How To Cook Wors Stew

Making a delicious and hearty Wors Stew is a quintessential South African culinary experience. This traditional dish is packed with flavors and is perfect for warming up on a chilly evening. Whether you’re an experienced cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe will guide you step by step on how to prepare a mouthwatering Wors Stew that will leave your family and friends asking for seconds.


To prepare a delectable Wors Stew, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 500g boerewors (traditional South African sausage)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml beef stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


Follow these easy steps to create a delightful Wors Stew:

Step 1: Prepare the Boerewors

In a large pot, heat the cooking oil over medium heat. Add the boerewors and cook until browned on all sides. Once cooked, remove the boerewors from the pot and set it aside.

Step 2: Sauté the Vegetables

In the same pot, add the chopped onion, carrots, potatoes, and minced garlic. Sauté them for a few minutes until the onions become translucent and the vegetables begin to soften.

Step 3: Add the Spices

Sprinkle the paprika, dried thyme, and dried rosemary over the sautéed vegetables. Stir well to coat the vegetables with the aromatic spices.

Step 4: Simmer with Tomatoes and Stock

Add the can of chopped tomatoes and beef stock to the pot. Give it a good stir to combine all the flavors. Bring the stew to a gentle simmer.

How To Cook Wors Stew

Step 5: Add the Boerewors

Now it’s time to reintroduce the boerewors back into the pot. Nestle it among the vegetables and ensure it is partially submerged in the stew. The boerewors will infuse its rich flavors into the stew as it simmers.

Step 6: Simmer to Perfection

Cover the pot with a lid and let the stew simmer over low heat for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This slow cooking process allows all the flavors to meld together and creates a tender and succulent Wors Stew.

Step 7: Season and Serve

Taste the stew and season with salt and pepper according to your preference. If desired, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley on top for added freshness and presentation. Serve the Wors Stew hot with freshly baked bread or creamy mashed potatoes.

Tips and Variations

Here are some tips and variations to enhance your Wors Stew:

  • If you prefer a thicker stew, you can mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a little water and add it to the pot during the last few minutes of cooking.
  • For an extra burst of flavor, you can add a splash of Worcestershire sauce or a spoonful of chutney to the stew.
  • Feel free to incorporate other vegetables like peas, corn, or green beans to add more color and texture to your Wors Stew.
  • If you don’t have access to boerewors, you can substitute it with any good-quality beef sausage or even chunks of beef.

Now that you know how to make a delicious Wors Stew, gather your ingredients and get cooking! This hearty South African dish will surely become a favorite in your household, warming hearts and satisfying taste buds.