Aged Sriracha Hot Sauce Recipe

While I’ve made many versions of sriracha and hot sauces before, this Sriracha Hot Sauce recipe is the closest homemade version I’ve ever tasted. The secret is a simple fermentation!

aged sriracha hot sauce  in glass jar

Why This Aged Sriracha Hot Sauce Recipe Is So Good

  • If you love the store bought, this recipe is for you – it’s really close to the original.
  • Sauce will keep for months in the refrigerator.
  • Use it on anything from scrambled eggs, to Pho, to burgers – super versatile.
  • The perfect mix of sweet, sour, salty and savory.

Ingredients 

  • Fresno chiles
  • Garlic cloves
  • Kosher salt
  • White vinegar

How To Make This Aged Sriracha Hot Sauce – Step By Step

  1. Wash the chiles and chop off their stems. If you like your sauce less hot, remove the seeds and membranes and discard.
  2. Work the next step in 2 batches so you don’t overload the food processor. Add the chiles,  garlic, salt to the food processor. Process for 2 minutes until very liquid. The mixture should have consistency of a smoothie and appear a bit foamy on top.
  3. Scrape the sauce into a very clean 1-quart (or larger) glass jar. Don’t use plastic. Cover the top of jar with paper towel and secure with rubber band. This prevents bugs from entering and allows sauce to breathe.
  4. Place jar in cool, dark place for 2-4 days. The liquid will settle at bottom, and the thicker sauce will rise to top. The top should be bubbly – which is a sign of fermentation. Taste, and let sit for a few more days if desired. I prefer 7 days of fermentation.
  5. If mold grows, remove the mold with a small spoon – and then proceed to the next step (basically, don’t eat the mold directly, but the sauce should be okay).
  6. Pour the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve. Now you’ll have the thinner “Tabasco” like vinegary hot sauce and the thicker hot chile sauce. To each, add 3 tablespoons of vinegar and stir well.
  7. You may like to run the thicker sauce through the blender for a finer, thinner consistency.
  8. Store each tightly sealed in refrigerator. The thicker hot sriracha sauce will keep for up to 4 months. The thinner vinegar hot sauce will keep indefinitely.

Aged Sriracha Hot Sauce

While I’ve made many versions of sriracha and hot sauces before, this recipe is the closest homemade version I’ve ever tasted. The secret is a simple fermentation that I learned from Karen Solomon’s brand new book, Asian Pickles.

 

The book is a tribute to “sweet, sour, salty, cured and fermented preserves from Japan, Korea, China, India.” lack

Well, there are many more, but this gives you an idea of what type of concoctions to expect. I highly recommend this book, almost all of the recipes are simple and Karen’s directions are crystal clear. If you’re a lover of the sour and spicy condiments, you’ll find Asian Pickles right up your alley.

I followed the “Fermented Cock Sauce” recipe with great success. I had never fermented hot sauce before, but really, it was as easy as opening a dark cupboard and leaving it there for a week undisturbed. In fact, I had almost forgotten about all about it!

sriracha in jar

A Thicker Sriracha Sauce

My version is much thicker, chunkier than the Huy Fong Sriracha sauce, but that was on purpose. One of the last steps in the recipe is to strain the vinegar (similar to Tabasco) from the chunkier sauce. If I wasn’t so forceful in my straining (you’ll see in the video), the consistency of my sriracha sauce would be smoother, less chunky. I would also run the sauce through a blender one more time at the end.

The resulting flavor is brighter, fresher and more “fruity” than the bottled version. I’m not sure if fermenting longer would provide a more deeper earthy flavor that I love about the bottled version.

sriracha hot sauce in jar

What Are The Best Peppers For This Hot Sauce?

What type of peppers to use? Any that you would like! I use red jalapeño peppers, which is what Huy Fong uses.

Yes, there are red jalepeño peppers! But they are difficult to find. Karen Solomon recommends looking for Red Fresno peppers, which have a similar taste and heat index as red jalapeño.

I found red jalapeños at Super Target as well as Publix. You can also ask the the produce manager to stock them in for you.

The only rule is red peppers = red sauce. Since I like my hot chile sauce…..not so hot….I added baby red bell peppers, which gave the sauce a sweeter, more mellow taste.

The recipe from Asian Pickles will give you a 2-for-1: you’ll get the sriracha-like sauce on the left and a thinner, vinegary hot sauce that’s similar to Tabasco to the right.

sriracha sauce recipe fermented

Top Tips For This Aged Sriracha Hot Sauce

  • Vary the spiciness with the type of chilies you use. Use red chilies to keep the sauce red.
  • For a thinner sauce, similar to Huy Fong Sriracha sauce, only strain lightly (in the video, you’ll see me using a spoon to press down on the hot sauce to extract as much liquid as possible….I ended up with a chunkier sauce!)
  • If you find the sauce still too chunky, run it through a blender before bottling
  • Both sauces will keep for months (yay for fermentation!) in the refrigerator

How to make Sriracha Sauce video

 

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Aged Sriracha Hot Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
ferment
2 d
Total Time
18 mins
 
Servings: 2 cupsPrep Time:Cook Time:15 minutes
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: fermented sauce, homemade sriracha, hot sauce
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 210 kcal
Author: Jaden
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Fresno chiles or other red chilies
  • 9 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt or 1 tsp regular table salt
  • 6 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Wash the chiles and chop off their stems. If you like your sauce less hot, remove the seeds and membranes and discard.
  2. Work the next step in 2 batches so you don't overload the food processor.
  3. Add the chiles, garlic, salt to the food processor. Process for 2 minutes until very liquid. The mixture should have consistency of a smoothie and appear a bit foamy on top.
  4. Scrape the sauce into a very clean 1-quart (or larger) glass jar. Don't use plastic. Cover the top of jar with paper towel and secure with rubber band. This prevents bugs from entering and allows sauce to breathe.
  5. Place jar in cool, dark place for 2-4 days. The liquid will settle at bottom, and the thicker sauce will rise to top. The top should be bubbly - which is a sign of fermentation. Taste, and let sit for a few more days if desired. I prefer 7 days of fermentation.
  6. If mold grows, remove the mold with a small spoon - and then proceed to the next step (basically, don't eat the mold directly, but the sauce should be okay).
  7. Pour the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve. Now you'll have the thinner "Tabasco" like vinegary hot sauce and the thicker hot chile sauce. To each, add 3 tablespoons of vinegar and stir well.
  8. You may like to run the thicker sauce through the blender for a finer, thinner consistency.
  9. Store each tightly sealed in refrigerator. The thicker hot sriracha sauce will keep for up to 4 months. The thinner vinegar hot sauce will keep indefinitely.
Nutrition Facts
Aged Sriracha Hot Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2370mg103%
Potassium 1515mg43%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 4318IU86%
Vitamin C 656mg795%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.