8 Best Sriracha Brands – Eat This, Not That

Fans of Huy Fong’s popular Sriracha sauce may find that grocery store shelves are empty due to ongoing shortages. The Thai-style hot sauce with the green cap and rooster logo is America’s premier chili sauce — but it’s in short supply.

Since its release in 1980, Huy Fong’s Sriracha has garnered a cult following. The company sells millions of bottles every year quartz. At this point it is basically synonymous with sriracha.

However, due to production issues, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find bottles of the famous sauce. The manufacturer blames a lack of red jalapeño chili peppers from Mexico caused by extreme weather conditions last spring. Now hot sauce fans are looking for alternative brands to pour over their eggs, stir-fries, pasta, sandwiches or wings.

Luckily, there are many varieties on the market and you might even find a new favorite sauce. So if you noticed a bare patch in the aisles where the Huy Fong brand once stood, Here are 8 alternatives you could try despite the lack.

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Shark brand Sriracha

If you are looking for an authentic take on Sriracha, this is the original spicy sauce, made right in Si Racha, Thailand. This vinegar classic has been sold in Thailand for years with fresh red Thai chili peppers. Since it’s a more traditional version, you can expect a runny, watery consistency. That simply means it’s a great addition to seafood or pasta.

Underwood Ranches Sriracha
Courtesy of Underwood Ranches

The California-based company behind this Sriracha had supplied the red wine to Huy Fong Foods jalapenoIt has been used for its famous sauce for almost 30 years. After a major argument and legal battle, Underwood Ranches is now making their own Sriracha. Although some online reviewers say it’s not as spicy as the original and has a more BBQ-like flavor, others say they actually like it better than the original.

Sky Valley Sriracha Sauce
Courtesy of Sky Valley Foods

Plant-based and gluten-free, this Sriracha has a fiery, rich and bold flavor. “From now on it could easily replace my regular bottle of sriracha in my fridge,” wrote one reviewer. (It’s also available in the green Sriracha flavor!)

Polar Sriracha Chili Sauce
Courtesy of Polar

Here is another authentic Sriracha made in Thailand. This has a vinegary spiciness that some may find reminiscent of Tabasco sauce. fresh and bright, Serious food ranked this as Sriracha number one. “Not quite the same as Huy Fong if that’s what you’re into, but has a nice bright flavor,” wrote one reviewer. “Definitely better than most grocery store knockoffs.”

Kikkoman Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
Courtesy of Kikkoman USA

Kikkoman’s version has received fairly rave reviews online. “The best on the market. We’ve tried so many,” read one online review. “Perfect amount of spices for any Asian dish. Small things make a big impact.” Another reviewer liked it a little better than the rooster sauce in a taste test. Grab it if you see it in the supermarket. It’s also in short supply.

Trader Joe's Sriracha

If you’re already a Trader Joe’s fan, this is worth a try on your next shopping spree. Slightly more watery than Huy Fong, Trader Joe’s Sriracha offers a moderate spiciness with slightly more garlic flavor and less vinegar. One reviewer gave it a solid six out of ten on the hotness scale.

Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Sauce

Lee Kum Kee’s version is sweeter, more garlicky and has a smoother texture than Huy Fong. “I can literally drink this stuff, it’s so good!” says one reviewer. If you’re a fan of the sriracha on the Panda Express, this would be a solid choice – some reviewers swear it’s exactly the same. (The jury is still out on that.)

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Bushwick Kitchen Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha
Courtesy of Bushwick Kitchen

Gochujang lovers, this is for you. Made in Brooklyn, this sauce offers a nice twist on a classic sriracha by adding the fermented complexity of gochujang chili paste. While not a copy of the popular rooster sauce (it’s not as spicy), this version has its own charm. “Without a doubt our family’s favorite hot sauce!” writes one reviewer. “We put it on everything from omelets and eggs to hot dogs and burgers, dip our fries in it and use it as a glaze on grilled meats.”

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