How To Cook Pork Trotters South African Style

Welcome to my blog post on how to cook pork trotters South African style! Pork trotters are a staple in many cultures and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. In South Africa, this dish is often served during special occasions and celebrations.

  1. Ingredients
  2. Instructions
    1. 1. Clean the pork trotters
    2. 2. Cook the pork trotters
    3. 3. Prepare the sauce
    4. 4. Combine the sauce and pork trotters
    5. 5. Garnish and serve
  3. Tips


To make this delicious dish, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4-6 pork trotters
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


1. Clean the pork trotters

The first step to cooking pork trotters is to clean them thoroughly. Rinse the trotters under cold water and scrub them well with a brush to remove any dirt or debris. Remove any hair that may still be on the trotters using a sharp knife or shaving razor.

2. Cook the pork trotters

Place the cleaned pork trotters in a large pot and cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 2 hours or until tender.

3. Prepare the sauce

While the pork trotters are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and grated ginger. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.

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Add the tomato paste, coriander powder, cumin powder, paprika, and turmeric to the pan. Mix well and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the spices are fragrant.

4. Combine the sauce and pork trotters

Once the pork trotters are cooked, remove them from the pot and drain off the water. Add the sauce to the pot with the pork trotters and mix well. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

5. Garnish and serve

Once the pork trotters are done, garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with your favorite side dish such as rice or potatoes.


  • If you prefer a spicier flavor, add some chopped chili peppers to the sauce.
  • To save time, you can cook the pork trotters in a pressure cooker instead of simmering them.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

Now that you know how to cook pork trotters South African style, why not try making this dish for your next special occasion or celebration? Your guests are sure to be impressed!

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