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52 Uses For Sriracha – The Culinary Duct Tape



Rooster Sauce” is the MacGyver of condiments, the DaVinci of deliciousness, the A-Team of aliment, the Edison of esculence, and the Benjamin Franklin of foodstuffs.

Recipes in orange below.

  1. Turn marinara sauce into Arrabiata (like driving through Phuket to get to Rome).
  2. Whisk into mayo for a powerful sandwich spread on roast beef, pork or poultry.
  3. Buffalo sauce: combine 1 part vinegar, 2 Sriracha and 3 clarified butter; toss cooked wings in pan to coat
  4. Substitute for Tabasco 2:1 in any situation for improved results.
  5. Ratchet up ranch dressing as dip to enliven frozen pizza, carrot sticks or bland chicken wings.
  6. Serve it straight-up as dipping sauce for seafood, just like they do in Si Racha, Thailand.
  7. Drizzle on fresh, grilled peaches or pineapples.
  8. Wet rub: 2 bulbs roasted garlic, 1 T. salt, 2 T. Sriracha, 1 T. brown sugar, 1 T. oil, 1 t. cumin
  9. Saturate with soy sauce for spicing up Asian noodle dishes or dunking potsticker dumplings.
  10. Combine with ketchup and dip your tater tots.
  11. Mix with mayo (for Canadians and other Europhiles) and daintily dip your pommes frites.
  12. Rain Forest Fire shot: 1 teaspoon Sriracha stirred into a shot of tequila
  13. Add quick heat to boring BBQ sauce when you need more acid and spice.


  14. Hot Salt (great on the rim of a margarita or on edamame): 1 T. Sriracha mixed with 1/4 c. kosher salt, dried
  15. Escape from prison (if it works for salsa…).
  16. Coat leftover boxed mac’n’cheese in eggwash and breadcrumbs, pan-fry and douse in Sriracha.
  17. On buttered corn on the cob (seriously spectacular).
  18. Spicy Marinade: Juice of 1 lemon, 1 T. zest, 2 T. Sriracha, 3 garlic cloves, ½ c. fresh herbs, ½ cup oil, S&P
  19. On top of deviled eggs instead of paprika or folded into the yolk for kick and color.
  20. Make your own.
  21. Add to raw ground meat when making burgers or sausage.
  22. Mix into melted butter and pour over popcorn.
  23. On ice cream (dark chocolate or tropical flavors).
  24. Create a compound butter with Sriracha and Thai basil for cooking fish or daubing on steak.
  25. Make cocktail sauce (essentially Bloody Mary paste, but so good):
    1-2 parts Sriracha, 5 parts ketchup, 1 part horseradish, celery salt, pepper and lemon juice
  26. Substitute for jalapenos in a recipe if you don’t feel like slicing hot peppers.


  27. Spice a Bloody Mary.
  28. Make a Cerveza Preparada more enticing.
  29. Throw together with a little mayo and chopped raw tuna to make “spicy tuna” for sushi rolls.
  30. No salsa? No problem!
  31. Polish copper (that’s polish, not Polish)
  32. Blend into cream cheese on a bagel.
  33. Feel better: add to chicken noodle soup for flavor enhancement and to clear your stuffy nose.
  34. Mix with mustard on bratwurst. (34-41 suggested by Jen at seejeneat)
  35. Red onion sauce (like at NY hot dog carts): sweat a large diced onion in 1 T. oil, add 2 c. water, 1/3 c. cider vinegar, 1 T. Sriracha, 3 T. tomato paste, 1 T. sugar, and simmer 45-60 minutes.
  36. Chili-fy sloppy Joes.
  37. Heat up hummus or other Mediteraenean food (falafel, gyro, kebab, dolmas, tzatziki, etc.)
  38. Make meaner meatloaf by adding a couple tablespoons to the mix.
  39. Piquant pesto: add the following, in order, to food processor with motor running: 6 garlic cloves, 1/2 c. pistachios, 1/2 c. grated Parmesan, 1/2 c. olive oil, 2 c. packed fresh basil, 1 1/2 T. soy sauce, 1T. Sriracha. Blend until smooth
  40. shrimp2grilled_cheese

  41. Spice up sour cream with scallions as a dip for potato chips.
  42. Maple glazed nuts: toss 6 c. nuts in 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 T olive oil, 2 T herbes de Provence, 1 T. Sriracha, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and stir half way through.
  43. Make a spicy science fair project by loading the volcano with Sriracha and baking soda.
  44. Stop kids from thumb-sucking with minimal neurological damage.
  45. Handjob lube for a cheating partner (44-47 via Amanda at datingismiserable).
  46. Create a variation on the Russian Roulette cupcakes from Vanilla Garlic.
  47. Thai Massage Parlor shot: 1 oz. bourbon, 1 oz. peach brandy, 5 drops Sriracha
  48. Add to lip gloss to make your lips puff up.
  49. Blistering Brine: boil 4 c. H2O, 1 c. sugar, 1.5 c. salt, 2 T. pickling spice, 2 T. pepper & 1/4 c. Sriracha; add 4 c. ice
  50. Make grilled cheese that will please.
  51. Create kicky vinaigrette: 1/4 c. cider vinegar, 2 t. Dijon, 1 shallot, salt & pepper, 1 T. Sriracha, 3/4 c. olive oil
  52. Make Thai peanut sauce.
  53. Apply liberally to eggs, any style.

mac1chipdipI wanted to make a list of 101 uses. What do you do with Sriracha? Add more ideas in the comments section below.

