Recipe courtesy of Hawa Hassan

Piri Piri Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 cups
It’s hard to go a day in Mozambique without eating something that’s touched with piri piri sauce (sometimes written as peri peri). The sauce, made with chiles, citrus, and oil, is Portuguese in origin, but peri is actually the Swahili word for “chile” and refers to a specific type of chile pepper that is said to have been first cultivated in Africa. While the sauce is traditionally made with piri piri chiles, all different kinds of hot peppers work well. We found that red Fresno chiles, readily available in the United States and not quite as hot as jalapeños, work really well. However, if you can only find jalapeños, just use three fresh ones in place of the red Fresno chiles. Use the sauce anywhere you would use sriracha. Try it on grilled chicken, toss it with raw cashews and then roast them for a great snack with cocktails, stir it into a seafood stew, or use it for Prego Rolls (Steak and Piri Piri Sandwiches).



  1. In the jar of a blender, combine the chiles, garlic, ginger, lime juice, oil, sugar, and salt and puree until smooth. Season to taste with more salt or sugar if you’d like. Transfer to a jar and store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.