One of the best aspects of food is the opportunity to ‘travel’ the world by exploring lots of different cuisines from the comfort of your own kitchen.
From classic English cuisine to Japanese, Indian, Thai, and Chinese, the destinations you can travel to with your taste buds are limited only by your imagination. Using hot sauces inspired by specific cuisines can help make cooking authentic meals effortless while also adding incredible depth of flavour. There are multiple hot sauce recipes in the UK that can help take your taste buds on a global tour. Let’s look at some of the tastiest hot chilli sauce recipes.
Best UK hot sauce recipes
Indian curry is Britain’s national dish. With thousands of curry restaurants and takeaways across the UK, Brits can’t get enough of this spicy lip-smacking dish. Britain’s curry is not truly authentic, with Brits adding their own twist, with popular curries including Tikka Masala and Balti. However, one thing is central to a great curry – or any Indian dish – and that’s plenty of spice! There are multiple UK hot sauce recipes, but one of our favourites is for Spicy Cauliflower Pakoras, great as a snack or as a side dish to your favourite curry. Pakoras are a popular snack in India and are quick and easy to make. Coat cauliflower florets in a light and tasty batter infused with your favourite hot sauce, and they fry to perfection.
Chinese is another incredibly popular cuisine in the UK. Chinese cuisine first arrived in the UK in the early 19th century and has been popular ever since. Authentic Cantonese, Szechwan and Peking flavours have been Anglicised over the years, but at the heart of each dish remains an incredible depth of flavour and spice for extra pizzaz. Fragrant dumplings, lip-smacking stir fries, crispy duck, and sweet and sour rice dishes are popular go-to dishes for those searching for Chinese UK hot chilli sauce recipes. Or how about trying something a bit different with a Chinese-inspired spicy lemongrass steamed cod? Marinate the cod overnight in a hot and sour sauce, then steam to perfection with lemongrass. Serve with Asian greens for a healthy dish bursting with flavours.
Thai food is known for its incredible spice levels and fresh and fragrant healthy ingredients. The perfect Thai dish is a balanced blend of sweet, spicy, sour, and saltiness, making it almost impossible to resist. Pat Thai – a delicious noodle dish stir-fried with egg, tofu, and shrimp and seasoned with sugar, vinegar, dry chillies, and fish sauce – is among the most popular, along with flavourful green and red curries. Ramen is a quick and easy Thai-inspired dish to cook at home and is packed with hearty flavours. All you need is a flavour-packed broth, your favourite type of noodles, and your choice of fresh vegetables and herbs, such as baby corn, broccoli, and mushrooms. Add extra pizzaz and depth of flavour to this popular UK hot sauce recipe with a Thai-inspired hot sauce for an incredible taste sensation.
Sushi bars have sprung up across the UK in the last decade, but Japanese cuisine – also known as washoku – is so much more than just sushi and sake. Indeed, the delicate art and intricacy of Japanese cuisine mean that it has been listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list – alongside French cuisine. Yakitori, tempura, miso soup, udon noodle, shabu shabu, and kare-raisu (curry rice) all have their roots in Japan. And, of course, let’s not forget wasabi – a hot and spicy paste made from Japanese horseradish that adds a hot and fiery kick to a host of dishes. How about taking your taste buds to Japan with an easy-to-make Okonomiyaki? This Japanese savoury pancake originates from Osaka and is made with flour, eggs, ginger, sesame seeds, and shredded cabbage, alongside your choice of protein. Simply fry and top with wasabi or a spicy Japanese-inspired hot sauce to ramp up the flavour.
Nothing beats a taste of home. England is home to such delights as fish and chips, roast dinners, bangers and mash, toad in the hole, steak and kidney pie, and the full English breakfast. England’s desserts are equally as tasty – who doesn’t love apple pie, rhubarb crumble, bread and butter pudding, and banoffee pie? One of our favourite UK recipes is Eton Mess. It’s so easy to make – simply mix meringue pieces with whipped cream, ice cream, and berries. Give it an extra kick with a drizzle of hot sauce!
Our favourite Hot Sauce Gift Set encompasses a selection of global luxury hot sauces that are designed to expertly pair with each of the cuisines above. So, what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and whip up these fantastic UK hot sauce recipes and take your taste buds on an exciting culinary journey not to be forgotten.