Baked Stuffed Artichokes

Generally, I just steam and serve with garlic butter, but this weekend I was inspired by a beautiful globe and a few odds and ends in my fridge that were begging to be eaten.  The recipe is for two because if you make this, you will want someone there to be impressed by it, although the recipe is easily halved.



    • 2 larger globe artichokes
    • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 large shallots, diced (about 1 cup)
    • 1 large carrot, diced (about 1 cup)
    • 1 cup bread crumbs
    • 1 lemon
    • 4 pecans, finely diced
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 cup loose, shredded Parmesan Reggiano
    • salt and pepper, or other seasoning mix (Old Bay or Slap Ya Mama recommended)
    • 2 cloves garlic, diced
    1. Lay each artichoke on its side, and cut off top 1/2 inch, taking off the majority of the prickly tips.  Cut off stems, trim off ends and peel stems with a vegetable peeler.
    2. Pull out pale and purple leaves from the center and scrape out hairy chokes with a spoon, thoroughly, but careful not to remove any of the heart.
    3. Steam artichokes and stems for 40 minutes or until outer leaves pull away freely.
    4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    5. Saute shallots in oil, adding carrots for the last two minutes.  Remove pan from heat and add 4 tablespoons butter, stirring to melt.
    6. Incorporate breadcrumbs, zest of the lemon and pecans, adding water as needed to achieve desired consistency.  Stir in cheese and season to taste.
    7. Remove artichokes and stems from steamer.  Invert artichokes on a kitchen towel to remove excess water.  Dice stems and add to stuffing mix.
    8. Loosely pack stuffing into artichoke cavities, then spread out leaves and sprinkle remaining stuffing between them.
    9. Bake 15 minutes.
    10. While baking, combine remaining butter and garlic in a small pan and boil the garlic in butter, skimming solids that rise to the surface.  Remove from heat, add the juice of the lemon and whisk to incorporate.
    11. Serve artichokes with lemon garlic butter on the side for dipping and an additional plate for discarded leaves.

    #46 Thai Massage Parlor Shot

    shot2I’ve been scheming and testing out recipes for my forthcoming “50 Uses For Sriracha” list and this weekend, I decided to follow in the footsteps of George Thorogood, so I drank alone, mixing and sampling some Sriracha cocktails.  A hot shot is a good start to any weekend, in Bangkok or sitting alone in the darkest corner of my living room.

    Thai Massage Parlor:

    • 1 ounce bourbon
    • 1 ounce peach brandy
    • 5 drops Sriracha

    Shake with ice and serve in a shot glass beside a 24-oz. can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

    Thanks to Amanda for the suggestion.

    #25 Spicy Cocktail Sauce

    shrimp1I found a bag of tiny shrimp while cleaning out my freezer and decided I should eat them now or put them to rest.

    Thinking of the “50 Uses For Sriracha” list that I am compiling,  I reconsidered the cocktail sauce my father taught me to make as a kid.

    You may notice that this interpretation is essentially a Bloody Mary paste, making the term “cocktail sauce” doubly relevant, and also delectable.

    Cocktail Sauce:

    • 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha
    • 5 tablespoons ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon horseradish
    • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • juice of 1/4 lemon

    Combine all ingredients

    Cocktail Recipe: The Cheery Herring

    The featured ingredient in this cocktail is Cherry Heering, hence the name.  Heering is a smooth and not-too-sweet liqueur; the original cherry brandy as developed by Dane Peter Heering in 1818.

    I was just going to call it Happy Fish, but I wasn’t sure that would be enough info to get the joke, so now I am over-explaining it.  Meh, I can’t win.

    • 1 ounce bourbon
    • 1/2 ounce Cherry Heering
    • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
    • 1 ounce grapefruit juice

    Shake with ice and serve up, garnished with a Swedish Fish

    redherringNote: Swedish fish candies are made to resemble herring and a red herring (like this one I drew) refers to irrelevant information given to distract someone from the main issue, rooted in an old superstition that when travelling, one could keep predators off one’s trail by dragging a red herring back and forth across the path.

    #14: Melon Margarita with Sriracha Salt

    Pondering my “50 Uses for Sriracha” list, which I hope to post soon, I devised a Sriracha salt that would be delightful if sprinkled over edamame, served with a cheese plate, dusted on caramel desserts, and of course, on the rim of a margarita.  I concocted this cocktail for TSB a few weeks ago, when she offered to make dinner if I provided the watermelon margaritas.  The only melons I could procure were honeydew, but we were pleasantly surprised by the results.  Best to make the salt a day ahead to ensure ample drying time.


