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Peri Peri Sauce is a spicy sauce to make peri peri chicken

Peri Peri Sauce

Peri peri sauce is a zesty combination of peppers and spices blended together for a deliciously spicy experience! This tastes delicious as a marinade, sauce or dip.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Portuguese
Keyword peri peri sauce, piri piri sauce
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 51kcal
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


  • 8 ounces Roasted Red pepper in jar
  • 6 ounces Yellow onion cut into quarters
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2-3 Hot red chili peppers you can add more if you would like the sauce to be hotter
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup White wine vinegar


  • Arrange cut onion, and the garlic cloves on a baking sheet. Place in the oven under the broiler for 3 minutes before turning and letting cook for another 3 minutes. This will give everything a slight char.
  • Place roasted red pepper, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, dried, oregano, salt, and pepper in a blender and blend until it is a smooth paste.
  • Add the red chilies 1 at a time, blending the sauce and then tasting until you get to a heat level that you are comfortable with.
  • Add the paste to a skillet with ¼ cup olive oil and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Pour in lemon juice, lemon zest, and white wine vinegar continuing to cook for 5 minutes before removing from heat.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and add the mixture. Strain the liquid into the bowl and dispose of the solids.
  • Place in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg