About Peri Peri Seasoning
Peri peri seasoning (also sometimes spelled piri piri) is a flavor that originated in Africa and Portugal. There are regional variations of the peri peri spice blend but it almost always includes crushed chiles, citrus peel, black pepper, and paprika. Its flavor is pungent, fruity, smoky, and peppery with mild heat.
Peri peri seasoning can be used as a meat rub on chicken, fish, beef, or pork. It’s probably most commonly used to make peri peri sauce — usually made by combining roasted red peppers, roasted red onion, garlic, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar in a food processor with a few tablespoons of the peri peri spice blend. Use the sauce as a marinade and make peri peri chicken on the grill.
Peri peri is Swahili for “pepper pepper” or “strong pepper” (the redundant usage of the word implies emphasis).