Indonesian Oxtail SoupSop or Sup is Indonesian word for Soup. Oxtail soup is one of my favourite soup. I sometimes created the oxtail soup into grilled oxtail soup. Fried oxtail soup is also another style of this one. However, I am trying not to have it, thou I know it’s really tasty.

If you are my old time readers, you may read the old post of my Oxtail Soup with Spices or Sop Buntut Rempah.

I made this soup about almost two weeks ago and didn’t post it as I need to use this recipe for participating “Masak Bareng Yuuk Event” with a theme Aneka Sup (English: Variety of Soups).

I had a different approach on making this soup by making the vegetable broth first.

You may need to wait for another post my recipe of Sambal Lado Uap (English: Minangese Steamed Green Chilies Sambal) next time

Sop Buntut
Oxtail Soup

1.5 kgs oxtail pieces
1 large carrot, peeled
2 medium potatoes, rinse off, cubed and steamed
5 stalks Chinese celery (2 stalks are knotted, the other three are chopped)
2 tomatoes, cubed
2 leeks, take the white parts
3 green onions, sliced
1ยฝ tsp. white peppercorn
1 nutmeg, cracked
5 cloves

Sop Buntut with Sambal Lado Uap - Day 11 0f 365
Homemade Vegetable Broth
In a pot, bring 8 cups water, whole peeled carrot, white part leeks, 1/2 cracked nutmeg and 1/2 tsp white peppercorn to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer another 15 minutes.

2. Remove from the heat. Separate the carrot and cubed. Let the broth cool down.

Oxtail Soup
1. In a different pot, add 6 cup broth with herbs, oxtail, salt, the cloves and another half of cracked nutmeg. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the meat is tender, approximately 2-4 hours. Pour in some more vegetable broth instead of water when needed until they become tender. If you use a pressure cooker, the process will be faster.

2. Add cubed carrots and potatoes, chopped tomatoes and celery, green onions, and the rest of vegetable broth. Let them simmer for another 10 minutes

3. Ready to serve with warmed cooked rice, emping crackers, lime or calamansi and sambal lado uap.


  1. Yum! I make this soup too for today's dinner … what a coincidence? Your cooking always looks yummy, makes me hungry. Love to see your great photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is my favorite soup, too. I've always wondered about the deep fried oxtail soup. I think I'd stick to the classic for now ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I ate this before, at my friend's place. He never has a recipe for anything though. Thanks to you now I can cook up this delicious soup!

  4. Looks great I happen to have some oxtail. Usually oxtail is a rich hearty soup this looks light and refreshing.

  5. Do you like how this taste better or the spicier version – with cardamom?
    I see some people also use cinnamon. what do you think?

    I want to make one that taste similar to what I get from an Indonesian restaurant.

    • Which part of Indonesia did you go? Because a different region will have a different version. If you were in the Java area, this is the version. I think you should try both and compare which one was the one you had.

  6. Pep, salam kangen dari kawan lama di MP :D.
    Gue lagi cari resep sop buntut, wah google langsung tampilkan webpage Indonesia Eats. Yeah!!

    I have been wondering: why is it that we Indonesians do not use buntut/oxtail as part of our soto portfolio? There are so many soto style from so many parts of beef carcass, but it behooves me that we don’t use oxtail in sotos. Is it because in Indonesia oxtail is expensive and such a delicacy that people don’t want to waste and hide the broth flavor behind spices…..? But here, I get oxtail for free from cow share, YEAH BABY!!! ๐Ÿ˜› Tongue, too… YEAH YEAH YEAH!! ๐Ÿ˜€ (My husband is a big fan of soto Betawi, and I’m wondering if oxtail would be good cooked in soto Betawi style).

    What do you think, dear Pepi?

    Salam kangen dari bawah sini.

    • Hi Upik,

      Lamo tak basuo! Where have you been? Yeah you are correct we should use oxtail for our soto portfolio. It had a deeper taste. I love using it for beef broth too. I also enjoy oxtail rawon more than regular rawon ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Very delicious soup, it’s my favourite soup. when I cook oxtail I add gingger in standard recipe it was wonderfull taste

    petrus Bali Indonesia


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