How to Cook Boerewors
30th July 2023
Boerewors, a thick South African sausage, is not just a delicious delicacy but also an essential part of our cultural heritage. The name “boerewors” is derived from Afrikaans, where “boere” means farmers, and “wors” means sausage. This makes for a course and thick farm-style sausage that’s rich in flavour as it is in history. Read more about the history of Boerewors here.
Whether you prefer to grill, oven cook, air fry, or pan fry, we’ve got you covered with simple and delectable cooking methods. So let’s find out how to cook boerewors and savour its mouthwatering flavours.
- Braai the Boerewors – The Classic Method
Boerewors on the braai is a time-honoured tradition that gives a smoky and charred taste to the sausage. Prepare your braai to medium-high heat. Place the Boerewors on the grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally until evenly browned and cooked through. Serve it in a soft roll with your favourite toppings for the quintessential South African braai experience. For more tips about braai-ing your ‘wors, click here.
- Oven Cooking – For Convenience and Flavour
For a fuss-free method that still retains the sausage’s succulent flavours, oven cooking is an excellent choice. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Place the Boerewors on a baking tray and lightly brush with oil. Cook for approximately 25-30 minutes, turning once halfway through. The oven will ensure even cooking and a juicy texture.
- Air Frying – A Healthier Twist
Air frying is a healthier alternative that still delivers a satisfying crispness to Boerewors. Preheat your air fryer to 200°C and place the Boerewors in the basket and cook for about 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Just be aware that this might dry out your ‘wors a bit.
- Pan Frying – Quick and Flavourful
Pan frying is perfect when you’re short on time. Add a drizzle of oil to a heated skillet and cook the Boerewors for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally. The pan’s direct heat creates a delicious caramelised crust that elevates the sausage’s taste. Serve it with a side of chakalaka or tomato and onion relish for a burst of flavours.
Boerewors is not only a culinary delight but also a representation of our rich South African heritage. With an array of cooking methods available, preparing Boerewors becomes effortless, and each technique changes the texture and flavour ever so slightly – So, experiment and discover your preferred way of cooking your ‘wors.
Explore our range of delicious boerewors here. Whether you crave bold and punchy flavours, like our Chakalaka ‘wors, or savour the classic taste with our original beef and pork blend. We even offer a wheat-free option to cater to different dietary preferences. Check out all our delicious boerewors here!