The Ingredient That Changes Everything
Sriracha, the so-hot-right-now chili-garlic sauce, can take foods from popcorn to tuna sandwiches to startling new heights.
The Hearty Weeknight Meal That's Easy to Prep
Toss crunchy green beans, juicy chunks of pineapple with peeled shrimp in a large skillet, with a 3-ingredient sauce, for a meal that comes together in minutes.
Get the recipe: Green Bean Salad with Seared Pineapple and Shrimp Recipe
A Good Reason to Throw Away Your Steak Sauce
Strip steak is coated with a simple mix of Sriracha and ground cumin, then grilled to perfection.
Get the recipe: Sriracha-Rubbed Steak with Green Bean–Pineapple Sauté
The Ultimate Salty-Sweet Side to Pair with Rice
Ground pork and green beans (cooked until crisp-tender) are seasoned with black pepper, soy sauce and Sriracha. Pineapple chunks are added at the minute. Serve over fluffy white rice that will soak up the sauce.
Get the recipe: Blistered Green Beans with Pork, Pineapple and Basil
The Party App in Need of a Cool Drink
Stuffed mushrooms are a classic appetizer that most cooks make in a similar way, with herbs, bread crumbs, garlic and cheese. Adding the Southeast Asian hot sauce sriracha
(pronounced sir-rotch-a) to the mix, which Randy Clemens explains how to do in his book, The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook
, gives an unexpected twist to the familiar. Serve these handheld bites as a party snack; their spice is a perfect match to cold beer or refreshing white wine.
Get the recipe: Stuffed Sriracha 'Shrooms
Illustration: Joel Holland
A Totally Remade Tuna Sandwich
This recipe has you bake fresh fish and flake it into large pieces; but even if you use tuna that comes in a can or pack, the sriracha-sesame sauce makes a humdrum lunch taste brand new. You wrap the tuna in large Bibb lettuce leaves, along with slices of cucumber, avocado and scallions; halved grape tomatoes; shredded Napa cabbage; cilantro and a dash of the spicy sauce.
Get the recipe: Fresh Tuna-Vegetable Wraps
The Salt That You'll Use Everywhere
Chefs agree that seasoning your food with salt
is key to creating a dish with full flavor—and if you want a little more kick, sriracha salt might become your new favorite ingredient. Clemens' recipe is easy: You mix the sauce with kosher salt, spread it out on a baking sheet and let it sit in a hot oven for a few hours. Then, you can use it in a number of ways. Here are just a few: coat the rim of a cocktail glass for a killer Bloody Mary, sprinkle it over popcorn or even use it to bring a new dimension to mozzarella-and-tomato salad.
Get the recipe: Sriracha Salt
The Foolproof (and Not-at-All Boring) Shrimp Dinner
Spicy chili sauce, together with limes and some pantry staples, is all you need to turn grilled shrimp into a fresh and zesty meal. It's delicious on top of a bed of greens or a bowl of brown rice.
Get the recipe: Spicy Shrimp
Guac That Gets Its Oomph from a Different Pepper
Although guacamole is usually made with green jalapeno, swapping in red-chili-based sriracha lends a deeper flavor (along with the signature heat). Stirring in a half-cup of cooked edamame (soybeans) gives the dip additional texture, and minced basil leaves brighten all the flavors. Try eating it with Japanese rice crackers instead of the usual tortilla chips to keep with the Asian theme.
Get the recipe: Edamame Guacamole
The Addictive Spread for Sandwiches, Fries and More
You can follow chef Spike Mendelsohn's directions for homemade French fries and from-scratch mayonnaise to a tee—or you can just steal the idea, and use frozen fries and store-bought mayo. Either way, the recipe's sriracha mayonnaise component is going to become your new go-to condiment, great with everything from fries to BLTs.
Get the recipe: Spike's Village Fries with Sriracha Mayonnaise
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