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Peri peri seasoning

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I’m a big fan of making my own seasoning blends. As I keep a very well stocked pantry I’m able to mix together my favourite dried herbs and spices to create additional seasonings that can make my food super flavoursome. This peri peri seasoning takes just 2 minutes to prepare and is fantastic to use for air fryer peri peri chicken, Ninja Foodi chicken fajitas, peri peri chicken pasta and anything else I fancy really!

Just about any food is significantly improved by using seasonings, and this peri peri spice blend is so easy, homemade in minutes and packed full of flavour. It would go great on a Smoked Tri Tip too!

A peri peri seasoning dry rub in a circle blue dish with a brushed aluminium teaspoon on a white background

Ingredients for peri peri seasoning / peri peri spice blend

1 tablespoon of garlic granules, onion salt, oregano, coriander, granulated sugar and cornflour

2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper and paprika

1 teaspoon of ground ginger, salt and cracked/ground black pepper

Dry herbs and spices are super convenient to use. I always have them on hand and I like to either mix in my pestle and mortar, or just by mixing in a bowl using a spoon.

Making spice blends is very straight forward and the options are almost limitless just from 25-30 different herbs and spices.

I love to use it both as a dry rub, or add a little splash of olive oil, to turn it into a fantastic marinade with more of a sauce consistency. I’ve also added this to yoghurt in the past, and marinated overnight in the fridge to give some extra flavour to chicken. 

Cajun seasoning / cajun dry rub in a white bowl with a metal spoon

Method for peri peri seasoning:

Measure out all of your ingredients.

Place the ingredients in a jar, spice jar or sealed storage pot, shake well, then your peri peri seasoning is ready to use!

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Is this peri peri seasoning gluten free?

Yes! However, be sure to check that the herbs and spices you have on hand are gluten free. Some seasonings, such as paprika, sometimes have caking agents added to them, which may contain gluten.

Do you need a pestle and mortar to make this peri peri seasoning? 

Absolutely not! You can just use a bowl if you want to. If you’re using fresh herbs then a pestle and mortar is great for bashing them, and the same for oil based seasonings, very simply done with a pestle and mortar, but it is not a requirement!

Cajun chicken pasta in red storage pots

What to use this peri peri seasoning for? 

There are SO many uses for peri peri seasoning. Some of my favourite ways are to top air fryer chips, to make air fryer peri peri chicken, peri peri chicken pasta, to top steak, to jazz up ground beef, in a bacon mac and cheese pasta bake, on air fryer frozen salmon, popcorn, prawns or even to make air fryer chicken fajitas, though I have a special fajita seasoning blend for this too! 

How much peri peri seasoning to use on chicken? 

I used the whole peri peri rub on to 640g of chicken breasts or mini fillets. This was a great amount to serve 4 people. If you’re using it on fajitas then you’ll probably want to use half of this peri peri rub.

For anything else just exercise your own common sense. A gentle sprinkling may be enough. If you like your food spicy then you’re going to want to add a little more to really pack the flavour in!

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Where to buy peri peri seasoning in the UK? 

If you don’t want to make this yourself then most UK supermarkets sell peri peri dry rub. Tesco is one of my favourites, calling their version piri piri seasoning! It is simple to use BUT I do find that it solidifies easily in the pot, so you’ll need to give it a good bang a few times each time you want to use it. The same thing seems to happen with cajun seasoning.

Does peri peri seasoning have salt? 

Yes, this can be quite a salty seasoning, so use lower sodium products if you want to cut back / be healthier. 

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What does peri peri taste like?

This isn’t quite the most authentic blend, as it does not contain the bird’s eye chilli but it is pretty close! Sweet, spicy and a little salty! A super tasty blend that works with so many different meals and packs a real hit of flavour.

Why not check out some of my other delicious recipes while you’re here?

How to make peri peri seasoning:

Peri peri seasoning

A peri peri seasoning dry rub that is perfect for peri peri flavoured dishes.

Course Sauce
Cuisine British
Keyword dry rub, seasoning
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 60 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 1 tablespoon garlic granules
  • 1 tablespoon onion salt
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon coriander ground
  • 1 tablespoon sugar granulated
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika


  1. Measure out all of your ingredients.
  2. Place the ingredients in a jar or sealed storage pot, shake well, then your peri peri seasoning is ready to use!

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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