Have you ever heard of the peri pepper? Well I hadn’t until a friend introduced me to Nando’s Peri-Peri Sauce. The African Bird’s Eye Chilli, aka the peri pepper, is native to South Africa and packs quite a punch for being a smaller pepper. Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce combines the flavors of lemon, garlic, spices, and of course the peri pepper to create a sauce that is anything but basic. I made a couple recipes using Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
For the first recipe, I just added some of the hot Peri-Peri sauce as an afterthought to my sausage rice skillet. It definitely gave a more normal recipe some pizazz.
The second recipe I decided to try was found on the Nando’s website: beef strips with noodles. It called for the entire bottle of Peri-Peri sauce. Ok, as a newbie with this sauce, I should have limited the sauce to perhaps 1/2 a bottle. It was so incredibly hot with the whole bottle in the recipe. I had my younger brother over for dinner, since he is a big fan of all kind of hot sauces, but he could barely eat the meal too. Eyes were watering after this recipe.
Lastly, I tried using the Lemon & Herb Peri-Peri sauce as a marinade for chicken. Having learned my lesson with the beef strips, I did not use the whole bottle for my two pieces of chicken 😉 I marinated the chicken in half the bottle of Peri-Peri sauce and some Italian dressing for a couple hours before grilling. I felt like the Lemon & Herb was not nearly as spicy so I ended up using it as a dipping sauce for my chicken and even spread it on the quinoa too!
Overall, I liked Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce. It has a good zesty, citrus flavor which is refreshing compared to your basic hot sauce. I also liked that it was more versatile being that you could use it as a marinade or a dipping sauce.
These sauces were generously provided by Nando’s, but the opinions are all my own.