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Portuguese | Grilled Shrimp with Piri-Piri Sauce (Camarões Grelhados com Piri-Piri)

Posted on January 1, 2014

Piri-Piri sauce is a hot sauce made from the tiny birdseye chili peppers originating in Mozambique. The name Piri-Piri is the African name for this pepper. You can find Piri-Piri sauce at stores that sell Portuguese food products, or online at La Salette and Amazon. These peppers rate a firery 9 out of 10 on the hot scale so have a beer handy to cool things down.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

grilled shrimp with piri-piri sauce


2 1/2 pounds extra-large shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 cup piri-piri sauce, plus more for serving

2 lemons, cut into wedges

kosher salt



Combine the shrimp and piri-piri sauce in a large sealable freezer bag and toss to coat. Place the bag in a shallow dish and marinate in the fridge, turning a few times, for at least several hours, or, preferably, overnight.

Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium.

Thread the shrimp and lemon wedges on skewers and season with salt. Grill the shrimp over indirect heat, turning several times, until just opaque, 5 to 6 minutes. For an extra spike of flavor, brush the skewers with fresh piri-piri sauce just before serving.


(Ref. "Grilled Shrimp with Piri-Piri Sauce" recipe, The New Portuguese Table, page 97.)