Homemade Piri Piri Sauce

Portuguese Piri Piri sauce recipe

Homemade Piri Piri SaucePiri piri sauce, also known as peri- peri, is a Portuguese chili sauce made from chilies, citrus, and spices. Although it originates from Portugal, it has a strong presence in Africa and African cuisine. It is quite prevalent in Angola, South Africa and Mozambique where it is used to season or as a marinade. The taste of piri piri is nothing less than fiery and full flavored. This is largely due to African bird’s eye chilies, the star of the sauce. Piri piri which directly translates to pepper pepper was created by Portuguese colonists settling in Africa. The colonists discovered the peppers, made the sauce and decided to import the special peppers to Portugal which led them to gain quite a presence in Portuguese cuisine.The incendiary chili delivers an intense level of heat. They can be purchased dried online or you can find them at specialty grocery stores. Due to the heat level, you will have to experiment with the amount used. Those who are not up to the search can use any hot red pepper.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
Africa Easy
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
10 minutes 0 minutes
Yields: 1 cup of sauce, servings vary

Piri Piri Sauce Ingredients

  • 10-12 fresh red chilies
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime or half a lemon
  • Salt, to taste

How to Make Piri Piri Sauce?

Piri Piri Sauce Recipe – Step by Step Instructions:

1. While wearing gloves, rinse the peppers, remove the stems and roughly chop. Keep the seeds and ribs for more heat.
2. Add the chilies to a blender or food processor with the garlic, oil, and lime/lemon juice.
3. Process until a paste forms. Feel free to add more oil to achieve a thinner sauce.
4. Transfer the piripiri sauce to a jar, screw on the lid and refrigerate. The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it gets.
5. Use as desired. Sauce stays fresh for 1 month.

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Ideas to Use – Piri piri spicy chicken

Piri piri sauce can be used and served a number of ways. One very popular way is as a marinade or rub for chicken. Really work the sauce into the chicken, grill it and you have a main course with unbelievable flavor. The sauce can even be added to a basic tomato sauce to create a sauce all your own, can be used in meatballs, stir fry dishes, used as a sandwich spread and more.

Portuguese piri piri sauce recipe

Portuguese piri piri chicken

Homemade Piri Piri Sauce is fit for:

Vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free,paleoand ketogenic diets.

You can do no wrong with piri piri sauce. The main thing you want to remember when making this sauce is to be mindful of the heat level. Some like it really spicy while others prefer mild heat. If you can get your hands on African bird’s eye chilies, do give them a try. Their heat level is comparable to a habanero and the product itself is just amazing. Soak them prior to processing and you have authentic piri piri sauce. To this recipe feel free to add more garlic, citrus juice, incorporate chopped onion and fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley.

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Category: Savory sauces

Origin: Portugal

Diets: Gluten free, Ketogenic diet, Low carb diet, Low fat diet, Paleo diet, Vegan diet, Vegetarian diet

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