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Samp and potatoes make a hearty and delicious combination in this comforting stew. This recipe takes the traditional South African dish, samp, and pairs it with tender potatoes, creating a satisfying and flavorful meal. With a rich tomato-based broth and a medley of aromatic spices, this stew is sure to warm you up and leave you craving for more.

Samp and Potato Stew Recipe

This recipe will guide you through the process of cooking samp and potatoes in a flavorful stew. The combination of tender samp, potatoes, and a well-seasoned broth creates a hearty and comforting dish. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can enjoy this traditional South African meal in the comfort of your own home.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine various


  • large pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • chopping board and knife
  • measuring cups


  • dried samp
  • potatoes
  • onion
  • garlic
  • vegetable oil
  • tomatoes
  • ground cumin
  • paprika
  • thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken broth
  • fresh parsley


  • Rinse the dried samp under cold water to remove any impurities. Place the samp in a bowl, cover it with water, and let it soak overnight or for at least 8 hours. Drain the soaked samp before cooking.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot, and stir to combine. Cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes start to break down and release their juices.
  • Add the drained samp to the pot, followed by the diced potatoes. Stir everything together to coat the samp and potatoes with the tomato mixture.
  • Sprinkle the ground cumin, paprika, dried thyme, salt, and pepper over the ingredients in the pot. Stir well to distribute the spices evenly.
  • Pour the vegetable or chicken broth into the pot, making sure it covers the samp and potatoes. If needed, add more broth or water to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Let the stew simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the samp and potatoes are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Once the samp and potatoes are cooked to your desired tenderness, remove the pot from the heat. Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Serve the samp and potato stew hot, garnished with fresh parsley or coriander, if desired. It pairs well with crusty bread or steamed vegetables.



The cooking time may vary depending on the type and age of the samp, so make sure to taste and test the tenderness as it cooks. You can also customize the flavors by adding other vegetables or spices according to your preference.
Enjoy the comforting flavors of samp and potatoes in this delicious stew. With its rich tomato broth and tender ingredients, this dish is perfect for a satisfying meal on a chilly day or any time you're craving a taste of South Africa.


Serving: 500g
Keyword samp with potato stew
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