Best Sriracha Substitute

Sriracha is a Thai hot sauce with many practical uses in different Asian cuisines. Primarily known in Thailand as a dipping sauce, Sriracha is also used in Vietnamese cuisine as a condiment for noodle dishes and as a topping for deep-fried specialties. As for the rest of the world, this sauce has been incorporated in countless big-name fast foods, as well as in small business restaurants, delis, and cafes, and they are used primarily for dipping and/or dressing.

What makes Sriracha unique is the ability to influence the flavor of a certain dish. The blend of chilies along with garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar give dishes a kick of tangy spiciness with a hint of sweetness to top it all off. If a recipe calls for Sriracha and there’s none around, finding a substitute may be challenging but very doable.

Sriracha Substitutes

Sambal Oelek

Arguably the next best thing when a recipe calls for Sriracha. This chili paste is like a distant cousin of the world-famous hot sauce but with simpler ingredients. It even has the signature tangy taste you get minus the sweetness. While it doesn’t have a hint of garlic, this is something that can easily be fixed by adding the flavor you find lacking in your dish.

Cayenne or Crushed Red Pepper (whole or flakes)

For people who are looking for the same spiciness of Sriracha, minus the tangy and mildly sweet taste, then crushed red peppers and cayenne can get the job done. While it doesn’t give you the signature taste that the hot sauce possesses, these can easily be added into your dish by adding sugar, garlic, and a hint of vinegar.

Homemade Sriracha

If you’re feeling a little adventurous and your pantry is fully stocked, then consider making your own – it’s not as difficult as you might think! All you need are red peppers, garlic, brown sugar, salt, water, and white vinegar. Just chop the red peppers, combine everything except the vinegar and blend together with a food processor. Ferment for at least 3 days – but make sure to stir at least once a day. Once done, add vinegar to the pepper mash and blend until thin consistency, heat for 5-10 minutes, or until it thickens.

Ketchup For people who want a similar flavor profile and consistency of Sriracha – minus the heat, then ketchup is considered to be a great substitute. For people thinking about adding a little spiciness, be sure to only add either cayenne or crushed red pepper, along with a bit of vinegar. Add garlic if you want the next best thing to homemade Sriracha.

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