Have You Tried . . . Sriracha?


By: , – Dana Angelo White, Food Network’s Healthy Eats
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The fiery red sauce in the green-topped squeeze bottle is a staple in my kitchen. Loyal fans will not go near another chili sauce – it’s so popular it has its own Facebook page.

What is Sriracha?

Sriracha was developed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1980′s by David Tran. His Chinese and Vietnamese roots were the inspiration for this American-born chili sauce.

Pronounced "SIR-rotch-ah" this sauce made from chili peppers, garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar is the perfect balance of hot, spicy, tangy and sweet. Instead of just being hot, Sriracha has serious flavor that keeps food-lovers coming back for more. It even has a nickname – affectionately dubbed “rooster sauce” (the bottle dotes the image of a rooster – Tran’s astrological sign). 

It seems logical to squirt this crimson sauce on egg rolls, stir-fry and noodle dishes, but save some for burgers, fries, pizza and tuna salad too. Chefs across the country consider this sauce a secret ingredient for all kinds of recipes including sauces, marinades, pate and seafood. First timers should be warned to give it a small taste first – it certainly does turn up the heat!

You can find rooster sauce everywhere from Walmart to the local fish market. Most large chain grocers keep it stocked in the Asian food aisle.

Healthy Attributes

Using chili sauce to spice up recipes pours in big flavor for only a few measly calories. Each teaspoon of Sriracha has 5 calories, 1 gram of carbohydrate, and 100 milligrams of sodium. Along with helping to clear out your sinuses, chili peppers contain capsaicin, an inflammation-fighting phyochemical.
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  • 84
    I love to add it to scrambled eggs before scrambling - 5/19/2017   9:19:17 AM
  • 83
    love it - 2/24/2014   1:14:15 PM
  • 82
    I saw another article about Sriracha just yesterday -- the CEO cares less for profit than most CEOs. the article said that he hasn't raised the price even though the ingredients that go into it have risen in price. That article and this one mentioned it was an American-born product... What a surprise!

    I have a bottle but don't use it very often. I mix it into a quick lunch I sometimes make: rice or bean thread noodles with frozen veggies, and tofu if I have any leftover. - 10/22/2013   12:56:55 PM
  • 81
    I love Sriracha on some things. Have a Thai friend visiting, and she can go through a bottle in 2 weeks! - 11/5/2012   1:23:01 PM
  • 80
    Sriracha is a great condiment, but it can be VERY spicy especially when the bottle is fresh. - 8/22/2012   7:16:18 PM
    I love spicy foods. From dipping to sauce to noodles to anything. And ever since I'm here in New Zealand I wasn't able to have spicy foods on my diet because my boyfriend is not really a fan of spicy foods. I hope I can find some of these here in NZ. Can't wait to try it. - 8/22/2012   12:45:11 AM
    Love this stuff!!! I have a bottle of this in my kitchen and we add this to everything! :) - 8/21/2012   11:32:20 PM
  • 77
    This looks like something I need to add to my diet right away! - 8/21/2012   12:02:38 AM
  • FOCUSED12960
    Can't live without it! Like the recipes... - 8/20/2012   12:55:16 PM
  • 75
    Never tried it, though I'm a fan of spicy! I do have a friend who swears by it, so I guess once my Taptio sauce is gone I'll give this a shot for sure - 8/20/2012   11:49:48 AM
  • 74
    I love siracha! We mix it with fat free sour cream as a dip for quesadillas or as a topping for tacos. - 8/20/2012   10:50:32 AM
    yup its great stuff - 8/20/2012   10:41:20 AM
  • 72
    On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot is it? - 8/20/2012   8:31:35 AM
  • 71
    Omgoodness my younger sister actually makes a special trip into Chinatown so she can get the largest bottle of this stuff, she turned me on to it and have to say I'm a happy convert lol, love it! - 8/19/2012   11:29:37 PM
  • 70
    This morning I had a fabulous Shrimp and Grits for celebratory Sunday Brunch after my personal best 5K...and yes, I put "rooster sauce" in my grits! Yummo! - 8/19/2012   1:36:21 PM
  • 69
    Love this stuff and glad to see the benefits that it has. Been eating this since I was a little girl. - 8/19/2012   11:18:57 AM
  • 68
    Food ain't Food until it makes you cry :-))))) - 8/18/2012   11:21:46 PM
    I go thru Sri Racha a lot more quickly than any other condiment including mustard and catsup. I put a squirt in any soup I'm cooking and in the crock pot w/ my pot roasts. It makes an egg salad sandwich something special! - 8/18/2012   8:38:44 PM
  • 66
    Love this stuff. Michael Symon has a recipe for chili lime chicken wings that is excellent. - 8/18/2012   1:38:56 PM
    The red hot sauce is a staple in my pantry! Also chili garlic sauce. Love the heat and flavor it adds! Use it on lots of foods! (mix with 1T low fat mayo for a dip/spread for zucchini fritters) - 8/18/2012   7:51:46 AM
  • CLOGO77
    Love this product, I put it on almost everything. I enjoy anything that is super hot or spicy !! - 8/17/2012   11:33:06 PM
  • 63
    I grew up enjoying a hot sauce named Clancy's Fancy (www. clancysfancy.com )but it is extremely hard to find outside of Ann Arbor Michigan . Instead I splash the original Tabasco sauce on food and drinks. I probably had Siracha when eatting out. - 8/17/2012   10:57:17 PM
  • 62
    Love this stuff. But as a serious heat freak, I find it just a little between ketchup and sweet bell peppers in heat. However, just substitute this sauce for ketchup in your next recipe. You'll really have food fan's! - 8/17/2012   10:40:24 PM
  • 61
    Love spicy Asian food, love sriracha! I keep it in stock in my kitchen. - 8/17/2012   10:27:13 PM
  • 60
    I LOVE this stuff !! I use it sparingly. I do love the little tingle on the end of my tongue it leaves after eating it. I've been known to dip my pizza in it. eh-hem.

