This delicious Button Mushroom Oxtail Recipe will tantalise your taste buds any time of the year. 

Created by Johann Neethling from the Prue Leith Culinary Institute, this button mushroom oxtail was the winning recipe of the Make Every Day Gourmet with the Magic of Mushrooms competition, hosted by the South African Mushrooms Farmers’ Association (SAMFA) and the South African Chefs’ Association (SACA).

The competition invited young south African student chefs to whip up recipes using the magic of homegrown mushrooms.  Five finalists were selected by SACA judges and they got to compete during a live cook-off at the Capsicum Culinary Studio in Johannesburg.

This winning recipe utilises delicious button mushrooms and adds them to an all-time favourite, the delicious oxtail stew.

This recipe serves 6.


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1.2 – 1.5 kgs oxtail
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly minced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves
  • Handful thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tin (400g) butter beans, rinsed and drained

For the mushrooms:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 250g white button mushrooms, sliced in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

To serve:

  • White rice
  • Fresh thyme sprigs


  1. Set your pressure cooker to the sauté function and wait for it to warm up.
  2. Rub oxtail with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Brown the oxtail in batches on all sides until golden brown. You can also do this step in a 220˚C oven on a large baking tray. Remove oxtail from the inner pot and set aside.
  3. Add in sliced onions and sautée until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Then, add tomato paste, soy sauce, bay leaves, cloves and thyme. Cook for a few minutes until the tomato paste smells sweet. Add in the beef stock and make sure to deglaze the bottom of the pot very well so nothing is stuck to the inner pot.
  5. Return the browned oxtail to the inner pot. Ensure the pieces are partially submerged in the liquid. Finally, layer the carrots on top.
  6. Seal the pressure cooker and make sure the venting knob is in the sealing position. Pressure-cook on ‘High’ for 40 minutes and then natural release for 20 minutes.
  7. Release any remaining pressure manually and open the lid. Very gently and carefully remove the oxtail and carrots with a slotted spoon and set aside. Discard the thyme sprigs.
  8. Put the pot back on sauté mode and bring the sauce to a simmer. Add in the butter beans and allow the sauce to reduce.
  9. In the meantime, cook the mushrooms. Heat a large frying pan on high heat. Add the olive oil and butter and sauté the mushrooms until golden brown. Just before finishing, add the garlic and then season well.
  10. Carefully place the oxtail and carrots back in the sauce and beans to keep them hot. Top with the golden brown mushrooms.
  11. Scatter everything with fresh thyme and serve on steamed white rice.

Button Mushroom Oxtail Recipe Notes

Looking for more great stew recipes? Try our Lamb Neck Stew and Mushroom Stew recipes.

This Button Mushroom Oxtail recipe is courtesy of The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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