Easy Homemade Sriracha (15 Minutes!)

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If you’ve ever run out of sriracha or wondered if there was a quick and easy way to make it at home, good news: There is!

Today we’re sharing our quick, go-to recipe that produces sriracha that tastes just like the real thing in 15 minutes! No fermenting required and BIG spicy flavor! Your stir fries are never going to be the same. Let us show you how it’s done!

Peppers, garlic, tomato paste, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and sea salt

Origins of Sriracha

Sriracha is a spicy condiment originating in a city called Si Racha in Thailand. It’s believed to have been created out of the desire to have a sauce that went well with any Thai dish. You can read more about its origin story here.

Our easy DIY version is not traditional but mimics the flavor using easy-to-find ingredients and simple methods!

Blender with ingredients for making our easy homemade sriracha recipe

How to Make Homemade Sriracha

While some methods require fermenting, this easy homemade sriracha is as simple as blending up 7 simple ingredients in a small blender until you achieve a smooth paste.

Red bell pepper and tomato paste provide the sweet base, garlic adds zing, and red pepper flakes add heat. Maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness to balance the other flavors. And vinegar and salt help preserve freshness for up to a week in the fridge while also adding a perfect amount of tang and saltiness.

If you’re really into heat, you can choose to step it up a notch with a small amount of habanero pepper.

Blender of homemade sriracha

We hope you LOVE this homemade sriracha! It’s:

Spicy
Salty
Sweet
Tangy
Balanced
Quick & easy
& SO delicious!

Use it to add a burst of flavor to your favorite Thai-inspired dishes, such as our Creamy Thai Carrot Soup with Basil, 1-Pot Pumpkin Yellow Curry, or Easy Tofu Pad Thai. It’s also delicious on our 30-Minute Tempeh Stir Fry and Coconut Curry Ramen. Or try it in aioli with one of these recipes: Cauliflower Banh Mi, Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli, or Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli. The possibilities are endless!

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Jars of homemade sriracha

Easy Homemade Sriracha (15 Minutes!)

EASY 15-minute sriracha made with basic pantry staples! Perfectly spicy, salty, sweet, and tangy. The only condiment you need for stir fries, ramen, curries, and beyond!
Author Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 (1-Tbsp servings)
Course Condiment
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Thai-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 3-6 months
Does it keep? 1 Week

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 ½ – 2 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust according to preferred heat level)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (or sub white vinegar)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 small habanero pepper (optional // for extra spice)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste (adds depth of flavor)

Instructions

  • To a small blender or small food processor (or in a large food processor if making a double batch) add bell pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes, maple syrup, salt, apple cider vinegar, and habanero (optional).
  • Option to briefly cook tomato paste in a small metal or non-stick pan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, to slightly reduce the raw tomato flavor. Otherwise, add to the blender or food processor, no cooking required.
  • Blend until well mixed, then taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more tomato paste for depth of flavor / tomato flavor, salt to taste, red pepper flake or habanero for heat, maple syrup for sweetness / to balance the flavors, or vinegar for acidity. We added a bit more red pepper flake and salt.
  • Use immediately, or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, sometimes longer (discard when the flavor or appearance appears off). Note that the color deepens and the texture thickens after refrigerating overnight. Option to freeze leftovers into ice cube molds to use as needed (store in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 3-6 months).

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Notes

*Recipe as written makes ~3/4 cup or 200 ml sriracha.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.
*Inspiration from Steamy Kitchen.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 tablespoon Calories: 7 Carbohydrates: 1.5 g Protein: 0.2 g Fat: 0 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 99 mg Potassium: 40 mg Fiber: 0.3 g Sugar: 0.9 g Vitamin A: 331 IU Vitamin C: 13.2 mg Calcium: 3.4 mg Iron: 0.1 mg

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  1. Kei says

    Hi. This looks great. How do you thaw & use the frozen sriracha?

    I want to use it for as long as possible ( 7 days is not enough). How do you thaw it? How long does it take to thaw? If it’s in a sealed freezer container, can it be thawed & refrozen?

    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kei, we’d suggest freezing in an ice cube tray, then transferring the cubes to a sealed container. That way you can take out only what you need and it will thaw quickly.

  2. Christina says

    Will have to give it a try. I’ve been using Nom Nom Paleo’s recipe which uses red jalepeños (which i think is what the Rooster brand uses).

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, we’ve always had a hard time finding red jalapeños at the store, which is part of what inspired this recipe! Hope you enjoy it.

      • Christina says

        Mostly I find red jalepeños at local Farmers’s Market (seasonally, late Summer, early Fall) — but also at Asian and sometimes Latinx Markets. I frequent our local Thai market and have seen them there. Not sure on the whole pesticides thing but our Thai market has the most *gorgeous* veggies, fruit, fresh spices and herbs. Dana, I really enjoy your blog/mailing list. Ya’ll do a great job.