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Sriracha Shortage: 10 Excellent Alternatives to Try

The cult favorite Siracha sauce is rare on grocery store shelves. However, these excellent spicy substitutes will tide you over.

David Watsky Senior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's logged more than a decade writing about all things edible, including meal kits and meal delivery subscriptions, cooking, kitchen gear and commerce. Since earning a BA in English from Northeastern in Boston, he's toiled in nearly every aspect of the eats business from slicing and dicing as a sous-chef in Rhode Island to leading complex marketing campaigns for major food brands in Manhattan. These days, he's likely somewhere trying the latest this or tasting the latest that - and reporting back, of course. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
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$5 at Target
bottle of melinda's thai sweet chili sauce
Melinda's Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
$17 at Fly by Jing
jar of chili crisp with two bowls of dumplings
Fly by Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp
$13 at Target
jar of momofuku chili crunch on bed of dried chili peppers
Momofuku Chili Crunch
$12 at Amazon
bottle of Weak Knees sriracha sauce with bread and lettuce
Bushwick Kitchen Gochujang Sriracha
$12 at Bushwick Kitchen
bottle of curry sriracha on counter
Bushwick Kitchen Curry Sriracha
$13 at Walmart
jar of Lao Gon Ma chili crisp
Lao Gan Ma Chili Crisp
$23 at Amazon
bottle of polar thai chili sauce
Polar Sriracha Chili Sauce (pack of 6)

Folks who enjoy the spicer things in life understand the importance of always having a bottle or two of Huy Fong Foods' popular Sriracha hot sauce on hand. Over the years, Huy Fong's Sriracha has earned and maintained a top spot in the hearts (and mouths) of the public. It's a common addition to everything from pho and ramen to sandwiches and morning eggs. This one-of-a-kind spicy sauce can be added to literally anything, so the current national Huy Fong Sriracha shortage has left a culinary void for those who crave a splash of that familiar scorch.

Much to the dismay of fans, Huy Fong last year announced a supply shortage of its cult-favorite hot sauce, and limited inventory appears to be ongoing in 2023, though perhaps not to the same extent. The shortage is due to a particularly meager spring harvest of chili peppers used in making the Thai-inspired condiment, Huy Fong told CBS in April.

Rations of Sriracha and sambal oelek have become depleted on store shelves and at online retailers. While the great Huy Fong Sriracha shortage is still ongoing, there are plenty of exciting substitutes out there that can deliver mouthwatering flavor. 

From Huy Fong knockoffs to spins on the original, and even a few similar-but-different condiments to try on your soups, sandwiches and stir-fries, these are the best substitutes for when you can't have the real thing. 

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The best Sriracha alternatives to try

bottle of melinda's thai sweet chili sauce

Melinda's makes over a dozen substitutes for Sriracha that every spice lover can buy online. The closest to Sriracha is the tasty Thai Sweet Chili, but don't sleep on others, including the habanero honey mustard and black truffle hot sauce.

jar of chili crisp with two bowls of dumplings
Fly by Jing

Fly by Jing also makes an excellent chili crisp for topping sandwiches, ramen, stir-fries, and dipping your dumplings and other dim sum favorites into. This Sriracha substitute sports a harmony of sweet, spicy and salty flavors, but with a bit more of umami punch courtesy of sesame oil, mushroom and fermented black bean. 

A jar of this addictive condiment will run you $17 or you can nab them at a discount if you buy The Spicy Duo, which features one jar of Chili Crisp and a jar of the Zhong Sauce.

bottle of Zhong sauce in hand
Fly by Jing

While we're trying new sauces, Fly by Jing's Zhong sauce is equally excellent, although perhaps not as close in flavor to Sriracha as chili crisp. This dipping sauce gets a rich sweetness from brown sugar and aromatic soy sauce.

jar of momofuku chili crunch on bed of dried chili peppers

David Chang and Momofuku make an equally delicious chili crunch condiment. This version has a healthy dose of sesame seeds and will keep your food sufficiently spiced until Sriracha comes back in stock.

bottle of Weak Knees sriracha sauce with bread and lettuce
Bushwick Kitchen

As you might expect, the popularity of Sriracha has spawned some knockoff creations. Bushwick Kitchen makes the Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha sauce. It's made from most of the same ingredients as Hoy Fung's sizzling sauce and appears to be in stock (for now).

bottle of curry sriracha on counter
Bushwick Kitchen

The Sriracha shortage is as good a time as any to experiment with twists on the sauce. Bushwick Kitchen also makes a curry Sriracha that's in stock and selling for $12 a bottle.

four bottles of hot sauce

Heartbeat makes a full lineup of incredible hot sauces. While none of them are a perfect imitation of Sriracha, the shiitake Szechuan is closest. If you like a little sweetness from fruit with your spicy -- as I do -- the mango habanero and pineapple habanero are also both positively addicting. 

Try a four-pack on Amazon for $42 or shop the full stock of Heartbeat sauces on the brand's website.

jar of Lao Gon Ma chili crisp
La Gon Ma

Chili crisp isn't an exact Sriracha replacement, but it has a lot of the same flavors: heat, sweet and umami. Lao Gan Ma's chili crisp is another cult-favorite condiment and can add some nice pop to your foods when Sriracha isn't an option.

bottle of polar thai chili sauce

This is one I haven't tested yet, but the recipe is similar to Hoy Fung's Sriracha and this Thai-made chili sauce gets enthusiastic reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. A pack of six bottles will run you $23 on Amazon.

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