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Peri Peri or Piri Piri is a traditional African sauce with African Bird's Eye Chillies. This recipe packs a punch with lemon, cider vinegar and garlic too

12 Servings

15 kcal per serving

Prep 15 mins

Cook 0 mins


Piri Piri Sauce Recipe

Posted: 7th September 2019

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To liven up a basic chicken recipe, pasta dish, or even a sandwich, there is simply nothing like this tangy, spicy, creamy peri peri sauce!

How to Make Piri Piri Sauce

South African and Portuguese cuisine is getting more and more popular, and with online shopping and big name supermarkets stocking up on a much wider variety of ingredients, it's easier than ever to make these authentic dishes at home.

It makes for a brilliant rub or marinade. We honestly believe there's barely anything it doesn't go with! So it's always worth having a jar or two in the fridge, ready to go.

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The key to a good peri peri, or piri piri sauce recipe is balance. The sweet pepper adds a bright freshness to the flavour.

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African birds eye chili adds a fantastic kick, and is a key ingredient to get the authentic flavour just right.

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Plenty of garlic and a generous amount of salt really brings out the richness in all the combined flavours.

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Piri Piri Recipe

You'll find peri peri sauce recipes use a variety of vinegars. We use organic apple cider vinegar every time as it has such a lovely soft but tangy flavour that complements the other ingredients so well.

After you've got together all these gorgeous ingredients, make sure to use good quality olive oil to really bring everything together!

Blend until smooth and creamy, and you're all set! If you're ready to find out how to make piri piri sauce with chicken, see our recipe.

How to Make Piri Piri Sauce

Piri Piri Sauce Recipe

Recipe Category: Sauce, Marinade, Condiment

Recipe Cuisine: South African, Portuguese

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 0 mins

Servings: 12

Calories: 78

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


  • 1 Sweet Pepper
  • Bird's Eye Chillies
  • 3 = Mild, 4 = Medium, 5+ = Hot
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Basil Leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 100ml Olive Oil
  • Salt


  • Slice the sweet pepper, bird's eye chillies and garlic cloves into medium chunks and place in a food processor or blender
  • Add the basil leaves and smoked paprika
  • Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a container, remove the pips, and pour the juice into the blender
  • Add the apple cider vinegar, olive oil and a generous portion of salt
  • Blend until smooth and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

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