Ostrich braaied espetada (meat kebabs)

July 27, 2016 (Last Updated: November 14, 2018)

Nothing beats a braai, especially with family and good food. Espetada are the perfect reason for this, particularly during the summer months.

Ostrich braaied espetada (meat kebabs)

Serves: 4 – 5
Cooking Time: 10 – 15 minutes (once the fire is ready)


  • 2,5ml (½ tsp) coarse salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 10 fresh bay leaves, roughly torn
  • 5ml (1 tsp) coconut oil
  • 1kg ostrich fillet, cut into 4cm x 4cm cubes
  • 4 – 5 bay leaf branches, tips sharpened
  • lemon wedges, to serve



Create the marinade by mixing the coarse salt, garlic and bay leaves together in a bowl. Rub coconut oil over the ostrich cubes before spearing them onto the bay leaf-branch skewers. Coat the ostrich in the marinade.


Place the skewers over a braai of medium heat and cook until golden brown and medium, 10 – 15 minutes, turning halfway. Shake off excess salt and serve with a lemon wedge on the side.

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