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Nigerian Pepper Sauce

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A flavorful and versatile pepper sauce made with hot and spicy habanero peppers.

Nigerian pepper sauce is one of my favorite sauces to make because of it’s versatility. If you are looking for a quick way to add some flavor and spice to a dish, then this sauce is your answer. Traditionally, this sauce is eaten with so many things: Puff Puff , grilled fish, meat, poultry; and it is used as base to make a lot of popular soups and stews.

A flavorful and versatile pepper sauce made with hot and spicy habanero peppers. Perfect for grilled meats and fish and as a dipping sauce.

The ingredients are simple with the main source of heat coming from the habanero peppers. Traditionally, the Scotch Bonnet pepper is used but it’s hard for me to find those so a really good replacement is the habanero pepper. I used 10 in this recipe, but the great thing is that you can adjust the number based on your level of comfort with spice. You can also use whatever pepper you like, Thai chilies are great! Another way to cut the heat is by adding tomatoes. I used 1 but feel free to add more, it helps to give the sauce a cooler flavor.

A flavorful and versatile pepper sauce made with hot and spicy habanero peppers. Perfect for grilled meats and fish and as a dipping sauce.

The possibilities for using the sauce are endless. It also stores great in the freezer. I often use this as a marinade for chicken, and freeze whatever I don’t end up using for next time. Check out the recipe below!

Nigerian Pepper Sauce
Recipe Type: Sauce
Cuisine: Nigerian
Author: Evi
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A flavorful and versatile pepper sauce made with hot and spicy habanero peppers. Perfect for grilled meats and fish and as a dipping sauce.
Ingredients
  • 8-10 habanero peppers
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 roma tomatoes, rough chopped**
  • salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend the tomato, garlic, and habanero peppers with the Italian seasoning and ginger.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a small sauce pan over medium-high heat with the vegetable oil.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and fry until they begin to turn golden brown.
  4. Pour in the pepper mixture, add salt to taste and two bay leaves.
  5. Cover and fry for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so sauce does not burn.
  6. Allow sauce to cool, then pour into a jar.
  7. Serve with rice, puff puff, plantains, etc or use a marinade.
Notes
1. Adjust the heat level by using less peppers for less spice and more peppers for greater spice.[br]2. Add more tomatoes to help cut the heat.

A flavorful and versatile pepper sauce made with hot and spicy habanero peppers. Perfect for grilled meats and fish and as a dipping sauce.

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10 Comments
  • Igor @ Cooking The Globe
    August 18, 2016

    I have never heard about Nigerian pepper sauce before, but it looks fantastic. Adding to my sauce list and surely making it soon!

    • evseats
      August 20, 2016

      thanks Igor!

  • kushigalu
    August 18, 2016

    I love spicy recipes and I just can’t wait to try this out. Bookmarked!

    • evseats
      August 20, 2016

      thanks!

  • Jagruti
    August 18, 2016

    I love spicy food and sauces but never heard of this one, I must prepare soon ..thanks for sharing.

    • evseats
      August 20, 2016

      Thanks Jagruti!

  • Renee Nicole's Kitchen
    August 18, 2016

    This sounds like it would be great as a pork marinade for this weekend’s BBQ!

    • evseats
      August 20, 2016

      such a good idea Renee! It would go perfectly with pork!

  • Michele
    August 18, 2016

    I love spicy foods…. and this sounds great for the BBQ this weekend! Cant wait to try it! Pinned!

    • evseats
      August 20, 2016

      Thanks Michele! Hope you like it!

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