Tasty Easter Food Traditions In South Africa You Must Try

When most people hear the word Easter, they picture a million and one Easter eggs scattered around, waiting to be devoured. The different varieties, colours, and shapes all make for the perfect opportunity to become a chocolatier for the day. But with all the delectable Easter food traditions in South Africa, surely we would also want to save room for Easter lunch once dessert has been eaten?

If you’re beginning to feel hungry at this point, keep reading to find out what foods will take your Easter get-together to the next level. We can’t promise that your neighbours won’t feel jealous about the feast you so expertly prepare on the day. What we can promise is to have your home spotless and Easter-ready with one of our many cleaning services. Once your guests arrive, we guarantee they’ll be left speechless.

6 Easter Food Traditions In South Africa 

1. Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are a popular Easter treat in South Africa, just like in many other countries around the world. These sweet buns are made with raisins or currants and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. There are many ways to prepare and eat them based on personal preference, but even just as they are, their deliciousness makes for the ideal addition to your starters or dessert. 

If you’d like to put your baking skills to the test this Easter, try this hot cross buns recipe for a treat everybody will love. 

2. Mosbolletjies Or Easter Bread

Mosbolletjies can unofficially be dubbed the South African version of Easter bread because many Saffas love to eat it over the Easter weekend. It is a sweet bread that is usually made with flour, yeast, sugar, eggs, and butter, and is flavoured with aniseed. The dough is then rolled into small balls and baked for a delightful Easter Treat. If you feel like really wowing your guests, serve it with hot cross buns for an irresistible variety of choices. 

Give this mosbolletjies recipe a bash – your loved ones will enjoy thoroughly it!

3. Easter Pickled Fish

Pickled fish is a traditional South African Easter dish often served on Good Friday. It consists of fish (usually snoek, a type of barracuda) that has been pickled in a spicy vinegar-based marinade. It is usually served with bread or rice, but even on its own, it has a sweet flavour that South Africans all over can’t resist.

Try this traditional South African pickled fish recipe for an Easter Lunch everyone will remember fondly.

4. Roast Lamb

Lamb is a popular meat year-round for South Africans, but especially during Easter time. Many families will enjoy a roast leg of lamb or lamb chops at the centre of their Easter lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for the perfect pairing, try serving it with roasted potatoes, vegetables, and gravy.

If this sounds like the ideal meal for you and your loved ones, try this slow-roasted leg of lamb recipe for that perfect Easter meal. 

5. Potato Salad

This long-time favourite for many families is a must-have on your Easter menu. The creamy and tangy flavors of the dressing, combined with the soft and fluffy texture of the potatoes, make for a satisfying and comforting dish. Some variations of potato salad include additional ingredients such as hard-boiled eggs, celery, onion, and herbs, which can add a pop of colour and extra flavours to the dish. 

Here’s a simple yet delectable potato salad recipe that will become the talk of your Easter gathering. 

6. Easter Eggs

No matter how obvious it is, we could not leave out everyone’s favourite Easter treat. If you’re a parent, you’ll know how important it is to have the Easter bunny visit your house and drop off at least a few yummy chocolate eggs. Cadbury Easter eggs are always a hit with children, but if you’re looking for an Easter gift that’s a bit more classy and elegant, perfect as a romantic Easter gift, check out the range of Easter gifts from Netflorist


No matter what Easter foods you decide to indulge in, be sure to do it with those who brighten your day and warm your heart. Once the knives and forks have been set down and the plates cleaned, don’t forget to share in laughter and make some beautiful memories. One way of doing this is by setting up a few Easter egg hunts or Easter games for the whole family to enjoy. 
From the SweepSouth family to yours, we wish you a wonderful and happy Easter.

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