Homemade Piri-Piri Seasoning

A spicy mix, however you say it…

Whether you call it piri-piri or peri-peri seasoning, the end result is all the same – it’s a delicious combo of pungent and savory spices with a healthy kick of heat. It’s perfect as a dry rub for steaks or chicken, and it can add a nice level of savory spice to soups and sauces.

Finding piri-piri pepper (a.k.a. dried African bird’s eye or malagueta pepper) is not a simple task, but you do have some excellent substitutes that will do just fine. Common cayenne (30,000 – 50,000 SHU)  is the simplest swap-in as it’s a spice rack staple, though it’s a little milder than malagueta. Adjust your use according to you tolerance level.

Piri Piri Seasoning

If you want something a little more unique and comparable in heat, try crushed pequin pepper. It’s spiciness is more in-line, and pequin are easy to pick up online. Another option is dried Thai chilies which will pack a comparable punch to malagueta. They, too, are simple to source, online or often at your local supermarket. 

Piri Piri Seasoning

Piri-Piri Seasoning

4.09 from 34 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins



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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 25, 2020 to include new content. It was originally published on October 28, 2016.