Peri Peri Sauce

The use of peri-peri chillies and sauces filtered into South Africa from our Portuguese-speaking neighbouring countries Mozambique and Angola. The peri-peri (also called African Bird’s Eye or Piri-Piri) chilli is a member of the capsicum family of chillies. Compared to the average chilli it’s quite small and very hot. If you can’t get hold of it, use any small and potent chilli. But best is to get yourself a plant and cultivate them at home; they grow quite easily in most parts of South Africa.

In real braai life you will use peri-peri sauce often. It goes particularly well with braaied steak, chicken, fish and prawns. Due to the combination of ingredients it will easily last for weeks inside your fridge and the flavour gets even better after standing for a few days. I suggest you make it in large quantities.

What you need

  • 8 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup grape vinegar (red or white)
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tot paprika powder
  • 1 tot chilli powder
  • 1 tot salt
  • a few small hot chillies (peri-peri/African Bird’s Eye – chopped)

What to do

  1. Finely chop the garlic and throw this into a glass bottle or jar with the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, water, paprika powder, chilli powder and salt. Shake well until the ingredients are mixed and all the salt dissolved.
  2. Now taste the sauce and if you want it hotter, add one or more finely chopped chillies to the sauce and shake. You can add as many chillies as you wish and if, like me, you like quite a lot of burn then it might be wise to mix two batches, one with fewer chillies.
  3. Do not touch your eyes or any other sensitive parts of your body while you are making this sauce as the traces of chilli juice left on your hands will burn those sensitive parts. Go and wash your hands to get the chilli juices off them, and then still be careful.
  4. The sauce can be used immediately but will improve with age and last in your fridge for weeks. You will use the sauce as a marinade, basting sauce or normal dipping sauce on braaied food.
This entry was posted in Beef, Chicken, Fish, Recipes, Vegetarian. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.


  1. mandy varma
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Hey Jan

    Looking for a great recipe for Lamb ribs and chops – tired of Braai Salt

    Mandy Varma

  2. Braai Buddy
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jan,

    On your tv show you did not add the 1/2 cup water.
    but on the website recipe above you have added the water.Which recipe is correct?

    Braai Buddy

  3. bashir ahmed
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    i m 50 years old male from Pakistan.
    cooking is my hobby and i like your Peri peri sauce.
    i wish to learn more.

  4. Hagan Hagan
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    ^^^ I think there may be some chemistry here ^^^

  5. KR
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    What does the measurement term “tot” stand for?

  6. Tushar
    Posted January 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi – Iove your Piri Piri recipe. I’ve just uploaded mine at:

    We went through many recipe to get the right mix between tangy, flavoursome and spicy. We hope you like it.


  7. Peter Tucker
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    What is a ‘Tot” measure – this has been asked in #6 above but no answer?

  8. Alta Nel
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    It is so sour. Followed recipe to the T. Step for step . Y is it so sour. Is it a marinade?

4 Trackbacks

  1. By Braai chicken breast burger | on July 10, 2013 at 6:24 am

    […] peri-peri sauce […]

  2. By Chilli Sauce on July 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    […] african style: Peri-Peri sauce recipe by Jan Braai | we have often made a peri peri sauce used for BBQ chicken or prawns using this recipe: In a clean […]

  3. By agree with this on October 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    agree with this

    Peri-Peri sauce recipe by Jan Braai |

  4. […] The peri-peri sauce in question was made by the girls from ShortChefSkinnyChef. Claire Allen and Siphokazi Mdlankomo make up this duo and clearly both of them like a touch of spice in their lives. This flavour packed sauce is pure homemade deliciousness free of preservatives so if you make this recipe use the very best peri-peri sauce you can get your hands on or make your own! […]

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>