How to cook a traditional South African dish

The best way to experience a culture is to try its traditional food. As such, every tourist should consider adding (and at least trying) a traditional South African dish on their South African to-do list. One of the most common South African dishes is stew; a traditional meal usually served with either samp and beans, or pap with creamy spinach and butternut. There are variations to stew that tourists can explore, such as, pork, chicken, oxtail, lamb and vegetable stew. Have a look at a recipe that two of my lovely South African ladies, Abigal and Zanele, have shared:

On the menu today:

Beef stew, creamy spinach, butternut, samp and beans


What you need (serving for 4 pax):



2 Onions

4 Potatoes

4 Carrots

1 kg of beef cubes

500 g Samp and Beans Mix

Chicken Stock

1 pack of Brown Onion Sauce

1 Beer

Curry Powder



Tomato Paste


1 Pack of Spinach

1 Butternut


How to cook beef stew:

Rub flour on the meat to lock the meat’s flavour. Chop onions and fry them in a pan. Once ready, add crushed garlic, chopped ginger, curry powder, tomato paste, chicken stock and beef cubes. (You can add any other spices you want). You can then add a bottle of beer or wine and a pack of Brown Onion Sauce to give it a bit of flavour.

Cover and cook everything for 30 minutes and then slow cook it until the meat is soft. Once the meat is soft, you can add potatoes and carrots, then cook it for another 15 minutes.

beef stew is a tradional South African dish


How to prepare samp and beans:

You are best adviced to buy a package in the supermarket where beans and samp are already mixed. Alternatively, you may proceed to wash the samp and beans twice.

Quick tip: Boil water and soak samp and beans preferably over night.

this is Samp and Beans which is made out of corn and which is an traditional South African side


Proceed to remove the water and put the samp and beans in a big pot. Boil water again and cover samp and beans in the pot. Cook it for 30 minutes until samp and beans softens and always make sure that it is covered with water. Stir it once in a while but not too much. The samp, which is finely crushed corn, is going to soak up all the water. Add sliced carrots, potatoes and chicken stock, then cook for another 10 minutes. Done.

samp and beans is an traditional South African side


How to prepare the butternut:

Cut the butternut into cubes. Add a bit of water, sugar and butter and cook it until it´s soft.

butternut that you serve with stew and samp and beans as a side


How to prepare the creamy spinach:

Chop onions and garlic, then fry them in a pan. Add spinach and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Eventually you add cremosa.

add onions, cremosa and serve the spinach as a side

Bon Appetit!!


Watch my video how to prepare the dish:



Samp= peeled finely crushed corn









CATEGORY: Africa, South Africa

Claudia Bartsch

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