Portuguese Piri Piri Sauce


This easy-to-make sauce can also be used as a marinade or a spread.

Portuguese Piri Piri Sauce
Photo: © Ian Knauer
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
1 cup


  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 6 to 8 fresh or dried hot red chiles

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the grill.

  2. Place the bell pepper on the grill over high heat and cook, turning occasionally, until blackened all over, 8 to 12 minutes. Place the bell pepper in a bowl, cover with a plate, and let stand until warm. Discard the skin, stem, and seeds from the pepper, reserving the flesh.

  3. In a blender, puree the bell pepper, hot chiles, garlic, bay leaf, oil, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Use the piri piri sauce on grilled meats and fish or spread on toast as an appetizer.

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