By Carl Hanson
May 23, 2017

We love the way sriracha sauce pops on the palate with its unique blend of spicy chilies, pungent garlic, and tangy vinegar. We crave it in all the usual places -- as a condiment with kick for Vietnamese recipes like Pho, baguette sandwiches, and noodle dishes, or as a dipping sauce for spring rolls and fried seafood. But now, we've tracked down 10 top-rated recipes that take sriracha to some inspired new spots -- watermelon salad, anyone? We've even thrown in a bonus recipe for making your own homemade sriracha sauce -- so you'll never be caught without your favorite chile sauce! That's good news for true slaves of the sauce!

"A tasty, guilt-free way to eat your greens," raves LilSnoo. "I love experimenting with different flavors of kale chips, and this has become one of my favorites!"

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Salty, crispy fries of SPAM dipped into a spicy, garlicky sauce -- because if your fries aren't made of SPAM, you might be doing it wrong! "The sauce is delicious," says Buckwheat Queen. "It goes well with celery and carrots, too." Ditto, with Zucchini Cakes and Salmon Cakes.

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Quick, colorful, and refreshing -- this simple, sweet-spicy salad is the perfect side for summer picnics and cookouts. "The flavors go so well together, with the sweet of the honey and then the tang of the vinegar," says Lori.

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"These pickled eggs make a quick, tasty snack any time of day or for those following a low-carb diet," says LilSnoo. "I love experimenting with one of my favorite condiments: sriracha."

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This burger's all about tantalizing textures and explosive flavors. Ramen noodles become the bun for this spicy burger crowned with melty American cheese, fresh arugula, and a fried egg! But it's the sweet-and-spicy special sauce, starring srirachi, that steals the show.

You'll marinate chunks of firm tofu and vegetables in a spicy sauce made with sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil, onion, and jalapeno. "Amazing!" raves SLJ6. "I am a huge fan of sriracha sauce. Not only did I marinated the tofu and veggies in this delicious marinade, but I added more sriracha on top! The hotter the better."

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Wake and the eye-opening splendor of sriracha and scrambled eggs. "Delicious," says Buckwheat Queen. "Cooking the sriracha with the eggs gives them a smoky, smooth flavor unachievable by simply topping it with sauce afterwards. I can't believe I didn't think of this before."

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"In my dictionary, sriracha means spicy goodness," says duboo . "This pizza has just enough sweetness to complement the spicy goodness of the sriracha."

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A snack that snaps with spicy sriracha flavor. You'll simply season fresh-popped popcorn with lime juice, a little fresh zest, and sriracha. "Something different and delicious," raves Ms. Jean. "I loved the kick from the siracha; never would have thought to use it but it works great! I cooked the popcorn in coconut oil which works well with all of the flavors."

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And finally, there's sriracha for special occasions. Sophisticated, elegant, spicy as sin -- it's Chef John's Deviled Lobster Tails. But don't be daunted: "These spicy lobster tails are so easy to make," says Chef John. "A note on the lobster tails in supermarkets: if they're not frozen, they've been frozen and then thawed. So, bypass the 'fresh' for the frozen, which are fresher." Got it?

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"Warning: this is spicy!" says CajunAsian. "Sriracha leads a sweet 'n spicy team of Sichuan peppercorns, five-spice, teriyaki, and oyster sauce to flavor this quick and easy sauteed shrimp recipe."

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"These easy baked chicken thighs are breaded in panko with some heat from Sriracha sauce," says Madelynn Kehrt. "Feel free to increase the amount of hot sauce."

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Maple syrup and Sriracha combine for a spicy-sweet sensation. "A quick and tasty recipe using common ingredients and Sriracha," says Butler. "Simple, but full of flavor."

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Here's the side for Sriracha lovers! "Very simple recipe," says Spice Is Nice. "Be sure to use chicken broth and not water if you want the flavor. You can also use basmati rice."

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Need more? Check out collection of Sriracha Sauce Recipes. And for the DIY crowd, here's Chef John's recipe for Homemade Sriracha Sauce.