Peri peri sauce recipe (like Nando's Hot Sauce)

An extremely straightforward peri peri sauce recipe, very much like the famous Nando's hot sauce.

In love with Nando's Hot Sauce

I love Nando's hot sauce, and the garlic one too. I find that one bottle doesn't last that long with me and they aren't cheap. One Christmas I received a bottle, as a present, of this home-made sauce along with a recipe to make my own in the future. I've made it many many times since, it may well be my favourite spicy sauce.

Peri-peri, piri-piri, or pili-pili?

According to wikipedia these are all the names given to the African Bird's Eye Chilli. The names, it seems, are interchangeable. These chilli peppers are extremely hot and so produce a very strong sauce. I've always known it as peri-peri, and in the case of this recipe this is what Nando's has on their bottle too.

Ingredients - peri peri sauce recipe

  • 1 red pepper, seeds taken out & roughly chopped
  • 120 ml of olive oil
  • 70 ml of distilled (white) vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 3 red chilli peppers, topped and roughly chopped
  • 3 or more finger chilli peppers (or Bird's Eye Chilli), topped and roughly chopped
  • 3 large medium cloves of garlic, skin taken off and crushed slightly
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs

How to make the peri peri sauce

  1. Heat the oil and vinegar in a saucepan or wok.
  2. Add all ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Allow to cool slightly and then using a blender blend to a fine sauce (this may take a little while)
  4. The sauce is now ready to be bottled.

The recipe makes enough to half fill a jam jar. I normally wash the jam jar out and then heat it to 120C in the oven before putting the sauce in hot. No idea how long the sauce will keep for, I use it up before it's ever got to the stage where it has gone off.