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What is Sriracha?

Sriracha Definition, Uses and Recipes, & Where to Buy Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

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Huy Fong Sriracha
© 2011 Miri Rotkovitz

Definition: Sriracha is a hot chili sauce named for the coastal port city in Thailand from which it hails. The general recipe for sriracha includes ground chiles, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt, and was first developed to serve with seafood.

In the US, the Huy Fong brand is the best known sriracha chili sauce available. Thicker and less sweet than a typical Thai sriracha, it makes an excellent multi-purpose condiment.

Pronunciation: seer-RAH-shah

Also Known As: Rooster Sauce, because the California-made Huy Fong brand features a rooster on the bottle.

Sriracha Uses:

  • Serve sriracha with fresh fish or seafood, grilled meats, or tofu dishes.
  • Dot sriracha onto pureed soups for a hit of color and heat.
  • Serve sriracha alongside omelets or egg dishes.
  • Add a dash of sriracha to Bloody Marys and other cocktails.
  • Whisk sriracha into vinaigrettes or marinades.
  • Stir sriracha into mayonnaise or aioli to make a spicy sandwich spread.
  • Use sriracha to spice up rice and beans.
  • Serve sriracha as a condiment with cheese.
  • Mix sriracha into dipping sauces.
  • Serve sriracha with with slices of ripe mango.
  • Serve sriracha with fries or roasted potatoes.
  • Use sriracha as a deli or barbecue condiment.

Sriracha Recipe Suggestions:

Szechuan Style Chinese Noodles

Mussels With Corn Tomato Salsa

Beef with Noodles and Chili Sauce

Where to Buy Sriracha:

Huy Fong Foods sells a sampler pack of sauces that includes 2 bottles of sriracha, along with 1 jar each of sambal oelek chili sauce and chili garlic sauce for $8 plus shipping. Aficionados can also buy Huy Fong's sriracha by the case (23.50/12 17-oz bottles). Buy online at HuyFong.com.

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