South African Recipes

Bobotie and milk tart are two of 30+ South African recipes for you to try in this collection.

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Rating: 4.5 stars 31
A traditional and delicious South African version of meatloaf. Serve with boiled rice and chutney.

South African Malvapoeding (Marshmallow Pudding)

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
This rich, South African pudding contains no marshmallows, but probably got its name from its spongy texture! Delicious served hot or cold with cream.

South African Melktert (Milk Tart)

Rating: 4 stars 48
"My 'ouma' South African grandmother's legendary milk tart. It is lip-smacking. The recipe is a real winner. It is a traditional South African tart that is very easy to prepare."

Gisela's Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 30
This is a recipe given to me by my mother before she passed away. As with anything involving butternut it's a little time intensive but it's well worth it! So creamy and delicious! Garnish with croutons and/or parsley, and serve with garlic bread.

Best Bobotie

Rating: 4.5 stars 58
This South African original is similar to meatloaf, but so much better. A slightly sweet curry flavors ground beef with a milk and egg custard on top. It's delicious!

Milk Tart

Rating: 4.5 stars 145
This custard pie with a sweet pastry crust is a South African favorite, especially at tea time. I got this wonderful recipe from a friend.

Zimbabwean Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 49
This hearty and delicious soup combines a wonderful variety of vegetables with peanut butter and a few red pepper flakes for unexpected flavors and just the right amount of kick.

Beef Curry Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 62
This enticing soup originated in South Africa with the curry spice influence of the North.

South African Traditional Vetkoek (Fried Bread)

Rating: 4 stars 16
These tasty vetkoek (fat cakes) make for a lovely dinner or snack. You can make these vetkoek any size you prefer. They're a great party snack if they are made small and filled with various processed meats, tuna and mayo, syrup, curried minced meat, cheese, or basically anything you feel like. They're fast, easy, and very tasty.

South African Brown Pudding

Rating: 4 stars 9
A South African favorite! We call it 'Bruinpoeding' (Brown Pudding) in South Africa.

Cape Malay Pickled Fish

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
This recipe is a traditional Easter time classic in Cape Town, South Africa. It is served mainly with hot cross buns or freshly baked bread.

Ginger Malva Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This is a unique take on the traditional South African malva pudding. Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream, or cold with hot homemade custard.

Inspiration and Ideas

South African Yellow Rice
Rating: Unrated 58
"I was so surprised with how awesome this rice dish is!! It's like a savory rice pudding...the perfect side to any chicken dish, but also GREAT alone." – Diana71
Tomato Bredie
Rating: Unrated 22
You’ll be transported to South Africa with your first bite of this authentic 5-star stew!
South African Bobotie
Rating: 4.5 stars 3

A classic South African entree. While not particularly spicy, the dish has complex flavors with the sweetness of raisins contrasting the curry. Serve with yellow rice.