho

How to make oxtail pho Vietnamese style on the stove or quick in your Instant Pot pressure cooker too is here! We will first show you how to cook oxtails to fork tender, then use that tender beef with noodles to make this flavorful vegetable broth soup your family will love.

Oxtail Pho

We love oxtail soup and this is yet another way you can make it, Vietnamese style! With ramen noodles or udon noodles and vegetables in a light broth your family too will enjoy this for dinner throughout the year. Make it spicy or keep it mild, you can adjust and tweak it easily. (affiliate links present)

Pho Oxtail

Have you had this at a restaurant and loved it so much you wanted to know how to make pho (pronounced FU) at home?? Us too! We used ox tail for the meat with this one but you could certainly tweak it to use beef or chicken sometime too. Once you get the hang of how it is done you will want to make them all.

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As far as the seasonings go that is up to you too but we used more traditional ones below in the recipe card. If you wanted to sway it more American or Southern in nature you could use other oxtail seasoning blends in that regard. Add heat to make this spicy, a little or a lot, the other options go on and on.

If you wanted to sway it in an Indian direction take a look at our oxtail curry and the flavors we used with that and use those for a sort of fusion. The first go around I would suggest following the step by step directions exactly as stated below. That will give you a good idea of how it works well and then you can make other versions beyond that.

Vietnamese Oxtail Soup

Vietnamese Oxtail Soup

Just like with our oxtails and rice dish, this too is a complete meal right out of the pot. You will have meat, pasta and vegetables all in one bowl so you literally need nothing on the side. This is a list of what was used. If you don’t have something there is a link to all of them in the recipe card below to order online.

You could of course leave one of them out if you don’t care for them or don’t want to buy it but these have worked well for us in general. Use a large stock pot with a tight fitting lid to make this.

  • 1 lb oxtail beef bones
  • 1 onion, radish, and pepper like roasted jalapeno if you want some heat
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into dials
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 green onions diced
  • 1 lime
  • 1/8 cloves ground
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom ground
  • 1 tsp pepper, fennel seeds, and coriander seeds ground
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Some like to add a star anise but that is my favorite flavor so I leave it out

3-4 cups cold water or broth is better to give you even more flavor overall is how to make pho broth from scratch. Just keep with the same flavors like beef with ox etc…

oxtail meat

Oxtail Noodle Soup Recipe

As far as the pasta goes in your Ox Tail Soup you should use rice noodles. They are added after the meat is perfectly tender and the broth is perfectly seasoned. Just like if you were to boil in regular water, you instead boil them in this amazing broth so they soak up all those flavors. Thinner and more delicate than spaghetti noodles, they don’t take very long to get just right so don’t walk away.

  • For smoked oxtail you’d follow these directions first, but then to make a flavorful broth you may want to remove meat from bones and use those to boil to extract flavor.
  • If you want to boil; Trim fat from oxtails. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Set aside.
  • Chop onions, carrots, daikon radish, and thinly slice mild pepper. Set aside.
  • In large cooking pot, add oil, heat onions, carrots, onion and ginger, radish, and spices until tender.
  • Add oxtails. Pour in enough water or broth to cover your tails.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer for 5 hours covered or until oxtail meat is easily removed from the bone.
  • Strain soup liquid into a new pot. Set aside vegetables and oxtail.
  • Add and cook pho noodles according to the package directions in the broth you made until as tender as you’d like.
    • if you wanted to add some bok choy in you should do that at this time
  • Meanwhile, remove oxtail meat from bone.
  • Add vegetables back to soup liquid with noodles.

Fill bowls with your beef noodle soup, add oxtail meat, top with cilantro, green onions, fish sauce is good, diced chives and mild pepper slices.

Oxtail Soup Recipe

Instant Pot Oxtail Pho

Now that one above and in the recipe card at the bottom is made on the stove in a pot. If you want it done faster you can cook the meat using our Instant Pot ox tail recipe which cuts down the cook time to just 45 minutes! Then from there you pretty much use the same sort of instructions but in that pressure cooker.

You could use your Ninja Foodi or any other brand to make it this way, they are all basically the same. From there you then jump to making Instant Pot oxtail soup. The noodles are so delicate that you don’t use pressure at all for those. Instead you set to saute at the end, add them, and allow to bubble until al dente.

Beef Pho

How do you eat oxtail pho?

I mean with your mouth is your best bet first off. 😉 More specifically it is easiest to consume when the meat is pulled off of the bones when served. Once it is tender after hours of boiling, it should be fork tender. Pull that off and add back into the pot with broth, vegetables and as you cook rice noodles.

Do you put Thai basil in pho?

It is an optional ingredient, yes. It’s traditionally used as a garnish with bean sprouts and lime wedges too.

Pho Oxtail

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Oxtail Pho

How to make oxtail pho Vietnamese style on the stove Instant Pot ox tail recipe is here! Tender beef with noodles and a vegetable broth.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, vietnamese
Keyword dutch oven, oxtail, pho, stove, vietnamese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 6 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 247kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Trim fat from oxtails. Rinse and pat dry. Set aside. Chop onions, carrots, daikon radish, and thinly slice mild pepper. Set aside.
  • In large cooking pot, add oil, heat onions, carrots, ginger, radish, and spices until onions are tender. Add oxtails. Pour in enough water to cover oxtails.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer for 5 hours covered or until oxtail meat is easily removed from the bone.
  • Strain soup liquid into a new pot. Set aside vegetables and oxtail. Add noodles to soup liquid and cook according to package directions until as tender as you'd like.
  • Meanwhile, remove oxtail meat from bone. Add vegetables back to soup liquid with noodles. Fill bowls with soup, add oxtail meat, top with cilantro, green onions or chives and mild pepper slices.

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Nutrition Facts
Oxtail Pho
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 162mg7%
Potassium 98mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1749IU35%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anjali

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Oxtail can be hard to cook well, but in this recipe it turned out perfectly! It was tender and flavorful, and I just wanted to slurp up all the noodles too!

Tayler

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

This pho was a winner! So flavorful and easy to make!

Colleen

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

I didn't realize how easy it was to make pho at home! I'll be making this one all the time. Thank you!

Ali

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

First time trying to make pho at home and it turned out so well! It was a lot easier than I thought to make!

Dana

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

There's nothing quite like a steamy bowl of pho on a chilly day, and boy did this do the trick! Thanks so much for the recipe! It turned out beautifully and it was very easy to follow.

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