60 Braai Recipes That’ll Make You Want To Fire Up the Coals
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!
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
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
Peri-Peri Chicken Lollipops
You’ll feel like an adult-child eating these fiery lollipops.
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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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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