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How to Prepare Sabe A Rabo at Home: Traditional Cuban Recipe

easy way to make sabe a rabo dish at home

Sabe a Rabo is a traditional Cuban dish that is widely famous all over the world.

You can easily try dishes at home if the suggested ingredients are available. So let’s learn how to make Sabe a Rabo at home. You can enjoy it as an Entrée dish with Sidecar Drink.

Easy way to make Sabe a Rabo dish at home


  • 4 lbs oxtails
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups of uncooked white rice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, for garnish




✅ Preheat the oven to 300°F.
✅ Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or oven-safe pot over medium heat. Add the oxtails and sear on all sides until browned about 8-10 minutes.
✅ Remove the oxtails from the pot and set them aside.
✅ Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until the onion is translucent about 5 minutes.
✅ Add the cumin, paprika, oregano, and bay leaf to the pot and stir to combine.
✅ Return the oxtails to the pot and add the beef broth, red wine, tomato paste, and
✅ Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 hours, or until the oxtails are tender.
✅ Season the mixture with salt and pepper, to taste.
✅ Transfer the pot to the oven and cook for an additional 2 hours, or until the oxtails are falling off the bone.
✅ Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the rice, butter, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 18-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked.
✅ To serve, divide the rice among four plates and top with the oxtail mixture. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

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How long does Rabo take to cook?

Oxtail, or “Rabo” as it is called in Cuban cuisine, can take a while to cook because it is a tougher cut of meat. The cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the oxtails, as well as the cooking method you are using.

In general, it is recommended to simmer oxtails for at least 2 hours to ensure that the meat is tender and falls off the bone. You can also braise or roast oxtails in the oven, which can take anywhere from 3-4 hours. It is important to monitor the oxtails as they cook to ensure that they are cooked to your desired level of tenderness. You can check the tenderness of the oxtails by inserting a fork into the meat and seeing how easily it falls off the bone.

It means:

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3-4 hours
Total Time: 4.5 hours
Serves: 3 to 4
Calories: 785

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Frequently Asked Question


What is Rabo made of?

Sabe A Rabo is a typical Cuban oxtail stew. It is flavored with oxtail, rice, fried yuca, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, oregano, and especially chili.

Can I customize the vegetables and spices in Sabe a Rabo?

You can customize the vegetables and spices in Sabe a Rabo to your preference. Some options for vegetables include carrots, potatoes, and green beans. You can also adjust the amount and type of spices to your liking.

How long does Rabo take to cook?

Rabo takes approximately 3-4 hours to cook. But it may depend on the cook and what ingredients is she using to make it.


Final Words

Try this dish, Saba a Rabo at home. You can make it easily by following a few steps suggested above. Have it as an appetizer during lunch and dinner with your family.

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