|I can't take a lot of heat, but I love Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce.|
For years I remember seeing Sriracha Sauce on the tables in Asian restaurants. My friends who loved spicy food always called this "Rooster Sauce" because of the rooster on the bottle. I'm not someone who can handle ultra spicy foods, so for some ridiculous reason, I never tried it on my food. Fast-forward quite a few years and I noticed food bloggers everywhere talking about the great flavor of Sriracha. I tried it, and I've been loving it ever since whenever I want just a little spicy-hot flavor in something. Even though I only use a little at a time I am now starting my second gigantic bottle of this stuff, so it seems like time to officially add it to Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, my list of food items and products that I happily buy over and over.
I am well aware that the Sriracha sauce I buy in my local supermarket or Asian grocer is not the real Sriracha sauce you'd get if you went to Thailand or Vietnam. (Someday I hope to go there and try it!) If you want to try making it, there's a recipe for authentic Thai Sriracha at She Simmers or one for Sriracha Chile Sauce at Viet World Kitchen. If I get to Thailand or Vietnam I'll report back on how the flavor of the authentic Sriracha is different, but meanwhile I'll continue enjoying the sauce you see pictured in this post.
Probably because I'm a bit of a lightweight, I use Sriracha most often mixed into a dressing or stir-fry sauce, and below are a few of my favorite recipes using this tasty sauce. Check after the photos for even more recipes, including some from other Sriracha-loving food bloggers. (And if you have a favorite recipe that uses Sriracha, please let us know about it in the comments!)
These Asian-Flavored Wild Salmon Patties with Ginger, Scallions, and Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise have a bit of Sriracha mixed in with the salmon.
Spicy Mint and Cucumber Salad with Lemon, Mint, and Cumin.
You can tell there's Sriracha in the sauce for these Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Sriracha.
This Spicy Dipping Sauce for Sweet Potato Fries or Roasted Vegetables may look a bit like Utah Fry Sauce, but Sriracha and lime give it a spicier kick.
Ten More Tasty Ideas for Getting Sriracha Into Your Life:
(Recipes from other blogs may not be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Spicy Whole Wheat Sesame Noodles with Chicken, Green Onions, and Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen
Asian Style Coleslaw from Kalyn's Kitchen
Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen
Tofu and Green Bean Stir Fry with Spicy Peanut Sauce from The Perfect Pantry
Sriracha-Glazed Honey Buffalo Wings from White on Rice Couple
Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha, Honey, and Lime from Not Derby Pie
Apricot-Glazed Sriracha Ginger Chicken from Sassy Radish
Apricot Sriracha Glazed Pork Cutlets from Bitchin' Camero
Roast Pork with Ginger-Sriracha Barbecue Sauce from Healthy Green Kitchen
More About Sriracha:
Sriracha Sauce from The Perfect Pantry
Dear Sriracha from The Oatmeal (very funny!)
Sriracha Taste-Off from Viet World Kitchen
Chili Sauces Explained from Eat It, Atlanta
Sriracha, Seductress in a Squeeze Bottle from The Traveler's Lunchbox
A Chili Sauce to Crow About from The New York Times
100 Ways to Use Sriracha from Endless Simmer
I purchased the Sriracha in the photo myself and this company has no idea that I'm writing about their product. (Everything featured for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks is a product I've tried myself and loved. Nearly all of these items are products I purchased myself. If I ever feature a product I first received as a sample, I will always disclose that, and you can be sure I won't be writing about anything unless it's something I would have happily purchased myself.) You can see the complete list of products I've chosen under the tab Kalyn's Picks below the blog header.