Delicious, simple lamb potjie

Delicious, simple lamb potjie recipe

Who can resist a tasty lamb potjie cooked over the fire?

Delicious, simple lamb potjie

Cooking with fire is really rewarding. It’s not just all throwing things over lumps of hot wood, you know. Mastering the art of cooking with coals – whether that’s braaing or slow cooking – is a great way to up your repertoire and a lamb potjie is one of the finest things you can cook.

South Africans don’t need invitations or excuses to huddle around the fire and knock up some great food.

Potjiekos literally translates into “small pot food” and we all have a favourite way of making this dish. This recipe uses lamb, you can use a cheap cut – in fact, cheap cuts are ideal for this sort of thing! Bone in is preferred, as there is lots of flavour in there.

Delicious Lamb Potjie

4 from 87 votes
Recipe by James Olivier Course: MainCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
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  • 2 mutton stock cubes

  • 2 kgs lamb, cut up in big chunks

  • 1 bottle red wine

  • 5 cloves garlic, whole or roughly chopped

  • 2 onions, roughly chopped

  • Assorted vegetable chunks. You can use pumpkin, potatoes, carrot, baby marrow and whatever else you might like.

  • 5 sprigs of rosemary and thyme

  • 5 bay leaves

  • Olive oil or butter for browning


  • Start off by dissolving the stock cubes in about two litres of water and set aside.
  • While your potjie is heating up and the coals are getting ready, toss the lamb in some flour, salt and pepper. Add the olive oil or butter  – depending on what you’re using – to the pot and get some colour on your lamb.
  • Once browned, add the stock, wine, garlic, herbs and onions to your potjie along with the lamb.
  • Let the potjie stew on a low heat for at least an hour and a half. The key is NOT TO TOUCH IT. Don’t stir, don’t prod, no matter how tempted you are. If you see the liquid has reduced too much, add a bit more.
  • After about an hour and a half, gently prod the lamb to see if it’s soft. If it is, add all your veggies, cover and cook until the veggies are soft about another 30 minutes.

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