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How To Make Piri Piri Sauce

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Make your own piri piri sauce or peri peri sauce from scratch from the comfort of your kitchen with this recipe. This piri piri sauce is versatile that you can add it to just about anything.

What is Piri Piri?

Piri Piri or peri peri is a type of pepper that originated from the Carribean, then in southeastern Africa and was made popular by the Portuguese.

Piri Piri is synonymous to hot pepper and it is called differently depending on the country it is being used. The Portuguese call it Peri Peri while piri piri is common in English as it can be found in African chilli.

overhead shot of piri piri sauce.

Piri Piri Sauce (Peri Peri Sauce)

Piri piri sauce is Portuguese in origin and it is a versatile tangy (marinade) hot sauce made from piri piri pepper. The hot pepper is the major ingredient in making the sauce with other common ingredients like red pepper, lemon etc The authentic piri piri sauce would call for paprika, oregano, onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt and lemon juice. The ingredients used for this sauce these days allows for flexibility.

Here is my own version of this delicious sauce, I use this hot sauce all the time. You can also go wild with what you use the sauce with. As mentioned earlier this hot sauce is not only versatile but delicious too. you might just find yourself adding it to anything and everything. Well, I did and that includes sandwiches too.

Use this hot sauce in place of your regular hot sauce or sriracha. The flavour and the level of heat in my peri peri sauce are just spot on. I won’t assure you of the authenticity of this sauce as I have never been to Portugal (where it originated from) but one thing I can tell is that this piri piri sauce is better than Nando’s.

Ingredients 

4-5 birds eye chilli

3 mixes chillies (about 60g)

½ tsp ground bay leaf

1 tsp salt

4 cloves garlic

black pepper

1 tbsp chilli flakes

1 tbsp Oregano

Juice of 1 lemon

1/3 cup malt vinegar

1 large red bell pepper

½ cup vegetable oil (substitute with any unflavoured oil)

piri piri sauce or peri peri sauce ingredients.

How to make piri piri sauce

  • roughly chop the onion, red bell pepper, put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree. Check for salt and seasoning and adjust accordingly. This hot sauce would make about 2 cups
  • Use the sauce as desired or store in an airtight container and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

How to store it

  • This peri peri sauce would keep for up to a month in the fridge in an airtight jar.

What to use this on

This homemade hot sauce can be used on absolutely anything and not just chicken alone. Slather piri piri sauce on chicken and grill or put on an open fire.  Add it to sandwich filling, this is perfect on any meat it touches. A great marinade for chicken and meat.

piri piri chicken.

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How To Make Piri Piri Sauce

Piri piri sauce or peri peri sauce is Portuguese in origin and it is a versatile tangy (marinade) hot sauce made from piri piri pepper. the hot pepper is the major ingredients in making the sauce with other common ingredients like red pepper, lemon etc The authentic piri piri sauce would call for paprika, oregano, onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt and lemon juice.
Here is my own version of piri piri sauce, I use this hot sauce all the time.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Homemade sauce, Piri Piri
Cuisine: African, Continental
Keyword: homemade piri piri sauce, how to make piri piri sauce, peri peri sauce, piri piri sauce
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Ajoke
Cost: £3

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces birds eye chilli
  • 3 mixes chillies about 60g
  • ½ tsp ground bay leaf substitute with 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup malt vinegar
  • 1 large red bell pepper roughly chopped
  • ½ cup vegetable oil substitute with any unflavoured oil

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the onion, red bell pepper and put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree to smooth paste. Check salt and seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Use the piri piri sauce as desired or store in a tight container and store in the refrigerator. Refrigerate until you are ready to use. This peri peri sauce would keep for up to a month in the fridge

Notes

This piri piri sauce would make about 2 cups

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5 Comments

  1. This sounds wonderful! What side dishes would one pair with peri peri grilled chicken?

     

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