Pique (Puerto Rican Style Hot Sauce)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

I'm told every household in Puerto Rico has a bottle of pique on the table. And every family has their own version. You can use any hot peppers you like, according to your heat tolerance. All measurements are adjustable to your taste. You will need 1 clean, empty glass bottle of about 12-ounce capacity with a tight fitting lid(In Puerto Rico they traditionally use rum bottles). If there is a removable plastic shaker top, that is even better! Remove the shaker top prior to filling and set aside. An empty rice wine vinegar bottle works very well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drop the garlic cloves, peppercorns, salt and bay leaf (and any of your optional additions) down into the bottle.
  2. Remove the stems from the hot peppers. Leave the seeds and membranes intact if you want your Pique spicy! If necessary, slice the peppers lengthwise until they are a size that fits easily into the mouth of the bottle. Insert peppers (or peppers strips) into the bottle.
  3. Use a funnel to pour vinegar into the bottle to cover the peppers and spices. If your bottle has a shaker top, snap it back into place, add the lid and set out on the counter for two days. After two days, store your Pique in the refrigerator.
  4. You can top off with vinegar when it starts getting low with more vinegar. When the peppers start losing their punch, use a chopstick to remove the peppers and start over!
Most Helpful

This easy and quick recipe was just what I was looking for to use the abundance of habaneros from my garden. Better yet the apple cider vinegar complements the flavor of the pepper while calming the intense heat. I love the flavor of the habanero , but one must be cautious with the heat! I used the basic recipe and stuffed as many peppers that would fit into the container and have aged it for a month, and it is perfect!

Rosemary W. October 30, 2015

My neighbor gave me a small bunch of mixed hot peppers from her garden and this was such an easy way to use them! When we vacationed in Puerto Rico, we had this served with every breakfast and loved it; this bring us back there. I'm going to make some good rice and beans to enjoy with it!

maggiepcs August 24, 2013

Great combination of flavors and really fun to make. I used the peppers listed plus yellow peppers and serranos. Made for ZWT9 for Hot Stuff.

Lavender Lynn August 11, 2013