Sriracha sauce is a spicy sauce from Asian cuisine and used to spice many meals including chicken wings, vegetable side dishes, rice and noodles. It can also be added to your eggs and to your drinks if you like a bloody or virgin mary.
Are you a sucker for something hot and spicy? I know that I am and I’m always looking for something to spice up my meals without adding store bought sauces. Adding homemade sauces to your meals are a lot healthier for you as they do not contain as much salt and fat compared to store bought. Creating your own sauces will give you satisfaction from the unbelievable taste and are also rewarding because it is super easy!
WHY IS SRIRACHA SAUCE GOOD FOR YOU?
It has been found that spicy foods help the release of serotonin and dopamine which contribute to an improved feeling of wellbeing. Not only does consuming sriracha sauce in your diet make you feel good, it can help dissolve blood clots, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It also fights inflammation, the common cold and reduces the risk of cancer.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Red Capsicum – Capsicums are low in calories and a great source of vitamin A and C. The high amount of antioxidants and vitamin C help improve the immune and eye and skin health and have an anti inflammatory effect. They are also a good source of vitamin E, B6, dietary fiber, and folate.
Red Chilli – Can help kill harmful bacteria, may help lower blood sugar levels and manage diabetes, may assist in weight loss, assists with heart and skin health.
Garlic – Garlic has been used since the Greeks to treat a variety of medical conditions which can help combat sickness, including the common cold. It can also reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Can help kill harmful bacteria, may help lower blood sugar levels and manage diabetes, may assist in weight loss, assists with heart and skin health.
Tomato – Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. The high levels of the antioxidant lycopene may improve vision and skin health, and also protect against heart disease and cancer.
Honey – High quality honey is rich in antioxidants which can help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and lower Triglycerides.
Fish Sauce – Full of nutrients and minerals that are contained in the organs and bones of fish and enhanced by fermentation. It includes vitamin A and D also iodine that nourishes the thyroid.
Salt – Acts as an electrolyte in the body and assists with fluid balance, nerve transmission and muscle function.
HOW TO MAKE SRIRACHA SAUCE
Well, this again another super easy recipe…. Roughly chop the capsicum, peel the garlic and then throw all the ingredients into the food processor except the salt and also the sugar if you are making the vegan version. Give it a good whizz round until all the ingredients are well chopped and blended together.
Grab a saucepan, and transfer the sauce across. Place on a medium to high heat and once the sauce starts to boil reduce the heat so that it is simmering. After around 10-15 minutes, when the liquid has reduced down and it has a thick texture, turn off the heat. Then add the salt and the sugar (vegan) and wait for it to cool.
To get that thick red look like you see in the bottles, put it back into the food processor and give it another twirl round, making sure all the bits have disappeared.
HOW TO STORE AND MAKE AHEAD
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Sriracha Sauce Recipe
- Food processor or hand held blender
- Saucepan or skillet
- 220 g Red capsicum pepper (Or small sweet peppers)
- 1 tbsp Dried red chillies (Or 220 grams red jalapeno peppers)
- 7 Garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4 tbsp tomato frito (Or 3 tbsp tomato paste)
- 4 tbsp Honey (For vegan version 1/4 organic brown sugar)
- 2 tbsp Fish Sauce (Or vegan fish sauce or coconut aminos)
- Pinch Salt
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor, except the salt and also the sugar (if you are making the vegan version) and pulse until smooth.
- Put the sauce into a saucepan on medium to high heat and wait for it to slightly boil.
- Reduce the heat so that the sauce is simmering and leave for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally and until the sauce has reduced to a thick texture.
- Leave the sauce to cool, add the pinch of salt (and the sugar at this stage for the vegan version) and then add it back to the food processor or blender. Give it another big whizz round until the sauce is super smooth.
- Pour into a jar or bottle and put in in the fridge... Voilà!