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Homemade Sriracha

Have you caught sriracha fever yet? You can make this low-calorie, low-fat condiment at home!

Homemade Sriracha from @TheRedheadBaker #spicy

Have you heard about sriracha? For about a year, I saw it mentioned everywhere, but had no idea what it was, or even how to pronounce the word.

What is it? It's pronounced "see-rah-cha", and it's a kind of hot sauce, made from chili peppers, garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar. It's named for the city in Thailand where it was first produced.

It's available for purchase in the International Foods aisle at most grocery stores, but thanks to Cooking Light's July 2014 issue, I learned that you can also make it at home very easily.

Homemade Sriracha from @TheRedheadBaker #spicy

It was for this recipe that I embarked in the Quest for the Elusive Red Chile Pepper that I mentioned back on Monday. I know I had previously seen red chile peppers in my local grocery store, but I checked all SEVEN grocery stores (Trader Joe's and Whole Foods included) within a 10-minutes radius of me, and couldn't find them. I finally found them at Wegman's.

Into the pot they went with the rest of the ingredients, and a little more than half an hour later, I had homemade bright-red, clear-your-sinuses spicy homemade sriracha.

What can you do with homemade sriracha? Try these recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers:

Homemade Sriracha from @TheRedheadBaker #spicy

Homemade Sriracha from @TheRedheadBaker #spicy

Homemade Sriracha

Yield: 1 cup


  • 2 cups (8 ounces, about 10 medium) red Fresno, Serrano and/or Jalapeno peppers, quartered and seeded (remove all seeds for the least spicy sauce, leave a few in to increase the heat)
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled and split in half
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup hot water


  1. Place the chile peppers, garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar in a medium saucepan. Cover the pot, and place over low heat. Cook for 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a tall container (I use a plastic lemonade pitcher). Add the ¼ cup hot water, and puree with an immersion blender to your desired degree of chunkiness, adding more hot water by the teaspoonful if necessary. Transfer to storage container. If using a squeeze bottle, strain through a fine-mesh sieve first.

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mark person

Sunday 17th of November 2019


First of all, thank you for sharing the recipe related to SRIRACHA, this week I will try this recipe for my wife and children, to check that they like it or not and share the experiences with you.

Thank & Regards, Mark Person

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Wednesday 31st of December 2014

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Jodee Weiland

Thursday 17th of July 2014

This is great! I love sriracha and will be making it soon. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

Nutmeg Nanny

Wednesday 16th of July 2014

I LOVE sriracha but I have never made it before. It looks fantastic!

claire @ the realistic nutritionist

Wednesday 16th of July 2014

I think I might love you. This is amazing!!

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