Creamy samp

Creamy samp

Want a meal that is delicious, filling, and comforting? This amazing creamy samp recipe is exactly what you need.

Samp is a popular Southern African dish made from roughly crushed corn kernels. Back then this was done manually with a large pestle and mortar, which I have done personally. But nowadays you can easily grab a pack at your nearest grocer.

Samp is mostly cooked beans but this recipe is my family favourite. I hope you too will love this delicious and creamy samp that is filled with comforting goodness.

What goes into the creamy samp recipe.

Samp; the recipe works for both normal and quick samp 

Butter/margarine; have always used baking margarine and not the one for spreading, its more creamier

Parsley; I use dried parsley which is more intense than fresh, so if using fresh add more.

Flour; use the usual cake flour and can also substitute with soup powders for a particular flavour eg mushroom soup.

Milk; full cream is the best, it creams better than low fat.


How to make

If using normal samp, soak it for at least eight hours or overnight.

Rinse the soaked samp, add into a pot and cover with water. How much water will depend on how long you soaked the samp so it’s best to add the water bit by bit. Bring to a boil on medium heat(i cook mine on 3 and my stove is up to 5)

After the samp is cooked and there is almost no water left, add the butter/ margarine, aromat, and parsley, and mix well and nicely.

Add the flour and milk stir to make sure they are no lumps or just make a roux and pour into the samp. Lower the heat and let simmer and thicken for about 20 mins

Your samp is ready to be served and it’s insanely delicious with chicken stew.

Serving suggestions

This creamy samp can be enjoyed on its own, or as a side to stews.

Serve this with some bean curry for that nostalgic samp and beans but with a twist.


If you are in a hurry you can add the unsoaked samp to a boil, remove it from the stove and let soak in hot water for at least an hour or two to cut down the cooking. Basically a quick soak.

Add salt to the soaking water for a better flavour.

You can double up the recipe and freeze some before adding the seasoning and milk.

Creamy samp

A delicious samp samp dish drenched in milk and butter goodness, simply divine.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Soaking time8 hrs
Total Time11 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
Keyword: Samp


  • 2 cups samp
  • cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4-6 tbsp butter/margarine
  • 2 tsp aromat
  • ¾ tsp parsley


  • Soak the samp in about a litre and half of water .for at least 8 hours
  • After the 8 hours and when you are ready to cook, thoroughly rinse the samp, add to a pot and pour 3 cups of water. Cover and cook on medium heat for about an hour and a half.
  • Check how far cooked the samp is and add the remaining water accordingly
  • When the samp is cooked and there is a little water left in pot, add the butter, parsley and aromat, mix well
  • Lastly add the flour and milk , stir to mix lower the heat and let simmer for at least 20 mins
  • Serve the delicious samp with your favourite stew

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