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Shado Beni hot sauce which will rock your socks off!

trini-hot-sauceOn our last vacation to Trinidad and Tobago for carnival 2009, my sister had made reservations at the Hyatt Regency for our group to have breakfast. After all the amazing food we’ve been enjoying thus far on our trip, this day was going to be my BEST culinary experience on the island yet. Eddie my sister’s friend from Switzerland had spoiled us the past 4 days with amazing home-made dinners. Some of the best sauces I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Plus the street food we devoured every night after partying, were divine.

Back to the breakfast at the Hyatt… BTW if you’re everĀ  in Port Of Spain, be sure to have breakfast here. Not only is the food and service tops, nothing beats dining steps away from the ocean. While on my prowl at the buffet I noticed a green sauce sitting all lonely in a corner of the “meat” section. Long story short.. it turned out to be a “shado beni” hot sauce that the chef made fresh on a daily basis. Yea, I even got our waiter to sneak me some to take home in a little disposable cappuccino cup. It was that good. That little green sauce that was so full of flavor and punch, added a new momentousness to plain scrambled eggs and sausage.

Here’s my version of this amazing Shado Beni hot sauce.

You’ll need….

1 bunch of shado beni (subsitute 1 bunch of cilantro)

1 lime

1 hot pepper (or as many as you can handle)

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of water.

3 cloves of garlic

Don’t be fooled by how simple this recipe is… it’s GUARANTEED to excite your taste buds.


Remove the skin from the garlic, slice and place in food processor. Cut and squeeze the lime juice in the processor, then add the salt, water and hot pepper. Now wash and rough cut the shado beni (or cilantro) and … place in food processor.



Final step is to puree the entire lot for about 3-4 minutes, stopping to push the ingredients down so everything gets worked.


That’s it, you’re done! Be sure to check for salt and heat level. If it’s not hot enough for you, simply add more peppers as necessary. STORAGE – Use fresh or place in a container in the refrigerator.


USE? Anywhere you usually use hot sauce on. Grilled meats, chicken wings, as a side on dishes, on your eggs in the morning (yum).. be creative!

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77 Responses to “Shado Beni hot sauce which will rock your socks off!”

  1. James says:

    Shadow Beni is called Culantro in America…

  2. primnath says:

    hi great sauce the other name for shado beni is bandania

  3. Arlene Newton says:

    I love love love shado beni, I love your recipes and I just really LOVE Caribbeanpot.

  4. JANNETTE says:

    i am puerto rican and i love caribean pot so this is a little like sofrito without the hotness

  5. JANNETTE says:

    i am puerto rican and i lve caribean pot so this is a little like sofrito without the hotness

  6. jabmalassie says:

    Nicey’s at Victoria Park and McNichol

  7. Arlene says:

    I wish I could get some shado beni seeds to grow in southern Mexico. They should grow well here and I do love it.

  8. Subrata Basu says:

    What is shadow beni in India?

  9. Sabrina says:

    Thank you for the recipe. Love Shado Beni. For those who don’t know, Shado Beni and Cilantro just smell and taste the same but they are NOT. I use Shado Beni all the time home (Trini)in almost everything; I use Cilantro here (Canada). Now I have this recipe, next time I go home, I will fix some up and bring back with me. Sando Beni is free in my parent’s back yard, don’t have to buy it. Keep up the good work guys. Love the recipes.

  10. jewan says:

    shado beni is not cilantro it is a weed that grows in your yard in trinidad it is usually weeded up with a hoe

  11. William says:

    Can this sauce be preserved for long periods of time (ie. canning or hot water bath)?

  12. Taste yum yum and not too spicy.

  13. Judy says:

    Shadow beni is Culantro , also known as Recao.

  14. Gus says:

    Shado Beni is what is also known as cilantro.

  15. irene says:

    hi chris what is shado beni im from Jamaica and dont have a clue


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