• 150g mopane worms
  • 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 30ml fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • a little oil for frying
Amacimbi, a.k.a madora, a.k.a mopane worms are one of our traditional delicacies here in Zimbabwe. There are several ways to prepare them and here’s a modernized twist I’ve given to them. I especially loved how the lemon heightens the flavour in the dish.You can enjoy them as a snack on their own or with some sadza (pap). My family licked their plates clean!

Resources/Equipment You Will Need

  • Frying pan
  • Bowl
  • Slotted spoon

Quick Instructions

  1. Get your ingredients together; 150g mopane worms; 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce; 30ml fresh lemon juice; salt to taste and a little oil for frying.
  2. Put your mopane worms into a bowl. Add boiling water to re-hydrate them. Let them soak for 5 min.
  3. Drain the water. Heat oil in pan. Add the mopane worm and fry for about 10 min, stirring regularly.
  4. De-glaze the pan with a little lemon juice at a time.
  5. Add the sweet chilli sauce and some salt. Fry for a further 10 min, stirring occasionally and de-glazing with more lemon juice should the pan get sticky underneath. Enjoy!
Serve with Sadza or as a snack on their own...

Serve with Sadza or as a snack on their own…


Do give them a go and let me know how you find them by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.



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