Shado Beni Sauce

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  • Makes

    2 Cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

  • About

This sauce is often found on tables at food stands right next to the ketchup. Trinidadians put it on almost anything, but particularly on the Shark and Bake sold at Maracas Bay Beach.


  • Ā½ cup shado beni or cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper or other hot red chili pepper, stemmed and seeded
  • 1Ā½ cups white vinegar


  1. Place the shado beni or cilantro, garlic, canola oil, and hot pepper in the bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse to a smooth paste. Add the vinegar and pulse once or twice more.
  2. Store, refrigerated, in a tightly sealed glass jar.

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