This spicy sweet sriracha sauce has the perfect balance of flavor, heat, and sweet. It really should come with a warning label: may be addictive when applied to food.
You may remember this spicy sweet sriracha sauce from last September when I shared my recipe for sweet potato fritters. This sauce was created for those fritters. It created the perfect balance of not too spicy, not too sweet, full of flavor, but not a lot of heat. In other words, it’s perfect for me.
The sauce was forgotten about as the holidays came and went. Then, in January, I needed something to take my steak tacos to the next level and remembered this sauce. That’s when things started to get out of hand.
Steak tacos, baked boneless chicken wings, chicken tacos, soft pretzels, bacon cheese burgers, nachos, onion rings, baked sweet potatoes, pasta, rice, spinach salad, and baked fish. That’s the list of things I have used spicy sweet sriracha sauce on in the past month or so.
I now keep a jar of it on hand in the fridge at all times. Either it’s just that good, or I have a problem.
This sauce is so simple that it’s beyond basic. Sriracha, honey, and mayo. Yep, that’s it. I use a simple ratio of 3 parts mayo to 1 part honey to 1 part sriracha. Those are of course adjustable.
If you are not familiar with Sriracha, let me be the first to introduce you. It’s a hot sauce unlike any other hot sauce. They have a pretty impressive story that started with David Tran in 1975 in Vietnam. Four short years later he left Vietnam as a refugee to land in the United States. Sriracha has been made here in the US since 1980 and is only sold by word of mouth. Regardless, it’s fairly easy to find in most supermarkets these days regardless of the lack of sales reps employed by Huy Fong Foods.
The following for sriracha has become so strong that you can now buy these refillable sriracha mini bottles. They ship empty and allow you to keep a small supply of sriracha on your person at all times. Crazy, or genius?
Back to our sauce. If you want spicy flavor but less heat, cut the sriracha in half. If you like it really spicy, double it. It’s really up to you. Start with the suggested amounts and start adjusting. Just remember to write it down so that you can do it the same next time.
All ingredients go in the bowl and get whisked together until smooth. That’s it. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and is completely worth it for the wow factor.
I tried to make it “healthier” by using Greek yogurt in place of mayo. Let me give you a word of warning: don’t. It was bad enough that it went right down the drain. Really. Just don’t do it.
You could get fancy and make your own mayo if you want. You could also substitute in a low fat or fat free mayo if that’s your choice. Just don’t swap the mayo for Greek yogurt.
If you want a healthier option, add it to a spinach salad instead of french fries. It works very well with both of them!
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Spicy Sweet Sriracha Sauce
Spicy Sweet Sriracha Sauce
- 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons Mayonnaise
- 2 TBSP honey
- 2 TBSP sriracha sauce
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until smooth.
- Use as a dip or dressing for salads, burgers, fries, sweet potatoes, nachos, tacos, or anything else you can think of that needs a little kick.