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Love to slather sriracha on everything...(alternatives?)

Asked on June 24, 2015
Created June 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I have read here that sriracha sauce is fine in 'small amounts' due to the sugar. The problem with me is I am addicted to the stuff and use fairly liberal amounts on meat and vegetables (sriracha on green beans is insane!).

Is there any chili sauce (the style and consistency of sriracha, not just a hot sauce) available that does not have the sugar content of sriracha? Bear in mind I am not orthodox paleo but just starting out and trying many of the strategies and choices available on such a diet.

I am also talking about the Huy Fong cock sauce brand, which I have learned is substantially different than the authentic kind. Oh well, I'm not particularly a snob when it comes to it, but I've been told a number of times by different people that the huy fong brand doesn't come close to the 'real deal'. Gee... if so there must be some awesome freakin sauce out there!

EDIT: I will give the homemade route a shot. I am aiming for the same consistency as in the huy fong brand; I suppose it's the garlic that gives it that texture?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:09 PM

There is a "sugar free" version, sort of. If sriracha is basically ketchup, then this is it's sugar-free non-pureed version (akin to salsa v. ketchup): http://www.huyfong.com/no_frames/garlic.htm

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on December 05, 2012
at 03:54 PM

... and that's why I use the product I mentioned. :-) But if I wanted to add sugar, I suppose I'll add sugar.

9d741bcbe702044635f2ce3078043054

(1435)

on December 03, 2012
at 07:23 PM

In the grand scheme of a 2000 calorie diet, both the sugars and oils are insignificant. An essential part of living Paleo, to me, is to live life with joy. We have enough un-natural stress in our modern lives. If some hot sauce brings joy, and has a little sugar/oil baggage, go for the joy.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on July 20, 2012
at 03:51 PM

@tanukicons - I tried that recipe and it is now my go-to Big Red Cock Sauce.

9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

(355)

on June 28, 2012
at 08:58 AM

For homemade I recommend the serious eats sriracha http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/02/sriracha-recipe-from-scratch.html

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 27, 2012
at 03:04 AM

Re: Comic: OMG - the girl who ordered saltines & ice water. That's the hardest I've laughed in MONTHS

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 27, 2012
at 03:03 AM

OMG - the girl who ordered saltines & ice water. That's the hardest I've laughed in MONTHS.

65b264d08baee91c52a4b7ea2d4a6665

on June 27, 2012
at 02:29 AM

rep for the awesome comic!

65b264d08baee91c52a4b7ea2d4a6665

on June 27, 2012
at 02:17 AM

This is something I am willing to try. I've noticed the preservatives in the huy fong brand; probably higher than the sugar amount too, but again I'd suppose it's not threatening. But still, homemade is worth a shot!

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on June 27, 2012
at 01:20 AM

It's not always the calories.... I personally avoid sugar and keep vlc because of inflammation issues. Other people do very well with a small amount of sugar / more carbs, so as always n=1 on this :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 26, 2012
at 10:07 PM

@Jen, even 12 grams of sugar isn't all that much. 48 calories out of 2000ish?

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on June 26, 2012
at 09:47 PM

+1 for making your own...this is a very good recipe and you can reduce/leave out the sugar. http://www.food52.com/recipes/6441_fresh_sriracha_aka_home_made_rooster

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 26, 2012
at 08:44 PM

With scrambled eggs, it's the other way around in my kitchen.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:40 PM

well... some people I know put 4 TBSP on every meal, minimum.. so @ 3tspX4 = 12 grams of sugar, which is no longer so insignificant... perhaps something like Frank's Red Hot Sauce is a better option for governorgeneral..

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:19 PM

That's hilarious!

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7050bbce676dfad74a40ec18387894f4

(601)

on June 26, 2012
at 06:11 PM

80/20 Rule, my friend. 80% of your food can be covered by 20% of the contents of one bottle of Sriracha.

You are safe!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 26, 2012
at 08:44 PM

With scrambled eggs, it's the other way around in my kitchen.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:19 PM

That's hilarious!

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on June 26, 2012
at 05:58 PM

It is a universal truth that Sriracha is the king of sauces and stands alone.

I hate to disappoint you, but I think you're going to have to just stop buying it if you are worried about the contents. I personally think, live and let Sriracha... http://theoatmeal.com/comics/sriracha

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 27, 2012
at 03:03 AM

OMG - the girl who ordered saltines & ice water. That's the hardest I've laughed in MONTHS.

65b264d08baee91c52a4b7ea2d4a6665

on June 27, 2012
at 02:29 AM

rep for the awesome comic!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 27, 2012
at 03:04 AM

Re: Comic: OMG - the girl who ordered saltines & ice water. That's the hardest I've laughed in MONTHS

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on June 26, 2012
at 06:15 PM

In my opinion, it's really only important to ditch consumption of sugar in large quantities, like soft drinks and dessert foods. According to this site: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/custom/659605/2 it only contains one gram of sugar per teaspoon. So, even if you drench your food in hot cock, the total amount of sugar isn't going to amount to much.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:40 PM

well... some people I know put 4 TBSP on every meal, minimum.. so @ 3tspX4 = 12 grams of sugar, which is no longer so insignificant... perhaps something like Frank's Red Hot Sauce is a better option for governorgeneral..

