Here’s 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. peri-peri or dried African bird’s eye) 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 piri piri. Adjust your use according to you tolerance level. You may want to add in a little more if you’re using cayenne to not cut the spiciness so much.
Like spicy seasonings? Check these recipes out too:
- Tandoori Masala Spice Mix: You’ll find so many uses for this blend, from morning eggs to a fresh green salad.
- Berbere Spice Blend: Berbere is one delicious Ethiopian seasoning that’s delicious as a dry rub or finishing spice.
- Chili Lime Seasoning: This isn’t a Tajin copycat. Our recipe features more ingredients from your spice rack for a more robust flavor.
- Grind the dried oregano into a powder, then combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.