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What to serve with boerewors

By March 24, 2023December 13th, 2023FinGlobal

What to serve with boerewors

March 24, 2023


Before we go any further, let’s get the details out of the way. What details? For many people, the big question is what is boerewors made of? Behold, the secret recipe/ingredients are not so secret after all. Anyone who has tried a taste of this delectable braai treat will know that boerewors is made of minced meat (this can be beef or a combo of lamb, pork and beef), coriander, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Yum!

History of boerewors

Boerewors is a type of sausage that comes from the Afrikaans word “Boer” which means farmer and “Wors” which means sausage. This particular sausage forms a very important part of cuisine in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. The original boerewors sausages are said to come from early migrants to SA who brought the concept of the sausage all the way from the Netherlands. Of course, South Africans have put their spin on the sausage recipe, with various options available from spicy options to cheesy options. Take your pick – there’s a boerewors option out there for you!

Now that we have that out let’s talk about the real reason you’re reading this…

Perhaps you know how to cook boerewors and merely want to know what to serve with boerewors to make the meal more memorable, or maybe you’re here to brush up on everything you know about what boerewors is made of and what award-winning boerewors side dishes will ramp up meal appreciation at home or your next social event. Either way, we know one thing for sure; we’re for boerewors and know how to cook it!

Before deciding how to cook boerewors, it’s a good idea to ponder what kind of Saffa you are. Are you a boerewors and pap Saffa? Perhaps you’re the type to enjoy boerewors and eggs with beans, in which case, you’ll want to know how to cook boerewors in the oven or how to pan-fry boerewors. We can even give you some sterling tips on how to cook boerewors in the air fryer for both newbies and oldies to the proverbial air fryer club!

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What to serve with boerewors – Our top boerewors side dishes recommendations

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to cook boerewors, let’s consider what to serve with boerewors. Here are our top suggestions:

  • Pap and sauce (either chunky tomato salsa or gravy)
  • Potato salad
  • Jacket potato smothered with butter, garlic, salt and mayo
  • Coleslaw
  • Creamy potato and mushroom bake
  • Mielies and green salad
  • Mashed potato and baked beans
  • In a fresh buttered roll
  • Eggs, beans, grilled tomato, bacon, and toast (for breakfast)
  • Pasta sauce and spaghetti (cut the boerewors into bite-sized chunks and mix them into the pasta sauce)

Top tips on cooking boerewors the right way

True South African style cooking of boerewors is done in the following ways…

1. How to Cook Boerewors in the Oven – How to Grill Boerewors in the Oven:

Grilling boerewors or cooking boerewors in the oven is simple. First, preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Drizzle the boerewors in a vegetable or olive oil and then place it in a grill pan or baking dish. Cook for around 7 to 10 minutes on each side but keep an eye on it because cooking it too long can result in it drying out.

2. How to Fry Boerewors in a Pan – How to Pan Fry Boerewors:

In a skillet, heat two tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Place the boerewors into the pan in the coil shape it was packaged in. Cook for 10 minutes before turning. The boerewors are ready when it’s browned on the outside and slightly pink (or no pink) on the inside. Remove the boerewors from the heat and serve hot with chunky tomato salsa.

3. How to Cook Boerewors in an Air Fryer:

Remove the boerewors from the packaging and place them into the air fryer. Turn the air fryer to 180 degrees Celsius and cook for 18 minutes. Next, turn the boerewors over and cook for a further 18 minutes. If the sausage has a lot of fat content, you can pierce it with a sharp knife in several places to release some of the fat.

Get more than some of the best boerewors cooking advice at FinGlobal

Before you think that we’re just about cooking and serving boerewors, which we have no problem with, we’d like to introduce you to the services offered by FinGlobal. For starters, we’re a financial emigration team with an exceptional reputation in the market and ten years of experience behind us. We’ve been helping South Africans plan their financial and tax emigration from the country for years, and this shows in our level of expertise and ability to “get things done” for our clients. We can explain the financial emigration process to you and help you set actional steps to ensure that your emigration process is quick, easy, and free from possible red tape.

The FinGlobal team is in an excellent position to ensure that our clients, of which we have thousands, are assisted with smooth, hassle-free financial and tax emigrations. And, if we can, we love to share a great South African recipe from time to time to keep you in touch with your roots. For emigration and financial advice and guidance, take the time to contact us at FinGlobal. Send us an email at or call us on +27 283 135 600.

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