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Easy Wors Stew Recipe South Africa

by | Mar 4, 2023 | what to make for dinner | 0 comments

This easy wors stew recipe teaches you how to make a delicious boerewors stew that is perfectly paired with pap and chakalaka. This south African delicacy is made by wors that has been basted in a flavour packed tomato gravy.

How to make wors on the stovetop

Boerewors is often braaied on hot coals but wors can taste just as good when made on the stove top. Simply frying wors on a heavy bottom pan in vegetable oil (like canola or sunflower) will do the job, this is in fact the first step to making wors stew. The browning of the sausage is in indicator that your wors is fully cooked.

What to consider when frying wors on the stove top:

  1. Make sure your oil is at the perfect temperature before adding your chopped wors. A good way to test if your oil is perfect is by adding a small piece of wors to your pan and see if it burns too fast, cooks too slow or cooks perfectly.
  2. Do not poke holes into your wors whilst cooking. The boerewors flavour is stored in all the juices found inside the wors and by poking, you lose all that juicy flavour.


how to make wors stew

how to make wors

The first step to making wors is to select the right kind of boerewors that suits your taste buds.


What to consider when purchasing your next boerewors:
  • Select wors that has both pork and beef in it. This combination makes for a perfect flavour blend that has a blend of steaky beef and flavourful pork. Pork’s naturally fatty meat will make the boerewors juicier.
  • Check to see that the wors has a low soy percentage, the more the soy found in wors the less the flavour. If possible, purchase wors with no soy at all.
  • Lookout for the spices added to the meat, herbs like coriander, cumin and rosemary are usually a good indicator of the flavour profile.

Ingredients needed

  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Boerewors
  • Oil

Spices needed

  • Beef stock cube
  • Bay leaves
  • Curry powder
  • Mixed herb
  • Paprika
  • Crushed garlic

Now that you have bought the perfect boerewors sausage, start off by frying your wors according to the steps mentioned in the previous subheading. Your wors is fully cooked once its casing is golden brown and slightly crisp. The boerewors will also be firm when cooked. Once cooked, remove excess oil from the sausage and set aside.

Add the diced onions into the same oil used to fry your sausage, this ensures a maximum flavour profile. Then add your spices along with the chopped tomatoes to your pan and mix well.

Once your tomatoes start to soften and cook add the tomato sauce, brown sugar and vinegar to the pan and mix well. Allow the relish to cook for a little longer then add your cooked wors to the pan and mix well.

Reduce the pans temperature and allow the pot to simmer for a few minutes. Remove your pot from the heat and enjoy with your favourite side dish.

wors stew recipe South Africa

wors stew recipe

This easy wors stew recipe teaches you how to make a delicious boerewors stew that is perfectly paired with pap and chakalaka. This South African delicacy is made by wors that has been basted in a flavour-packed tomato gravy.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine South African
Servings 4 servings


  • 30 ml canola oil sunflower oil will do too
  • 400 grams boerewors
  • white onion diced
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 2 tsp medium curry powder
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 30 ml tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp white vinegar


  • Place the canola oil into your pan on medium heat and wait for the oil to heat up.
  • Add the boerewors to the heated oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Once the wors is cooked, set aside on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • In the same pan, add the chopped onions, garlic and bay leaves to your pan and fry for about five minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock, paprika, mixed herb, tomato sauce, sugar white vinegar, and curry powder to your pan and stir well.
  • Close your pan and allow it to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until your tomatoes have softened. Continuously stir to prevent burning.
  • Add your cooked boerewors to the tomato gravy and stir well. Close your pan and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy with your favourite side.
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wors FAQ’s

1. What is boerewors?

A sausage made of ground beef, pork and lamb that is then seasoned with herbs and flavour blends.

2. What is used for casing in boerewors?

Cleaned animal intestines are used to as the casing of boerewors.

3. What herbs are used in boerewors?

All spice, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, and different spices depending on the butcher.



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