Honey Sriracha Beef Skewers

If we were stuck on an island and had to survive on just a few things, Sriracha would be on our list of necessities. At the moment, we have not one, but two bottles in our home and use it in or on everything; soups, marinades, salad dressings, on eggs, mixed into mayo … everything. It isn’t just a hot sauce, which will often offer up a top note of spice, Sriracha has a balance of spicy and sweet with hints of garlicy goodness.

The marinade could be adapted for chicken, pork or vegetables. We made it equal parts of honey and Sriracha, making the marinade a bit sticky and one that lends itself to caramelization. You could probably stop there, but we chose to add in additional seasoning from soy sauce and salt as well as some smokiness from cumin and cinnamon. To serve, we used our skewers as the middle of a lettuce wrap and topped them with some crunchy cucumber, cilantro and sour cream that was thinned out with a bit of lime juice, but these would work great served by themselves as an appetizer.

Here are some other recipes that spark our love of Sriracha, we especially have had White On Rice Couple’s Chili Garlic Hot Sauce – Cult Sriracha Style on our to-do list for a long time.

25 Ways to Use Sriracha by Bon Appétit
Spicy Cilantro Peanut Slaw by Kalyn’s Kitchen
Apricot Glazed Sriracha Ginger Chicken by The Sassy Radish
Tofu and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Spicy Peanut Sauce by The Perfect Pantry

We thought it would be fun to enter the Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France CheeseRösleEmile HenryRouxbe and ManPans. This week’s theme is appetizers – Go and check out the awesome entries by checking out Family Fresh Cooking or Cookin’ Canuck.

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Honey Sriracha Beef Skewers
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Beef skewers flavored with hot chili sauce, soy and honey.
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You Will Need
  • 1 pound top sirloin beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 skewers
  • 1 whole Boston lettuce (optional)
  • 1 whole cucumber, cut into 1/8-inch slices (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
  • 1 whole lime (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients and marinate the beef in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, if wooden, soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Evenly portion the beef cubes onto each skewer and cook as desired. We recommend using a cast iron pan over medium heat; allow the skewers to cook for about 2 minutes on each side until a medium doneness has been reached. The skewers can also be cooked on an indoor or outdoor grill.
  4. Serve the skewers as is or with lettuce, sliced cucumbers, cilantro and sour cream mixed with the juice of one lime.


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18 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Charles September 16, 2016, 6:51 pm

    I just used this to make beef tips in rice with veggies on top. I didn’t use soy had none, but amazing still. We made a thicker sause to top it with, it had a Lil more honey and cinnamon gave it a spicy fall after taste great recipe thank you this is my go to now

  • Amanda June 6, 2013, 1:48 pm

    My boyfriend and I are making these tonight, but we are using boneless chicken breasts instead of top sirloin. Any cooking suggestions or should I follow the reciepe as is? Thanks so much, these look great!!

    • Joanne June 10, 2013, 10:13 am

      No, just follow as stated and cook until chicken is cooked through. Enjoy!

  • Heidi / foodiecrush mag August 31, 2011, 12:44 am

    Your skewers look divine and in my book, you cannot go wrong with Siracha. Nectar of the gods I tell you. Lovely photos too. Now time to peek around the rest of your site!

  • Tawny June 20, 2011, 12:20 pm

    we made these last night and they were delicious! the marinade needed an acid, so in went the lime juice. Also, honey burns quickly so in order to get that carmelization, and not a char, the meat needs to be tended to more than I would have wanted. All in all a pretty good recipe. I also recommend adding Sriracha to the sour cream, along with 2
    -3 tablespoons of mayo (Kewpie if you can find it) to make a traditional spicy mayo. It really brought everything together! Mahalo for the yummy recipe!

    • inspiredtaste June 20, 2011, 1:08 pm

      Hi Tawny,

      So glad you liked the skewers. Adding a bit of acid is never a bad idea! Since we served our skewers with lettuce wraps we cut up a few limes for the table. This way, we were able to squeeze a bit of lime right before eating.
      You are right about honey, you do need to tend the beef more than usual, but the good thing is that these cook pretty quickly.

      Thank you so much for feedback 🙂 A+J

  • Miri Leigh June 6, 2011, 11:11 pm

    Wow, these skewers look great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Marla June 6, 2011, 12:25 pm

    These beef skewers look amazing!! Love the idea of honey & sriracha in one happy sauce!

    • Joanne June 6, 2011, 2:48 pm

      Cookin’ Canuck & Marla, thank you – it was certainly a happy sauce 🙂

  • Cookin' Canuck June 6, 2011, 10:48 am

    I agree that Sriracha is absolutely a pantry essential. These skewers sound really good. Thanks so much for sharing them in our Get Grillin’ event.

  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon June 6, 2011, 10:21 am

    No grill necessary, I love that.

    • inspiredtaste June 6, 2011, 10:34 am

      Wendi – YES! we love to grill, but have no outdoor space. We refuse to get left behind during the grilling season – so, we adapt 🙂


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