To a typical South African person, braaing should not be new to you. But if you have not heard about it before, you probably would be asking what is braai South Africa? Well, braai is from the Afrikaans word braaivleis, which means “roasted meat”. Pronounced as “bry”, it is similar to what the Americans refer to as barbecue. The only thing is that while you may use gas to prepare your barbecue, South Africans prefer, most of the times, to braai with wood. Therefore, depending on your choice, here are some ideas that you can try out with friends and family.

Braai ideas for breakfast

If you are thinking of what exactly to prepare for breakfast to give your family a special treat, you may want to consider any of the options below. While they do not really take time to prepare, you will not have to spend too much as well.

1. Braaied toasted sandwich


You will need cheese, tomato, onion, chutney, salt & pepper, butter and eggs. Method:

Make a sandwich by adding the whole of cheese, tomato, onion, chutney, salt & pepper with butter. Once you are done, braai the sandwich in a closed grid over very mild coals.

Keep braaing until it looks golden brownish and the cheese has melted. Bake some eggs in a frying pan using the braai or stove.

Gradually remove the braaied toasted sandwich, open them, and then lay the eggs into each sandwich.

Once you finish doing that, then you are good to enjoy your breakfast with your family.

2. Lamb chops with rosemary and lemon

Depending on the meat that you want to use on your braai grid, first layer some slices of lemon and fresh rosemary sticks with meat.

Once you have done that, the next thing is for you to add some salt to taste while you add another layer of rosemary and lemon.

After you have achieved those, braai until you are sure that the meat is well cooked, and you will be good to enjoy your meal.

3. Braaied lamb chops with pizza

Get ready-made pizza bases, chopped tomatoes, 2 crushed garlic cloves, sliced cheddar cheese, sliced red pepper, lamb chops, salt, freshly ground pepper, and fresh herbs.


Preheat your oven to 200°C, and then add nonstick spray to a large baking sheet.

Once you have done that, place your pizza base on the prepared baking sheet and spread the tomatoes over.

Sprinkle the garlic on it and layer the cheese and the sliced red pepper. Cut the meat that you have chopped and slice it into strips.

Then, slice the sausage into medallions and arrange it on the pizza with the meat strips. Add your salt and pepper and allow it to bake for about 15 minutes or until the base becomes crispy and the cheese melts.

At the point when you are serving, you may then sprinkle the herbs on top and slice the pizza.

Budget braai ideas

Do you want to braai but thinking of what you can do in a cost-effective way?

You have no need to worry, only check out these options.

4. Snoek Braai

When you are doing this, instead of the popular red meat, you may get a whole snoek and cook it over the coals.

While that is ongoing, you can melt some butter (depending on your preference), and add some Apricot jam together with 2 cloves of garlic that have been crushed.

Once everything is smeared, cover it with heavy duty foil and place it on the grid. To avoid the sauce dripping off, turn it up occasionally.

Then, as the fish is cooking, continue to bast it so that it can remain moist.

If you so desire, you can add fresh salad and crusty bread.

Enjoy your meal.

5. Braaied sandwich

To achieve this, all you need to do is to get enough slices of white bread and butter the outside.

Then, you will layer sliced tomato, cheese and sliced onion in-between. Afterwards, you keep braaing the sandwich on the grill until you are sure that the bread is toasted and the cheese has melted. Voila! Your meal is ready.

Get nice chilled drinks of your choice and enjoy.

6. Braai Bake

You will need water, margarine, baking powder, cream, 1 sachet of Knorr Pap Mix Cheese Flavour, maize meal, grated cheese, and chopped parsley to garnish.


Add 2 litres of water into a clean pot and add the Knorr Pap Mix and margarine.

Then, heat them until they all boil.

Next, mix the maize meal together with another half litre of water and stir all into the pot.

Simmer until everything is cooked. Get a casserole dish and scoop the whole mixture into it.

Afterwards, sprinkle your grated cheese and then spill the cream over. Heat everything under a low temperature of about 180°C until you are sure that the cheese has melted. Also, ensure that the cream you spilled on it has thickened. Add your chopped parsley to garnish it and enjoy.