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What Is Perinaise Sauce?

Recently come across Perinaise? Not sure what it is, what it tastes like, and whether you would even like it? Well, you’ll be glad you stopped by. Today, I am going to be discussing this relatively new condiment so you know for sure whether it is something you should try.

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So, what is Perinaise sauce? Perinaise is a blend of regular mayonnaise and Peri Peri spices. This sauce is therefore relatively thick in consistency, slightly orange in color, creamy, and with a slight kick. There are several variations of Perinaise, and often you can get it with different levels of spice – from mild all the way through to hot.

Perinaise is largely associated with Nandos – the Afro-Portuguese chicken restaurant chain popular for their flame-grilled chicken coated in their delicious sauces.

And one such innovation is Perinaise.

Literally the combination of mayonnaise and select spices.

In fact, this sauce has become so popular that it can now be found in grocery and supermarket stores worldwide.

It’s even found itself available on Amazon too.

But what is this sauce actually made of and what does it really taste like?

Let’s find out!

What Is Perinaise Sauce Made Of

Perinaise sauce is made from a combination of Mayonnaise (or Veganaise in the vegan version), African Bird’s Eye Chillis, and a combination of herbs and spices.

That being said, there are various different Perinaise products available either in restaurants or on the market.

And as such, the ingredient list does differ somewhat.

So, let us now take a closer look at the full ingredient list of each variant, for what is available at the time of writing:

Nandos Mild Perinaise:

Water, Sunflower Seed Oil (18%), Sugar, Egg Yolks, Vinegar, Thickener (Modified Corn Starch), Salt, Spices (Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, African Bird’s Eye Chilli, Mustard, White and Black Pepper), Hot Peri-Peri Sauce (Water, Vinegar, Lemon, Onion, Salt, Spices, Green Chilli, Sunflower Seed Oil, Garlic, Stabilisers (Xanthan gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate), Antioxidants (Ascorbic Acid, Rosemary Extract)), Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Antioxidant (Calcium Disodium EDTA)

Nandos Hot Perinaise

Water, Rapeseed Oil, Vinegar, Sugar, Cornflour, Egg Yolk, Spices (African Bird’s Eye Chilli, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Black Pepper, White Pepper), Salt, Apple Vinegar (Sulphite), Thickeners (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate), Mustard Flour, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate), Lemon Puree, Onion Puree, Green Chillies, Garlic Puree, Antioxidant (Calcium Disodium EDTA), Rosemary Extract Powder, Colour (Paprika Extract), Acidity Regulator (Ascorbic Acid)

Nandos Garlic Perinaise

Water, Rapeseed Oil (27%), Vinegar, Sugar, Cornflour, Garlic Puree (3%) (Garlic, Sea Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)), Salt, Egg Yolk, Apple Vinegar, Spices (Red Chilli Pepper, African Bird’s Eye Chilli, Paprika, White Pepper, Black Pepper), Thickeners (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum Propylene Glycol Alginate), Onion Puree, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Lemon Puree, Green Chillies, Natural Flavouring, Antioxidants (Calcium Disodium EDTA, Ascorbic Acid), Rosemary Extract

Nandos Vegan Perinaise

Water, Rapeseed Oil (27%), Vinegar, Sugar, Cornflour, Salt, Apple Vinegar, Spices (Red Chilli Pepper, African Bird’s Eye Chilli, Paprika, White Pepper, Black Pepper), Potato Protein, Thickeners (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate), Onion Puree, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Lemon Puree, Green Chillies, Garlic Puree (Garlic, Sea Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)), Antioxidants (Calcium Disodium EDTA, Ascorbic Acid), Rosemary Extract

So as you can see the sauces are relatively similar, with minor differences here and there to make the sauce either spicier, vegan-friendly, or with a hint of garlic.

Nevertheless, Perinaise is full of flavor as we shall now look at below.

What Does Perinaise Taste Like?

Perinaise is creamy, sweet, and with a hint of spice. Although, different Perinaise products and variations do taste a little different. For instance, the ‘Hot’ version is spicier than the mild, which is more subtle. The ‘Garlic’ version is also more nutty/earthy.

What Do You Use Perinaise With?

Perinaise is a very versatile sauce that can be used with a variety of either hot or cold foods. It can also be used as a spread, for instance on sandwiches, or as a dipping sauce for chips.

In fact, this is one of those sauces that tends to be used on pretty much everything.

If you look at customer reviews of the products, you’ll often be inspired with new ideas to try it with.

Nevertheless, some of the best options include:

  • With Chips,
  • On Jacket Potatos,
  • Spread On A Sandwich,
  • Spread In A Burger,
  • Drizzled Over Salad,
  • With Various Meats (Chicken, Beef, Pork),
  • With Eggs (Like an Egg Mayonnaise),
  • With Pizza (particularly the Crusts)
  • With Cheese Toasties,

In reality, this is something that you can and perhaps should experiment with.

Finally

A creamy mayonnaise with a hint of spice (or garlic).

And how much heat really does depend on the variant you go for – mild or hot.

That being said, this is a signature sauce at Nandos for good reason.

It’s been taken to market because it’s such a popular favorite.

So do give it a try.

You won’t regret it.

Before you know it you’ll be like me.

Eating it with everything and ordering it in bulk from Amazon.