Sriracha Shortage? No Problem! Make Your Own With This Simple Recipe

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Photos by Kaitlin Steinberg
Red Fresno peppers make for a delicious, spicy sauce.
In late 2013, news about Sriracha was almost as ubiquitous as those bright red bottles with the rooster logo were throughout the rest of the year. First came news that the Huy Fong Foods plant in Irwindale, California, might be forced to close in November due to the offensive odors caused by the grinding of spicy red jalapeño peppers. Next, a judge ordered the partial shutdown of the plant while the city and Huy Fong tried to work things out. Then, in December, workers at the plant were forced to hold their shipments for 30 days while the Health Department determines whether the uncooked product contains microorganisms. On the same day that news of the shipping delay broke, a 33-minute Sriracha documentary debuted. In case, you know, you hadn't already heard enough about the spicy condiment.

But there's no need to panic while we wait for Huy Fong Foods to start shipping our favorite sauce again in mid- to late-January. Sriracha is surprisingly simple and easy to make in the comfort of your own home. Just be sure you've got some good ventilation in your kitchen. Wouldn't want your roommate threatening to shut you down, now would we?

In looking for a fast and easy Sriracha recipe online, I came across one from the L.A. Times that I tweaked a little to my liking after some trial and error. I found all of the following ingredients to make Sriracha at Central Market, but any Asian grocery would also stock everything you need.

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You can substitute light brown sugar for palm sugar if you must.
Here's what to pick up:

  • 1.5 pounds of fresh, red Fresno peppers (or a mixture of these and red jalapeños if you can find them...I couldn't)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons palm sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt

You'll also need a food processor or blender, a strainer, a saucepan, a knife and cutting board and a rubber spatula.

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3 comments
Owen Young
Owen Young

Sounds pretty good, I do like palm sugar. However, straining it won't give you the same texture that you are familiar w/. I'll probably make some w/my frozen puréed ghost peppers!

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

I hit up the Fiesta off of 610 near Reliant back in Dec and scored 5 big bottles of the Red Rooster crack, I should be good until at least late Spring!

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