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Piri Piri (Peri Peri). African seasoning with Portuguese Roots

Piri Piri (Peri Peri). African seasoning with Portuguese Roots
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African hot chili ‘bird’s eye’, spicy African sauce and African seasoning – they all have the same name ‘piri piri’.

The recipe of piri piri – a wonderful African mixture with Portuguese roots, deserves a separate post – it is so good and important for my collection of spices, as well. The seasoning I made turned out incredibly tasty and aromatic. It is excellent on beef, pork, potatoes, corn, fish, and chicken.

You can further adjust the ingredients to your liking by adding more bird’s eye or cayenne pepper to make the seasoning hotter; or enhance its smoky flavor by increasing the quantity of smoked paprika.

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Piri Piri (Peri Peri). African seasoning with Portuguese Roots



  • 2-4 tbsp lemon peel
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ tbsp piri piri pepper or cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon (optional)


  • add 1-2 tbsp  turbinado or brown sugar (for meat or poultry seasoning)



Mix all the ingredients. Store the seasoning in an air-tight container.

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