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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
“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.)”
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.
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.
Truly, the possibilities are endless, but we’ve got to stop somewhere. Tell us your favorite ways to use Sriracha in the comments, though, because we’re always down for discovering even more ways to enjoy it. And okay, we do have one more.
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