Cape Malay Lamb and Apricot Skewers

Sosaties are marinated meat kebabs that come from Cape Malay in South Africa. The name itself come from the two cultures that come together in this one dish; “sate” means skewered meat in Malaysian, while “saus” refers to spicy sauce (marinade) in Afrikaans. Although the recipe’s origin is in Cape Malay, these skewers are consumed broadly in South Africa and a braai (South African cookout) just wouldn’t be a braai without them.

Sosaties – Cape Malay Lamb and Apricot Skewers

These marinated and grilled lamb and apricot kebabs combine fruit and curry flavors unique to dishes found in Cape Malay, South Africa. Serve these with rice or solo as they do at a Braai (South African cookout), as one-of-many meat dishes.
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Course: BBQ, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: African, South Africa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 skewers
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • small saucepan
  • Metal or soaked wood skewers


  • 1 lb Boneless lamb leg or shoulder
  • 16 Dried apricots
  • ¾ medium Onion, peeled


  • ¼ medium Onion
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 3 tbsp Apricot jam
  • 3 tbsp Wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp Salt


  • Prep – Quarter and chop 1/4 onion, reserve the rest. Cut lamb into 1½-inch cubes. Soak dried apricots in hot water for 20 minutes.
  • Marinate – Heat chopped onion and oil in saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add vinegar, apricot jam, curry powder, cumin, and salt. Mix well then remove from heat and let cool. Place lamb cubes in a plastic freezer bag. Pour in cooled marinade, seal bag, and massage into the meat. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  • Assemble & Grill – Soak apricots and wood skewers, if using, for 30 minutes in warm water. Thread meat onto skewers alternating between meat, apricots and onion pieces. Make 4 skewers. Cook on hot grill until cooked through, about 6 minutes total.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 784mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1212IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg

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