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    Barbecued Piri Piri Prawns

    • Serves 4 people
    • Complexity Easy
    Prep time
    10 mins
    Cook time
    10 mins
    Total time
    20 mins
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    • 16 whole carabinero or king prawns
    • For the piri piri sauce:
    • 4 whole red chillies or 8 birds eye chillies (seeds removed)
    • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
    • 1 tsp smoked sweet paprika
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp of finely chopped oregano
    • 1 tsp of finely chopped thyme
    • 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 tbsp of lemon juice


    Piri Piri sauce (also known as peri-peri) is arguably Portugal’s most famous sauce. The word Piri-Piri or peri-peri comes from the Swahili for ‘pepper-pepper’ due to the fiery African birds-eye chilies used in the sauce. These hot chillies originate from Mozambique, where it was adopted by Portuguese settlers. The peppers and the sauce are common in several parts of Africa including South Africa, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique.

    Traditionally, piri piri is made by grounding all the ingredients in a pestle and mortar. These days a simple blender does the trick with a splash of olive oil to loosen the sauce. Chicken, beef, pork and prawns taste great with piri piri sauce. To make a basic Piri-Piri sauce all you need is a handful of red chillies or birds eye chilies if you feel strong, paprika, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice, that’s it. For best results, marinate your chosen food in piri piri overnight or at least for half an hour so that the flavour goes right in. Regularly basting your food while it sizzles away is also key.


    1. To make the Piri-Piri sauce, user a blender or food processor to blend all the ingredients together into a paste. Add more olive oil if you want the sauce to be runnier. The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator overnight for the ingredients to properly fuse together and increase the intensity of the flavour.
    2. About 2 hours before cooking the prawns, rub them all over with the sauce and marinate in the fridge.
    3. Cook on a hot barbecue or grill for 4 minutes on each side.
    4. Season with sea salt and serve with some lemon wedges and extra sauce on the side.

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