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 26, 2012
at 10:07 PM

@Jen, even 12 grams of sugar isn't all that much. 48 calories out of 2000ish?

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on June 27, 2012
at 01:20 AM

It's not always the calories.... I personally avoid sugar and keep vlc because of inflammation issues. Other people do very well with a small amount of sugar / more carbs, so as always n=1 on this :)

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on December 01, 2012
at 10:54 PM

That's a shame finding out its got sugar. Try this one via nomnom & punchfork http://punchfork.com/recipe/Paleo-Sriracha-Nom-Nom-Paleo

Now I need to check the ingredients of Tobasco and Trader Joes habanero sauce which is one of my new favs.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 26, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Viva la Cocksauce!

There are recipes online on how to make your own, although my experiments were good, I still went back to the big red cock.

Not digging the recommendations to "Switch" to another hot sauce. Have you not tasted the Huy Fong Cock Sauce?

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on June 26, 2012
at 09:47 PM

+1 for making your own...this is a very good recipe and you can reduce/leave out the sugar. http://www.food52.com/recipes/6441_fresh_sriracha_aka_home_made_rooster

65b264d08baee91c52a4b7ea2d4a6665

on June 27, 2012
at 02:17 AM

This is something I am willing to try. I've noticed the preservatives in the huy fong brand; probably higher than the sugar amount too, but again I'd suppose it's not threatening. But still, homemade is worth a shot!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on July 20, 2012
at 03:51 PM

@tanukicons - I tried that recipe and it is now my go-to Big Red Cock Sauce.

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on June 26, 2012
at 07:00 PM

You could switch to vinegar pepper sauces like Tabasco. The sugar in one can of soda meets one's RDA for sugar. Added sugar in hot sauce, catsup and salsa is stealthy and hard to detect based on flavor. Hidden reward.

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D184c1ebbd443290b90f293e0fc7bbf0

on February 12, 2013
at 04:02 PM

I too am a sriracha smotherer and just started paleo. I was sad to find out that it is not sugar free. My cousin and her husband have a fantastic line of salad dressings, including hot sauces, that are popping up in whole foods everywhere. They are Hand Crafted, Sugar Free, Gluten Free and Vegan. Worth a try if they are in a whole foods near you, or you can even order online at http://www.tessemaes.com/ The hot sauce is nothing like sriracha but I find that having many options that fit the paleo lifestyle is key to succeeding so maybe you can find a new favorite way to kick up the flavor on your food?!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 12, 2013
at 04:09 PM

There is a "sugar free" version, sort of. If sriracha is basically ketchup, then this is it's sugar-free non-pureed version (akin to salsa v. ketchup): http://www.huyfong.com/no_frames/garlic.htm

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Sriracha is basically "hot sauce ketchup" - I find it funny that people here seem surprised by the inclusion of sugar.

If you like the flavor, the company that makes the popular brand of sriracha also makes a paste with the same ingredients, and it has no sugar but it isn't throughly blended (like ketchup would be). I use this product on occasion.

http://www.huyfong.com/no_frames/garlic.htm

Your probably not going to be happy with the choice of oils they use in either product.

9d741bcbe702044635f2ce3078043054

(1435)

on December 03, 2012
at 07:23 PM

In the grand scheme of a 2000 calorie diet, both the sugars and oils are insignificant. An essential part of living Paleo, to me, is to live life with joy. We have enough un-natural stress in our modern lives. If some hot sauce brings joy, and has a little sugar/oil baggage, go for the joy.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on December 05, 2012
at 03:54 PM

... and that's why I use the product I mentioned. :-) But if I wanted to add sugar, I suppose I'll add sugar.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on December 03, 2012
at 02:58 PM

http://vimeo.com/53067187 is a video of a Brooklyn based Sriracha company... So pretty and tasty!

Good cooking tips in the video.

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1e1ef8603b2dcacd0b9ce7c723318630

on December 02, 2012
at 12:32 AM

NomNomPaleo just posted a paleo friendly recipe last week as well.

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/36060636540/paleo-sriracha

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on June 27, 2012
at 04:32 PM

I use dried thai peppers ground into powder. It gives food a great kick without the sugar. Don't go overboard though.

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on June 27, 2012
at 02:27 PM

The sriracha I have, which I bought at Whole Foods, doesn't have all the processed food nasties that the ubiquitous bottle with the green top has. The green top kind has 1 gram of sugar, and the kind I have has "<1 gram." For the record, this is the kind I have:

http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Kum-Kee-Sriracha-18-Ounce/dp/B003GU0TIO

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4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 27, 2012
at 03:40 AM

Are you trying to lose weight? If not I wouldn't worry about the sugar content and leave sriracha as one of your indulgences.

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