18 Healthy Ways to Spice Up Your Cooking with Sriracha
Healthy Sriracha Recipes
Red chili peppers have been shown to improve metabolic rate, decrease risk of heart disease and cancer, and have even been linked to living a longer life. But if you don't love spicy foods, you may not be so quick to turn up the heat in your daily meals and snacks.
Sriracha, a hot sauce made from a paste of red chilies, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt, is one sneaky way to work in a little kick. Plus, a 1-teaspoon serving provides only 1 gram of sugar. If you're sensitive to fiery foods, you'll be thankful for the tiny touch of sweetness. Here, dietitians and healthy living bloggers share their best good-for-you sriracha recipes you'll want to devour.
Bang Bang Buffalo Cauliflower
Sriracha Almond-Crusted Tilapia
Peanut Butter Sriracha Noodles
Acorn Squash and Lentil Egg Bake
Acorn squash makes a handy bowl or vehicle for other things—consider it a lower-carb alternative to a bread bowl. The spicy sriracha and the sweet and mellow acorn squash are a match made in healthy-foodie heaven. Enjoy as a deliciously balanced breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Get the recipe: Acorn Squash and Lentil Egg Bake
Sriracha Black Bean Burgers
Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup
Spicy Tuna Bowl
Ever wonder what ingredient in your "spicy" tuna sushi roll is responsible for that heat? Well, oftentimes, it's sriracha. Featuring brown rice, baby greens, and avocado, this DIY spicy tuna bowl is a great way to pack a little punch into an otherwise humble tuna salad.
Get the recipe: Spicy Tuna Bowl
Broccoli Cannellini Bean Poppers
These crowd-pleasing little poppers are packed with flavor (thanks in part to sriracha) and nutrients—sure to be a hit at your next party. Cooking for a party of one? Store leftovers in the freezer.
Get the recipe: Broccoli Cannellini Bean Poppers
Low-Fat Sriracha Hummus
Looking for a quick and easy alternative to store-bought hummus? This spicy DIY version comes together in just a few minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand. It's also vegan and gluten-free. (You could also try these 13 Different Ways to Make Hummus.)
Get the recipe: Low-Fat Sriracha Hummus
Sriracha Chicken Salad
Marinating chicken in a sriracha-lime marinade before cooking adds a burst of flavor that will change up your usual salad. The mellow taste of avocado and sweetness from the pineapple balance out the spice perfectly.
Get the recipe: Sriracha Chicken Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Peanut Asian Rice Bowl
A lot of people shy away from frozen veggies. But vegetables frozen at peak freshness are actually packed with nutrients. Stock your freezer to make weeknight cooking a breeze. Looking for a Meatless Monday entrée that's ready in 10 minutes or less? Try this Peanut Asian Rice Bowl—no more choosing between making dinner and watching The Bachelor.
Get the recipe: Peanut Asian Rice Bowl
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Thai Peanut Chicken with Quinoa
This sweet-and-spicy quinoa bowl combines the heat of sriracha with peanut butter and sesame for a flavor combo that will delight even quinoa skeptics. (P.S. Check out these 10 New Ways to Eat Quinoa.) Bonus: This recipe is also gluten-free, if that's your thing or you have a dietary restriction.
Get the recipe: Thai Peanut Chicken with Quinoa
Sriracha Veggie Muffins
Looking for a new high-protein breakfast for those on-the-go mornings or a handy post-workout snack? Grab a few of these gluten-free sriracha veggie muffins to stay fueled. Bonus: They can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Get the recipe: Sriracha Veggie Muffins
Sriracha-Spiked Artichoke Dip + Sauce
This pasta sauce is made with artichokes and spiked with sriracha for a unique flavor you're taste buds will be excited to try. It also does double duty as a yummy dip for parties of snacking around the house.
Get the recipe: Sriracha-Spiked Artichoke Pasta Sauce
Stovetop Sriracha Lime Popcorn
Ditch the salty microwave popcorn and try this flavorful treat instead. If you've never made popcorn on the stove top before, don't be intimidated—just bust out a big heavy pot with a lid and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to do. Another option is to put the popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag that's been sealed and folded over a few times, and pop that in the microwave in 30-second intervals until it's all popped.
Get the recipe: Stovetop Sriracha Lime Popcorn
Easy Chicken Stir-Fry
As anyone on a gluten-free, soy-free, or low-sodium diet knows, it can be hard to find a stir-fry recipe that doesn't call for soy sauce. Enter this simply delicious dish that has got you covered.
Get the recipe: Easy Chicken Stir-Fry
Creamy, Crunchy Sorghum and Avocado Salad
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato
Looking for a healthier way to get your spicy buffalo wings fix? In this recipe, superfood sweet potatoes make a tasty vehicle for lightened-up buffalo chicken made with sriracha in the slow cooker. (Next up, try these stuffed sweet potatoes with black beans and avocado.)
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato