The Best Braai Recipes That’ll Make you Want to Fire Up the Coals

Words: Emma Nkunzana

Finally, the days are getting longer and the nights warmer – perfect conditions for lighting a fire for a braai. If you need some braai recipe inspiration we’ve rounded up our best braai recipes for you to try this season.Best Braai Recipes

Our Best Braai Recipes: Snacks

If it weren’t for the flaming hot fire we’re sure people (and their dogs) would be grabbing food right off the grill. Keep your guest’s hunger at bay with these quick and easy braai snacks.

Traditional Skilpadjies

A South African take on Nose to Tail dining; lamb’s liver wrapped in caul fat and braaied to perfection! Recipe for Traditional Skilpadjies

Seriously Lekker Skilpadjies

If you looking for a more contemporary take on the South African classic try these skilpadjies. They’re stuffed with nuts, Camembert and candied figs, making them seriously lekker! Recipe for Lekker Skilpadjies

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best braai recipes skilpadjies

Peri-Peri Chicken Lollipops

You’ll feel like an adult child eating these fiery lollipops. Recipe for Peri-Peri Chicken

Tandoori Chicken Wings

All the spice of tandoori braaied to perfection. Recipe for Tandoori Chicken Wings

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Venison Wors With Tipsy Onions

Try these sweet and boozy onions with some wors for a gourmet boerie roll. Recipe For Venison Wors

Sherry Marinated Boerewors

Incredibly easy to make and so tasty, serve with a good quality German mustard. Recipe For Sherry Marinated Boerewors

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best Braai Recipes Sherry Marinated Boerewors

The Ultimate Braai Broodjies

A braai wouldn’t be a braai without braaibroodjies – our favourite kind of toastie. Recipe For Braai Broodjies

Brinjal Braaibroodjies

Never fear banters, you too can enjoy the greatness of toasties with this carb-free version. Recipe For Brinjal Braaibroodjies

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best braai recipes aubergine braaibroodjies with cheese & Tomato

Best Braai Recipes: Fish on the Braai

There’s nothing more South African than apricot snoek on the braai. Here are a few more fish braai recipes for when you’re feeling like something fishy.

Curried Kaapse Krokodil

Did you know that snoek is one of South Africa’s most sustainable fish? As if you needed another reason to get the grid out. Recipe For Braaied Snoek

Whole Braaied Yellowtail

We recommend braaing yellowtail over rooikrans wood to get a deep penetration of smokey flavours. Keep your ears pierced for that “tsss” sound as the fish hits the grid. Recipe For Whole Braaied Yellowtail

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whole braaied yellowtail with sweet potatoes

Fire-baked Dukkah Oysters

The easiest way to prepare oysters, no shucking needed, and it’s the perfect introduction to first-time oyster eaters. Recipe For Fire-Baked Oysters

Yellowtail Darnes With A Herby Mascarpone Butter

Think of this dish as the fish version of Café de Paris steak. Recipe For Yellowtail Darnes

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n’ Dop En n’ Tjop

On a stick or on the bone, these dishes were meant to be eaten with one hand and with a tipple in the other.

Moroccan Lamb Kebab & Bacon Wrapped Dates

The spicy kick of harissa fuses with the creaminess of yoghurt, and the Moroccan rub adds that extra spicy flavour. Recipe For Moroccan Lamb Kebab

Chipotle Honey Chicken & Pineapple Kebabs

Sweet, spicy, smoky, these tender kebabs are everything you could want for meat on a stick. Recipe For Chipotle Honey Chicken Pineapple Kebab

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best braai recipes chipotle honey chicken pineapple mini kebabs

Vetkoek Steak Sliders with Horseradish Mayo

One of best braai recipes that combines another SA classic – nomnomnom.

Try this Vetkoek Steak Sliders recipe.

Old School Coke Marinated Beef Short Ribs

Coke makes a mean marinade and well, short ribs, who doesn’t love those?

Try this Old School Coke Marinated Beef Short Ribs recipe.

