60 Braai Recipes That’ll Make You Want To Fire Up the Coals

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Finally, the weekend is in sight – the perfect excuse for lighting a fire for a braai. If you need some recipe inspiration, we’ve rounded up our best braai recipes for you to try. From mouthwatering steaks and lamb chops to vegetarian delights and braai-friendly desserts, these game-changing recipes will impress any crowd. Tuck in!

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The Ultimate Braaibroodjies

A braaibroodjie is not just another ‘toastie’, it’s a South African staple! Charred bread, cheese melt and yummy toppings… some argue that they’re the best part of a braai.

Mozzarella & Chakalaka Braaibroodjie

Layers of gooey mozzarella and saucy chakalaka tucked between slices of sourdough. Now that’s a braaibroodjie!
Recipe for Mozzarella & Chakalaka Braaibroodjie

Pulled Pork Braaibroodjies

A delicious twist on a South African classic! Serve with a chips or salad, either way, these pulled pork braaibroodjies will leave you wanting more.
Recipe for Pulled Pork Braaibroodjies

Boerewors, Chutney & Cheese Braaibroodjies

Could this be the ultimate South African braai toastie combo? We think it may be.
Recipe for Boerewors, Churtney & Cheese Braaibroodjies

Aubergine Braaibroodjies with Cheese & Tomato

Banters, you too can enjoy the greatness of these tasty marvels with this carb-free version.
Recipe for Aubergine Braaibroodjies with Cheese & Tomato


Our Best Braai Recipes – Snacks

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

Braaied Durbs Pineapple Skewers with Yoghurt & Lime Drizzle

Inspired by the iconic Durban beachfront sweet treat, these pineapple wedges are dusted with a zingy spice mix and caramelised on the braai.
Recipe for Braaied Durbs Pineapple Skewers with Yoghurt & Lime Drizzle

Corn Riblets with Smoky Mayo

Deliciously charred corn riblets drizzled with smoky mayo and lime juice – the perfect starter for your braai feast.
Recipe for Corn Riblets with Smoky Mayo

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Peri-Peri Chicken Lollipops

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

Tandoori Chicken Wings with Raita

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

Seriously Lekka Skilpadjies

If you looking for a more contemporary take on the South African classic, try these skilpadjies. Stuffed with nuts, Camembert and candied figs – they’re seriously lekka!
Recipe for Seriously Lekka Skilpadjies

Venison Sausage with Tipsy Onions

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


Best Seafood Braai Recipes

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

Braai Whole Yellowtail with Rocket Salad

Take a trip to the Aegean with this Greek-inspired whole fish braai.
Recipe for Braai Whole Yellowtail with Rocket Salad & Creamy Greek Dressing

Tiger Prawns with Mango Salsa

Tiger Prawns are marinated in olive oil, paprika and garlic, then braaied to perfection and drizzled with a zingy lime butter. Enjoy with mango salsa and a glass of Sauv Blanc.

Recipe for Tiger Prawns with Mango Salsa

Yellowtail Fish Tacos with Green Apple Slaw

A local take on fish tacos. Delicious chunks of braaied yellowtail are served on flour tortillas, topped with a tasty slaw and drizzled with avo-mayo.

Recipe for Yellowtail Fish Tacos with Green Apple Slaw

Curried Kaapse Krokodil

Snoek is one of South Africa’s most sustainable fish. This is our sweet and spicy twist on Cape Town’s fish-braai classic.
Recipe For Curried Kaapse Krokodil

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Fire-baked Dukkah Oysters with Herb Butter

The easiest way to prepare oysters, no shucking needed, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time oyster eaters.
Recipe For Fire-baked Dukkah Oysters with Herb Butter

Yellowtail Darnes with a Herby Mascarpone Butter

Think of this dish as the fish version of a Café de Paris steak.
Recipe For Yellowtail Darnes with a Herby Mascarpone Butter


Tjop ‘n Dop

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

Sweet & Sour BBQ Pork Ribs

Roasted, basted then braaied to perfection, these sticky and tender ribs will have guests begging for more.

Recipe for Sweet & Sour BBQ Pork Ribs

Pork & Pineapple Snack Skewers with Coconut Curry Sauce

These Fiji-inspired sosaties are as good as they come; the coconut curry sauce is lip-smackingly good!

