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If You Like Spicy Food, You’ll Love Peri-Peri Sauce. Where To Buy + How To Make It At Home

If You Like Spicy Food, You’ll Love Peri-Peri Sauce. Where To Buy + How To Make It At Home
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We Filipinos are food-loving people, and we certainly know great flavor when we taste it! This is why spices and sauces are often present in our celebrations, whether they be sweet, salty, sour, or spicy. We never back down when it comes to food!

If you’re a big fan of spicy food, the famous Peri-peri sauce will definitely give your dishes a fiery kick!

What’s in a Peri-peri sauce?

There are different ways to make the peri-peri sauce (also called “piri-piri” or “African Bird’s Eye Chili”). However, the “peri-peri” is popularly known as a relative of the tabasco pepper, which grows in Africa and Portugal.

The typical peri-peri sauce is made from crushed chilis, lemon, pepper, garlic, salt, onion, bay leaves, and oil. All the ingredients are pureed and mixed, which can be kept raw or simmered in a pot, depending on the recipe. This spicy and tangy sauce is often used in chicken and rice!

Make peri-peri at home

If you love being in the kitchen, you can definitely make your own homemade peri-peri sauce! Here’s an easy South African Peri Peri Sauce recipe by Foodies Terminal!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of cubed red bell pepper
  • 1 cup of cubed red onion
  • 5 fresh garlic cloves
  • 2 whole Red Serrano peppers
  • 1 Indian chili or Thai red chili
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Optional: 1 bay leaf


  1. Cut the bell peppers, onions, and garlic, and roast them on a grill skillet over high heat until they are charred and black spots start forming. After roasting, set them aside and let them cool.
  2. Prepare a blender or food processor and throw in the red serrano peppers, lemon zest, lemon juice, Thai red chili, apple cider vinegar, oregano, kosher salt, and black pepper. Blend them until they form a paste.
  3. Set a skillet over medium heat and pour the blended puree, then saute for two minutes. You can also add a piece of bay leaf.
  4. Let cool, then that’s it! Your Peri-peri sauce is ready to use as a dip, marinade, or spread!

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Where to get Peri-peri sauce online

If you don’t have the time to make your own homemade Peri-peri paste, it’s available for purchase online too! Here’s where you can cop them!

Nando’s Peri-peri Sauce

Nando’s is an international fast food chain that specializes in Peri-peri style chicken, which means that they know all things Peri-peri.

Even though Nando’s doesn’t have a branch here in the Philippines yet, you can purchase their classic sauces through local distributors.

Purchase Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce for Php 220 (125 g) on Shopee.

Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar

The famous restaurant chain Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar also sells their best-selling sauces, ICYDK! With eight different flavors to choose from, you surely won’t run out of dips and spreads to experiment with in the kitchen.

Purchase Peri-Peri Sauce Bar Sauces for Php 155 on their website.

Beerenberg Farm Peri Peri Sauce

With the finest chilis fresh from Australia, Beerenberg Farm’s Peri-peri sauce is of the best quality. It has a citrusy and slightly spicy flavor that will definitely give your dishes that extra tang! It may be used as a marinade, a pour-on, or dipping sauce.

Purchase Beerenberg Farm Peri Peri Sauce for Php 280 (300 ml) from Crate2Plate.

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