Peri-Peri Sauce

Give your favorite meat flavor depth and character with peri-peri sauce! You can literally have it on anything from marinade to dipping sauce. It’s so easy to make and this recipe assures you’ll always have a jar in your kitchen

marinade sauce in a jar

Peri-Peri sauce is a hot sauce from south Africa. This is an oil based sauce, made from paprika, red bell pepper, garlic, dry bird’s eye red chili, seasonings, vinegar and onion. It enhances lamb, beef and chicken, and turn them to amazing new dishes.

I first experienced this sauce from one of the famous restaurants in the U.K. Now I use this sauce to marinate my chicken to make Peri -Peri Chicken. You can also use this sauce for dipping or making sandwiches or wraps. So, let’s dive into it to make your very own sauce!

jar of hot sauce on top of table

What makes this sauce works?

The essential ingredient for this sauce is the bird’s eye chili. You can find them typically in Asian and African stores which is the case for me since I live in France. This gives the sauce kick and give character to dishes marinated in it or dipped into it.

ingredients for hot sauce on top of table

You can use it as a marinating sauce for whole or cuts of chicken. It also works great for other proteins like pork and lamb. Dipping sauce? oh yeah! this amazing red hot sauce got you covered.

You can have it as thin or thick as you want. Add more olive oil for thinner sauce and tip in some water to make it more saucy.

hot sauce in a jar with chili and slice of lemon besides it

Tips for best results

If you can’t find bird’s eye chili, jalapenos, red Thai chili or chili flakes are good alternatives.

Aside from dried oregano, you can also experiment by mixing in some rosemary or thyme.

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

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Peri-Peri Sauce

This is an oil based sauce, made from paprika, red bell pepper, garlic, dry red chili, seasonings, vinegar and onion. It enhances lamb, beef and chicken, and turn them to new amazing dishes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: African, International
Keyword: peri peri sauce, peri peri sauce recipe
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Mia


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers chopped
  • 7 pcs bird's eye chilis or red thai chili
  • 1/4 cup vinegar


  • Using a blender, put all ingredients and blend until you have a thick paste and uniform consistency. 
  • Transfer to a saucepan over medium heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring now and then to prevent the sauce from burning.
  • After 20 minutes, check the taste and adjust. The sauce should be  balanced with a nice kick of spice and enough sourness.
  • Once cool, pour this sauce into a jar and put in your fridge. Now, your sauce is prepared and ready to use when needed! 




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