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Piri Piri Sauce Starter

Balancing red piri piri chiles, bright citrus, garlic, and smoky paprika, we have recreated the zesty heat of authentic piri piri sauce with this convenient, shelf-stable sauce starter. Simply combine equal parts water and oil and blend for a rich, all-purpose hot sauce.

  • Unique blend of authentic ingredients, including chiles, citrus, garlic and paprika.

  • Easy to use, pre-measured blend is on-trend and accessible to a wide variety of palettes

  • Use as a base for soups, stews, marinades, dressings, pasta or pizza sauces, or add to ground or whole proteins before cooking

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    Suggested uses

  • Combine equal parts water and oil and blend

  • Makes a signature addition to pizza or pasta sauces

  • Use as a zesty marinade or sauce for poultry

  • Basic prep

    Stir together ½ cup sauce starter with ½ cup warm water and let stand for 5 minutes to “bloom” the dry ingredients.

    Serve immediately or let flavors develop in the refrigerator and serve within 48 hours.

    Can be served cold or at room temperature.

    Optionally add ½ cups olive oil to the sauce starter paste and blend in a mini food processor or with a hand held stick blender until smooth.

    Storage & handling

    Store in a dry, cool place.


    Spices, Bell pepper, Natural flavors, Salt, Hemp seed, Garlic, Tomato, Onion, Paprika, Coconut palm sugar, Lemon powder (Rice maltodextrin, lemon juice concentrate, lemon oil), Sugar, Canola oil, Amchur powder, Contains 2% or less of Citric acid, Scallions.

    Both Piri Piri sauce and the chile are a Portuguese interpretation of the Swahili word for pepper. Known variously as Pili Pili and Peri Peri, the sauce is popular in Portugal, South Africa and Australia, but also in Angola, Namibia and Mozambique. The sauce’s popularity in Southern Africa is a reflection of its creation there, the result of Portuguese colonization.

    Although recipes vary between regions and countries, the sauce commonly contains crushed hot chile peppers (often bird’s eye chiles) , citrus peel, oil, red bell pepper and onions. Piri Piri sauce is often used as a hot sauce or in place of common hot sauces, such as Tabasco or Sriracha. It is frequently used as a marinade, but can also be used as a glaze or a condiment.

    Classic recipe

    Piri Piri Grilled Chicken

    Portuguese Piri Piri is sweet, smoky and addictively spicy. This recipe uses our Piri Piri Sauce Starter as a marinade and extra sauce.