Piri Piri is a spice blend used in many Portuguese colonized countries from Portugal, the islands of Azores, Madeira, Angola, Mozambique Brazil and also in India. This 12 spice blend is so versatile and will add so much flavor to everything from grilled chicken to roasted potatoes.

Piri Piri Seasoning
Piri Piri Seasoning

First of all, you might have seen it spelled as peri peri and wonder Is Peri Peri the same as Piri Piri? The answer is YES! Spelling variations occur from country to country, however, it all is rooted in the same Portuguese Spice Blend.

Piri Piri was created somewhere in the 15th century when the Portuguese first came into contact with the Malagueta pepper, sometimes referred to as African bird’s eye chili pepper.

Dried pepper
Dried Peppers

WHAT CAN YOU MAKE WITH PERI PERI?

It is so versatile. You can use it with just about anything. Marinate with a little olive oil and vinegar and it is great with roasted chicken, grilled lamb chops, fried fish, steak and pork chops. I also like to sprinkle a little in rice or grilled vegetables.

PIRI PIRI SUBSTITUTES

Good alternatives for peri peri include jalapenos, habanero and cayenne peppers. Or you could try ready made mixes of chili powder and paprika.

HOW HOT IS PIRI PIRI?

Piri Piri sits at between 50,000-120,000 SHU on the Scoville Scale of pepper intensity. When compared to Jalapenos which are between 2,500-8,000 SHU and cayenne at 30,000-50,000 SHU and even the habanero chili at 150,000-575,000 SHU. So hotter then cayenne but not as hot as a habanero chili.

THE INGREDIENTS

  • Smoked Paprika
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Parsley
  • Ground Cilantro
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Basil
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sugar
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Salt
  • Dried Piri Piri (African Birda Eye Chili Pepper)

You would add olive oil, tomato paste, tomato sauce and Nutritional yeast to the mixture to create an amazing rub for your meats.

Can I substitute?

  • You can use sweet paprika instead of smoked paprika
  • No dried Piri Piri substitute with cayenne pepper

Portuguese Piri Piri Seasoning

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: Condiments, Spice Blends, SeasoningsCuisine: Portuguese, Africian
Prep time

15

minutes
Calories

137

kcal
Servings

1

cup

Piri Piri is a spice blend used in many Portuguese colonized countries from Portugal, the islands of Azores, Madeira, Angola, Mozambique Brazil and also in India. This 12 spice blend is so versatile and will add so much flavor to everything from grilled chicken to roasted potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons parsley

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon sugar ( I used monkfruit)

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper

  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum

  • 1 tablespoon dried piri piri or cayenne pepper (less spicy only 1 teaspoon)

Directions

  • First grind piri piri peppers in a spice grinder.
  • Add all other ingredients to the grinder and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Sift the blend to make sure there are no lumps.
  • Store in an air tight container and label accordingly

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