Get to Know Australian Food Culture: Classic Australian Dishes

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If you want to experience the Australian food culture, you must try these classic Australian dishes
Try these classic Australian dishes

Ready to dive into some Australian grub (slang, for tasty food)? You might be interested to know that the Aussie enjoy a very multicultural diet. Many dishes that Australians consider truly Australian have been inherited from Chinese and Greek immigrants during the gold rush times, or dishes the British settlers brought with them.

You will find that classic Australian dishes and Italian pastas going hand in hand. So when people want to try Australian cuisine, they are more than likely trying a twist on a dish that’s come from somewhere else.

Without further explanation, here are some classic Aussie meals you may not have heard of, however don’t worry they are all bloody delicious! Trying these dishes is a great way to get to know Australian food culture.

Traveling to Australia soon? Check out our Australia travel guide.

Potato Cakes & Dim Sims for the Win

I don’t know if anyone told you, but Australia has quite a beach culture, and one thing every Aussie loves after or during a beach session is some fish and chips. Australians love their fish and chips and you’ll be able to purchase them in any town in Australia. Make sure you order a couple of dim sims and potato cakes (you will thank us later).

Fried Dim Sims
Fried Dim Sims (CC2.0 photo by (Lachlan Hardy)

Smoked Tasmanian Ocean Trout

Smoked trout is a top notch product that is exported to the rest of the world. Just like anything else, where it’s local it’s usually best! You will this product in most supermarkets or deli’s next to the smoked salmon. This trout will have you wondering why the world is so fixated on smoked salmon!

Slow Cooked Greek Lamb

The classic slow cooked lamb roast glazed in herbs served with potato and mint sauce is something most Australians grew up on. You will find that Australia produces high quantity and quality of lamb. So like in any culture, if there is an excessive the locals learnt to cook with it especially well. Either find a welcoming family to join for their weekly roast or head down to a local pub.

Damper And Bush Tucker

The indigenous people of Australia survived off the land not by planting crops but by knowing exactly what was edible in the wild. So while you’re in Australia make sure you take a chance to try the natives foods. In a number of places across Australia you can attend classes on bush tucker. It’s definitely something you should try.

Kangaroo Sausages
Kangaroo Sausages

Kangaroo Snags (Sausages) And Emu Pies

Australia is one of the few countries that don’t mind eating their emblem animals. So while you’re visiting Australia make sure you try some kangaroo sausages or an emu pie. Spicy kangaroo sausages are common place and a favourite amongst the locals. The best way to have them is smoked. Get a few friends around, throw on a few kangaroo snags on a super hot natural gas smoker along with a pile of sliced onions. Give them 5-10 minutes then serve them with bread, tomato sauce and the caramelised onions.

It’s a delicacy you won’t find in many other places in the world, and the same can be said about emu pie. You can find emu pies at most bakeries around the country, and they are equally just as delicious. You can purchase kangaroo sausages at most supermarkets in Australia and they certainly won’t be breaking the bank.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Try our recipe for Australian meat pie.

Chicken Parma

Chicken parma (parmigiana) is the most classic Aussie pub food, you will find it either served on a burger or with a plate of chips. The parma is a crispy chicken fillet that is smothered in marianna sauce and topped with cheese that is then melted. It is what every Aussie will turn to when in doubt of what to order.

Chicken parma
Chicken parma (CC2.0 photo by (Alpha)

Beetroot Burger

You might find a strange additional to your burger in Australia. It common place for a couple of slices of beetroot to be added. Now it might sound weird to first timers however, it is a beloved burger ingredient and you will find it adds flavours you never knew were needed.

Fairy Bread

A true favourite at every Aussie birthday party under 10 (maybe 20) is fairy bread. You make fairy bread by buttering some white bread and pouring hundreds and thousands on it then cutting into small triangles or squares. Now that may sound odd, but it is truly a delicacy. If you mention fairy bread to any Aussie adult you will see memories of childhood and happiness floating past their eyes.

Fairy Bread
Fairy Bread (CC0)

Surf And Turf

Surf and turf is a combination of seafood and steak served together. With the huge array of seafood in Australia such as Balmain bugs, oysters, calamari or yabbies, this is a must. Australia is hyped as producing some of the best beef in the world. Hot tip, make sure you try this in a coastal area to ensure you get the freshest possible seafood.

Where to find great food in Adelaide and around South Australia. Also check out our guide to wine tasting in South Australia.


We hope you’ve enjoyed Brittnay’s list of Australian foods you may not have heard of before. I certainly learned a few new ones! Have you tried any of these classic Australian dishes, or were they all new to you? Let us know your favorites in the comments!


Brittnay is an Aussie and one half of The Travelling House Sitters. She lived in London for the past two years before making the move to Dublin. She managed to squeeze in 21 trips to Europe & Africa in that time (including lots of cheese, wine & beaches).

Get to Know Australian Food Culture: Classic Australian Dishes

One thought on “Get to Know Australian Food Culture: Classic Australian Dishes

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Brittnay those fish and chips seem tasty. Big time popular here in New Zealand. Never heard of the dish named in that manner but hey, it is Oz! Love it. I recall a little chippery in my native New Jersey that did the batter pretty well. We enjoyed a dish here and there but not enough for heart failure to set in LOL.


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