These Easy-To-Make Lamb Dishes Are Perfect For Any Summer Celebration!

Proof you don't need to be a chef in order to create a delicious spread this summer.

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Whether you’re having a braai, going all out with fine dining or just chilling by the pool with some “assemble it yourself” foods, The Food Fox and Lamb and Mutton SA have you covered this festive season!

If you’re the one who is always asked to “just bring a salad” or a tub of ice cream to the festivities, then you better scroll on down…

The recipes below are so impressive and simple to make, that you can be bold and offer to contribute to the main course this year! Plus, we made it even easier for you: click on the links below for the recipe cards and save them on your phone!


Asian Braised Lamb shanks with orange, ginger and star anise

Lambshanks, spice, and everything nice! There’s no better way to say “I love you” this Festive season than with this hearty home cooked meal!


  • 45ml olive oil
  • 4 large or medium lamb shanks (roughly 2kg)
  • salt & pepper
  • 15ml cake flour
  • 500ml lamb (or chicken) stock
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • peeled rind and juice of an orange
  • 3cm ginger root, finely grated
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar (muscovado or demerara)
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods

View the method and download the easy recipe.


Balsamic leg of lamb with garlic and figs

You can say the figs in this dish are like most families during festive season, some half, some whole but still beautiful when it all comes together!


  • 1 large leg of lamb* (about 3kg)
  • 45ml olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 sprigs rosemary woody stems removed, chopped
  • 2 whole heads of garlic, horizontally sliced in half
  • ¾ cup (180ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup (250ml) port wine
  • 1 cup (250ml) dry white wine
  • 8 large ripe black figs, some halved, some whole

View the method and download the easy recipe.

Spicy lamb tortillas with beetroot hummus and crispy paprika chickpeas 

Don’t “beet” yourself up if you don’t have the skills to cook a good old-fashioned festive meal. This is an easy but impressive dish and believe us if we say it’s one for the books.


For the spicy mince:

  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 500g lamb mince (ask your butcher)
  • 15ml (1 tablespoon) dry harissa spice mix (use moreif you like it really spicy)
  • 15ml (1 tablespoon) ground smoked paprika
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) tomato paste
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) water, salt & pepper

For the crispy chickpeas:

  • 1x 410g can chickpeas, drained
  • 45ml (3 tablespoons) olive oil, salt & pepper
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) ground smoked paprika

To assemble:

  • 6 large flour tortillas, warmed in a hot dry pan
  • 1 cup (250ml) beetroot hummus
  • 1 cup (250ml) double cream plain yoghurt (or sour cream)
  • A small bunch of fresh mint (and/or coriander leaves)
  • A small red onion, finely sliced
  • View the method and download the easy recipe.

View the method and download the easy recipe.

Grilled lamb skewers with lemon, honey and mustard

This festive dish hits right home! The perfect companion to a braai broodjie!


  • 1.2-1.5kg boneless leg of lamb
  • Juice and finely grated rind of 2 small lemons
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Djorn mustard, salt & pepper

View the method and download the easy recipe.

Lamb Sausage Boeries

A “boerewors roll” fit for a queen. The perfect combination of “lekker” and sophistication for an easy poolside South African festive lunch.


For the aubergines:

  • 2 medium size aubergines
  • ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 5ml dried origanum

For the herb yoghurt dressing:

  • 375ml (1.5 cups) double cream yoghurt
  • 2 small bunches (40g) fresh herbs like mint, coriander and/or parsley (save some for topping)
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) fresh lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper

To assemble:

  • 500-600g lamb boerewors (6x20cm)
  • 6 soft hotdog rolls, sliced lenghtways
  • Butter

View the method and download the easy recipe. 

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