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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Korean barbecue king prawns

Barbecued king prawns with Korean-style chilli sauce

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Last-minute spiced Christmas pudding.

Karen Martini's last-minute Christmas pudding

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Seared ocean trout with grilled cos lettuce and salsa verde

Seared ocean trout with grilled cos lettuce, peas and salsa verde

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Baked ham with Guinness, mustard and marmalade glaze.

Baked ham with spiced Guinness, mustard and marmalade glaze

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
White Christmas with Turkish delight, macadamias and amaranth.

Cherry, macadamia, Turkish delight and amaranth white Christmas

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (16)
Perfect for entertaining: Braised chopped chicken with soft tortillas.

Spiced chicken tortillas

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (22)
Saffron scones.

Saffron scones with date, lemon and orange blossom marmalade and labna

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Tender and succulent: Seared fish cutlet with broad bean and fregola stew.

Pan-roasted kingfish with fregola, broad beans and harissa

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Roasted rhubarb

Roasted rhubarb and strawberries with rose geranium and prosecco

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Orecchiette with eggplant and ricotta.

Orecchiette with eggplant, oregano, balsamic and ricotta

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (11)
Baked Lebanese lamb meatballs with peas and labna.

Baked Lebanese lamb meatballs with peas and labna

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (28)
Homemade ricotta

Homemade ricotta

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (33)
Lemon, semolina and olive oil cake.

Lemon, semolina and olive oil cake

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (63)
Spring Chicken Pot-au-Feu.

Spring chicken pot-au-feu

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Cider-roasted rainbow trout.

Cider-roasted rainbow trout with kaiserfleisch, apple, fennel and lemon

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (19)
Karen Martini recipe
Frijoles Negros
Photograph by Marcel Aucar
Styling by Karina Duncan

Pork belly, morcilla and black turtle bean braise (frijoles negros)

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (16)
Ma Po-style tofu

Mapo-style tofu with pork and black beans

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (507)
Butter chicken curry with yoghurt.

Butter chicken

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (1162)
Smoked ham hock and taleggio risotto. Recipe by Karen Martini. To be used for upcoming recipe pages for Epicure/Good Food. Picture by Marcel Aucar, please credit. Styling by Marnie Rowe, please credit.

Smoked ham hock, rosemary and taleggio risotto

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (9)
Braised lamb neck with white wine, tomato and oregano. To be used for upcoming recipe pages for Epicure/Good Food. Recipe by Karen Martini. Picture by Marcel Aucar, please credit. Styling by Marnie Rowe, please credit.

Braised lamb neck with white wine, tomato and oregano

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (1261)
Karen Martini's pad Thai.

Pad Thai

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (553)
Roasted beetroot, orange and quinoa salad.

Winter salad of roast beetroot and quinoa

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (17)
Roasted root vegetable minestrone.

Winter minestrone soup

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Korean Fried Chicken.

Korean-style fried chicken

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (64)
Pan-fried chicken breast with celeriac and kale

Pan-fried chicken breast with celeriac and kale remoulade

  • 30 mins - 1 hr

Karen Martini

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Apple Tart Tartin by Karen Martini. To be used for upcoming recipe pages in Epicure/Good Food. Styling by Marnie Rowe, photographs by Marcel Aucar. Please credit.

Apple tarte tatin

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Brined and stuffed roast chicken with honeyed brussel sprouts by Karen Martini. To be used for upcoming recipe pages in Epicure/Good Food. Styling by Marnie Rowe, photographs by Marcel Aucar. Please credit.

Brined and stuffed roast chicken with honeyed brussels sprouts

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (19)
Chocolate crema fritta with fresh fig and honey by Karen Martini. To be used for upcoming recipe pages in Epicure/Good Food. Styling by Marnie Rowe, photographs by Marcel Aucar. Please credit.

Chocolate crema fritta with fresh figs and honey

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Seafood pie of flathead, scallops and prawn cutlet.

Seafood pie

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (20)
Chicken and barley vegetable soup.

Chicken, barley and vegetable soup

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (34)
Slow-roasted quinces with honey, cinnamon and cloves.

Slow-roasted quinces with honey, cinnamon and cloves

  • 2 hrs +
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (14)
Braised chicken with spiced rice, cranberries and dill.

Braised chicken with spiced rice, cranberries and dill

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (47)
Cider-braised smoked bacon with apples and prunes.

Cider-braised smoked bacon with apples and prunes

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Pennette with smoked trout, creme fraiche, spinach and pancetta.

Pennette with smoked trout, creme fraiche, spinach and pancetta

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (35)
Thai-inspired roast pumpkin soup.

Roast pumpkin soup with Thai flavours and young coconut

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (8)
Braised chicken with Dutch creams, speck and tarragon.

Braised chicken with dutch creams, speck and tarragon

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (49)
Chocolate gianduja mousse with hazelnut praline.

Dark chocolate and gianduja mousse with hazelnut praline

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Porchetta with rye sourdough, apple, sage and mustard fruit stuffing.

Porchetta with rye sourdough, apple, mustard fruit and sage stuffing

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Haloumi wrapped in vine leaves with pistachios and zaatar.

Haloumi wrapped in vine leaves with pistachios, zaatar and pomegranate molasses

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Stuffed vine leaves with rice, pine nuts, currants and lemon.

Stuffed vine leaves with rice, pinenuts, currants and lemon

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Peanut and cashew brittle with chilli and sichuan pepper.

Peanut and cashew brittle with Sichuan pepper and chilli

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Peanut butter and chocolate cookies.

Peanut butter cookies with oats and dark chocolate

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (9)
Fried morcilla sausage with creme fraiche, pearl barley, pickled shallots and fresh fig.

Fried morcilla sausage with figs, pickled eschalots and creme fraiche

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Onion, gruyere and sour cream tart with smoked mussels and dill.

Onion, gruyere, speck and sour cream tart with smoked mussels

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Braised lamb chump chops with jalapenos, potato and paprika.

Braised lamb chump chops with potato, jalapenos and oregano

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (13)
Chicken kofta on baby corn with whipped avocado.

Chicken kofta on baby corn with whipped avocado

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Grilled calamari, chorizo, palm heart and chickpea salad.

Grilled calamari, chorizo, palm heart and chickpea salad

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Roasted pumpkin and cashew with gochujang, sesame and rice wine vinegar.

Roasted pumpkin with gochujang dressing, cashews and sesame

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
No-knead sourdough bread.

Wholemeal and rye no-knead sourdough loaf

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (6)
Ultimate sardines on sourdough toast.

Smashed sardines with cumin, parsley, lemon and garlic

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Carrot and potato salad with caraway, lemon and nigella seeds.

Carrot and potato salad with caraway, lemon and nigella seeds

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)