Homemade Sriracha (whole 30 option)

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This Homemade Sriracha Sauce is made with simple and fresh ingredients for a nourishing alternative to everyone’s favorite hot sauce. Keep it stocked in the fridge for chicken, stir-frys, eggs, and more! 

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Who doesn’t love a good sauce?

Just consider me the sauce queen, especially when it’s homemade sauces, like sriracha! Whether you’re mixing it with Creamy Tomato Gluten Free Pasta, drizzling it over Instant Pot Korean Beef Bulgogi, or mixing it in a Spiralized Vegetable Stir Fry, there’s never a bad time to add a little extra flavor to your meals. Honestly, I add this sriracha sauce to pretty much everything! It’s definitely a staple in our fridge. Once you try it, I’m confident you’ll keep it stocked in yours, too.

Of course, you can always go to your store and pick up a pre-made sriracha sauce, but they’re never as good. Not to mention, they’re often full of added ingredients and not always super allergy-friendly. Plus, this recipe is full of fresh flavor!! The point here is, you need this homemade sriracha in your life! I promise, you won’t regret it. In fact, I’m willing to bet you’ll never go back to the store bought version again. 

Are you ready to change your condiment game for good? I thought so! 

Good for you real food ingredients

As always, I kept the ingredient list for this sriracha hot sauce as simple and as nourishing as possible. I’ve even provided Paleo and Whole30-friendly alternatives

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Red Jalapeños – The key to adding heat to this sriracha sauce,jalapeños are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin B6, and a unique compound known as capiscan that contributes to many of the health benefits. For example, jalapeños can reduce the risk of cancer, fight infections, and promote heart health.

Note: Red jalapeños are spicier than their green counterparts. If you want to minimize the heat of this recipe, opt to use the green ones instead. 

Bell Pepper – Did you know that green bell peppers are colored peppers that have been picked before fully ripening? As a result, red, orange, and yellow bell peppers have more nutritional value than green peppers and are packed full of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium to improve your eye health and reduce the risk of anemia. 

Garlic – Garlic is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese and contains a wide variety of other vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health. As a result, including it in  your diet can help boost your immunity, reduce blood pressure levels, and lower the risk of heart disease just to name a few benefits. 

Apple Cider Vinegar – Popular in fad diets, apple cider vinegar is often used as a nutritional supplement. However, there are science-backed benefits of including it in your diet as it has been shown to help lower blood sugar levels and aid in weight loss. 

Tamari – Not a significant source of calories or nutrients, tamari is often used similarly to soy sauce and is a great way to add a hint of umami flavor to any dish. However, if you’re following a paleo diet, you will want to be sure to swap it out for coconut aminos instead.

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Honey – A great all-natural sweetener, honey is full of antioxidants that can help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, and boost immunity. Yet, if you’re following a Whole30 diet, you will want to use apple or pineapple juice in its place. 

Tomato Paste – The foundation of any sriracha sauce, tomatoes provide an acidic base that allows for other flavors to shine through. An often underrated ingredient, tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, vitamin K, and other plant compounds including lycopene. As a result, using them in any form can help prevent cancer, prevent heart disease, and improve your skin health. 

How to Make Homemade Sriracha Sauce

The best thing about this honey sriracha sauce is how quickly it comes together. Seriously, you can have it whipped up and dinner made in the time it would take you to run to the store to get it. 

All you have to do is slice the peppers and remove the stem. Then, toss them along with the rest of the ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender. 

Blend the ingredients until they are well combined and a smooth texture is created. You may have to pulse the food processor or blender a few times and be sure to scrape any chunks off the sides to make sure they are incorporated into the sauce. 

Then, transfer the sauce into a medium-sized saucepan, and cook it over high heat until it comes to a soft boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, and let it cook for another 15 minutes. To finish, let it cool, and enjoy! 

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How to Use Honey Sriracha Sauce

In my opinion, you can use sriracha hot sauce on nearly every dish. However, a few of the most common ways to incorporate it in your meals are to mix it with shredded chicken, drizzle it over eggs, or serve it as a dip with homemade sweet potato fries. You can even use it to spice up your favorite soups like Thai Chicken Soup or Paleo Fajita Steak Soup!

Why Is Homemade Sriracha Better Than Store Bought? 

Not only is this sriracha sauce super easy to make, it’s also packed with more flavor than the store bought versions. In fact, unlike packaged alternatives that gradually lose their taste, the longer you let this homemade sriracha sauce sit in the fridge, the more the flavors blend, and the spiciness shines! Plus, it’s made without the use of additives or extra sugar for a fresh flavor that can’t be beaten. To prove my point, I’ve even done a blind taste test with both children and adults having them taste my sriracha sauce and a packaged version, and the results were unanimously in favor of the homemade version! 

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How to Store Homemade Sriracha

For easy meal prep and storage, transfer your sriracha sauce to an airtight container or a glass jar with a lid. Then, keep it in the fridge between 10 and 14 days. Or, if you want to make a big batch to have on hand, place your honey sriracha sauce in the fridge for 2-3 months! 

Pro-Tip: Glass will shatter in the freezer. So, if you store your homemade sriracha in the freezer, make sure you place it in a freezer-friendly container and leave a few inches of space at the top to prevent any explosions!

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Homemade Sriracha (whole 30 option)



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Prep Time:
    5 minutes

  • Cool Time:
    30 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    17 minutes

  • Total Time:
    52 minutes

  • Yield:
    1 cup

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

Description

This Homemade Sriracha Sauce is made with simple and fresh ingredients for a nourishing alternative to everyone’s favorite hot sauce.


Ingredients

  • 2 red jalapeños, stems removed 
  • 1 bell pepper (red or orange), stems removed
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari, coconut aminos for paleo option
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste 
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (1Tablespoon apple juice/pineapple juice for Whole 30 option)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

Instructions

  1. Slice the peppers and remove the stems. Place peppers and remaining ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender.
  2. Blend until combined and a smooth texture is formed. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. 
  3. Transfer sauce to a medium saucepan. Cook over high heat until the sauce comes to a soft boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for an additional 15 minutes. 
  4. Remove sauce from heat and let it cool. Once cool, transfer sauce to an air-tight container or glass jar with a lid. 
  5. Best kept in the refrigerator for up to 10-14 days. Freezable as well! 
  • Category: sauce
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: asian

Keywords: sriracha, honey, hot sauce, condiment, homemade sauce

There ya have it, everything you need to know about homemade sriracha otherwise known as your new favorite condiment! Do you like your sriracha sauce super spicy or on the milder side? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers,

LC