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Sriracha Chili Sauce

Updated on October 16, 2014

Sriracha Chili Sauce

Sriracha (pronounced SIR-rotch-ah) chili sauce has been taking the web and cooking circles by storm. Invented and manufactured near Los Angeles by Huy Fong Foods, it is the new sauce of choice for dipping. Huy Fong Foods was founded by David Tran.

**Please note. We are talking about Sriracha Chili Sauce from this company. NOT a generic reference to many other sauces from various countries that may or may not use a similar word.

Just What is Sriracha Chili Sauce?

Is it Japanese? Korean, Vietnamese? Thai?

N0! Sriracha Chili Sauce is all American! Think of it as a sauce that combines all the flavors of the best East and Western chili sauces and makes it a distinctive sauce for putting on most anything that a sauce could be put on. Just for the record, David Tran founder of Huy Fong Foods is Vietnamese.

It can be thought of as a sauce or a paste.

It is made from blendering of red jalapeños, garlic powder, sugar, salt and vinegar. Of course the exact way it's made is a secret.

Purchase Sriracha Chili Sauce - Buy Sriracha Chili Sauce online!

Uses for Sriracha

Try it on these!

The most popular way to use Sriracha is to add it to a sauce or dip you have already.

Add a few drops to catsup, your mayonnaise , your salad dressings, your salsa, your sweet and sour, your..., well, you get the idea!

If you are cooking soups or dishes that call for a loud spice with a bite, add the same amount of Sriracha in it's place! But do taste tests often! You do not want to get an unwanted surprise on the first bite of a complicated dish you spent hours on.

Put your Sriracha on:






Forget salsa, use it in it's place!

Try it also in:


Salad Toppings

Batter for fried foods

Tuna Sandwiches




Hot Dogs


In fact, the list is endless for Sriracha!

The Facts About Sriracha

Sriracha, is a town in the Chonburi Province, Thailand.

Tuong Ot Sriracha is the original meaning Sriracha Chili Sauce.

David Tran made this sauce in the 1980's during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

The ingredients on the bottle are written in many languages, including Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

It is hot, but supposedly it is easy on the tongue and your body takes the heat.

Applebees and P F Changs have been using it in their dipping sauces.

Many, many other restaurants are using it as well.

Also well known as "rooster sauce."

Beware of Imitators!

Many companies have tried to copy Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Chili Sauce, even going as far as using a rooster. Make sure you check the bottle and look for the distinctive rooster. Always buy the original if you want the right stuff!

Make Your Own Sriracha Chili Sauce

This Sriracha Chili Sauce recipe is probably not exact.

Use at your own discretion and tweak it for your taste.

It may take you a few tries, so take notes as to what and how much you use of each ingredient.

To both of the recipes below, feel free to add honey or catsup to make it sweet and even more tasty. The choice is yours!

The real Sriracha Chili Sauce is fairly cheap, so it may be best to actually buy it. But, nothing beats the fun of making your own, so have at it!

Pretty Close Sriracha Chile Sauce Recipe.

You need:

1 cup of of peeled garlic cloves, don't smash.

2 habanero chiles or about 1/2 cup total volume.

1/3 cup of serrano chile pods, dried.

1/3 cup of cayenne pods, dried.

Make sure they are all stemmed, but leave the seeds.

1/2 Tablespoon of salt, preferably non-iodized.

Enough vinegar, at least 3-5 cups, or slightly more.

Buy a gallon if you like.

Better to have more than enough vinegar than too little.

Vinegar can be 5% or a little stronger, but not much.

White, rice, cider, or any other flavor vinegar you like will do even wine!

Rice vinegar probably takes better.

Put all of the dry ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl that can be covered easily.

Add enough vinegar to cover everything and cover.

Leave this mixture in the refrigerator to soak for 2 to 3 days.

Check often and add vinegar as solids soak it up.

Keep it damp.

After 3 days or so, put the whole mixture in a blender and puree to a consistensy of toothpaste, then add enough vinegar to make it like think catsup. Or, puree until it is the consistency you like.

You can strain it to make it free of large solids.

Store in air tight glass containers and enjoy!

Easy Sriracha Chili Sauce Recipe, but not too authentic!

1 pound of fresh red serrano chiles with the stems removed.

2 1/2 cups vinegar (rice works best, you can use white or other flavor)

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon salt

Boil the chiles and vinegar, lower the heat, dissolve the sugar and salt.

You may need to add more vinegar to keep it soggy.

Take the mixture and puree it in a blender.

You want it about the consistency of toothpaste.

Again, you may need to add more vinegar if it thick.

But the thickness is a personal taste.

Now you need to let the mixture cure in the refrigerator overnight.

