bush tucker recipes

Rainforest Pumpkin Dip

Cubed butternut pumpkin tossed in Rainforest Macadamia Oil, saltbush, lemon myrtle, pepperberry and native thyme.

Roasted for 30 mins and then blended with half cup macadamia nuts.

Serve with Roast Pumpkin and Lemon Myrtle Wood oven bread

Lemon Myrtle Crusted Crocodile (entree for 4 or main for 2)

500g Crocodile tail
2 Tsp ground Lemon Myrtle

Gently roll the crocodile in Lemon Myrtle lightly covering the outside.

Cut into bite-sized medallions and grill each side in a hot pan being careful not to over-cook.

Served with salad (cos lettuce, grape tomatoes, red onion rings and avocado tossed in a dressing (half bush tomato vinegar, half macadamia oil) and potato mashed with Rainforest Macadamia Nut Oil and salt to taste.

Quark & Lemon Myrtle Cherry Cake


2 eggs separated
pinch salt
100gm sugar
1 Tbspn Lime Juice
60gm semolina
50gm roughly chopped macadamia nuts
1 teaspn Mango or Vanilla Essence
2 teaspns Lemon Myrtle
140gm Quark

Beat egg whites with 1 Tbspn of the sugar abd 2 teaspns Lemon Myrtle until soft and peaky.

Mix egg yolks, remaining sugar, lime juice, semolina, macadamia nuts, Mango essence and 4 Tbspn milk.

In a saucepan combine 250ml milk, 140gm Quark.  Bring to boil and then add egg yolk mix.  Stir.  Bring to boil. Cool for 10 minutes before folding in egg white batter.

Pour into a lightly oiled cake tin which has a layer of drained Morello cherries in it.

Bake 80 minutes on low (approx 130C)

Serve with Quark & Honey Cream (mix 2 Tbspns of Quark with a tespn of honey)

Lemon Myrtle Drink Mix


  • 125ml lemon juice
  • 125ml lime juice
  • 1 litre water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • lemon rind (1/4 of 1 lemon - remove pith)
  • 1 tspn citric acid
  • 1.5 cups freshlemon myrtle leaves (wash thoroughly)

Place first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and add lemon myrtle leaves and allow to soak for 3-5 minutes. Remove the leaves.

Cool the mixture. Pour into a sterilised bottle.

Refrigerate. Dilute to taste to serve.

Lemon Myrtle Crocodile Pizza

1 pizza base
6 Tablespoons Bush Tomato Pizza Sauce
Red onion, finely sliced
150g crocodile tail cut into 2-3mm thick slices, tossed in 1 tablespoon of lemon myrtle and pan fried.
Handful of baby spinach, blanched for 3 minutes
1 teaspoon baby capers
Mozzarella cheese

Spread the pizza base with the Bush Tomato Pizza Sauce.
Add a light covering of spinach
Then a small sprinkle of the red onion.
Place crocodile randomly over the pizza
Sprinkle the capers and top with the cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes at 200C.

Great on its own or served with a dollop of sour cream.

Crab Cakes served with Corn Relish

1 egg
1 teaspoon Outback Pride Seafood Sprinkle
1/3 cup Lemon Myrtle Mayonnaise (see below)
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon Lemon Myrtle Chilli Sauce (see below)
2 (170gm) cans crab meat
2 Tbspns Macadamia Nut Oil

Mix all ingredients except the crab meat.  Then stir in crab meat.  Set aside and prepare the Corn Relish.
Then place oil in a pan.  Fry spoonfuls of crab mix for approx 4 minutes a side.  Serve immediately with Corn Relish.

Corn Relish
1 can corn kernels (drained)
2 roma tomatoes (diced)
1/2 red onion (diced)
2 Tbspns Fresh Parsley (finely chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 teaspn Outback Pride Seafood Sprinkle
2 teaspn Raspberry Wine Vinegar
3 Tbspns Lemon Myrtle Mayonnaise (see below)

Place all ingredients except the mayonnaise into a bowl and mix.  Then stir in the mayonnaise.

Lemon Myrtle Calamari Tempura -

Mix together 1 tsp lemon myrtle, 1 cup of plain flour and 2 tablespoons cornflour.

Then roll calamari rings (enough for 4 people) into mixture.

Heat 20ml macadamia nut oil and 50gm butter in a pan.
Add 1 tspsaltbush, 1 tsp mountain pepper and 1 tsp tanami fire.

After 30 seconds add the calamari in batches.

Lemon Myrtle, Saltbush, Mountain Pepper and Tanami Fireare available in the Taste Australia Bush Food Shop

Lemon Myrtle Chilli Sauce -

Blend 3 large peeled garlic cloves,4 tspn dried chilli flakes, 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup white vinegar & 1/2 tbspn salt.

Transfer to a pot and bring to the boil. Simmer for 3 mins.

Then add thickener (1 tbspn cornflour, 2 tbspns water & 1 dspn ground lemon myrtle).

Stir well until it thickens a little. Cool and bottle. Refrigerate. Makes half a cup.

Use as a dipping sauce; mix it with aioli for a dip; brush on grilled chicken wings and grilled corn cobs or use it as a base for dressings.

For a variation - replace lemon myrtle with peppermint gum

Lemon Myrtle Aioli
Blend 2 egg yolks, 2 tbspns lime juice, 1 teaspn Outback Pride Pepperleaf and Honey Mustard, 1 heaped teaspoon honey, 1 teaspn Ground Lemon Myrtle, 1/2 teaspoon of Mountain Pepper and a pinch of Salt. Slowly add 250ml Macadamia Nut Oil

Baked Ricotta and Honey Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake


1 packet of Granita Biscuits
1/4 cup sugar
90gm unsalted butter

250gm cream cheese
600gm ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour
4 eggs
2 teaspoons Ground Lemon Myrtle or grated lemon rind or grated orange rind
1.5 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 tablespoons honey
45gm pistachios

Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced).  Grease a springform pan and wrap outside of pan with 2 layers of alfoil.

Finely crush biscuits and combine with sugar and butter.  Press crumbs into the base of the springform pan and then refrigerate.

Beat the cream cheese and then add the ricotta and sugar.  Beat for 2 minutes until smooth. Then add cornflour.  Then add eggs one at a time blending well each time.  Then add lemon myrtle and vanilla.

Place springform pan in a baking dish. Pour mix into springform pan.  Then pour enough hot water into the baking dish so that it comes halfway up the sides of the springform pan. 

Bake for 10 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 140C (120C fan forced) and bake for a further 30 minutes until almost set.

Remove pan from water.  Cool.  Cover. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Serve with honey and pistachios.

There are more recipes using LEMON MYRTLE at TASTE AUSTRALIA
Aniseed Myrtle
Bush Tomato
Cinnamon Myrtle
Lemon Myrtle
Mountain Pepper
Native Basil
Native Sage
Native Thyme
Peppermint Gum
River Mint
Sea Parsley
Strawberry Gum
Tanami Apple
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