Recipe for Pork & Pineapple Snack Skewers with Coconut Curry Sauce

Korean BBQ Pork Skewers with Pink Lady Apples

Korean BBQ is in a flavour league of its own, and so are these meaty skewers. Top with sesame seeds, and relish those flavours of sweet ‘n sour pork and grilled apple chunks.
Recipe for Korean BBQ Pork Skewers with Pink Lady Apples

Juicy Chicken Skewers with Gremolata Guacamole

Dolloped with gremolata guac, these tasty chicken skewers are ideal for family feasting.
Recipe for Juicy Chicken Skewers with Gremolata Guacamole

Crying Tiger Steak with Nahm Jim Jaew Sauce & Pickled Cucumber

Braaied to perfection and topped with a Thai-inspired dipping sauce, this succulent steak will have everyone salivating.

Recipe for Crying Tiger Steak with Nahm Jim Jaew Sauce & Pickled Cucumber

Breakfast Burger Sliders

Braai for breakfast? Yes please. These braaied beef burger patties with crispy bacon, sunny-side-up eggs and homemade Tomato & Onion Jam are perfect for camping trips.

Recipe for Breakfast Burger Sliders

Chilli Rocket Pesto Lamb Chops with Yoghurt

If that doesn’t look mouthwatering, we don’t know what does. These lambs chops are juicy and pack a garlicky punch!
Recipe for Chilli Rocket Pesto Lamb Chops with Yoghurt

Basil, Garlic & Lemon Chicken Burgers

We gave good ol’ chicken burgers a makeover with this yummy braaied version.
Recipe for Basil, Garlic & Lemon Chicken Burgers

Peri Peri Pork Neck Espetadas with Lemon Yoghurt Dipping Sauce

Sosaties with a Portuguese twist. These spicy skewers are a surefire way to impress guests.
Recipe for Peri Peri Pork Neck Espetadas with Lemon Yoghurt Dipping Sauce

Chilli, Honey & Lime Pork Chop Loins with Parmesan Herb Salad

Simple, delicious and satisfying. This take on chops and salad is elevated by the flavours of chilli, honey and lime.
Recipe for Chilli, Honey & Lime Pork Chop Loins with a Lime and Parmesan Herb Salad

Braaied Lamb Tomato Bredie

Struggling to decide whether you’re craving curry or braai vleis? This Lamb Tomato Bredie will honour both cravings.
Recipe for Braaied Lamb Tomato Bredie

Asian Pork Belly Kebabs with Sticky Plum Sauce

This pork belly and plum sauce combo is delectable! Best make double the serving, as your guests are guaranteed to go back for seconds.
Recipe for Asian Pork Belly Kebabs with Sticky Plum Sauce

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Moroccan Lamb Kebab & Bacon Wrapped Dates

Spicy harissa and creamy yoghurt – a winning combo. The Moroccan rub adds extra spice.
Recipe for Moroccan Lamb Kebab & Bacon Wrapped Dates

Chipotle Honey Chicken & Pineapple Mini Kebabs

Sweet, spicy, smoky – everything you could want from meat on a stick.
Recipe for Chipotle Honey Chicken & Pineapple Mini Kebabs

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Vetkoek Steak Sliders with Horseradish Mayo

One of best braai recipes that combines another SA classic – vetkoek. Nomnomnom!
Recipe for Vetkoek Steak Sliders with Horseradish Mayo

Old School Coke-marinated Beef Short Ribs

Coca-Cola makes a mean marinade and, well, short ribs, who doesn’t love those?
Recipe for Old School Coke-marinated Beef Short Ribs

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Cape Malay Sosaties

Although Malay in origin, sosaties (skewered meat) are another South African braai staple. This curried version is simply delicious.
Recipe for Cape Malay Sosaties

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 from ribs. The charred lemons add acidity and cut through 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 greens. The ideal lazy lunch.
Recipe for Braaied Chicken Kebabs with Labneh & Green Salad

Vegan Mushroom Kebabs with Flatbreads and Cashew Aïoli

There’s always that vegan friend at the braai, why not cater to them too? These skewers of mixed mushrooms have a delicious meaty flavour and texture, and are vegan-friendly.
Recipe for Vegan Mushroom Kebabs with Flatbreads & Cashew Aïoli

