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Korean Oxtail Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Pre-soaking (to let blood out)
1 hr

Milky stock. Knobby bones. Fatty meat. Chewy tendon. Korean Oxtail Soup is the big pot of cozy that will point you towards home.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Korean, Oxtail, Soup
Servings: 4
Author: The Subversive Table
  • 2.5 lbs fresh beef oxtails
  • 1 lb radish peeled and cut into large chunks (optional)
  • 1 large onion peeled but kept whole (for easier removal)
  • 8 cups cold water (plus more to add when liquid reduces)
  • 1-2 tsps salt (or to taste)
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 oz or large handful Dangmyeon (Korean sweet potato noodle), presoaked in cold water (optional)
To Parboil Bones:
  1. Cover (uncooked) oxtails with cold water. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours so that the blood will drain from the bones.

    oxtails draining in bloody water
  2. Drain bloody water and rinse bones. Return bones to the pot. Cover with cold water.
    oxtails in pot with cold water
  3. Bring contents of the pot to a boil. Let simmer furiously for 3-5 minutes until the water looks dirty and scum rises to the surface.
    scum and fat particles bubbling to the surface of large pot
  4. Drain soup. Rinse bones thoroughly. Wash the pot.
To Make Soup:
  1. Return parboiled bones to the pot. Add cold water, onion, and radish.
    oxtails in pot with onion and daikon, covered with water
  2. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer with the lid partially on/off. The soup is done when the meat is tender and the broth is milky-looking, about 2-3 hours. Add water from time to time, making sure the liquid doesn’t reduce too much. The bones should always be covered with liquid.

    pot of milky-looking oxtail soup
  3. Remove onion with a slotted spoon. If using Dangmyeon, add drained, presoaked noodles and cook until clear and translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add salt to taste and stir thoroughly. Add green onion (you can also serve the green onion at the table) and serve immediately with rice and kimchi.

    korean oxtail soup in black bowl with spoon on grey background