If you are looking for the best sriracha substitute, you’ve come to the right place. Sriracha is one of the most popular hot sauces used throughout several cuisines.
One can use it as a flavor enhancer in stews, sauces and soups. It’s also used for making dips with a kick.
Due to its versatility, it’s no surprise that this hot sauce disappears quite fast. Don’t worry, you can easily find the perfect sriracha substitute for your recipe.
What is sriracha sauce?
Sriracha sauce is mild hot sauce made out of a paste of chili peppers. Other sriracha ingredients include garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar. It is often known as one of the most popular mild hot sauces in the world.
The origin of sriracha hot sauce is up for debate, a lot of people generally accredit the sauce to Thailand.
Apparently, the sauce was first introduced by a Thai woman called Thanom Chakkapak, from the town of Si Racha. Others argue that it was originally introduced by Burmese workers living in Thailand.
In Thailand, sriracha sauce is also referred to as sot siracha or nam phrik.
Is sriracha hot?
No. Even though sriracha sauce is a chili sauce, it is a mild sauce with subtle amounts of heat. This popular hot sauce only contains about 1,000–2,500 Scoville heat units, which is low on the heat scale.
There are different versions of sriracha chili sauce, in which the level of heat varies. You can get your hands on a variety of flavors, ranging from mild to very hot and spicy. Nevertheless, the traditional one calls for low heat and is therefore widely used as a flavor enhancer.
How to make sriracha?
You can make your own homemade sriracha hot sauce or homemade chili paste, especially, if you like to control the amount of heat the chili paste or chili sauce brings. This can be accomplished by alternating between different types of chili pepper.
To make your own sauce, you’ll need 4 gloves of garlic, 1 pound of chili peppers of your choice (I like serrano), 1/2 cup of vinegar, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt and water. You can use more garlic for an extra intense flavor.
Place all ingredients (apart from the vinegar) into a blender and store in an airtight jar. Store in a cool place for 5 days until fermentation begins. Place the mixture into the blender once more, and blend with the vinegar. Blend until smooth. Strain and voila!
How to use sriracha
Here is a list of ways in which you can use sriracha sauce:
- add it into phos, stews, sauces, soups
- use it as a topping for Thai spring rolls or Thai fish cakes
- add it into a wok, Asian stir-fry recipe or a noodle dish
- use it a topping for pizza or an omelet
- use it as a rub to season any type of meat, fish or tofu
- use it to make a dip
Looking for a sriracha substitute?
Here is the list of ingredients that will maintain the spice in your life!
Which hot sauce will you opt for? Let me know in the comments section below!