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Samp and beans is a classic South African dish known for its comforting flavors and nourishing qualities. This recipe will guide you through the process of cooking samp and beans to perfection, resulting in a hearty and satisfying meal. With a combination of tender samp, creamy beans, and aromatic seasonings, this dish is sure to become a family favorite.

Hearty Samp and Beans Recipe

Cooking samp and beans involves the gentle simmering of dried corn kernels (samp) and beans until they are tender and infused with flavors. This dish can be enjoyed as a main course or served as a side dish alongside grilled meats or stews. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of patience, you can create a delicious and nutritious samp and beans dish.
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Prep Time 9 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine South African


  • large pot
  • colander
  • mixing spoon
  • cutting board and knife


  • samp
  • beans
  • water
  • butter
  • onion
  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • spice
  • fresh herbs


  • Rinse the dried samp and beans under cold water, then place them in a large bowl. Cover with water and let them soak for 8-12 hours or overnight. This step helps soften the grains and reduce cooking time.
  • Drain the soaked samp and beans in a colander or sieve and rinse them again.In a large pot, add the samp and beans along with fresh water. The ratio of water to grains should be approximately 4 cups of water for every 1 cup of samp and beans.
  • Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid.
  • Simmer the samp and beans for about 2-3 hours or until they are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and add more water if necessary.
  • In a separate pan, heat a bit of cooking oil or butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until they become soft and translucent.If desired, add chopped tomatoes to the pan and cook for a few minutes until they soften.
  • Transfer the sautéed onion, garlic, and tomatoes to the pot of cooked samp and beans. Mix well to combine the flavors.
  • Season the samp and beans with salt and any other seasonings or spices of your choice, such as paprika, cumin, or dried herbs. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste preference.
  • Continue simmering the samp and beans for an additional 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Once the samp and beans are tender and infused with flavors, remove the pot from the heat.
  • Serve the samp and beans hot as a main course or side dish. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.


Soaking the samp and beans overnight helps reduce the cooking time and ensures they become tender.
Feel free to add other vegetables or proteins, such as carrots, potatoes, or diced meat, to enhance the dish and make it more substantial.
Leftover samp and beans can be refrigerated and reheated for later enjoyment.
This dish pairs well with crusty bread, chakalaka (a spicy relish), or a fresh salad.
Enjoy the comforting flavors of samp and beans in this hearty dish, perfect for sharing with family and friends.


Serving: 600g
Keyword samp and beans recipe
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