17 Best Substitutes for Sriracha

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Knowing the best sriracha substitutes when you’re in the kitchen will help you pull off any spicy meal you’re preparing. While some people think that all hot sauce tastes the same, people who love sriracha are very particular about how they replace it in specific dishes. For example, tabasco sauce is another type of hot sauce but would create a very different flavor in a dish than sriracha.

Sriracha Substitutes

The best sriracha substitutes include hot sauce, chili paste, sambal oelek, tabasco, cayenne pepper, wasabi, fish sauce, marmite, jerk sauce or balsamic vinegar, among others.

  • Hot sauce
  • Chili paste
  • Sambal oelek
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  • Crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper
  • Piri piri
  • Yuzu kosko
  • Tabasco
  • Mustard
  • Fish sauce
  • Jerk sauce
  • Wasabi
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Tapatio salsa picante
  • Homemade sriracha
  • Marmite
  • Yuzu kosho
  • El Yucateco Tapatio salsa picante

While many of the above substitutes have a similarly spicy bite to them, they vary widely in terms of their potency, “heat”, and overall flavor. Some will have more of a vinegar base and can be included in sauces, while those with thicker consistencies, such as mustard or wasabi, can be used as a spread or glaze on protein dishes. Personal preference will always play an important role when it comes to hot sauce.

The important thing is to understand the effects of your substitutes. For example, 3 teaspoons of sriracha should not be replaced by 3 teaspoons of wasabi. Equivalent measurements will also be a matter of taste tests until you find your preferred heat.

What is Sriracha

Sriracha is a type of chili sauce made from chili peppers, garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar. It has gained incredible popularity in North America in recent years, but it has been a traditional sauce in Southeast Asia for generations. Believed to have originated in a town named Sri Racha in Thailand, this spicy sauce is most commonly found in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines in Asia.

You will often find sriracha on pasta dishes, as well as in the form of a dipping sauce for seafood. However, as its popularity has grown, it is now used on eggs, hamburgers, pizzas, cocktails, and even as a flavoring for snack foods and potato chips.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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