    Sriracha Salt

    1 tablespoon Sriracha
    1/4 cup kosher salt

    Mix Sriracha and salt until uniform in color and consistency.
    Spread as thinly as possible and allow to dry overnight.

    Melon Margarita

    1 ounce honeydew, pureed
    1-1.5  ounces silver tequila
    1 ounce triple sec
    3/4 ounce lime juice
    1/2 ounce agave nectar

    Combine all ingredients, shake with ice and serve in salt-rimmed glass.

    Hangover Brunch: BBQ Duck Hash

    Don’t fear the hook.

    Asian markets offer amazing barbecue duck, but you need to get past the shock of seeing it hanging in the front window.


    One of my favorite morning-after-drinking-recipes is hash made with the meat of one of those glorious mallards topped with a poached egg.  You can do all the prep the night before, toss it all in one container and fry it up in the morning.

    duck1hash3Duck Hash Recipe

    • 1 barbecue duck
    • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
    • 1 large potato, peeled
    • 2 medium carrots, peeled
    • 4 scallions, cut to 1/2 inch lengths
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    The day before:

    1. Remove duck meat from bones, separate meat from fat and skin and cut both piles into 1/2-inch  pieces.
    2. Boil sweet potato, potato, and carrots until cooked, cut into 1/2 inch cubes and combine with scallions and meat.
    3. Add skin/fat to a hot pan to render fat and crisp skin.  Pour off fat, add butter and reserve for the morning.
    4. Add crispy duck skin to other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate covered.

    In the morning:

    1. Add 4 tablespoons fat to a wok or large skillet.  Once hot, add hash and stir fry until crispy and brown on the edges.
    2. Serve on a bed of greens with a poached egg on top and hot sauce on the side.

    Hangover Brunch: Braised Pork Belly

    pork1The belly is where the bacon is, but if you don’t want to smoke it, you can braise it.

    Recent studies have shown that bacon is the ultimate hangover cure, because of it’s high protein content – converted to amino acids – resulting in a clearer head and the enticing smell leads to eating more, increasing the metabolism, thus speeding the healing process.

    Simply brine the belly for 3 days, then move the belly from brine to oven before you go out on the town.  When you get home, turn on the oven and go to sleep.  When you wake up, breakfast is almost ready.


    Braised Pork Belly



    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1.5 cups salt
    • 2 tablespoons pickling spice
    • 2 tablespoons black pepper
    • 4 cups water
    • 4 cups ice



    Everything Else

    • 2-3 pounds pork belly, skin on
    • 1 quart frozen chicken stock
    • 1 celery stalk, chopped
    • 1 large carrot, chopped
    • 6 shallots, peeled
    • 1 small potato, peeled and quartered


    3 days ahead: mix all brine ingredients but the ice, bring to a boil and simmer until sugar and salt have dissolved.  Take off heat, add ice and let completely cool, then submerge pork belly and refrigerate.

    The night before: before you go out, remove pork from brine, place in covered pan with remaining ingredients in cold oven.

    Before you go to bed: set oven to 200 degrees and set your alarm for 8 hours. Leave a note on your pillow or you’ll forget.

    In the morning: slice the belly into quarter-inch strips across the grain and sear on both sides until crispy.  Savor the smell, simmer cooking  liquid to reduce with the vegetables and then blend to create gravy.  Serve with gravy on the side.

    Note:  This also makes a great garninsh/edible swizzle stick for a bloody mary.  Celery is for sissies.

    Hangover Brunch: Bloody Mary

    It contains juice and assorted vegetables, making it healthy, and vodka, which will aid in your recovery.

    Add ingredients to a highball glass in the order below, stir with celery and add remaining garnish.  Take a deep breath.

    • bloodyBloody Mary: (roughly)
    • 4 ice cubes
    • 2 ounces vodka (optionally half firewater)
    • 4 ounces V8
    • Juice of 1/4 lemon
    • 1 Dash Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 Dashes Sriracha
    • 1 Pinch celery salt
    • 1 Pinch black pepper
    • 1/3 teaspoon horseradish
    • Garnish:
    • 1 celery stick
    • 1 lemon wedge
    • 1 spear pickled veggies (or olives)
    • 1 strip crispy bacon

    Real Grenadine, Fast and Easy

    The florescent bottle you bought isn’t grenadine; it’s the bastard red-headed stepchild, but thanks to the public demand for antioxidants, pomegranate juice is now available in every store in the double-bubble bottle, so we can all make our own grenadine, the right way.

    Grenadine Recipe

    1 16-ounce bottle of Pom (pomegranate juice)
    1 cup of granulated sugar
    1 shot of vodka (preferably high proof)

    Simmer the juice until reduced by half, then stir in sugar to dissolve, and add vodka.
    Let cool before pouring back into original bottle.