Peri Peri Seasoning Recipe

peri peri seasoning

What is peri peri seasoning?

Peri Peri seasoning is a great addition to your cupboard. Made famous by the Portuguese inspired restaurant chain Nando’s. Keep your eyes peeled for Nando’s fake-away recipes coming soon! The thing that makes peri peri seasoning different to other chilli seasonings is that peri peri seasoning is specifically made with birds eye chilli’s. The name peri-peri comes from the Swahili translation of pepper-pepper. I do not count calories for seasonings such as this as the numbers are so low per portions anyway. Likewise with servings, this peri peri seasoning could last you a long time depending on how much you choose to use for your recipes. This recipe will fill a typical supermarket seasoning jar as shown in the photo.

Why not try my Peri Peri Rice Recipe?

Peri Peri Rice Recipe – Nando’s Fake-Away
Peri Peri rice is a great addition to your dishes. Made famous by the Portuguese inspired restaurant chain Nando's. Nando's peri peri rice is probably one of the most popular side dishes at Nando's. Featuring a special blend of herbs and some pepper and peas for added texture and nutrition.
Check out this recipe
peri peri rice nandos fake away

Do you have a diet restriction?

This peri peri seasoning is:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Nut Free
  • Low GI
  • Low FODMAP
  • Syn Free
  • Paleo friendly
  • Low Fat
  • Keto friendly

What does this peri peri seasoning contain?

As this is a dry powder seasoning we have to acquire some dried birds eye chilli’s. You then need to crush these into a powder. You may be able to source some ready made birds eye chilli powder online. If this is unobtainable or if you are concerned using birds eye chilli’s may be too much heat for you to handle then cayenne pepper is a great substitute. I actually generally opt for cayenne instead of dried birds eye chilli as they are not available in my local super markets. I’m also happy to admit that I’m a complete wimp with heat. Gather together your bird eye or cayenne powder, paprika, onion powder, ground coriander, salt, dried oregano, dried parsley, ground ginger and ground cardamom seeds(not pods). If you cannot get ground cardamom you can buy the cardamom pods, split them open and empty the seeds out before crushing them. I never really appreciated how fragrant cardamom was as a spice until I did this, now I always notice the cardamom in various dishes, especially rice!

peri peri seasoning

Step 1: Mix your herbs and spices

Mix your herbs and spices together well. Then, using a funnel pour your peri peri seasoning into a clean, dry herb jar. I like to keep hold of the occasional supermarket spice jar just for this purpose. As long as you keep this seasoning in an airtight, dry jar it should last well over a year, however, you’ll love it so much you might use it all in just a few weeks!

peri peri seasoning

Top tip!

  • Keep a piece of dry pasta in your herb jars to soak up any moisture and avoid clumpy seasonings. Especially onion and garlic powders that are notorious for soaking up moisture.

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peri peri seasoning

Peri Peri Seasoning Recipe

This peri peri seasoning recipe is a healthy recipe for a dry spicy seasoning made internationally famous by the restaurant brand Nando's.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, seasoning and sauces, Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Cuisine African, British, Portuguese, South African
Servings 1 Jar


  • 1 seasoning jar


  • 2 tsp sweetener
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • tsp ground ginger
  • tsp ground cardamom pods
  • tsp birds eye chilli powder or cayenne pepper.


  • Gather the correct quantities of herbs and spices. Mix well.
  • Pour into a clean, dry jar and store in a cool dark place for up to 2 years.


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