Sriracha has built a strong fan base over the years, but the makers of this cult-favorite hot sauce have announcedWhich pisses off hot sauce lovers. This deficiency is the product of a particularly meager spring harvest of the chilies used to make the Thai-inspired condiment, according to Hui Fong (PDF).
Sriracha rations have already run out on store shelves at online retailers. While the world—or even summer—without hot and slightly sweet sauce seems like a bummer, there are some excellent Sriracha alternatives to add to your pantry shelves to guide you.
From knockoff Srirachas to spins on the original and even some similar but different condiments to try for soups, sandwiches, and stir-fries, these are the best Sriracha alternatives when you can’t get enough of the real thing.
Best Sriracha Alternatives to Try This Summer
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Chili crisp isn’t an exact alternative to Sriracha but it does have many of the same flavors: heat, sweet, and umami. Lao Gan Ma’s crisp chili is a cult-favorite condiment that can add some sweet pop to your foods when Sriracha isn’t an option.
This is one I haven’t tested yet, but the recipe is similar to Hoy Fung’s Sriracha, and the Thai-made chili sauce is getting rave reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. A pack of six bottles will save you $18 on Amazon.
Fly by Jing also makes a crunchy chili that is excellent for topping sandwiches, ramen, French fries, dips for dumplings, and other dim sum favorites. It features a harmony of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors, but with a little umami punch of sesame oil, mushrooms, and fermented black beans.
A bowl of this addictive condiment will cost you $15 or you can catch them at a discount if you buy four or six at a time.
As we try new sauces, Fly by Jing’s Zhong sauce is equally excellent, although perhaps not close in flavor to Sriracha as chili. This dipping sauce gets its rich sweetness from brown sugar and aromatic soy sauce.
David Chang and Momofuku make a delicious chili condiment. This version contains a healthy dose of sesame seeds and will keep your food seasoned enough until Sriracha is back in stock.
As you might expect, Sriracha’s popularity has spawned some imitation creations. Bushwick Kitchen Makes Gochujang Sriracha Weak Sauce. It’s made with most of the same ingredients as Hoy Fung sauce and appears to be available (for now).
A lack of Sriracha is as good a time as any to experiment with twists on the sauce. Bushwick Kitchen also makes available Sriracha Curry, which retails for $11 a bottle.
Cholula Chili Garlic Sauce is another classic condiment that seems to be in short supply, but sweet habanero is another good alternative that can take on some of Sriracha’s load while in short supply. Amazon has bottles worth just over $4 each when you buy a pack of six.
Melinda makes over a dozen excellent sauces that you can buy online. Closest to Sriracha is the delicious Thai Sweet Chili, but don’t sleep on the others, including honey habanero mustard and spicy black truffle sauce.