Simple Australian Recipes

Simple Australian Recipes

We share our simple Australian recipes for Aussies abroad to get a taste of home. You can even throw an Australian themed dinner party for your friends and impress them with our tasty cuisines.

What cuisines? You may ask. Australia does lay claim to some pretty interesting food inventions. Some examples of this include pavlova, Anzac biscuits, pea and ham soup, lamingtons, salt and pepper calamari, lamb leg roast. BBQ snags, prawn cocktail, sausage rolls, meat pies, pigs in a blanket, chicken parmigiana, vanilla slice and off course our hamburger with beetroot. Not too mention all the Aussie confectionary we miss so much.

All these simple Australian recipes are really easy to make. So Let’s design an Australian themed menu for your dinner party.

Pigs in a Blanket

There’s a few different versions of pigs in a blanket, we have opted for the mouth watering sausages wrapped in bacon. It’s truly Australian. It’s a great accompaniment with a pre dinner drink.

Simple Australian Recipes
Pigs in a Blanket


  • 24 small beef sausages
  • 12 slices of streaky bacon
  • cocktail sticks.

To Prepare

Cut each rasher of bacon in half and stretch them slightly – this stops them shrinking during cooking.

  1. Neatly wrap one half rasher of bacon around each sausage and then put a cocktail stick in it. Too Easy!

To Cook:

  1. Place on a lightly greased oven tray and roast in a preheated oven, 200C for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked and nice and crispy.

Serve with cranberry sauce as a dip.

Pea and Ham Soup.

The starter today is pea and ham soup served with bush damper. This is actually a really tasty and simple Australian recipe and with bush damper on the side makes for a truly Australian experience that your friends will appreciate.

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The Pea and the Ham in a Soup! Who would have thought?


  • 290g (1 1/3 cups) green split peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled, chopped.
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700g ham or bacon hocks
  • 1.5L (6 cups) water
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper

To Cook:

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the onion softens.
  2. Pour in the washed split peas, ham hocks and water.
  3. Bring to the boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  5. Remove ham or ham hocks from pan and set aside, If your use ham hocks remove from bone.
  6. Use food processor to blend peas until nice and smooth.
  7. Put ham back onto smooth pea soup and season with salt and pepper.


Damper is a traditional Australian bread that was prepared by swagmen, drovers, stockmen and other travelers. It is a super simple Australian recipe and was normally cooked in the ashes of the camp fire.

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Aussie Damper

It’s quintessential Australian and super tasty. Don’t worry we don’t need a camp fire, your modern day kitchen will suffice.


  • 3 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt, optional
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water

To Prepare

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Put flour and salt into a bowl and with your hands rub in butter until mixture looks like crumbs.
  3. Now make a hole in center of mixture and pour in milk and water then mix lightly.
  4. Take flour and lightly put on any surface, then take small chunks of mixture and pat into a round 15-16cm diameter bread like rolls.
  5. With sharp knife, cut two slits across dough like a cross, approximately 1cm deep.
  6. Brush top of dough with milk. Sift a little extra flour over dough.

To Cook

  1. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  2. Reduce heat to 170°C. and bake another 20 minutes.

Yum! Trust me it”s amazing. Make sure its golden brown on outside and soft and inside. Check out the video to learn the traditional camping style.

Roast Leg Lamb

There’s nothing quite like a good old roast lamb to remind you of Australia. Now when your buy your leg of lamb ask the butcher if they can trim the lamb leg. It’s best to buy without the shank attached. Add veges in the pan and your have a traditional Aussie meal.

Simple Australian Recipes
Aussie Leg Of lamb

It’s not hard to make and its always a winner. Proportions here are for 5 servings!


  • 4 pounds lamb leg, bone-out
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 stems fresh rosemary


  1. Make sure the leg of lamb is room temperature.
  2. Rub the lamb with olive oil. Drizzle with olive oil and rub into the fat and meat.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Put a fair amount. Don’t be stingy.
  4. Put under grille for 5 minutes, just a few inches from element. Grill the lamb for 5 minutes or until the top of the lamb leg looks seared and browned. Ohhh Yeah!
  5. Flip the lamb over and grill the other side. Do all sides until nice and seared.
  6. Take lamb out and top with garlic and rosemary. Wait till cools a bit and rub the garlic and rosemary in.
  7. Set the oven temperature to 160°C.
  8. Don’t drink too much wine or your’ll be drunk before your guests arrive.
  9. Put foil on bottom of pan and cover the lamb loosely with foil. Put the lamb back in the oven and cook at 160°C for one hour. Put veges of your choice in pan rubbed with a bit of oil and salt. Veges will take about 30 minutes.
  10. If needed, continue cooking the lamb until done. Continue cooking the lamb (uncovered). Should’nt take more than an hour in total to be medium to well done. Cook longer if your prefer well-done but be careful not to over do it.
  11. Let the lamb rest for at least 15 minutes before carving on kitchen bench.

Serve with mint sauce and roasted veges. Awwwesommme!

Australian Desserts

What’s an Australian dinner party without a dessert? We have some great recipes here for Australian style desserts. For pavlova click HERE.

There You Have It

We hope your enjoy your dinner party with these simple Australian recipes. Impress your friends or that special one in your life. Go on, bring a bit of Australiana into your life! No need to be homesick.

Let us know how it went, if your have any tips or additional ideas you can share in the comments below. We would all love to hear from your.

See ya!

6 Replies to “Simple Australian Recipes”

  1. Hi Dave,
    Thanks for introducing this Australian food. I am not an Australian but I love simple recipes.
    Pigs in a Blanket is so easy to prepare and looks yummy. It will be perfect for my kids’ lunch box. I used to bake bread myself and your recipe is the easiest I come across. Can’t wait to bake some… Thanks again.
    Good day!

  2. I’m a bit of a pathetic Aussie based on your recipes! I don’t like pea and ham soup, or lamb! Although I am half English as I was born there to English father and Australian mother. However, I LOVE damper! Nothing better than fresh damper from the campfire with homemade strawberry jam! Yummo!!!

    1. Thanks Megan. Glad to have you back again. Strawberry jam is very English indeed. Tastes amazing but nothing beats Damper with lots of butter and vegemite. 😉

  3. I’m not Australian but these recipes look good! I always love coming across easy and delicious recipes! The pigs in a blanket look soooo good!
    I’m not a very big fan of soups but this one actually looks very good!
    Do you think the lam leg could be substituted with pork?

    1. Of course, but roasted lamb is more Aussie :). We aren’t known for our food but due to our multicultural society we have food from all over the globe. If you want to see some interesting Australian twists on international cuisine then CLICK HERE. Thanks for dropping by Justina.

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