For food safety reasons, it’s always important to pay attention to which condiments required refrigeration and which ones can be stored in a cool place. Huy Fong’s Sriracha has become extremely popular over the past decade, so it’s important to know: Does Sriracha need to be refrigerated?
I recently noticed that my Kikkoman soy sauce bottle stated to “refrigerate after opening,” which surprised me quite a bit since it didn’t seem like anything in the bottle would spoil. It turned out that soy sauce doesn’t need to be refrigerated; refrigeration just prolongs the flavor,
This got me wondering if I was missing any similar notes on my other condiments. So I’ve been double checking the other bottles in my pantry and fridge to see if I’m storing anything in the wrong place.
Does Sriracha Need to Be Refrigerated?
Sriracha does not have to be refrigerated. This is the official information from Huy Fong’s website:
No, they do not have to be refrigerated. Just make sure they are stored in a cool, dry place.
However, even though you don’t need to refrigerate Sriracha, it’s worth noting that the flavor and appearance will slowly change over time. You can find a “best before” date near the top of the bottle.
You can still use Sriracha after that date passes without concern, but know that the hot sauce might actually become spicier as the chilis age, and it may start to lose it’s vibrant red color as the chili peppers slowly change color.
Do Hot Sauces Spoil Over Time?
The majority of hot sauces will not spoil, and can sit in the pantry for a long time. Capsaicin, the active compound that makes chili peppers hot, helps to kill bacteria along with the vinegar base found in most hot sauces.
However, it’s still a good idea to read the label and look at the ingredients. Some fancier hot sauces have additional ingredients for flavor that could shorten their shelf life. Bottom line, always check the labels. If you’re unsure, you can always contact the manufacturer for advice (or just check their website for a FAQ section).
Recipes with Sriracha
Ready to get cooking with Sriracha? Here are a few of my favorites recipes:
- Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Aioli
- Sesame-Crusted Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
- Sriracha Hummus
- Crispy Old Bay Mushrooms with Sriracha Mayo
Be sure to also check out my entire archive of Sriracha recipes!
Types of Sriracha
While I’m pretty much a Huy Fong loyalist, there are actually many brands of Sriracha available in stores and online.
Wondering which brand of Sriracha tastes the best? Check out this great article from Serious Eats! They did some serious taste tests to come up with a winner.