Sriracha (pronounced sir-rotch-ah) is a bright red hot sauce that’s getting seriously popular. The paste-like sauce — named after Sri Racha, Thailand — is made from chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. The versatile hot stuff provides low-cal flavor and can be used as a dipping sauce for just about anything (Eggs? Sure! Chocolate ice cream? Yes please!), and is gaining fame as a go-to street-food condiment. If you want to sound extra cool, call it by its alias, “rooster sauce.”
To get started, make your own Sriracha with one of these recipes — honeyed Sriracha, simple Sriracha— or find it in most major grocery stores (typically in the Asian foods section) with a bright green cap and a rooster on the label. Added bonus: Besides firing up a meal, studies suggest the capsaicin in chili peppers can speed up metabolism and suppress appetite.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite healthier Sriracha recipes, from breakfast burritos, soups, and stews, to cocktails and sweet treats. Have a glass of milk on the ready, because it’s about to get hot up in here.
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