Fiery Peri-Peri Garlic Marinade

Fiery Peri-Peri Garlic Marinade

Course: Marinade
Cuisine: South African
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder
This gluten free Fiery Peri-Peri Garlic marinade is a flavorsome seasoning that infuses your choice of protein with the essence of zesty lemon, hot chili and cayenne.
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  • 125 ml olive oil
  • 450 grams red onion, peeled and chopped approximately 2 large onions
  • 300 grams red bell peppers, deseeded chopped approximately 2 large peppers
  • 8 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 6 red birds eye chillies, sliced adjust for personal taste
  • 5 ml cayenne pepper powder
  • 60 grams tomato paste approximately 3 tablespoons
  • 375 ml hot water
  • 2 lemons juice and peel without pith
  • 30 ml granulated sugar approximately 2 tablespoons
  • 30 ml white grape vinegar approximately 2 tablespoons
  • 10 ml salt approximately 2 teaspoons


  • Heat the oil in a medium size pot and add the chopped red onions, red bell pepper, sliced garlic, chilis and lemon peel and saute on medium for 15 -20 minutes until the onions are translucent.
  • Mix the tomato paste with 375 ml hot water.
  • Add the cayenne pepper powder, tomato paste mix, lemon juice and rind, sugar, vinegar and salt and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  • Check and adjust the seasoning and remove from the heat. 
  • Blend the ingredients in a blender or use a stick blender to get the correct consistency without any lumps of vegetables.
  • Decant into a sterilized jar and allow to cool before use or refrigerating.
  • Use within 1 week.


  • Other red chillies may be used if African birds eye chillies are not available.
  • Substitute 25 ml honey for the granulated sugar to make it refined sugar free.
  • This recipe makes 1 liter Fiery Peri-Peri Garlic marinade, enough for 2 - 2.5 kg of prawns, chicken or meat. 


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1245IU | Vitamin C: 78.6mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg