Whether you are traveling to Australia or you are just wanting to try some Australian foods in the comfort of your own home, here are the top 30 ones you must try. They include Australian snacks and main Australian dishes. Any of the choices on this list will make you feel like a true Australian native.
1. Pea and Ham Soup
This a simple meal served in Australia in the wintertime. Some people also choose to add sausages for a heartier meal.
If you have a sweet tooth, this is an Australian snack for you. It’s a sponge cake with chocolate icing and a coconut filling. The jam in the middle is the best part.
3. Australian Hand Pies
This is definitely one of the Australian classics. You might also hear it called a meat pie. It has a flaky crust and can be found anywhere from bakeries to sporting venues to people’s home for a party.
4. Lamb Leg Roast
Lamb leg roasts are one of the most popular fishes to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. It’s typically cooked with garlic, olive oil, and rosemary. The simple flavors make this meat delicious and tender. You can also eat it with vegetables or a baked potato.
This is another great Australian desert. Its meringue based that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can also top it with some whip cream and fresh fruit.
6. Chicken Parmigiana
Many people are surprised to hear this is actually Australian and not Italian. It’s a common food to get in Australian restaurants and pubs. You might even find it topped with prosciutto or ham.
7. Seafood Pizza
Everyone loves pizza, but most people haven’t tried it with seafood. If you’re in Australia, this is a great thing to order because most seafood is freshly caught. People often pair it with a cold beer or a glass of white wine.
Crocodile isn’t a super common food as it’s considered a delicacy, but it’s still worth trying. You usually only find it at special or gourmet restaurants.
9. Grilled Kangaroo
This is a must when wanting to eat like a local in Australia. Most places will cook it rare to medium and cook it with pepper, garlic, juniper, and rosemary.
10. Chicken and Corn Soup
This is technically usually found at Chinese restaurants, but it’s considered uniquely Australian. Make sure to pop into a Chinese restaurant and order a bowl.
11. Chicken Curry Pie
Since Australians love Thai food and pie, this was made to be a combination of both. Its traditional Thai green curry baked into an Australian pie crust.
12. Hamburger with Beetroot
Australians love to put a slice of beetroot on top of a beef Pattie and seal it between two hot pieces of bread. You can also add cheese and anything else you might add to a regular burger.
This a snack that’s also considered a dessert. It’s milk chocolate on the outside and caramel in the middle. You can get it at any supermarket or candy store.
This is fresh fish you can order at almost any restaurant. You can usually order it fried or seared, but not deep fried.
15. Crab Sticks
These don’t actually have any crab in them, but the imitation crab meat is an Australian favorite.
16. Cheese and Bacon Roll
This a common food Australians send their kids to school with. It’s loved by everyone as it’s a bread roll topped with cheese and large bacon chunks.
17. Vanilla Slice
This is another amazing dessert you have to try. It’s a pastry filled with vanilla custard. You can often order it in many different flavors.
18. Vegemite on Toast
This one, of course, has to be on the list. You can simply spread it on toast and enjoy it at breakfast or lunch along with a hot cup of tea.
19. Spag Bol
Many people are confused when they learn this is Australian because Spaghetti Bolognese is considered an Italian dish. They make it Australian though with some fresh Australian beef and mushrooms.
20. Pigs in a Blanket
This isn’t the same as the Pigs in a Blanket you’ll find in America. Instead of finding sausage wrapped in bread, you’ll find sausage wrapped in bacon.
21. Chicko Roll
Like many Australian dishes, the Chick Roll is inspired by Asian food. It resembles Chinese spring rolls with beef, carrots, onions, green beans, cabbage, and celery.
22. Fairy Bread
This a simple thing to make and loved by people of all ages. Just cut some white bread into triangles, put some butter on it, and cover it in sprinkles.
23. Cherry Ripe
This is a traditional Australian candy chocolate bar. It’s amazing dark chocolate with coconut and cherries.
24. SAO Biscuit
This is used to be a biscuit that was handed out by Salvation Army Officers. It’s square and thin and Australians often smear some Vegemite or butter on it.
25. Dagwood Dog
This is loved by all Australians as it’s a frankfurter that has been battered and deep fried. It’s a typical carnival food and is served on a stick.
26. Sausage Rolls
Enjoy some sausage meat wrapped in pastry dough and oven baked. It’s a typical Australian lunch time favorite.
27. Tim Tam
This is a chocolate biscuit with two layers of amazing creamy chocolate. They are found in supermarkets all over Australia.
28. Prawn Cocktail
This is a typical appetizer. It’s shelled prawns with mayonnaise and tomato dressing with a lettuce leaf.
29. Balmain Bugs
If you like lobster, this is a great thing to enjoy in Australia. Only the tail has the edible meat, but it’s definitely worth ordering and trying.
30. Barbecued Snags
This a common Australian barbecue staple. They can be pork or beef sausages, but they are also paired with a roll or slide of bread. Make sure to cover it in fried onion.