Karen Martini's recipes

Chef Karen Martini.
Chef Karen Martini.

Karen Martini is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. Her food message is drawn from her professional cooking career, her Tunisian-Italian heritage, and from the challenges of feeding nutritious and stimulating food to her young family. 

Karen was the founding chef at the critically acclaimed Melbourne Wine Room and Sydney’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. As executive chef of both restaurants she held two chef’s hats. She owns and runs St Kilda’s much-loved pizzeria, Mr. Wolf. 

Formerly the food editor of Sunday Life for six years, she is now food editor of Good Food (The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday), Epicure (The Age, Tuesday) and Food and Wine (The Canberra Times, Wednesday). Karen is the author of three cookbooks and appears on  Better Homes and Gardens and My Kitchen Rules.

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Rockling curry with fresh turmeric and ginger.

Fish curry with turmeric, ginger and curry leaves

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (6)
Silverbeet and haloumi pies with sausage (or ricotta).

Silverbeet, sausage and haloumi pies

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (6)
Chicken

Braised chicken with ras-el-hanout and dates

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (26)
Plum and semolina shortcake.

Semolina, almond and blood plum cake

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (17)
Sun-ripened tomatoes are hard to beat, especially if you've grown them yourself.

Tomato salad with ricotta, dried olives and pinenuts

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Fried sardines with five-spice salt and pickled cucumber.

Fried sardines with five-spice salt and pickled cucumber

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Baked chicken polpette by Karen Martini.

Roasted chicken polpette with peas, yoghurt and dill

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (10)
Brioche rolls with crayfish, kimchi and sesame mayonnaise.

Kimchi

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Summer vegetable lasagne

Summer vegetable lasagne

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (21)
char-grilled fennel and carrot salad

Char-grilled fennel and carrot salad with champagne vinegar, tarragon and fried haloumi

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Peach and mascarpone torte

Peach and mascarpone torte with roasted white peaches and cherries

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Seared tuna rice paper rolls or salad - you choose!

Seared lemongrass tuna with rice paper, herbs, grated egg and basil seeds

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Christmas chai shortbread cookies

Chai Christmas cookies

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Karen Martini's tuna, sweet potato, fennel and orange salad.

Sweet potato, tuna, fennel, orange, olive and pita salad

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
You can serve the prawn salad as a feast or wrap the salad in the betel leaves and eat them as hand-held morsels.

Prawn and vermicelli salad with coconut cream, kaffir lime and betel leaves

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (14)
Thai fried beef with tamarind sauce.

Thai fried beef with tamarind sauce

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Kale, olive and artichoke dip.

Green olive, artichoke and kale tapenade

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (6)
Arroz negro

Arroz negro

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Karen Martini's Portuguese custard tarts.

Portuguese tarts

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (22)
Singapore noodles

Singapore noodles

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (11)
Cauliflower, green bean and fenugreek salad

Green bean, cauliflower and fresh fenugreek salad

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Karen Martini's smoked ham hock and lentil soup.

Smoked ham hock and lentil soup with parsley and poached eggs

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (8)
Banana, rhubarb and yoghurt cake with pistachios and halva.

Banana, rhubarb and yoghurt cake with pistachios and halva

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (8)
Lentil dhal with mint, haloumi and okra.

Red lentil dhal with curry leaves, mint and haloumi

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Pork hocks braised with cider, honey and Sichuan pepper.

Pork hocks with cider, honey, star anise and Sichuan pepper

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (9)
Chicken biryani with almonds, saffron and rosewater.

Chicken biryani with almonds, saffron and rosewater

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (62)
Photograph by Bonnie Savage
Styling by Deborah Kaloper
Small brass bowl (with seaweed0 from Hamish and Grace, hamishandgrace.com.au, all other props stylist own

Karen Martini recipe - Congee

Congee with spinach leaves and cooked chicken

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (47)
Salted pork and lentils (petit sale aux lentilles).

Salted pork with lentils in broth

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (85)
Smoked eggplant and potato soup with kefalograviera.

Smoked eggplant and potato soup with kefalograviera

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (89)
Turkish-style pumpkin and walnut dip with pide.

Roasted pumpkin and walnut dip

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (92)
Japanese curry with Scotch fillet.

Japanese-style curry with scotch fillet and daikon

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (81)
Spiced cauliflower and feta omelette with chorizo and almond dressing.

Spiced cauliflower and feta omelette with chorizo and almond dressing

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (142)
Veal and pork polpette with cabbage and taleggio.

Veal and pork polpette with cabbage, taleggio and truffled pecorino

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (110)
cr: Bonnie Savage
Karen Martini recipe - Maltese Rice

Maltese-style baked rice

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (103)
cr: Bonnie Savage
Styling by Lisa La Barbera Karen Martini recipe - Clafouti

Roasted rhubarb and ginger clafoutis

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (89)
Karen Martini recipe - Korean-style Beef ribs

Korean-style beef ribs with chestnuts and radishes

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (53)
Warm up with this homestyle barley broth with a lemony twist.

Braised lamb neck and barley broth

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (66)
Lamb ribs with miso, treacle and dark ale.

Lamb ribs with miso, treacle and dark ale

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (59)
Baked autumn apples with verjuice and clove crumb.

Baked apples with verjuice and clove crumb

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (40)
Cavolo nero with speck, miso and garlic.

Cavolo nero with speck, miso and garlic

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (53)
Burnt honey and yoghurt parfait with
macadamia praline.

Burnt honey and yoghurt parfait with macadamia praline

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (15)
Thai spicy lime and chilli squid salad with charred cucumber.

Spicy Thai squid salad with charred cucumber

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (25)
Twice-roasted duck with salted orange, cocoa nibs and coffee.

Twice-roasted duck with salted orange, cocoa nibs and coffee

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (10)
Date, sesame and cocoa nib delights.

Date, sesame and cocoa nib delights

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (39)
Dark chocolate, pistachio and praline truffles.

Dark chocolate truffles with pistachio and almond praline

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (18)
Baked poussin (or chicken) with tomato, sherry, fennel seeds, bay and olives.

Baked chicken with tomato, sherry, fennel seeds, bay and olives

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (96)
Ham hock and lentil terrine.

Ham hock and lentil terrine

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (10)
Plum and hazelnut streusel cake.

Plum and spiced hazelnut streusel cake

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (23)