South African Sosaties

South African Sosaties

Sosaties are marinated skewers from the Cape Malay which became a staple in South African homes. Their flavor is fragrant and a little spicy. Optionally, add fresh chilies. Tiny bird's eye chilies are popular in African and Asian cooking. Their spiciness is relatively lower compared to Habanero chilies.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine South African


  • 1.5 lb lamb loin, chicken breast, or sirloin beef cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1.5 cups dried apricots 5 of them cut into thin slices
  • 2 green or red bell pepper cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-2 fresh chilies chopped (optional)
  • 12 skewers*)
  • 1 large onion halved, one half chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 0.5 cup dark vinegar
  • oil
  • salt

Sosaties Culinary Spice Kit

  • Orange peel, bay leaf, ginger, turmeric, coriander, onion, chili, cumin, garlic, curry leaf, fenugreek, cilantro, yellow mustard, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper

Suggested Side

  • Cooked or steamed rice


  • In a BOWL, add the meat and season all sides with salt to taste. Cover.
  • In a SMALL POT, heat 2 tbsp oil. Fry the chopped onions until soft. Add garlic, apricot slices, Sosaties spices, vinegar, 1/4 cup of water, and chilies (optional) to taste. Mix well. Cover. Bring to a boil. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Let it cool, then pour over the meat. Mix well. Let the meat marinate in the fridge for 2 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat OVEN to 425°F.
  • Thread meat, apricots, bell pepper, and onions alternating onto skewers. Place skewers on a BAKING SHEET lined with aluminum foil. Roast in the OVEN to the desired doneness, turning skewers midway.
  • Dipping sauce: In a SMALL POT, mix the remaining marinade with 1/4 - 1 cup water, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Serve skewers with rice and dipping sauce. Enjoy!


*) If using wooden skewers, soak them first for 30 minutes in water.
  • Substitute meat with tofu or butternut squash.
  • Substitute dried apricots with dried prunes or figs.