Balsamic Marinated Steak & Mushroom Kebabs

A dish that’s perfect for meat-eaters and vegetarians. We love the tangy balsamic marinade.
Recipe for Balsamic Marinated Steak & Mushroom Kebabs

Harissa Marinated Lamb Loin Chops with Grilled Peach Salad

The chop gets a Moroccan makeover with this punchy harissa marinade.
Recipe for Harissa Marinated Lamb Loin Chops with Grilled Peach Salad

Smoked Pork Rashers with Fruity BBQ Sauce

The sweet yet spicy fruit mince make these smoked rashers an absolute hit.
Recipe for Smoked Pork Rashers with Fruity BBQ Sauce

Rump Steak Roosterkoek with Chakalaka

The perfect camp steak sarmie with a classic South African relish.
Recipe for Rump Steak Roosterkoek with Chakalaka

Rump Steak Kebabs with Pickled Onion Chimichurri

Make these braaied steak kebabs with a zingy chimichurri at your next get-together.
Recipe for Rump Steak Kebabs with Pickled Onion Chimichurri

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 and a crispy outer layer of lamb crackling.
Recipe for Lamb Staanrib with Mint & Caper Salsa Verde

Rosemary Lamb Kebabs with Tzatziki

Fresh rosemary is used as skewers in this recipe, 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; when slow-cooked, they become these crispy flavour bombs.
Recipe for Braaied Lamb Ribs with Artichokes & Citrus Vinaigrette


Best Braai Recipes: Meaty Mains

No braai is complete without a show-stopping centrepiece! These take minimal effort, feed a crowd and will earn you ‘The Ultimate Braai Master’ title.

Chicken Thighs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Sweet, sticky and basted to perfection, these bourbon-barbecue beauties are a surefire way to impress mates!
Recipe for Chicken Thighs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

T-Bone with Green Peri-Peri Sauce

Spicy and succulent, this T-bone steak dolloped with garlicky and zesty green peri-peri will send everyone’s taste buds over the edge.
Recipe for T-Bone with Green Peri-Peri Sauce 

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Braaied Bacon Wrapped Pork Fillet

It can be very easy to overcook pork on an open fire, luckily the bacon adds an extra layer of flavour and locks 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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Smoky Spring Chicken

This chick is best done on a Weber, it gives you the greatest control of heat, ensuring a succulent and juicy bird.
Recipe for Smoky Spring Chicken

Picanha Steak On Toasted Ciabatta With Mustard Cream

Picanha is a popular cut of beef in Brazil; it’s tender and makes for a great sarmie addition.
Recipe for Picanha Steak on Toasted Ciabatta with Mustard Cream

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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 with Feta Herb Dumpling

Chuck-Chilli Potjie

Feed a small army with this budget-friendly and cheat’s recipe for chuck-chilli.
Recipe for Chuck-Chilli Potjie

Wagyu Chuck Eye Steaks with Herb Compound Butter & Fries

Perfectly seared Wagyu steak with a melty herbed butter, what could be better?
Recipe for Wagyu Chuck Steaks with Herb Compound Butter & Shoestring Fries

Coffee Rubbed Tomahawk Steaks

There are steaks, then there are coffee rubbed Tomahawk steaks – seriously, try this one.
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, and you’ll be licking the plate once it’s done.
Recipe for Rib-Eye Steak with Stout Salt Bone Marrow Butter

Amber Ale Sticky Lamb Shank & Bacon Sweet Potatoes

Doesn’t the combo of a sticky lamb shank and sweet potatoes sound absolutely mouthwatering? Adding bacon to the sweet potatoes may be a lil’ extra, but we love it!
Recipe for Sticky Lamb Shank & Bacon Sweet Potatoes


Braai Desserts

Yes, you truly can cook your entire meal on the fire.

Peanut Butter Brownie & Pretzel S’mores Skillet

A revamped classic that combines all your fave treats into one peanut-buttery, chocolaty and decadent dessert. Grab a spoon and dig in!
Recipe for Peanut Butter Brownies & Pretzel S’mores Skillet

Cast Iron Dutch Baby Pancake

The ultimate ending to a braai. This Cast Iron Dutch Baby Pancake is show-stopping and ridiculously simple to make.
Recipe for Cast Iron Dutch Baby Pancake

Try these Braai Sides & Salads to complete your outdoor feast.

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