Sometimes you just want a nice spicy chili sauce. Sriracha used to be my go-to sauce for everything. But… then my doctor told me I had to go on a special diet, called the low FODMAPs diet.
FODMAPS is an initialism that stands for “Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols”. Basically, sugars and other carbohydrates that gut bacteria can ferment. It’s similar to people who are lactose-intolerant (in fact, lactose is a major FODMAP!).
Check out my FODMAPs tagged posts for information about my weird diet issues: http://homeispossible.org/tag/FODMAPS/
Anyway, I get so, so, so many hits on searches wondering about sriracha. Is it gluten free? Is it low-FODMAPs?
Yep. It’s gluten free. If gluten is your only issue, eat tons of it and be happy.
But, no, it’s not low FODMAPs. One major ingredient is garlic, which is a pretty big no-no. If you know you tolerate garlic okay, then go for it. Otherwise, you need to avoid it or find an alternative.
At my house, we avoid it. But then we discovered (thanks to my brother and his lovely wife) that there’s an even better chili sauce — sambal oelek! It’s spicy and lovely and it goes on everything. Beef, potatoes, in salad dressing, whatever! Anywhere you need a nice tasty, spicy kick. You can even get it from the same company that makes Sriracha.
You can get it at asian markets, at specialty grocery stores, or just order it online. I think our local Wegman’s carries it… but we usually get it by the case from Amazon. Yes. By the case.