schezwan noodles

Schezwan noodles

By Swasthi on September 1, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Schezwan noodles recipe with steps to make your own instant schezwan sauce. Schezwan noodles is an immensely popular Indo chinese dish served in Indian Chinese restaurants. These are the most flavorful, spicy & hot noodles made using Szechuan sauce. In this post I have also shared how to make your own sauce for this recipe. So you don’t need the bottled sauce here.


spicy veg schezwan noodles in a plate

Ingredients like ginger, garlic, soya sauce, vinegar, red chilli paste & sichuan pepper corn are used to make the spicy sauce. The store bought sauce usually has loads of other additives, artificial taste enhancers and preservatives.

Many restaurants usually make these without much veggies. Some onions and bell peppers is all that is used. So you can skip veggies like carrots.

To make schezwan noodles, you can use any kind of noodles you prefer. Usually, the regular round noodles are used. But I have used the flat ones since this is what I had. You can also use soba, udon or rice noodles here.

Just ensure you follow the instructions on the pack for cooking time. You can also make the sauce in advance from this Schezwan sauce post. If you have it handy, just stir it with some boiled noodles on a high flame.

You can also check this Schezwan fried rice and schezwan chicken from Indian-chinese cuisine

For more Noodles recipes, check
Veg noodles
Hakka noodles
Egg noodles
Chicken noodles

Preparation

1. Chop the veggies you desire to use along with garlic, ginger and onions. Set these aside.

2. Bring water to a rolling boil in a large pot. Add the noodles and cook until al dente. Do not overcook them.

boiling noodles in a large pot

3. Drain to a colander and rinse. Add a tsp of oil if desired and toss well. Set aside.

drained noodles in a colander to make schezwan noodles

4. Make a red chili paste by adding red chili powder to a small bowl. Add few tsps of water to make a thick chilli paste. Please note that the red chili powder must be of good quality and less hot. You can also soak deseeded kashmiri red chilies and blend them to a paste.

red chilli paste in a bowl

Making sauce

5. Heat a pan with oil, Saute ginger, garlic until they turn aromatic.

6. Add finely chopped onions. Saute until they turn golden.

frying ginger garlic and onions in a pan

7. Add the red chili paste, tomato sauce (optional) and very little salt.

adding red chilli paste to golden onions for schezwan noodles

8. Then add soya sauce and sugar.

9. Add Vinegar. Saute all of these until you smell them good.

adding soya sauce, salt sugar to make schezwan noodles

10. Add 2 tbsp water. Mix well. Add crushed sichuan pepper, you can replace it with pepper.

adding sichuan pepper corn

11. Cook until the oil begins to separate. Set this aside.

simmering ingredients for sauce to make schezwan noodles

how to make schezwan noodles

12. In restaurants, broken red chilies are used to make schezwan noodles or fried rice. If you like that, you can fry the red chilies first until crisp at this stage. Add spring onion whites and saute for 1 minute.

Add chopped veggies and saute until on the highest flame until they are half cooked yet crunchy.

frying veggies in a pan

13. Add the sauce we kept aside & the noodles. Fry on a high flame for 2 to 3 minutes and then add spring onion greens.

adding noodles, sauce and green onions

14. Add more oil and salt if needed.

Serve schezwan noodles hot.

ready to serve schezwan noodles in a plate

Variations

This recipe can also be used to make spicy egg noodles. Just beat an egg and pour it to the pan once the veggies are fried. Scramble & fry until the egg is cooked completely. Increase the amount of soya sauce, vinegar and chilli. You can also use boiled egg or shrimps.

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Recipe card

schezwan noodles

Schezwan noodles

Indo chinese style veg schezwan noodles made with instant sauce. This makes for a quick meal and is great on its own without a side dish.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings2
AuthorSwasthi

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Basic ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cakes noodles (or 2 serving size, 160 to 180 grams)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil or sesame oil
  • 2 dried red chilies broken
  • 1 ¼ cup mixed vegetables chopped ( carrots, capsicum,beans, mushrooms)
  • 2 sprigs spring onions ( separate greens and whites)

For the sauce or use 1½ tbsp schezwan sauce

  • tablespoons red chili paste or 15 to 20 red chillies or red chilli powder
  • 1 to 1½ tablespoon tomato sauce (optional)
  • ¾ tablespoon garlic chopped finely
  • ¾ tablespoon ginger chopped finely
  • 1 onion medium sized , chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon salt (adjust as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce (naturally brewed)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sichuan pepper powder (or ground black pepper)
  • 2 tablespoon celery chopped, optional

Instructions

Preparation

  • Bring 6 to 8 cups of water to a rolling boil in a pot.
  • Add the noodles and cook al dente. Follow the instructions on the pack for exact cook time.
  • When they are done, drain them to a colander and rinse under running water. Drain well.
  • Drizzle 1 tsp oil and run your fingers through the noodles to keep them non-sticky.
  • While the noodles cook make red chili paste. Soak red chilies in hot water until soft. Blend to make a smooth paste. or Mix chili powder with little water to make a thick paste.
  • Next rinse and chop all the veggies.

Make sauce or use ready made as needed

  • Pour 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and heat it on a high flame.
  • Saute ginger and garlic until they smell good.
  • Then saute the onions until golden. If using celery add it and saute for 2 mins.
  • Reduce the flame. Add red chili paste, tomato sauce, salt, sugar, soya sauce and vinegar. Saute until a nice smell comes out.
  • Sprinkle 2 tbsp water and sichuan pepper. Next mix well. Fry until the oil separates.
  • Taste the sauce and add more red chilli paste, soya or salt to suit your taste. Keep this aside in a plate.

How to make schezwan noodles

  • Pour another tablespoon oil and heat it on a high flame. Add the red chilies and saute until crisp. Then add spring onion whites and saute for a minute.
  • Fry veggies until half done yet crunchy.
  • Add the noodles, schezwan sauce and spring onion greens.
  • Mix and Fry for 2 to 3 mins. Next add more oil and salt if needed.
  • Serve veg schezwan noodles hot.

Notes

Sichuan pepper are a different kind of peppers used widely in the Sichuan cuisine. This is the key ingredient that adds citrusy aroma to the sauce. If you do not have them you can substitute with regular black pepper. But you will miss on the original flavors.
Please use sichuan pepper with caution as it has a tongue numbing effect when used in excess. If using in ground form then start with 1/4 tsp for 2 serving. If using them crushed like me, then you can use upto 1 tsp.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Schezwan noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 1213mg53%
Potassium 613mg18%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 6516IU130%
Vitamin C 101mg122%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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The recipe shared above makes 2 servings, please do not gauge the quantity of ingredients in the step by step photos since I had doubled the recipe here.

Schezwan noodles

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Hi what type of beans do you use please?
Thanks

I will be making this tonight. I do not have dried red chillies. Can I use frozen reconstituted red chillies?

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There’s no ginger in the ingredient list but the instructions say to saute ginger and garlic. How much ginger (fresh? powder?) is used? Maybe a typo?? 1t garlic is shown twice in the list.

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How many noodles?–weight wise (grams) would be good to know. “Two packs” is not an amount., especially when noodles are sold in one pound packages (here).

Hi Swasthi, thanks for this recipe. I want to try it soon — have been craving noodles! I’m wondering, which kind of noodles did you use here? I like the looks of them and would like to use the same kind. Thanks again.

awesome recipies.really well explained.i am gonna try as amny as i can soon ..:-)

Most wanted recipe love to have this whole plate

It was awsom