16 Savoury Australia Day Foods


Our official national day is swiftly approaching (celebrated on 26 January), and what better way to embrace and celebrate our unique Australian culture than by sharing great food with friends and family? And with so many iconic Aussie dishes to choose from, there will definitely be something for everyone to enjoy!

1. Snags

It wouldn’t be Australia Day without a barbeque and a good old sausage sizzle! Throwing some snags on the barbie is the simplest way to get in the Aussie spirit! For kids, why not do some mini snags, like these ones seen on Smart Party Planning?

Mini sausages

2. Pies

The iconic Aussie meat pie is also a great savoury food idea for Australia Day. Check out this recipe for Aussie Meat Pies by Super Food Ideas.

Aussie pie

3. Vegemite

What is more Aussie than Vegemite? Start the day with simple Vegemite on toast, or make a great snack for kids and adults alike with these Vegemite Cheesy Scrolls made by Bake for Happy Kids. They are made using ‘my first Vegemite’ which is designed for children, with a milder taste and 50% less sodium.

Vegemite pinwheels

4. Sausage rolls

Sausage rolls are also a great Australia Day food. For something really special, how about these Macadamia, Apricot, Apple and Sage Sausage Rolls by What Katie Ate?

Sausage roll recipe

5. Prawns

Prawns are a must for any Australia Day celebration. We love these Prawn and Avocado Skewers with Seafood Sauce by Super Food Ideas.


6. Salads

From traditional Australia Day barbeques to full-on sit-down meals, salads are a great accompaniment. We’re not talking a bit of iceberg lettuce with tomatoes and cucumber. Nope, we mean delicious, filling and exciting recipes like this Barbecued Pumpkin, Red Onion and Spinach Salad found on taste.com.au.

Pumpkin, red onion and spinach salad

7. Damper

Traditional damper is a great Aussie food to make for Australia Day. There’s no need to just stick with a plain one either. Why not tszuj it up with herbs, cheese, pumpkin, proscuitto, olives or other delicious ingredients? This Pull-apart Bacon and Cheese Damper from Australian Good Taste looks amazing!

Bacon and cheese damper

8. Lamb

Love or loathe the Sam Kekovich adverts, lamb is undeniably a big part of Australia Day. Roasts, racks, chops, cutlets, or however you like, there are some great recipes out there. Check out these super Aussie Macadamia Crumbed Lamb Cutlets with Beetroot Dip from Super Food Ideas!

Lamb and Dip

9. Savoury slices

Baked savoury slices are so simple to make, healthy and delicious. Visit taste.com.au for the recipe for this delicious Zucchini Slice.

Baked savoury slice

10. Burgers

Burgers are also a typical Australia Day food. Check out this Best-ever Aussie Burger recipe by Coles.

Beef Burger

11. Steak

Many Aussies love a good steak, but cooking it to perfection is a fine art. Visit iVillage for five tips for grilling a perfect steak.

Barbecuing steak

12. Calamari

Seafood is an Aussie summer staple, and calamari is a firm favourite. We love the look of this Calamari with Lemon Aioli and Pea and Mint Salad by delicious.

Calamari and salad

13. Fish

Fish and chips is another great way to enjoy seafood on Australia Day. For a healthier recipe, check out Baked Fish and Chips with Lemon Yoghurt found on the Australian Healthy Food Guide.

Owen baked fish and chips

14. Savoury Muffins

Another great Aussie recipe is these Vegemite and Cheese Muffins by Huey’s Kitchen that kids will love!

Savoury muffins

15. Skewers

Skewers are great for cooking at an Australia Day barbeque. Here is a great recipe for Lamb Skewers with Lemon and Garlic from Super Food Ideas.

Lamb kebabs

16. Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin scones are an Aussie food icon. Check out the recipe for Lady Flo’s Famous Pumpkin Scones on Gourmet Traveller.

Pumpkin scone recipe

For more savoury Australia Day food ideas, check out our Pinterest board, and click here for our 17 Sweet Australian Food Ideas.

For Australia Day events in and around Brisbane, check out The Best Australia Day Events for Brisbane Kids.

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