Whether you’re a Thai food fanatic or just a spicy food enthusiast, I’m pretty sure you’ve come across the infamous Sriracha sauce. Sriracha is one of the spiciest condiments in the market that offers a mixture of vinegary, garlicky, and spicy taste. The very reason why it’s gaining popularity in the international palate.
If you’re prepping a meal that calls for Sriracha sauce but you run out already, don’t worry. You can substitute it with Tabasco Original Hot Sauce. You can also use other alternatives like Tapatio, Louisiana Hot Sauce Original, Korean Gochujang, Homemade Chili Sauce, and Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Sauce.
Sriracha Sauce Substitutes
Let’s get to know these sriracha sauce substitutes and which one is spicier.
Sriracha sauce is a type of hot sauce but with a distinct type of ingredients. All hot sauces are labeled as the same but only vary with the specific ingredients mixed in the sauce, especially the difference of the chilis being used.
1. Tabasco Original Hot Sauce
One of the most famous variants in the market is the Tabasco sauce widely manufactured in Louisiana, USA, and distributed worldwide. The sauce is famous for its intense heat level that can range from up to 2500 – 5000 Scoville Heat Unit (SHU). Tabasco uses quality grade jalapeño peppers as the main ingredient for the sauce.
As of the present day, tabasco offers a whopping 7 variants of their hot sauces including their very own sriracha sauce. It’s a perfect substitute from the authentic Thai sriracha sauce because the taste and smell are highly similar. The brand also offers mildly spiced hot sauce, like the sweet and spicy variant.
2. Tapatio Hot Sauce
Tapatio is a well-known Mexican-American hot sauce in the US, especially in Hispanic communities. The sauce uses regular red peppers, however, the overall SHU of Tapatio is 3000 which is actually spicier than the typical sriracha.
The sauce is typically used to spice up most Mexican dishes but as its popularity is spreading throughout the world, it has been used to different types of dishes. Some restaurants use it as a glaze for spicy chicken wings, spicy ribs marinade, or just a regular condiment. If you want to challenge your tolerance with spicy dishes, add some Tapatio, and see the difference.
3. Louisiana Hot Sauce Original
As for how the brand’s tagline says it, “One Drop Does It”, that still holds true up to this day. Seems like the state of Louisiana is the home of spicy peppers and hot sauces. This cajun-style hot sauce uses tabasco and cayenne peppers as the key ingredient. Depending on which ones you’re picking, its overall SHU can range from 3500 – 10000. Definitely spicy.
It’s perfect for the braver ones who need to level-up their spice cravings and think that sriracha needed an upgrade. The Louisiana hot sauce will definitely make a cut. In fact, it’s widely used in the state for making the classic spicy buffalo wings.
4. Korean Gochujang
Moving on from the sauces, let’s try a spicy chili paste substitute. The Korean cuisine boasts about their spicy gochujang, one of the most traditional condiments that offers a spicy and sweet taste. It’s used all around as a condiment, seasoning, and rice topping. It’s made out of cooked glutinous rice, chili powder, and salt which is then fermented.
If you’re looking into trying out a spicier but sweeter variant spicy condiment, this is the best substitute for sriracha. Unlike the hot sauces mentioned previously, the gochujang sauce doesn’t have a hint of sourness due to the absence of vinegar. For those who like a milder alternative than sriracha, this is also the best choice for you since it only has 1000 SHU.
5. Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Sauce
Hailed as one of the top 10 spiciest hot sauces in the world, the Jamaican scotch bonnet sauce or also known as Caribbean red peppers is a must-try. But before you try it, let me remind you that the sauce is extremely spicy. Ten times spicier than the sriracha sauce. A raw scotch bonnet pepper has over 445000 SHU, which is spicier than you expected it to be.
This choice is for the ones who are up for the challenge to beat their limits. Although the taste is also savory and satisfying, it might not be for everyone. For persons with heartburn or any medical problems, it’s best to consult with a medical expert before trying the sauce out. But for the brave ones, it’s a worthy substitute for sriracha sauce.
We hope we provided sure-fire sriracha sauce substitutes the next time you encounter a kitchen emergency. However, if the recipe or food highly calls for sriracha, you can make your own at home. It’s simple and easy to make.
6. Homemade Chili Sauce
There’s nothing better than creating your homemade chili sauce. There’s a lot of recipes available online that you can follow whether it’s a sauce, paste, or powder form. The heat levels will also vary depending on what kind of peppers you are using.
If you like it milder, just take out the seeds or retain it if you like it much spicier.
Making a homemade chili sauce only calls for a food processor/blender and chilis. You can get flexible with the type of seasonings and spices you’re adding to give it an extra savory flavor. Homemade chili sauces usually last for 90 days inside the fridge. Just make sure to store it in an airtight jar or container.
Homemade Sriracha Sauce
Here’s a quick recipe that you can follow:
- 900 grams of red Thai peppers or chili peppers
- 1 liter of water
- 3 tbsps of rock salt
- 3 tbsps of brown sugar
- 1 tsp of granulated sugar
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 5 cloves of chopped garlic
- Make sure to wash all your peppers and take out the stem. Take out the seeds if you like it mildly spicy, if not, retain the seeds instead.
- Place the chilis into the food processor. If you don’t have one, you can use a mortar and pestle and pound the chilis manually.
- Store all the processed chilis in an airtight leaving at least an inch from the top. This is to leave some space during the fermentation process of the sauce.
- Then, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cover the jar and store away from sunlight at room temperature.
- Check the sauce daily for the progress. After 2 weeks, the sriracha sauce should be ready to consume. Store for 1 month in the fridge.
What is Sriracha sauce typically used for?
It’s a common condiment that spices up the flavor in any dish. It’s the same as how you use hot sauce. It’s perfect for noodles, soups, rice bowls, pizzas, burgers and so much more. You can also make a dip out of it or a marinade for meats.
Does Sriracha sauce need to be refrigerated after opening?
Fortunately, no. Upon opening the sriracha sauce bottle, it’s ok to store it at room temperature. No need to put it inside the fridge. The sauce was made with ingredients and seasonings that are not prone to bacterial growth and attract contaminants.
Sriracha is definitely safe to store inside the pantry or spice rack area. Just make sure of course to check the expiration date to know when you should discard it.
Is Sriracha sauce considered as Hot Sauce?
Yes, just like the other hot sauces mentioned previously they all belong to the same kind. However, they vary when it comes to the type of ingredients being used, type of peppers, seedless or not and so much more. The SHU also varies, some are extremely hot and some are more mellow.
What is hotter red or green sriracha?
For those who don’t know, sriracha sauces have two variants: the red and green sauces. The difference between the both is that the red one is more rustic and strong in flavor, while the green variant is sweeter and uses green peppers instead of red. Based on my personal experience of tasting it, the red sriracha is spicier than the green sriracha.