If you like, after it sits in the refrigerator, you may strain it through a strainer to get it free of any big solids.

Better to store it in glass containers.

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    • lisln profile image


      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      We use this sauce at our schools. I like the taste and the right amount on hotness, good sauce.

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      5 years ago

      Interesting sauce - I may have to try it.

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      Rebecca Korpita 

      5 years ago from Gulf Coast

      I'm addicted to this sauce - love it! Nice lens!

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      5 years ago

      I enjoy cooking different foods. I am going to try your recipe. Great lens.

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      5 years ago

      I love Sriracha. I remember when I first had it. They had it at the cafeteria at work. I would put it on my hash browns. Man that was good. Been hooked on the stuff since then.

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      Tracy R Atkins 

      6 years ago

      This is some of my favorite hot sauce. I like to use it when making spicy tuna rolls!

    • BusinessSarah profile image


      6 years ago

      I LOVE Sriracha -- I put it on everything! Great lens, great information :)

    • PennyHowe profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing. I will give this sauce a try.

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have never heard of this sauce. I will look it up and see if it is available locally.

    • SayGuddaycom profile image


      6 years ago

      This sauce is one of the most amazing foods. I even have it in split pea soup. Seriously.

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      6 years ago

      I love sriracha hot chili sauce. I know some people that love to mix it into mayo for a spicy dipping sauce for just about anything.

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      6 years ago

      Have you seen the cartoon, "The Oatmeal?" "I hold the flames of a thousand collapsed stars!" LOL

      I LOVE sriracha but it hates me. The sugar is not on my SCD diet and it lets me know, with no hesitation. By the way, I have a local Hawaiian restaurant that makes grilled shrimp with a mayo/sriracha sauce that is to die for!

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      BusyMOM LM 

      6 years ago

      We use Sriracha sauce all the time! I think it's great that you thought to make a lens about it!

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      6 years ago

      I love hot and spicy food, and this Sriracha Chili Sauce sounds just great. Good lens to highlight it.

    • TenerifeLowcost profile image


      7 years ago

      My family are OBSESSED with hot sauces - and always looking for new ones to try - thanks!

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      whoisbid lm 

      7 years ago

      Ok my claim to fame is that I have been to Sri Racha Thailand hundreds of times but I don't know what it means.. LOL!.. Thanks for the news on the Chilli paste/sauce. I did not know about it before and now I know from you.

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      7 years ago

      This sauce is awesome! Great lens...I had no idea it was american...

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      fotolady49 lm 

      7 years ago

      My daughter uses this sauce all of the time...I couldn't remember name of it but recognized it as soon as I saw your lens. Great lens and thanks for all the info on Sriracha Chili Sauce!

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      7 years ago

      We've been using Rooster Sauce for years - love it! We always have an open bottle and at least one back-up bottle in the house. We also like Rooster Paste, which is the garlic and hot chilies paste made by the same company. We buy that one by the gallon jar. :)

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      7 years ago

      I've been hearing a lot about this sauce lately, I think I may need to pick up a bottle!

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      7 years ago

      My interest is peaked! I've got to try this sauce!

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      jojokaya lm 

      7 years ago

      This is our favorite chili, sweet, salty..hmm yum

    • BunnyFabulous profile image


      7 years ago from Central Florida

      We love Sriracha! A local burrito place uses it as some hot sauce, and we blend it with mayo to make a spicy sauce to adorn sushi. Yummy!

    • BunnyFabulous profile image


      7 years ago from Central Florida

      We love Sriracha! A local burrito place uses it as some hot sauce, and we blend it with mayo to make a spicy sauce to adorn sushi. Yummy!

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      8 years ago

      Love everything spicy!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Mr. Tran is building new facilities. Made the news in the LA Times. We always have a bottle in our house.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for all the information you delivered this has kept me occupied I

      hope you have more information in the future thanks cool!

      hand held blenders

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      8 years ago

      I always buy Sriracha from Temple of Thai because they have both the Thai authentic version and Huy Fong which are very different from each other but both yummy!

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      9 years ago

      I love this stuff. I'm going to have to use some on the shrimp fajitas I'm making tonight.

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      Loren Gross 

      9 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      That is a great sauce. I have used it for years. I see that you promote your topic with Amazon. If you would like to be able to link your topic, images, keywords, and products with Amazon, you may wish to take a look at one of my pages. It helps you to so that very thing. Good luck and God bless. Gave you 5.

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      9 years ago

      Wow, Great, Great lens. We thank-you so much for the recipe. % stars*****

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      9 years ago

      I love your blog. nyam..nyam. bookmarked (favorite) and will back again. Warm regards.

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      9 years ago

      Yum ! Thanks for a great product and recipe for making chilly sauce.

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