Our Very Best Australian and New Zealand Recipes

Crumbles, quail, cookies, and more from the wild Pacific

Australian and New Zealand cuisine fuses indigenous flora and fauna, as well as native cooking methods, with the later additions of colonial settlers. With most of the countries' populations residing in coastal areas, seafood—from snapper to prawns and lobster—are major ingredients, but forms of barbecue are also traditional to the Wild West of the Pacific. Bookmark our collection of best recipes from Australian and New Zealand restaurants, as well as new takes on traditional desserts such as the Tim Tam and Lolly Cake of New Zealand.

Prawns with Edamame Slaw and Carrot Miso Sauce

Prawns with Edamame Slaw and Carrot Miso Sauce
Prawns with Edamame Slaw and Carrot Miso SauceMatt Taylor-Gross

Carrot juice and white miso make a sweet umami dressing for jumbo prawns and a spicy slaw of radish and edamame in this recipe adapted from chef Ryan Edwards of Appellation restaurant in Barossa, Australia. Get the recipe for Prawns with Edamame Slaw and Carrot Miso Sauce »

Seared Snapper with Nettle Sauce

Seared Snapper with Nettle Sauce, Tasmania
Seared Snapper with Nettle SauceJames Fisher

To get the fish skin extra crispy for this recipe from Franklin's chef David Moyle, pat it dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Get the recipe for Seared Snapper with Nettle Sauce »

Sautéed Quail with Black Barley, Beets, and Fig Sauce

Sautéed Quail with Black Barley, Beets, and Fig Sauce
Sautéed Quail with Black Barley, Beets, and Fig SauceMatt Taylor-Gross

Mustard-and-herb-marinated quail gets a quick sauté for this earthy dish and is served with poached beets and a sweet-tart fig and ruby port sauce. Adapted from a recipe by chef Stuart Bell of Ten Minutes by Tractor in Mornington Peninsula, Australia, the dish has black barley, a variety with the bran still attached to the wheat kernel. Get the recipe for Sautéed Quail with Black Barley, Beets, and Fig Sauce »

Grilled Lobster with Chipotle Garlic Seaweed Butter

Grilled Lobster with Chipotle Garlic Seaweed Butter, Tasmania
Grilled Lobster with Chipotle Garlic Seaweed ButterJames Fisher

Don't be afraid of the yellow-green tomalley: Rodney Dunn of Agrarian Kitchen adds the muddy-looking lobster liver sauce to drawn butter for extra lobster flavor. Get the recipe for Grilled Lobster with Chipotle Garlic Seaweed Butter »

Apple Crumble with Hot Custard

Apple Crumble with Hot Custard
Apple Crumble with Hot CustardMatt Taylor-Gross

We enjoyed this warm and comforting dessert while visiting a sheep farm in New Zealand. Get the recipe for Apple Crumble with Hot Custard »

Grilled Octopus with Green Lentils and Romesco

GRILLED OCTOPUS WITH GREEN LENTILS AND ROMESCO
Grilled Octopus with Green Lentils and RomescoMatt Taylor-Gross

Smoky romesco sauce brightens burnished, crispy octopus, which is marinated in an herb-packed vinaigrette, in this recipe adapted from chef Dan Moss of Terroir Auburn restaurant in Clare Valley, Australia. Get the recipe for Grilled Octopus with Green Lentils and Romesco »

Seared Octopus with Fennel Pollen and Smoked Paprika

Seared Octopus with Fennel Pollen and Smoked Paprika, Tasmania
Seared Octopus with Fennel Pollen and Smoked PaprikaJames Fisher

When making this elegant seafood appetizer from Franklin restaurant, make sure you wash the octopus thoroughly to remove any grit. Get the recipe for Seared Octopus with Fennel Pollen and Paprika »

Grilled Lamb Chops and Squash with Herb Salad and Sunchokes

Grilled Lamb Chops and Squash with Herb Salad and Sunchokes
Grilled Lamb Chops and Squash with Herb Salad and SunchokesMatt Taylor-Gross

Blanching the squash pieces in this dish, adapted from a recipe by chef Dan Moss of Terroir Auburn in Clare Valley, Australia, helps to tenderize their skins and flesh so they're not undercooked when the outside is grilled to perfection. A creamy sunchoke purée and tart herb salad round out the grilled squash and lamb chops. Get the recipe for Grilled Lamb Chops and Squash with Herb Salad and Sunchokes »

Flounder with Lemon Caper Sauce

Flounder with Lemon Caper Sauce
Flounder with Lemon Caper SauceMatt Taylor-Gross

This version of classic fish à la meunière, adapted from a recipe by chef Stuart Deller of Port Phillip Estate restaurant in Mornington Peninsula, Australia, adds crisp croutons and briny capers to the tangy lemon, parsley, and brown butter sauce. Get the recipe for Flounder with Lemon Caper Sauce »

