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.


# Carni 2014-04-06 16:15
Thank you!!!! I live in a country without nandos and this recipe...... Nandos who? Hihi
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# Thuy 2014-09-09 16:18
Glad to see this! What are the "mixed herbs?"
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# Stuart Edge 2014-09-10 15:47
Hi Thuy,

I just buy a pot of 'dired mixed herbs' from the supermarket. The pot I currently have contains: thyme, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage & basil.

Cheers, Stu
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# Ina 2014-10-18 03:31
Thanks Stu for sharing...i am trying it now...but using virgin olive oil and date vinegar...coz these are the only thing available in my kitchen...wonde r whether the taste is ok...btw i am a a nandos fan from malaysia! :lol:
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# Alex 2014-12-15 15:39
Thanks for recipe :-) I char the pepper to get skin off. It adds a great smoky flavour to the sauce.
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