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A plate of braised ox cheek and mashed potato, drizzled with a red wine sauce

Pressure cooker ox cheek & carrots in red wine

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 1 hr optional marinating
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  • Serves 4

Dig out your pressure cooker to make Tom Kerridge's ox cheek dish, with carrots in red wine. It serves four, but you can make a bigger batch and freeze some

  • Freezable
Nutrition: Per serving
high infibre7g


  • 1 kg ox cheeks, in 4 pieces (ox cheeks vary hugely in size; use 4 x 250g cheeks or 2 x 500g cheeks, cut in half)
  • 500ml red wine
  • 5 bay leaves
  • small bunch of thyme
  • 1 small star anise
  • 1 whole clove
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 carrots, 2 roughly chopped, 4 left whole
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 500ml beef stock
  • creamy mash, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Up to two days before you want to serve or at least 1 hr before, put the ox cheeks in a large bowl. Pour over the wine and add the herbs, the star anise, clove and a good grinding of black pepper. Cover and chill.

  • STEP 2

    Remove the ox cheeks from the wine, reserving the wine. Pat dry using kitchen paper and season. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker, then brown the ox cheeks well on all sides over a medium-high heat. Remove to a plate. Add the carrots, onion, celery and garlic and cook for 10 mins until browned.

  • STEP 3

    Return the ox cheeks to the pan and pour over the reserved wine and any herbs still in it. Bring to the boil and skim off any foam that rises to the surface, then pour in the stock. Bring everything to a simmer, cover and bring up to high pressure. Cook for 45 mins, then release the pressure. Take the lid off, add the whole carrots, cover again with the lid, bring back up to high pressure and cook for another 15 mins, or until the ox cheeks are tender and the carrots are cooked through. Once cooked, leave the beef to rest in the liquid until cool – this will deepen the flavour. Will keep chilled for a day. Leave to cool completely first.

  • STEP 4

    Lift the ox cheeks and whole carrots out of the pan and into a bowl. Pass the cooking liquid through a fine sieve into a saucepan. Simmer over a medium heat for 15-20 mins, or until reduced to a rich sauce. Season and return the ox cheeks and carrots to the sauce to warm through. Serve the ox cheeks with the carrots and some mash.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2022

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