    - 8/17/2012   1:43:15 PM
    Love it and put it on everything! It spices up our stir fry when we make a sauce with it. Tahini, ginger and sriracha, magic! - 8/17/2012   10:52:22 AM
  • 58
    I also use it on just about everything... the label says chili, sugar, salt, garlic, distilled vinegar, potassium sorbate and xanathan gum. That's it, that's all. No HFCS or "natural flavors". Its very tasty if you are able to get a chance to try it... the perfect blend of spicy and garlic!!! - 8/17/2012   10:45:38 AM
  • 57
    It is a staple in my kitchen !! - 8/17/2012   10:45:10 AM
  • 56
    never heard of it, but with all the raves, I will keep an eye out for it next time I shop - 8/16/2012   11:54:24 PM
  • 55
    I can only deal with so much but it is awesome stuff! - 8/16/2012   8:40:33 PM
  • 54
    Interesting to know it originated in Los Angeles, I've seen it on the tables at nearly all chinese restaurants, but actually havent' tried it...i do like the hot sauce that seems to have some sort of seed like jalapeno in it, and also looks like red pepper, mixed in what i think is oil or something...idk, but its bomb...i should try this sriracha tho, for sure - 8/16/2012   6:45:36 PM
  • 53
    Love it, a must have condiment! - 8/16/2012   4:06:47 PM
  • 52
    I love Sriracha as a maranade for steak or chicken on the grill! You just have to be careful with how much you use..... (or not! LOVE IT!!) - 8/16/2012   3:39:56 PM
  • 51
    Never tried this before as I don't care for real spicy stuff, but I'm intrigued at the blend of hot, spicy, tangy, & sweet! Will definately give it a try. - 8/16/2012   3:15:02 PM
  • 50
    We love this stuff in my house! It's the only bottled hot sauce we buy. It adds just the right kick whether DH is making something with meat or I use it in my vegan recipes. It is great in my homemade vegan chorizo. - 8/16/2012   2:40:22 PM
  • 49
    I have some and now have some ideas for more things to try it on besides stir fry! - 8/16/2012   2:12:36 PM
  • 48
    I tried it and found it very hot. Not. My fav brand but it'll do in a pinch. - 8/16/2012   1:35:19 PM
  • 47
    I love Sriracha too. I can't have mac & cheese without it! - 8/16/2012   1:27:49 PM
  • 46
    Love it--with pasta/veggies/guacomole/chili/omlet
    s/burgers/fish etcetc - 8/16/2012   1:01:20 PM
    love a little of this stuff - 8/16/2012   11:52:40 AM
  • 44
    My hubby and I love this sauce. It IS the best. - 8/16/2012   11:17:08 AM
  • 43
    This is my favorite hot sauce. I could eat it on everything. - 8/16/2012   11:07:35 AM
  • 42
    I love sriracha (my friends and I jokingly call it "cock sauce," though this remark might get my comment filtered--ha). But what I don't love about it is when people assume slathering food with it automatically makes it an authentic Vietnamese recipe. -_-; - 8/16/2012   11:03:34 AM
  • 41
    Want to try this one. Dr. Oz says spicy stuff speeds up the metabolism and also is good (not bad) for the stomach! - 8/16/2012   10:45:56 AM
  • 40
    It's AWSOME! If you don't like things too spicy, just use a tiny bit for extra flavor on anything. - 8/16/2012   10:14:06 AM
  • 39
    My hubby and I always have this in the house. It tastes great on just about anything and gives it a little kick! - 8/16/2012   10:09:52 AM
  • 38
    Always have a bottle. Think I'm going for an egg breakfast with Siracha on it. - 8/16/2012   9:42:26 AM
  • 37
    This stuff is AMAZING! I keep a bottle on the table and my boys LOVE it! It flavors everything from eggs to chicken. - 8/16/2012   9:09:57 AM
  • 36
    Love it! - 8/16/2012   8:58:59 AM
  • 35
    My husband and I found that sauce over a decade ago since then we have loved it with all kinds of foods! I even like it in Shepherd's Pie!! :-) - 8/16/2012   8:02:25 AM

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