 Vetkoek Sliders
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Cape Malay Sosatie

Sosaties (skewered meat) although Malay in origin have crept their way into many a South African home. Recipe For Cape Malay Sosatie

Lamb Loin Chops With Mint Salsa Verde

Who could resist a lamb chop on the open fire, especially drizzled with this delicious mint salsa verde? The answer… no-one. Recipe For Lamb Loin Chops With Mint Salsa Verde

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VEGAN MUSHROOM KEBABS WITH FLATBREADS AND CASHEW AIOLI

There’s always that vegan friend at the braai and why not cater to them too! These skewers of mixed mushrooms have a deliciously meaty flavour and texture and yet are completely vegan friendly .

Recipe for Mushroom Kebabs.

BALSAMIC MARINATED STEAK & MUSHROOM KEBABS

This dish is perfect for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. We love the tangy balsamic marinade.

Recipe for Marinated Steak & Mushroom Kebabs.

 

Harissa Marinated Lamb Loin Chops

The chop gets a Moroccan makeover with this punchy harissa marinade. Recipe For Harissa Lamb Loin Chops

Pineapple BBQ Spare Ribs

No braai would be complete without some ribs. We love the sweet pineapple-y goodness of this marinade. Recipe For Pineapple BBQ Ribs

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best braai recipes pineapple bbq spare ribs

Chipotle Beef Short Ribs

Roll up them sleeves, it’s about to get messy… but so worth it. Recipe For Chipotle Beef Short Ribs

Old School Coke Beef Short Ribs

Coke is the perfect marinade to a meaty dish it caramelises to perfection. Recipe For Coke Beef Short Ribs


Best Braai Recipes: Meaty Mains

No braai is complete without a show-stopping centerpiece, these take minimal effort, feed a crowd and will have you crowned the ultimate braai master.

Braaied Bacon Wrapped Pork Fillet

It can be very easy to overcook pork on an open fire, luckily the bacon adds not only an extra layer of flavour but helps keep the moisture in. Just don’t take your eyes off the prize. Recipe For Braaied Bacon Wrapped Pork Fillet

Barbecued Butterflied Leg of Lamb

Nothing beats a butterflied leg of lamb, except maybe braaing it. Recipe For Barbecued Butterflied Leg Of Lamb

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best braai recipes barbecued butterflied leg of lamb

Smokey Spring Chicken

This chick is best done in a Weber, it gives you the greatest control of heat ensuring a succulent and juicy bird. Recipe For Smokey Chicken

Picanha Steak On Toasted Ciabatta With Mustard Cream

Picanha is a cut of beef made popular in Brazil. It’s naturally tender so makes for a great sarmie. Recipe For Picanha Steak

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pincanha steak on toasted ciabatta with mustard cream

Beef & Pumpkin Potjie With Feta & Herb Dumpling

Ah, the three legged cast iron pot-Potjiekos. There is nothing small about you dear friend, when people say it’s too cold for a braai you remind us it’s never too cold for a fire! Recipe For Beef & Pumpkin Potjie

Chuck-Chilli Potjie

This is a great cheats way of making an amazing meal on a budget and it could feed a small army. Recipe For Chuck-Chilli Potjie

Beef Pumpkin Potjie With Feta Herb Dumpling
best braai recipes Chuck Chilli Potjie

CHILLI, HONEY AND LIME PORK LOIN CHOPS WITH A LIME AND PARMESAN HERB SALAD

These juicy chops will be a crowd-pleaser with a fresh Lime & Parmesan Herb Salad. Hands down, one of the best braai recipes out there.

Recipe for Pork Loin Chops.

BRAAIED LAMB RIBS WITH ARTICHOKES AND CITRUS VINAIGRETTE

Ribs are one of the tastiest parts of the lamb and when slow-cooked right, they become crispy lamb flavour bombs.

Recipe for Lamb Ribs.

RIB-EYE STEAK WITH STOUT SALT & BONE MARROW BUTTER

Kick your braai up a notch with this rib-eye steak. Add some stout salt and a seriously rich bone marrow butter to your steak and you’ll be licking the plate once it’s done.

Recipe for Rib-Eye Steak.

AMBER ALE STICKY LAMB SHANK & BACON SWEET POTATOES

Doesn’t the combo of a sticky lamb shank and sweet potatoes sound absolutely mouth-watering? Adding bacon to the potatoes is really just glutouns but we love it!

Recipe for Sticky Lamb Shank & Bacon Sweet Potatoes.

Now that you have your best braai recipes chosen, you’ll need some sides. Check out our favourite braai salads and sides to complete your outdoorsy feast. And don’t forget pudding! These are our top braai desserts.

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