What Is Sriracha?


Most of the United States knows only one sriracha: the one produced by Los Angeles-based Huy Fong Foods that comes in a tall plastic bottle with a green cap and a rooster logo. Huy Fong has been the sriracha producer in the United States since the 1980s (though imitators of the green-capped original are on the rise).

Despite the monopoly in this country, sriracha is a general name for a hot sauce that was first made in Si Racha, Thailand. Sriracha is a sweet, tangy paste made with sun-ripened Chile peppers, garlic, vinegar, sugar and salt. Sriracha is thicker and not quite as hot as Louisiana-style hot sauces like Tabasco and Frank’s RedHot.

Most grocery stores carry Huy Fong Sriracha on the international foods aisle. You can find authentic Thai sriracha at Asian food markets.

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