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Peri peri sauce is a tangy, sweet, spicy and versatile hot sauce. This African sauce is made popular by nandos. This classic nando style peri peri sauce recipe is made with African birds eye chillies (piri piri), spices and some other ingredients.
African bird’s eye chilli also called Piri Piri is a hot pepper that is grown in most African countries. It is grown in South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and some other African countries.We Africans love our chillies dont we? This sauce remains one of my favourite sauces aside my Zahmilah sauce, simply because of it’s versatility.
This piri piri sauce is simple and straightforward to make. Takes 5 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook.
You can use this peri peri sauce as seasoning, for marinade, you can use in stews and sauces, in pasta dishes and can even serve as a dip. This homemade peri peri sauce (piri piri sauce) is versatile like that.
After several recipe testing, i can boldly tell you this my homemade version of nandos style sauce is as good as nandos, even better! If i do say so myself.
Whenever i go to nandos, it always has to be extra hot for me and even that is just ok and not particularly extra hot for my tatsebuds. Like when it comes to hot peppers, you can’t touch the Yorubas. You know the joke about how they cursed Yorubas with peppers and how we use it in everything.. Lol . Good thing is you can adjust the peppers to suit your taste.
Frequently asked questions about piri piri sauce
Is it peri peri or piri piri sauce?
They are the same. Just difference in spelling. In Portugal, it is spelled piri piri
What can i use piri piri sauce for?
You can use it to make peri peri chicken, peri peri prawn or shrimp, as dip for marinade and many more.
Ingredients for peri peri sauce
The simple ingredients for this peri peri sauce (piri piri sauce) include African birds eye chillies, Bell peppers, garlic, lemon juice, oregano and others listed below in the recipe card.
I roasted the peppers to give it that extra vavavoom and i also used cameroon pepper… What better combo? The flavours are amazing and It’s just so good. This sauce is extra hot, delicious and spicy.
You can adjust the peppers to suit your taste (use less Pepper if you don’t like it too hot).
How to make peri peri sauce
1) Roast the peppers (optional) then add all ingredients into blender or food processor and blend till smooth
2) Pour in a pot, put on stove and simmer for 10 minutes.
3) Leave to cool completely and store in airtight container.
This sauce can be stored in air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
It can be stored in the fridge up to 5 days.
It can also be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Peri Peri Sauce (Piri Piri Sauce) nandos style
- Blender or Food processor
- 2 Bell peppers
- 12 African birds eye chillies
- 1 Onion
- 8 cloves Garlic
- 1 tbspn Smoked Paprika
- 1 tspn Cameroon Pepper
- 1 Bayleaf
- 1 tablespoon Oregano
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
- 6 tbspn Lemon Juice
- 2 Stock cubes
- Roast the peppers in the oven or over a stove (Optional)
- Add the peppers and all other ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend till smooth
- Pour in a pot, put on stove and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and leave to cool completely.
- Store in air tight container
Now you have the recipe for this homemade hot sauce, will blog about recipes using this sauce. Coming up next is my chicken periperi recipe.
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