Is Sriracha Keto-Friendly?

Is Sriracha Keto-Friendly?

If you want to add some kick on your meal, then adding hot sauce is the way to go. Fiery hot sauces had become one of the mainstream condiments that add a punch of spicy flavor to many dishes. 

And we hear a lot of keto dieters asking - is sriracha keto-friendly

Sriracha Nutrition Facts

The nutrition profile of sriracha varies per brand, but they are generally the same, with only a few differences. 

Kikkoman Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce yields 15 calories, 6 grams of carbs, zero fat, and zero protein per 3-teaspoon-serving (18 grams).

Huy Fong Sriracha Chili Sauce is another famous sriracha brand in the US.

It contains 15 calories, 3 grams of carbs, zero fat, and zero protein in every 3 teaspoon serving. 

Trader's Joe Srirchara of the same amount contains precisely the same calories, carbs, fat, and protein with Huy Fong. 

By examining the nutrition profile of sriracha (and other foods), we should be able to quickly determine if it is keto-approved or not.

Is Sriracha Keto-Friendly?

The answer depends on how strict you are with your ketogenic diet.

If you're restricting yourself to consuming no more than 20 grams of carbs a day, then a small amount of sriracha (say, 3 teaspoons) should not mess up your ketosis. 

Sriracha is keto as long as you consume it in minimal amounts only and if you monitor your daily macros, mainly carbs. 

It's easy to overdo sriracha and lost track of your serving quantity, especially if you directly splat it into your food.

So it's best to measure your sriracha using a teaspoon, so you can accurately monitor the carbs you're putting into your body from the sriracha. 

Making Your Own Keto-Friendly Sriracha

Instead of buying sriracha in the grocery (which some are loaded with sugar), you can make your own instead. This way, you know for sure what's in it. 

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar, distilled

  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled

  • 3 tsp Kosher salt

  • 1/2 kg of red jalapenos

  • 6 tsp erythritol

  • 1/3 cup water

What to do:

  1. Remove the stem of the jalapeno peppers. Then, cut them into four pieces.

  2. Pour all ingredients into a blender, except the white vinegar. Blend until mixture is well incorporated and thick. 

  3. Transfer the puree into a glass container. 

  4. Cover the glass container with a plastic wrap (it doesn't have to be airtight). 

  5. Store the glass container in a dark location for three days to encourage fermentation. Check and stir the mixture once a day. If you start seeing tiny bubbles, that's a good sign that the mixture is beginning to ferment. 

  6. After three days, transfer the fermented mixture into a blender, then add white sugar. Blend until the mixture becomes very smooth. 

  7. Strain the mixture into a saucepan. Repeat until all liquids are squeezed. 

  8. Boil the liquid extract for five to ten minutes over medium-high heat. 

  9. Let it cool, then transfer into a glass bottle. 

  10. Enjoy your keto-sriracha!

Final Takeaway

It's easy to spice up boring dishes as long as you have a bottle of sriracha on hand. This fiery hot sauce is keto-friendly, provided that you only consume a minimal amount.

This is mostly true for those who are strict with their keto diet. 

You can easily overdo sriracha. So to not lose track of your carb intake from sriracha, be patient enough to measure your sriracha with a teaspoon.

About the Author

Ryan is a personal trainer, athlete, health enthusiast, and entrepreneur. He is researching and expanding his knowledge about the ketogenic diet. He spends most of his time writing content about his new learnings of the ketogenic diet and shares it on Ketogenic Supplement Reviews. You can find me on: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.