Smokey chilli ostrich goulash


Smokey Chilli Ostrich Goulash

Allow me to introduce, Ishay Govender-Ypma, better known as ‘Food and the Fabulous’, and darling, she is just that. Ishay and I started our blogs around the same time and have become great friends both on and off-line and I’m honoured she’s entrusted me with this recipe and deeply value our friendship.

Serves 4

  • 400g ostrich fillet, cut into small cubes (1 or 2 bite size morsels, add 1 tsp ground ginger and garlic, few grinds of smoked salt and 1/2 tsp smoked sweet/mild (or hot) paprika, mix and set aside)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 green, red and yellow medium sized peppers, chopped into 1cm cubes (you know I mean small)
  • 1 medium red chilli, finely chopped
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • small handful fresh oregano, chopped roughly
  • 2 tsp smoked sweet/mild paprika (1 tsp if you’re using the hot variety)
  • 1 x can plum tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup warm water with 1 tbsp vegetable or beef liquid stock, mixed
  • small handful sundried tomatoes, chopped roughly
  • 2 tbsp Marsala wine (optional)
  • zest 1 lemon (optional)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • smoked salt, to taste
  • sour cream and chopped parsley to serve


Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
In a small pot (preferably a casserole that can be used in oven as well), add the oil and fry onions on medium heat for 4 minutes or until softened.
Add chopped chilli and garlic and stir for a few seconds. Add ostrich. Now, you could if you wish add it in two batches to brown, but I don’t think this is necessary. It’s all going to tenderize together nicely in the oven. Turn up the heat to brown slightly.
Add tinned tomato, tomato paste, marsala, water, stock and smoked paprika (if you add the paprika earlier with the onions, it may burn and become slightly bitter). Cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring gently to mix.
Add oregano, lemon zest and sugar. Test seasoning and add more smoked salt, according to taste.
Add peppers and sundried tomatoes and mix well. Remove from heat.

Cover the vessel tightly with heavy duty foil, make a little gash in the centre with a sharp knife and transfer to oven. Don’t cover with the lid.
Allow to cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Serve on a bed of rice, with a dollop of sour cream and snipped parsley and freshly ground black pepper.

The smokey paprika permeates the tomato and pepper gravy, and compliments the ostrich (an otherwise strong gamey meat) perfectly.

This is South Africa meets Hungary at its best- hearty, nutritious comfort food that is lean and suitable for Spring time too.

posted under Feb Foodies
3 Comments to

“Smokey chilli ostrich goulash”

  1. Avatar February 2nd, 2011 at 9:57 AM Ishay Says:

    Well done Matt! Love that you’re experimenting with recipes – your dish looks very similar to mine. I hope you enjoyed making it! Reminds me- we haven’t eaten this in a while! :) Looking forward to the rest of your FebFoodies posts

  2. Avatar February 8th, 2011 at 6:44 PM Meg Says:

    Just discovered your blog when looking for a Jamie recipe, congrats on creating a simple, interesting and entertaining read. I tried Ostrich for the very first time last year on a 3 week holiday in South Africa… we were actually in Oudtshoorn at the time, so it seemed appropriate :) It was absoltely delicious, we’re totally converted, although it’s not easy to find in the UK! (and definitely not as cheap!) Look forward to trying this when I manage to track some down!

  3. Avatar February 9th, 2011 at 5:14 PM Matt Allison Says:

    Hi Meg,

    Thanks for stopping by! As you may have noticed i cooked all of Jamie’s 20-minute meals and around 20 of the new recipes app, still loads more to blog. Glad you enjoyed the taste of ostrich, it isn’t all that cheap here either, but a great lighter and healthier option to red meat and ethically farmed to boot. Hope you get to find some across the pond.



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