sri·​ra·​cha | \ sə-ˈrä-chə How to pronounce sriracha (audio) , sē-, nonstandard srə- \

Definition of sriracha

: a pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment

Examples of sriracha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dorcas: Hotter than sriracha on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos! Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Cinderella’s stepsisters (don’t call them ugly) speak out," 8 Nov. 2019 Salty, deep-fried ham-and-cheese croquetas with a piquant sriracha aioli — bam! Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Crave in Ansonia deftly presents vibrant and flavorful Latin American dishes," 15 Nov. 2019 To it, add the sugar, sriracha and soy sauce, stir until sugar is dissolved. Kary Osmond,, "Kary Osmond: Pad thai for a picky palate," 8 Nov. 2019 Turkey and Napa Cabbage Salad Thanksgiving leftovers get a pan-Asian twist with this salad, which features tortilla chips for crunch, and a dressing spiked with sriracha for heat. Grant Butler, oregonlive, "35 Thanksgiving leftovers recipes that turn turkey and all the trimmings into something new," 28 Nov. 2019 This mix of sriracha, fish sauce and toasted sesame seeds — with a squeeze of lime — might make this your best cauliflower yet. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Fish sauce is the savory, funky MVP in these 10 recipes," 20 Nov. 2019 Sauce completes the mix, with teriyaki, gochujang, cucumber wasabi, yum-yum, sesame ginger or spicy sriracha options. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Bibibop to open in Crocker Park next week," 17 Oct. 2019 Lia’s, a pop-up shop from Hunters Home Kitchen , served a great pork belly lumpia with ginger, garlic, cilantro, green onion, baby bok choy, calamansi mayo and sriracha sambal mayo. Daily Pilot, "On Food: Top 5 noodle creations and other treats at Foodbeast’s Nood Beach festival," 3 Sep. 2019 For hot sauces and pastes like sriracha and some varieties of sambal oelek, a handful of additional ingredients like lime juice, garlic, and sugar add more flavor. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "How to Choose the Right Hot Sauce for the Job," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sriracha

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sriracha

borrowed from Thai sriracha (Royal Thai Institute Romanization), sǐ:rá:tɕhá: (phonetic), after Si Racha (Sri Racha, Sri Raja), town in Chonburi Province, Thailand, where the sauce was allegedly first made

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The first known use of sriracha was in 1984

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30 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sriracha.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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