Lolly Cake

New Zealand Lolly Cake
Lolly Cake

A mix of crushed malt biscuits, sweetened condensed milk, and butter, these New Zealand treats from test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin have a soft texture akin to cookie dough. Traditionally, Eskimo Lollies (a multicolored, marshmallow-like candy) are used, but colorful marshmallows make a great substitute. Get the recipe for Lolly Cake »

Brown Rice Salad with Avocado

Brown Rice Salad with Avocado
Brown Rice Salad with AvocadoFarideh Sadeghin

The staff at Huka Lodge in New Zealand used to serve this simple dish for lunch when I worked there as a chef in 2011; I fell in love with it immediately and it's been a regular part of my dinner repertoire since. The combination of crunchy peanuts, creamy avocados, and the sweet bite of ginger make for a dish that's full of complex flavors, yet easy to execute. Serve it on its own or with tofu for a vegetarian meal, or add grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp. —Farideh Sadeghin, test kitchen director Get the recipe for Brown Rice Salad with Avocado »

Fermented Bloody Mary

Fermented Bloody Mary, Tasmania
Fermented Bloody MaryJames Fisher

Luke Burgess modernizes the classic brunch cocktail with kimchi brine and sesame oil at his restaurant Garagistes. Get the recipe for Fermented Bloody Mary »

Afghans

Afghans
AfghansHelen Rosner

Folding cornflakes into the dough before baking gives simple chocolate cookies an addictive crunch. Get the recipe for Afghans »

Grilled Lamb Chops with Ginger Sauce

Grilled Lamb Chops with Ginger Sauce
Grilled Lamb Chops with Ginger SauceChristopher Wise

A fragrant mix of oyster sauce, cilantro, and ginger pulls double duty here as both a marinade and dipping sauce for lamb rib chops. Get the recipe for Grilled Lamb Chops with Ginger Sauce »

Summer Bolognese

Simple Weeknight Meal, Summer bolognese
Summer BologneseFarideh Sadeghin

This recipe for summer bolognese has the classic comfort of bolognese, but without the heaviness of a red sauce, instead embracing the summer's bounty of gorgeous tomatoes and fresh basil. Get the recipe for Summer Bolognese »

Open-Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich

Open Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich, Tasmania
Open Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich, TasmaniaJames Fisher

For this open-faced sandwich at Betsey Cafe, chef David Moyle uses the fish bones to make a flavorful stock, which is then used for poaching the fillets. Get the recipe for Open-Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich »

Tim Tam Pavlova

Tim Tam Pavlova
Tim Tam PavlovaFarideh Sadeghin

The thing that differentiates this classic kiwi dessert from a meringue is the addition of vinegar: it helps give the outside a lovely crunchy shell, while the inside remains soft. Get the recipe for Tim Tam Pavlova »

Venison Loins with Shallot Sauce and Stewed Quince

Venison Loins with Shallot Sauce and Stewed Quince
Venison Loins with Shallot Sauce and Stewed QuinceMatt Taylor-Gross

Similar to applesauce served with pork, this recipe, adapted from chef Stuart Bell of Ten Minutes by Tractor restaurant in Mornington Peninsula, Australia, uses sweet, spiced quince to balance faintly gamy venison loin served atop a creamy shallot sauce. Get the recipe for Venison Loins with Shallot Sauce and Stewed Quince »

Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza
Ham and Caramelized Onion PizzaIngalls Photography

Caramelized onions, sweet ham, mozzarella, and fragrant rosemary combine in this flavorful pizza. Get the recipe for Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza »

Lamingtons

Lamingtons
LamingtonsSAVEUR

Likely named for a 19th-century governor of Queensland, the Lamington is now an Australian favorite. It's a cube of butter cake dipped in chocolate, then rolled in coconut flakes. Though some versions are filled with cream or jam, we purists believe the original is impossible to improve upon. —Fouad Kassab, author of thefoodblog.com.au Get the recipe for Lamingtons »

Bacon and Egg Pie

Bacon and Egg Pie
Bacon and Egg PiePenny De Los Santos

This New Zealand combination of flaky pastry, canary-yellow yolks, and salty bacon has cross-cultural appeal. Get the recipe for Bacon and Egg Pie »

Hundreds and Thousands

Hundreds and Thousands
Hundreds and ThousandsTodd Coleman

Australia's Hundreds and Thousands sandwich, made with butter and sprinkles on toasted white bread, is a simple and unexpected dessert. Get the recipe for Hundreds and Thousands »