Fans of Sriracha sauce are panicking after a judge in L.A. ruled that the the Sriracha factory must be partially shut down due to “offensive” odors.

But we at First We Feast are all about finding simple solutions to dire situations, which is why we have a recipe for fantastic homemade Sriracha sauce below. Now you won’t have to buy a packet of Sriracha for $10,000 on eBay or panic knowing that your egg and chorizo tacos will never taste the same.

The recipe, courtesy of Food52 member edamame2003, is made with nothing more than Fresno chiles, garlic, salt, vinegar, and palm sugar; plus the recipe steps are minimal and easy to follow. The resulting sauce has the same consistency and texture as Rooster Sauce, but it is less salty and a whole lot fresher tasting.


Makes 1 1/2 cups


1/2 pound red fresno chiles, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons palm sugar


1. Place all the ingredients except the sugar in a jar and let sit overnight to mellow the heat of the peppers. I guess one could consider this a brine.


2. Place the mixture and sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.


3. Transfer to a blender and puree for about 5 minutes, until a smooth, orange-red mixture forms.


4. Run through a strainer and smush out as much juice as possible.


5. Once refrigerated, the sauce should have the same consistency and texture as the ‘Rooster’, but less salty and a whole lot fresher tasting!


**Food52 has also adapted a spicy Sriracha spread recipe combining a 1/2 cup vegenaise (or mayo, if you prefer), 1/8 cup of this fresh sriracha, and a Tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk. Yum for anything you’d use mayo on, but with a kick.

And here’s a video of Food52‘s Merrill Stubbs making the Fresh Sriracha Sauce. She demonstrates a cool technique for protecting yourself from pesky hot pepper burns (if you don’t happen to have surgical gloves lying around).

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