With the Thai sensation known as sriracha becoming this generation’s pesto in terms of sheer popularity, it may seem we’re all out of sriracha uses and ideas, to tickle our taste buds.
Not exactly, because well past slathering sriracha over your spring rolls, there are even more ways to take advantage of the sauce’s Asian kick, including some sriracha uses that might never have occurred to you.
Creative And Unique Sriracha Uses- All Worth A Try
Spicily Sweet, or Sweetly Spicy?
Now that many of us have succumbed to the charms of salted caramel desserts, or the kick of black pepper in cookies, it shouldn’t be too much of a leap to consider the ways in which Thai chili sauce might elevate desserts.
Add sriracha to homemade chocolate popsicles and ice cream, or into a nut-brownie mix, to create a “simple” meal-ender that’s sophisticated enough for a summer soiree. The sauce also makes an unexpected counterpoint to the otherwise, cloying sweetness of peanut brittle.
Sriracha Uses For Cocktails with A Kick
Sriracha uses can extend well into Happy Hour. Beer aficionados may be familiar with the traditional south-of-the-border drink michelada, featuring hot sauce and beer. But swapping Mexican chili sauce for sriracha brings the cocktail classic to a new level. After coating the glass’ rim with lime and dipping it into salt, drizzle in some sriracha and Worcestershire (or an Asian equivalent) sauce, add ice, then pour in some cold, frothy beer, and stir.
For a twist on another iconic cocktail known for its bite, make a pitcher of Bloody Marys with sriracha, instead of Tabasco. Again, the magic of the drink comes from replacing the expected hot sauce with its Thai counterpart. The rest of the recipe can be as traditional as you like — vodka tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix, followed by your pick of horseradish, clam juice, beef bouillon, lemon juice and, definitely, the iconic celery stick.
Sriracha Uses For Wake-You-Up Breakfasts
It’s no secret that sriracha and cheesy-eggy dishes are a match made in heaven. But there are plenty of other breakfast dishes that can benefit from the chili sauce.
Sriracha uses can cover everything from a maple syrup/sriracha blend topping your waffles, to a spicier basic apple jelly or chunky grape jam, slathered on corn muffins–sure to be new weekend brunch favorites.
Sriracha Uses For Breaded Bliss
Whether deep-fried or baked, foods enveloped in breadcrumb crusts bring a welcome crunch to many dishes, whether it’s fish and chips, calamari, or vegetable tempura. Yet sometimes, all that breading can be a little bland, which explains why condiments and dipping sauces almost always accompany these meals.
Bring some fusion flair to the proceedings by replacing these sauces with sriracha. It’s less cloying than tartar sauce, boasts more kick than ketchup, and certainly adds a lot more color to fried foods than Worcestershire.
Sriracha Uses For Livening Up Snack Time
Adding sriracha to your snacks not only add a depth of flavor to so-so munchies, but its heat might even keep you from mindlessly plowing through bowls full of empty carbs!
For a winning combination of creaminess, crunch, and heat, drizzle sriracha on a rice cake that’s been slathered with red pepper hummus, or a toasted onion bagel, smeared with cream cheese.
Looking for other sriracha uses? Create a spicy Asian sauce as a popcorn topper. In a saucepan, heat together 2 parts butter to 1 part olive oil, then add ground ginger, sriracha, garlic powder, and salt, to taste. After you’ve whisked all ingredients until well combined, gently drizzle it over bowls of freshly-popped popcorn.
But don’t stop there! Use this Thai sauce as a secret ingredient in your homemade snacks, including cheese straws or cheese crackers. If you make your own sugared nut snacks, whisk in a dash of Sriracha. It’ll kick the party up a notch, every time!
Find more inspiring sriracha uses in this video by Brothers Green Eats: