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There are probably literally infinite ways to use Sriracha in your food, from the expected (topping off pho and spicing up mayonnaise) to the renegade (see: all kinds of gob-smacking Sriracha desserts). These 50 things to do with Sriracha are just some of the ones we’ve collected over the years.

But before you dive in, it’s worth reading up on the history of Sriracha. Though Huy Fong Foods has never spent a single cent on advertising, their iconic product has become woven into the very fabric of American food culture.

No other hot sauce seems to have as much street cred or as much of a cult following as Sriracha, a.k.a. Rooster Sauce (or Cock Sauce in certain circles). Actually, the cult following has become big enough to call this a mainstream obsession, but that is in no way a knock against it. The bottle with the green top is found all over the country, from grocery shelves in Asian markets and Walmart, to restaurants ranging from the neighborhood pho joint to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Perry St.—and we couldn’t be happier.

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While the label has a few suggestions for what to do with the sauce, we want more—always more. And while “I put that s*** on everything” might be the tag line for another famous hot sauce, it can certainly be said by many Sriracha stans too. So if you’re always looking for more things to squirt Sriracha on, in, and alongside of, take a look at the following ideas, many culled from our historic Chowhound boards—and let us know your own faves!

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50 Things to Do with Sriracha (A By No Means Exhaustive List)

1. Use as a marinade for grilled chicken or short ribs (or in a marinade like the simple one on our Grilled Korean Short Rib Kebabs).

2. Toss with diced firm tofu, then bake.

3. Add to aioli and use as a dip for sweet potato fries.

4. Mix into ground meat for burritos, tacos, and even burgers (like our Meatloaf Burger recipe, for one).

5. Spread on fish, then grill—or just add a spicy squirt to ceviche and skip the cooking.

Spicy Ceviche with Sriracha

Chowhound’s Spicy Sriracha Ceviche

6. Stir into mashed potatoes.

7. Drizzle it on your scrambled eggs instead of Tabasco.

8. Combine with sour cream to make a spicy potato chip dip.

9. Add to lentil soup for extra kick.

10. ArikaDawn mixes it with strawberry jam as a sweet/hot dip for pretzels. (Try it with other fruity jams too; peach jam is particularly good.)

11. toodie jane mixes it into softened butter, adds a few drops of liquid smoke, and spreads it over corn on the cob.

12. Put it in your oatmeal. (The expert in our You’re Doing It All Wrong: Oatmeal video wouldn’t disagree.)

13. Dirty Frank’s, a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, sells a hot dog with Sriracha coleslaw (via New York Times).

14. wayne keyser uses it to make a “quick-and-dirty BBQ sauce,” which consists of:

  • Ketchup
  • Moderate amount of dark molasses
  • Good-sized amount of Sriracha
  • Garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Sugar to taste

Slather that on ribs or chicken as you finish them on the grill, or slow cook a pork shoulder in it.

15. Add to vanilla frosting for cupcakes. (Chowhounds can vouch for its versatility in desserts if you need some convincing.)

16. Mix it into a Bloody Mary.

17. Mix it into mayo and slather it on everything. (Works equally well with vegan mayo, so no one gets left out.)

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18. A few Chowhounds swear by adding Sriracha to a peanut butter sandwich. klieglight2 says, “A lot of people look at me in disgust when I do this, but the flavour of the chilies, garlic and subtle sweetness of the Sriracha go so well with PB.”

19. Mix into macaroni and cheese.

20. Add to honey for a spicy-sweet wing glaze.

21. Honey Bee mixes it with sour cream, dark sesame oil, honey, lime juice, and fish sauce to dress spinach and grilled chicken salad.

22. Spice up tartar sauce for fish or crab cakes.

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Myers + Chang’s Chinese Sausage Sweet Potato Fritters with Sriracha Aioli (photo courtesy of Kristen Teig)

23. Mix with soy sauce, sesame oil, and sweet rice vinegar to make a dipping sauce for green onion cakes.

24. pianoboy recommends making a popcorn topping “in a ketchup-like-squeeze bottle (the kind with the thin, cone-shaped nozzle) [with] tamari, cider vinegar, and Sriracha to taste. Apply liberally while popcorn is devoured.”

25. Use it as pizza sauce (unless you’re a true hot head, discretion is recommended).

26. Pour it over vanilla ice cream (or make Sriracha ice cream).

27. Combine with olive oil and cracked pepper to dip bread in.

28. Ruth Lafler mixes it with black cherry preserves to spread on ham sandwiches.

29. Mix with ketchup to dip fries in.

30. Add it to chocolate cake batter, like SF cupcakestress Karen Nguyen does.

31. Stir into polenta while cooking.

32. Use as an easy substitute for a chopped hot pepper in recipes.

33. JBC says, “Pasta + Red Sauce + Sriracha = Asian Arrabbiata.”

34. JC sauces raw cubed ahi tuna with mayo, Sriracha, and togarashi, then serves it on a bed of seaweed salad.

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35. lyn mixes it with poached eggs, Greek yogurt, and feta for breakfast.

36. Put away the Crystal or Frank’s RedHot, and use Sriracha instead on fried chicken.

37. Add to Italian dressing (or ranch).

38. Mix with wasabi and Greek yogurt for a spicy vegetable dip.

39. Add to ballpark mustard for a dip or a zingy sausage or hot dog topping.

40. Mix with miso dressing (Red Shell is the preferred kind) for use on cold noodles.

41. Make our Sriracha Deviled Eggs recipe. Or, as mrbigshotno.1 says:

“Wanna try something good? I call them Rooster Bombs…prepare your favorite deviled eggs then stick the nozzle of sriracha down in the yolk filling and squeeze about 1/4 tsp into it, yeah baby! (of course take off the nozzle afterwards and wash it.)”

spicy Sriracha deviled eggs

Chowhound’s Sriracha Deviled Eggs

42. CreativeFoodie42 uses it as a marinade for chicken nuggets, along with ginger and white rice vinegar, then dips the chicken chunks in egg and panko breadcrumbs and bakes them.

43. Dommy! creates a dipping sauce for gyoza by mixing Sriracha with hoisin sauce and rice cooking wine.

44. lyn uses it in a spicy tomato and blue cheese soup.

45. Put it in cocktail sauce instead of horseradish.

46. Mix with barbecue sauce and mustard for dipping corn dogs.

47. Jazz up your hummus or falafel.

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48. Use instead of cayenne in our Chile-Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe.

49. Mix with melted marshmallows when making Rice Krispies Treats.

50. Mix with pickled vegetables for quick Korean-style banchan.

what to do with Sriracha


Truly, the possibilities are endless, but we’ve got to stop somewhere. Actually, we do have one more.

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