The Different Meat Specialities in South Africa

  • One of South Africa’s greatest attractions is its rainbow nation. The several different cultures means the various food items and flavours you can find in the country are plentiful. Whether you are purchasing from a butchery, a restaurant, a wholesaler or a convenience store, there are many different meat specialities to choose from. No matter what your flavour, texture or meat preferences may be, there is a meat product for everyone. In fact, meat is a beloved staple of most South Africans’ breakfasts, lunches and dinners.


    Other than the fact that there are several meat specialities to choose from, there are also hundreds of different ways to cook, serve and plate said meals. Whether you are looking for some cooking inspiration, or would like to start introducing meat products into your family’s breakfasts and lunches, but aren’t sure how to, continue reading to find out about the various different meat specialities, as well as the best way to prepare and serve them.


    For starters, what is one meat speciality that screams South Africa? Steak! There are many different steak cuts to choose from, ranging from ribeye and rump, to sirloin and fillet. Of course, the preferred way to cook steak is on the fire, but it can also be done on a grill or in the oven. The way you prepare the steak will depend entirely on how you plan on cooking and serving the dish. Steak pairs well with virtually any side dish, be it potato salad, vegetables, fries, etc., yet it can also be sliced up and thrown into a pasta. Ever had steak tagliatelle? Your life will change!


    Next, for those that aren’t big red meat eaters, there is chicken. This is possibly one of the most versatile meat specialities available on the market. You can create any dish, such Sunday roasts, chicken parma, curry, pasta, salads, etc., with chicken! Of course, this can be done with other meat specialities too, but none have the same versatility as chicken. This type of meat product isn’t exactly a breakfast food. However, there are several different ways to serve it for lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for a light meal, you could opt for chicken salads or sandwiches. If you’re looking for a heartier meal, you could make chicken pie, pasta, etc.


    Finally, now that you know what dishes you can make with the two lunch and dinner meats, let’s bring out a popular breakfast meat – pork! Honestly, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and should be the biggest to give you the energy you need to get you through the day. There are several different pork meat specialities you could include in your breakfast, such as smoked sausages, bacon, hams, salamis, etc. The flavours and meals are endless! A personal favourite – grilled smoked sausage, grilled cherry tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, toast, eggs, and, of course, a side of avocado. You can never go wrong with a big, flavoursome breakfast.


    There are several other meat specialities in South Africa that weren’t mentioned. Start looking at recipes to cook with these delicious foods today!