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.

best braai recipes traditional skilpadjies
best braai recipes skilpadjies

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

best braai recipes peri peri chicken lollipops
best braai recipes tandooori chicken

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

Best Braai Recipes Venison Sausage
best Braai Recipes Sherry Marinated Boerewors

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

The Ultimate Braai Broodjies

A braai broodjie is not just ‘another toastie’, its a South African staple and a culinary delight. Charred bread, cheese melt and sticky chutney. Some argue it’s the best part of a braai.

Boerewors, Chutney & Cheese Braai Broodjies

Could this be the ultimate South African braai toastie combo? We think it may be.

Recipe for Boerewors, Churtney & Cheese Braai Broodjies

Brinjal Braaibroodjies

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

Recipe For Brinjal Braaibroodjies

Pulled Pork Braai Broodjie

A delicious twist on a South African classic! Serve with a chips or salad, regardless these pulled pork braai broodjies will leave you wanting more.

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The Ultimate Braai Broodjie

Is it a Dagwood, a Club Sandwich, the ultimate Braai-Broodjie or all three? Some sarmies can’t be defined and you’re about to boldly go where no man has gone before.

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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

Snoek is one of South Africa’s most sustainable fish, and this is our sweet and spicy twist on Cape Town’s fish-braai classic.

Recipe For Curried Kaapse Krokodil

Braai Whole Yellowtail & Creamy Greek Dressing

Take a trip to the Aegean with this Greek-inspired whole fish braai.

Recipe for Braai Whole Yellowtail

dukkah oysters
best braai recipes yellowtail darnes with a herby mascapone butter

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

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.

best braai recipes moroccan lamb kebabs bacon dates
best braai recipes chipotle honey chicken pineapple mini kebabs

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

 Vetkoek Sliders
best braai recipes Old School Coke Beef Short Ribs

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.

best braai recipes cape malay sosaties
best braai recipes lamb loin chops

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

Pork Ribs with BBQ Sauce & Charred Lemons

Sweet, Sticky and Smoky, exactly what you want in a rib. The charred lemons add acidity to cut through all the richness.

Recipe for Pork Ribs with BBQ Sauce & Charred Lemons

Braaied Chicken Kebabs with Lemon Labneh & Green Salad

Chicken thigh kebabs on a base of creamy lemon labneh and crunchy greens. Ideal for a lazy lunch.

Recipe for Braaied Chicken Kebabs

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

Smoked Pork Rashers with Fruit Mince BBQ Sauce

The sweet and spicy flavour of fruit mince makes these smoked rashers an absolute festive hit.

Recipe Smoked Pork Rashers with Fruit Mince BBQ Sauce

Rump Steak Roosterkoek with Chakalaka

The perfect camping steak sarmie with a classic South African relish.

Recipe for Rump Steak Roosterkoek

Rump Steak Kebabs with Pickled Onion Chimichurri

Make these braaied steak kebabs with a zingy chimichurri for your next get together.

Recipe for Rump Steak Kebabs

Lamb Staanrib with Mint & Caper Salsa Verde

Cooking the lamb rib upright keeps it away from direct heat and instead cooks it slowly. This allows the fat to render, resulting in deliciously tender meat that falls off the bone, with a crispy outer layer of lamb crackling.

Recipe for Lamb Staanrib with Mint & Caper Salsa

Rosemary Lamb Kebabs with Tzatziki

Fresh rosemary is used as skewers in this recipe and is a great way to impart flavour into kebabs. Serve with homemade tzatziki for a delish Greek-inspired meal.

Recipe for Rosemary Lamb Kebabs with Tzatziki

Chipotle Beef Short Ribs

Roll up them sleeves, it’s about to get messy… but so worth it.

Recipe For Chipotle Beef Short Ribs

Braaied Lamb Ribs with Artichokes & 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 Braaied Lamb Ribs

Best Braai Recipes: Meaty Mains

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

bacon wrapped pork fillet
best braai recipes barbecued butterflied leg of lamb

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

Smokey spring chicken
pincanha steak on toasted ciabatta with mustard cream

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

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

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

Wagyu Chuck Eye Steaks with Herb Compound Butter & Shoestring Fries

Perfectly seared Wagyu steak with a melty herbed butter, what could be better?

Recipe for Wagyu Chuck Steaks

Coffee Rubbed Tomahawk Steaks

There are steaks and then there are coffee rubbed tomahawk steaks — seriously, try this one out.

Recipe for Coffee Rubbed Tomahawk Steaks

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.

Braai Desserts

Yes! You can truly cook your entire meal on the fire.

Peanut Butter & Jam Jaffles

The all time sarmie classic gets a campfire upgrade.

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Ultimare S’Mores

Smo’res – the all-American BBQ dessert! We give this classic a makeover by infusing it with zesty ClemenGold® flavour.

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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.


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