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Frikkadels – South African Braised Meat Balls

Frikkadels or Frikkadelle

Cuisine: South African
Region: Common

Frikkadels was very popular in Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries. (Yes, the idea for this recipe is… that old.) No wonder it followed the Dutch settlers all the way to South Africa.

Serves 6 – 8
Cooking time: @30 min
You need: a mixing bowl and frying pan or a skillet


  • 3 Tbsp of butter or 1/3 of a cup of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 750g (1+1/2 Lbs) lean minced beef
  • 1 slice of thick crustless white bread, soaked in water and squeezed dry
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp ground allspice


  1. Put the frying pan or skillet on the stove. Turn on the fire to medium high.
  2. Add 1/3 of the butter or oil in the pan or skillet and then add the onion.
  3. Saute the onion for about 5 minutes or until translucent.
  4. Turn off the fire.
  5. In the mixing bowl combine the minced beef, bread, eggs, salt, pepper, allspice and the onions you just sauted.
  6. Shape the mixture into balls.
  7. Add the remaining butter or oil in the skillet.
  8. Turn the fire on to medium high.
  9. Add to the pan a few Frikkadels at a time and brown them for about 5 minutes on one each side.
  10. Turn the fire down to medium (or lower) and keep cooking the Frikkadels for another 10 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  11. Serve hot.


  • Mashed potatoes.
  • Diced onion in a tomato sauce.

Notes on Frikkadels – South African Braised Meat Balls

  • Enjoy!

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