Holiday weekends mean parties and this super easy Sriracha Dipping Sauce is a perfect accompaniment for lots of party foods. It adds fabulous zip to cut-up fresh vegetables set out for munching. The sauce does wonders for pita and other baked chips, too.
But honestly, Sriracha Dipping Sauce really shines with fried food. Ever since I began making fried green tomatoes, and fried okra, I have realized that hot sauce and fried vegetables are a match made in heaven.
I realize that Sriracha is only one type of hot sauce. This template would work with others, but I particularly like Sriracha for this dipping sauce.
What is sriracha exactly? That depends who you ask.
Many Americans who know of it would probably identify sriracha with one brand, Huy Fong. That California-based company sells its version in bottles emblazoned with a rooster. However, that’s not the only brand made in America. The McIlhenny Co., better known for its Tabasco sauce, makes one too. So does Kikkoman and even Trader Joe’s. And you can get several Thai brands in the US as well.
There is even an article on SeriousEats by one of my food/cooking gurus, Kenji Lopez-Alt, comparing nine different brands of sriracha. Interestingly, Huy Fong came in third in the taste test. The first and second place finishers were smaller and less known brands.
In its generic form, sriracha is a Southeast Asian hot sauce that may – or may not – be named after the Thai town of Si (or Sri) Racha. The ingredients include vinegar and sugar in addition to chilies, giving a sweet and sour tang to balance the heat of the peppers.
My friend, Aviva Goldfarb, once brought me Huy Fong Sriracha mayonnaise. While I loved the gesture and liked the sauce, the mayonnaise taste was rather strong. So, when I made a batch of fried green tomatoes, I whipped up this sauce. It takes literally two-three minutes to make and you can make it the day (or night) before a party.
Easy Sriracha Dipping Sauce
Super quick and easy sauce for fresh vegetables, chips, or fried vegetables.
- 1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
Mix the yogurt and mayonnaise, stirring until well combined. Add the sriracha and mix again.
Refrigerate until serving.
If you have regular yogurt, use my straining technique to turn it into Greek-style yogurt.
PS – For the real sriracha-lovers, there is a documentary call