Creamy mushroom soup with samp recipe

Creamy mushroom soup with samp recipe

South Africans love their “pap en sous” (stiff maize porridge) with a side of chakalaka (tomato and onion sauce) when it’s braai time. This creamy mushroom samp, on the other hand, is a result of experimenting with a local staple and turning out to be a delicious addition to the menu. As a simple and excellent side dish, it is greatly enhanced by the savoury flavour added by the mushrooms.

Creamy mushroom samp tips

Samp needs to start its preparation the day before because it needs to rest in water. It’s possible that you’ll need to add more water as the grain softens if you’re not accustomed to cooking it. Great aromas come from the garlic and celery, and chillies may be added for spiciness if desired. During the week, serve this wonderful accompaniment with a roast chicken supper; on the weekend, serve it with your grilled steak, chops, and/or boerewors.

Braai time calls for some authentic South African sides. This creamy mushroom samp side dish has a twist that you need to try.

Creamy mushroom samp recipe

Creamy mushroom soup with samp recipe

Recipe by Gary Dunn

Course: Sides

Cuisine: South African

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 4 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours 

Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 cups Ace Samp

  • 1 tbsp. Garlic

  • 1 chicken stock cube

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil/canola oil

  • ½ onion, finely chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

  • cups mushrooms, cut in quarters

  • ½ tsp dried thyme

  • 4 tbsp. mushroom soup powder

  • 5 tbsp. cold water


  • Put samp in a deep bowl and cover with water. Allow to soak overnight.
  • Drain the samp and put into a new pot with garlic and the stock cube, cover with water and bring to the boil.
  • Cook until samp is softened, add water if the water evaporates before the samp is cooked.
  • In a frying pan, melt the oil and fry the onions, celery, mushrooms and thyme, until softened. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix the soup powder with the cold water and add to the cooked samp, stir well. Spoon in the mushroom mix and mix well.
  • Allow to simmer uncovered for a few minutes until the samp is cooked through and creamy.
  • Serve with roast chicken or grilled chops and salad.
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