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Chances are, your local grocery store is either running low on Sriracha or is entirely out of the popular hot sauce.
A year after the Chick-fil-A sauce shortage, another one of the most popular condiments is hard to come by. And if you’re one of the millions of people who buy the green-capped bottles with the rooster on the front, you’re feeling pretty spicy about this development.
Why is there a Sriracha shortage? What can a hot sauce fan do in the meantime? We’ll try to answer your questions. Here’s what you need to know:
Sriracha’s manufacturer stopped fulfilling orders in April.
Huy Fong Foods, the California company that has made Sriracha for more than 40 years, sent a letter to customers in mid-April 2022, letting them know that they were experiencing a “severe shortage” of the chilis they use to make the sauce.
The chilis come from a particular region in Mexico that was hit hard by below-normal temperatures in the spring.
There won’t be any new shipments of Sriracha until at least September.
It’s gonna be a long summer for Sriracha fans.
While Huy Fong Foods waits for the chili crops to recover, they won’t be fulfilling any new orders of Sriracha (or their two other sauce products, Chili Garlic and Sambal Olek).
Any orders placed after April 19, 2022, will be scheduled after Labor Day. In the meantime, expect restaurants and stores to run out.
Expect the shortage to intensify as restaurants and resellers clear the shelves.
I was literally just at the store and saw somebody buy up all the Sriracha on the shelves. Dude. #SrirachaShaming
The fact that there’s a Sriracha shortage means that there will be people who will panic-buy an entire store’s stock of the sauce (remember toilet paper?). Please sauce responsibly.
Those resellers are already jacking up prices for Sriracha.
Typically, you’ll pay about $0.14/oz for Sriracha. Not the case anymore. Third-party sellers on sites like Amazon, Walmart and eBay have raised prices during the shortage. Here’s what we’re finding:
- Walmart, 9 oz bottle: $0.22/oz
- Walmart, 2 pack of 28 oz bottles: $0.61/oz
- Walmart, 9 oz bottle: $0.67/oz
- eBay, 17 oz bottle: $0.88/oz on average
- Amazon, 17 oz bottle: $0.96/oz
A Walmart third-party seller has 2.37 oz of a “knockoff” Sriracha from Kikkoman for a whopping $2.41/oz.
You can still find Sriracha (and copycats) online — but product is running out fast.
Although most standard Sriracha is sold out on Amazon, you can still get your hands on the last few bottles (and these similar brands):
Try drugstores if you can’t find Sriracha on grocery store shelves.
Both CVS and Walgreens locations in our area had Sriracha still available in-store or for pickup, with Walgreens charging $0.25/oz and CVS charging $0.30/oz.
And there are plenty of Sriracha-based products available.
If you’re fresh out of Sriracha and you’re jonesing for that flavor, here are some of our favorite Sriracha-flavored products that are still very much in stock:
- Sriracha mayonnaise
- Sriracha ketchup
- Heinz Honeyracha
- Sriracha oil
- Sriracha almonds
- Sriracha cashews
- Creamy Sriracha sauce
You could always just make your own Sriracha at home.
There are a bunch of recipes online to make your own Sriracha. Here’s what you need:
- 1 lb red jalapeño peppers, no stems
- 1/2 lb red serrano peppers, no stems
- 1/3 cup of water
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 3 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
You’ll want to check out the full recipe we found here; if you’ve got the time and will to make sriracha, it’s totally doable — but not as simple as mixing a few ingredients together.