Sriracha is in short supply. Here are 10 great alternatives to try
There’s a good reason Sriracha has garnered a loyal following over the years. A type of sauce and remains a top choice among hot sauce lovers. It can be added to anything. While the Sriracha shortage continues, there are plenty of substitutes out there, which is good news for your taste buds.
Much to the dismay of fans, Sriracha producers last year a supply shortage It looks like this cult favorite hot sauce and limited inventory may still be available in 2023. Hui Fong recently told CBS that the small spring crop of chili peppers used in making Thai spices is in short supply.
Sriracha rations are sold out on store shelves and online retailers. While the world seems dull without the spicy and slightly sweet sauce, there are some great Sriracha substitutes to add to your pantry shelves to keep you entertained.
From twists on the original for topping soups, sandwiches, and stir-fries, and even a few similar but different condiments, these are the best Sriracha substitutes for when you can’t have the real thing.
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Melinda makes over a dozen sriracha substitutes that any spice lover can buy online. The closest thing to sriracha is the spicy Thai sweet chili, but don’t sleep on others, including habanero honey mustard and black truffle hot sauce.
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Fly by Jing also makes a great chili crunch for topping sandwiches, ramen, stir-fry, and topping dumplings and other sweet treats. This Sriracha substitute features a harmony of sweet, spicy, and salty flavors, but has an umami punch with sesame oil, mushrooms, and fermented black beans.
A jar of this addictive condiment will set you back $17, or you can get them at a discount if you buy a jar of The Spicy Duo with Chili Crisps and Zhong Sauce.
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While we’re trying new sauces, Fly by Jing’s Zhong sauce is equally great, but the flavor isn’t as close to Sriracha as Chili Crisp. This sauce gets its rich sweetness from brown sugar and flavorful soy sauce.
David Chang and Momofuku make equally delicious Chili Crisps. This version has a healthy dose of sesame seeds, and the Sriracha will keep the dish spiced enough until it goes back into the pantry.
As you might expect, Sriracha’s popularity has spawned some knockout creations. Bushwick Kitchen makes Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha Sauce. It’s made with most of the same ingredients as Hoi Fung’s juicy sauce and seems to be in stock (now).
A Sriracha shortage is a good time to experiment with twists on any sauce. Bushwick Kitchen also makes a curry Sriracha that is in stock and sells for $12 a bottle.
La Gon Ma
Chili crunch isn’t exactly a Sriracha substitute, but it has a lot of flavor: heat, sweetness, and umami. Lao Gang Ma’s spicy chili is another favorite and can add a nice pop to your dishes when Sriracha isn’t an option.
You can buy a 24-ounce bottle for $17 or a smaller size for $4.
This one I haven’t tried yet, but the recipe is similar to Hoi Fung’s Sriracha, and this Thai-made chili sauce gets rave reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. A pack of six bottles will set you back $19 on Amazon.
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