Samp and Oxtail

I bought a slow cooker on Friday and you best believe I spent the weekend making slow cooked dishes. On Saturday I slow cooked the samp and on Sunday I slow cooked the oxtail. In all enerst I was a bit annoyed that Timmy bought 1kg packet of samp for £4 considering I would have bought in SA for R9 which is about 50pence. I am still trying to wrap my head around these prices for African food but I guess lets indulge.

I will be honest, I am not a fan of samp. I ate samp every day of my boarding school year in 2007 and I vowed I would never eat it again. Fast forward a few years later I found myself cooking samp mainly because Timmy loves samp. I have had to look for different ways to cook it and yesterday I decided to add spice for rice and boy was it yummy. Here is the recipe:

Oxtail Recipe

  • Packet of oxtail
  • 3 robot peppers (green, red yellow
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Royco hearty  beef soup
  • 3 carrots cut in chunky pieces
  • 1 teaspoon barbeque spice
  • 2 celery stalks cut in big pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper/ birds eye chilli (this is optional if you really like hot food)


  1. Take the oxtail and add salt, pepper and barbeque spice. Fry until golden brown
  2. Add the fried oxtail into the slow cooker, add enough water to cover the oxtail and let it cook on low for 6 hours or 3 hours on high. I like to do 2 ½ hours on low and 11/2 on high.
  3. Halfway through cooking add the chunky vegetables (carrots and celery) you can add any other vegetables you like.
  4. Once the time is up, take a pot and fry some onions and garlic. Add the tomatoes as well as the oxtail and the chunky vegies
  5. Stir in the hearty beef soup and add stock from the slow cooker
  6. Let it simmer on low heat for 15 mins or until its ready to serve.

Samp Recipe

Slow cook the samp on low for 5 hours, dependant on the quantity. Once its done, rinse the samp, transfer it to a pot and add the spice for rice. Simmer on low heat until all water is drained.

Serve with oxtail and your favourite salad.


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