Christmas Lunch Ideas In South Africa

What is a Christmas Lunch?

Christmas dinner is a meal traditionally eaten at Christmas. This meal can take place any time from the evening of Christmas Eve to the evening of Christmas Day itself.

Christmas Lunch Ideas In South Africa


The first South African classic Christmas food I have for you is gammon. This is a favorite of the many classic Christmas lunch recipes from South Africa.

In South Africa, after the gammon has been cooked (sometimes on the stove with vegetables and roasted in the oven), the top of it is brushed with honey and mustard and decorated with pineapple slices and/or cherries.

Yellow Rice with Raisins

So, yellow rice is a SUPER common side dish in South Africa and it’s very popular to eat during Christmastime, too. You MUST add this to your list of South African Christmas lunch ideas!

More specifically, yellow rice is simply rice that’s made with a little sugar and turmeric spice (some people add cinnamon, too.)

Mince Pies

Another very classic Christmas food item to include on your list of South African Christmas lunch ideas is the mince pies.

As most of us already know, some people like to fill pies with meat. However, many South Africans enjoy eating fruit mince pies as a delicious Christmas dessert.

What is a traditional South African Christmas lunch?

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Gammon, a traditional Christmas main course in South Africa, is a type of cured ham typically glazed and roasted.

It’s often served with a sweet and tangy glaze made from ingredients like honey, mustard, and orange juice. The key to perfect gammon lies in slow roasting to ensure the meat is tender and flavourful.