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. Today we look at some of the classics that every Aussie should know how to cook.

Salt And Pepper Squid

Salt and pepper squid is everywhere in Australia these days and is well on its way to becoming Australia’s national dish according to Poh Ling Yeow in and I believe he is absolutely right. Salt and pepper squid is easy to make, tastes amazing and the classic Chinese dish strikes a chord with Aussies. We put in on the menu here today to show you how easy it is to make.

Simple Australian Recipes

For the squid:

  • 1-2 tsp white peppercorns
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 large fresh squid tubes
  • 1 liter vegetable/sunflower oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, left in their skins
  • a handful fresh chopped coriander

For the dipping sauce:

  • Grab a handful of roasted and dried chillies
  • 50g palm sugar or any sugar
  • Juice up 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce


1. Dipping sauce: Roast the chillis in a pan for a couple of minutes. Chuck the seeds, then put the chilli into a pestle and add the palm sugar and bash them into a paste. Add the lime juice and fish sauce then mix it all up.

2. For the squid: Grind together the white peppercorns and sea salt until finely ground, add to the flour and spread over a plate.

3. Prepare the squid by cutting down the middle of each one and open them up to create a large, flat piece of squid. Using a sharp knife, create a fine crisscross pattern in the flesh. Then slice the squid into 5-6cm squares. Add the squid into the flour mixture and make them evenly covered.

4. Heat the oil in pan until very hot and garlic cloves in oil and deep fry for 10 seconds until golden brown. Place into a bowl and mix them together with the coriander.

5. Then place each piece of the squid in the oil for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until it is nice and crispy.

6. Then add the garlic and coriander to the squid and mix together. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Warning: Tastes awesome with beer.

Australiana Pizza

Don’t laugh because it’s true. If the Hawaiians can have a pizza then so can we. We don’t see it as much as we used to but when I was a kid this pizza was on the menu of every respectable pizzeria down under. It’s the original fusion of cultures and with its simple ingredients of tomato, cheese, mushrooms, sausage, bacon and egg it represents Italy’s huge influence on Australian food.

Let’s do it home made style “justa lika mamma”.


Pizza Dough: Makes enough dough for two 10-12 inch pizzas

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Pizza Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Pureed tomato sauce
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Thinly sliced mushrooms
  • Italian sausage, cooked ahead and sliced
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • Thinly sliced bacon
  • 1 egg

Check out the video below to see how to cook the pizza in a BBQ.


Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside and topped with fruit and whipped cream.

The history of Pavlova is a rather interesting tale, the Kiwis and Aussies are still arguing over who actually invented it. Pavlova was named after famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova when she toured Australia and New Zealand all the way back in 1926. The ballerina was an international superstar at the time and had many dishes named after her, in France, there were frogs’ legs à la Pavlova and in America, Pavlova ice cream.

The Kiwis reckon that a chef at a Wellington hotel created the dessert claiming inspiration from her tutu. The Aussies reckon the pavlova was invented at a hotel in Perth, when one diner declared it to be “light as Pavlova.”

Who knows who invented it? Who cares? Just eat it. It’s good! 🙂

Simple Australian Recipes

2 large egg whites
8 1/2 oz castor sugar
1 heaped teaspoon cornflour
1 teaspoon vinegar (brown or white)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla eseance
4 tablespoons boiling water


  1. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat for 5 minutes at high speed. It should be “shimmy” like jelly when its ready
  2. After 5 minutes turn the oven yo 180C
  3. Cover a flat tray (about 9″ or 10″ diameter) with baking parchment or Pure and Simple.
  4. After 15 minutes pile the mixture on to the tray in a flat-topped mound.
  5. With a knife, mark a circle in the top of the mound about 11/2″ from the edge about 1/2″ deep. This is to prevent cracking. The circle should break away from the top of the pavlova during cooking and may drop in.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes at 180C.
  7. Turn heat down to 130C and cook for a further 45 minutes.
  8. Turn off the oven. Leave the pavlova in the oven overnight.

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. Thank you for sharing these Australian recipes easy to follow. They are brilliant ideas for a dinner party.

    I’m so fortunate to have come across your post at the right time, Boxing Day, when all my loved ones are still here with me. What a way to impress them. Once again thanks so much for sharing.

  2. These recipes sound great. I am not an Aussie, but I am someone who really likes foods of many varieties, tastes and textures. The Pavlova dessert looks amazing.

    I do not think I am open to the idea of egg on my pizza though! The squid sounds amazing! The combination of chili, and lime and some sugar with the salt and pepper and garlic and coriander! Wow. My salivary glands are activated!

  3. I’ve never had squid but they actually look very good!
    and the pizza looks delicious too! We are very big fans of pizza but I’ve never thought of putting an egg on it yet. But I think that would add a very unique flavor yet!
    But the dessert is definitely my favorite! I have a very sweet tooth so it is no surprise I’m starting to get hungry!
    Thanks for sharing these recipes!

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