Piri Piri Marinade


A super easy and versatile way to make beef or chicken even more delicious. This classic piri piri marinade is refreshing and spicy at the same time.

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Piri piri marinade
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2017-03-29, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 10 minutes.

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Updated at: 16-02-2021

10 minutes 6 people Sauces
Piri piri marinade


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  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • about 50 ml white wine vinegar
  • large splash of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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  • small blender or mortar and pestle
  • medium-sized bowl

Piri Piri Marinade

10 minutes 6 people Sauces

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Preparation -- 5 minutes

Peel the garlic cloves and add them to the small blender. Remove the seeds of the peppers and add the peppers into large chunks into the blender.

Squeeze the juice from the lemons and pour it into the blender, the liquid will help the blender to blend the garlic and peppers easier.  

Piri piri marinade
Piri piri marinade

Finishing the piri piri marinade -- 5 minutes + waiting time

Combine white wine vinegar along with oregano, thyme and cumin in the medium-sized bowl. Add the garlic and pepper mixture and season with salt and olive oil.

You can use this amazing marinade with beef like we did, but it's also amazing with chicken. Let it marinate for at least an hour, the acid will tenderise the meat.

This piri piri beef (or chicken) is great for your next barbecue, but you can also cook them in a pan. Enjoy!

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