10 Must Try Recipes From Africa

Today we’re going to take a look at 10 mouthwatering recipes from across Africa. Each country has its own unique style and flavor, and the cuisine is often heavily influenced by its surrounding countries and climate.

1. African Sausage Patties

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of ground beef

1/2 pound of ground pork

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 tablespoons chopped garlic cloves

Salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Sausages

Directions:

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef and sausages.

Step 2: Add the combined spices and salt, then lightly mix them in until they are evenly distributed throughout the meat. Do not overmix or your patties will become tough.

Step 3: Add the chopped onions and fry for about three minutes, until they start to turn golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside for later use in step 6 below.

Step 4: In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil and cook the patties for about 3-4 minutes per side (depending on how well-done you like them). You can also bake these in an oven at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes if desired instead of frying them on a stovetop (just make sure to line a baking sheet with foil first so they don’t stick).

Step 5: When done cooking, remove from heat and spoon ketchup over each patty before serving!

2. African Chicken Curry

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

1 cup of chopped onion

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

1 tablespoon each of fresh ginger root, ground cumin seeds, sweet paprika powder, smoked paprika powder and ground turmeric powder

2 cups of crushed tomatoes

1 cup of water

Directions:

Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger root; cook until translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir in cumin seeds, paprika powders and turmeric powder; cook for another minute until fragrant. Stir in crushed tomatoes and water; bring mixture to boil over high heat; reduce heat to low simmer until thickened (about 20 minutes).

Step 2: Add chicken breasts to saucepan with sauce; stir gently until well coated with sauce (about 10 minutes). Serve immediately over rice or couscous!

3. African Beef Stew

Ingredients:

2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

2 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions: 

Step 1: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the meat and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the same pan and cook for about 2 minutes or until soft. 

Step 2: Stir in the flour until well combined with the meat juices. Add water and stir. Return the meat to the saucepan along with any juices from the plate. 

Step 3: Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently until tender, stirring occasionally (about 1 hour). Season with salt and pepper before serving.

4. African Spiced Pork Chops

Ingredients:

4 pork chops, about 1 inch thick

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup water

Directions:

Step 1: Season the pork chops with salt, garlic powder, cumin, coriander and cinnamon. Set aside for 10 minutes to let them absorb the flavors.

Step 2: Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan and bring it to a boil. Add the pork chops and cover with a lid for 3 minutes on each side until cooked through (or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Step 3: Remove from heat when done and let cool slightly before serving with your choice of sides (rice or couscous work well).

5. Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well blended. 

Step 2: Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and beat well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in a preheated oven, or until the edges just begin to brown lightly. Cool 1 minute then remove from cookie sheet with spatula to wire rack to cool completely. Then serve with your favorite drink!

6. African Carrot and Cashew Salad

Ingredients:

2 carrots, sliced into thin strips

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup cashews, chopped

1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Juice from one lemon (about 2 tablespoons)

Directions:

Step 1: First, place the carrots in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Then, add the cumin and salt, stir well until everything is coated with oil and spices, and set aside for about 5 minutes so that flavors can mingle. 

Step 2: Next, add the cashews and cilantro leaves to your mixture; stir until fully incorporated into the carrots. Finally, squeeze in some lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons worth), mix once more and serve!

7. African Coconut Fish Curry (Jollof)

Ingredients:

1 lb fish, cut into pieces

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tomatoes, chopped

2 sweet peppers, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

3 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp curry powder (optional)

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Directions:

Step 1: In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion in oil until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add fish pieces and cook until done. Remove from heat and set aside. In another saucepan over medium heat, saute the peppers in oil until tender. Add tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes. 

Step 2: Add water and bring to a boil; add fish mixture, tomatoes and curry powder (if using), stir well and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Serve hot with rice or fufu.

8. African Style Potato Salad

Ingredients:

5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 cup canola oil

1 ½ cups mayonnaise

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Step 1: Place potatoes in a large pot of cold water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender; drain well.

Step 2: In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, parsley, lemon juice, and salt; stir until blended. Add cooked potatoes; toss gently to coat evenly with dressing. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

9. Ethiopian Potato Dahl (Mashed Potatoes)

Ingredients:

1 lb fish, cut into pieces

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tomatoes, chopped

2 sweet peppers, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

3 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp curry powder (optional)

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Directions:

Step 1: In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion in oil until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add fish pieces and cook until done. 

Step 2: Remove from heat and set aside. In another saucepan over medium heat, saute the peppers in oil until tender. Add tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes. 

Step 3: Add water and bring to a boil; add fish mixture, tomatoes and curry powder (if using), stir well and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Serve hot with rice.

10. Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 tablespoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)

Directions:

Step 1: Mix together all of the ingredients except for the chicken in a bowl until they are well combined. Pour into a large zip top bag and add your chicken pieces. Seal the bag tightly and refrigerate overnight so that the flavors will infuse into your meat. 

Step 2: The next day remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any remaining liquid in your bag before cooking it on an outdoor grill (you can also use an indoor grill if it’s not too cold outside). Cook until done, then serve immediately!

We’ve put together a list of 10 must try recipes from Africa that are sure to pique your interest. Each is great for a variety of occasions – the next time you find yourself in the mood for something savory or craving a tasty sweet, consider taking inspiration from Africa.
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