schezwan sauce

Schezwan Sauce

By Swasthi on August 31, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Schezwan sauce is a uniquely flavorsome, delicious, hot and spicy sauce made with red chillies, garlic, ginger, Sichuan peppers and soy sauce. This homemade sauce is a simple way to spice things up! Add it to noodles, fried rice or grilled chicken for the real zing! You can also serve it as a condiment with any snacks like pakoras, vadas, and sandwiches or just spread it over your toasted bread for a spicy hot treat. You can use it as a marinade for all your grilled dishes like kebabs, tandoori chicken, sizzlers etc.


schezwan sauce

Indian Chinese cuisine has brought many innovative, unique, mouth-watering and delicious foods that are immensely popular not only in India but also across the world. Foods flavoured with schezwan sauce are one of the most loved.

Dishes like Schezwan fried rice, schezwan noodles, schezwan paneer, schezwan chicken & a lot many are made using this sauce as the base. With unique citrus notes, schezwan sauce has a well-balanced taste of hot, pungent, tangy and mildy sweet flavors.

So this flavoursome sauce also goes well as a condiment with a lot of snacks and appetizers.

About Schezwan Sauce

Schezwan sauce is a popular Indo-Chinese condiment made with red chilies, garlic, soya sauce, vinegar and Sichuan peppers. Also known as schezwan chutney, it gets the name from the use of Sichuan peppers in the preparation of this sauce.

Sichuan peppers are a common spice used in the Sichuan cuisine, which is romanized as Szechwan cuisine. Hence the name schezwan sauce. Sichuan pepper is the key ingredient that imparts a great bold citrusy flavor to this hot and pungent sauce.

However if you do not have it you can still make this sauce with black pepper but you will surely miss the flavors of the Sichuan pepper.

Authentic foods from Sichuan cuisine are super-hot, spicy and pungent. Since this schezwan sauce is a fusion version created by the Chinese immigrants in India, it is toned down to suit the local palate.

This recipe

This recipe will give you the best of what you can actually make! It is so much better than the store bought and is pure with no additives and MSG. Make a large batch of this and refrigerate for several months.

Enjoy with your tea time snacks like cutlets, spring rolls, fried chicken, popcorn chicken or even with pakoras.

Also making spicy fried rice or noodles is a breeze if you have this sauce in your fridge. You can also use it for shrimp, egg or chicken noodles or rice.

Schezwan sauce gets its flavor from ingredients like celery, schezwan pepper, ginger garlic and soya sauce. So use good quality freshest ingredients.

Schezwan Sauce made with red chilies, soya sauce and pepper

How to Make Schezwan Sauce (Stepwise photos)

Preparation

1. Add red chilies to a bowl. I deseed the chilies and use as it reduces the heat. I have used 1 cup red chilies (tightly packed), about 25 to 28.

2. Pour hot water and soak them for 30 mins.

pour hot water to soak chilies for schezwan sauce

3. They turn soft after soaking.

soaked red chilies to make schezwan sauce

4. Add them to a blender jar. If needed add 2 tbsps water.

adding chilies to blender to make schezwan sauce

5. Make a fine paste.

making red chili paste to make schezwan sauce

Temper

6. Heat oil in a pan. I have used 4 tbsps i.e 1/4 cup oil. Do not reduce it otherwise the sauce doesn’t taste good.

7. Add ginger, garlic and crushed sichuan peppers. If you do not have sichuan peppers, you can skip. But they add a unique citrus aroma to the schezwan sauce. Saute for 2 mins.

frying ginger garlic to make schezwan sauce

8. If using celery, add it now. Add finely chopped onions as well and then saute till they turn transparent. Do not brown the ginger garlic.

adding onions to make schezwan sauce

9. Add the chili paste.

adding red chili paste

10. Saute for 2 to 3 mins.

schezwan sauce leaves the sides of the pan

11. Pour half cup water.

pouring water

12. Add sugar, salt and pepper as well.

add pepper salt sugar to schezwan sauce

Cook Schezwan Sauce

13. Mix well. Cook covered on a medium flame again till the sauce turns thick.

cook covered

14. Cook further till oil separates. You can see traces of oil around the sides.

15. Next stir in the soya sauce. I have used organic soya sauce. You may need to adjust the quantity if using any other kind.

16. Add vinegar. I used apple cider vinegar. You can also use rice vinegar.

adding vinegar

17. Finally mix well and cook just for 2 mins.

thick sweet sour and hot schezwan sauce

Cool the sauce completely. Store it in a glass jar. Keep refrigerated for better shelf life. Keeps good for about 2 months.

schezwan sauce recipe

Faqs

Does schezwan sauce contain ajinomoto or msg?

My homemade version of schezwan sauce does not contain ajinomoto or msg. But yes most store bought bottled schezwan sauce contain ajinomoto. You may check the label before you purchase one.

How to tone down the heat in schezwan sauce?

My homemade version of schezwan sauce does not contain ajinomoto or msg. But yes most store bought bottled schezwan sauce contain ajinomoto. You may check the label before you purchase one.

How long does schezwan sauce last?

Schezwan sauce keeps good for 2 to 3 months in the refrigerator. Vinegar used in the preparation acts as a preservative. Cool down completely and store in a dry, glass air tight container. Use dry spoons to scoop out when needed.

For more Indo Chinese Recipes, you can check
Schezwan paneer
Mushroom manchurian
Veg manchurian
Chicken noodles

Recipe Card

schezwan sauce

Schezwan Sauce Recipe

Schezwan sauce is a flavorful, spicy and hot condiment that is used as a dip. It can also be used to make fried rice, noodles, appetizers & snacks. It is moderately hot, slightly sweet & sour.
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings180 ML
AuthorSwasthi

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 25 to 28 dried red chilies 1 cup (less spicy variety like byadgi)
  • 1 cup hot water to soak chilies
  • ¼ cup oil (preferably sesame oil)
  • 2 tbsps garlic chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp ginger chopped finely
  • 8 to 10 sichuan peppercorn crushed or ground (optional)
  • 3 tbsps onions chopped very finely – 1 small
  • ½ cup water for sauce
  • 1 to 1 ½ tbsp sugar (more if desired)
  • ¾ to 1 tsp salt (I used 1 tsp sea salt)
  • ¾ to 1 tbsp soya sauce prefer naturally brewed soy sauce
  • ¾ to 1 tbsp vinegar (rice or apple cider)
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder

Optional

  • ¼ cup chopped celery (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce or ketchup

Instructions

Preparation

  • Add the red chilies to a bowl and soak them in hot water for 30 mins.
  • To reduce the heat you can deseed and use them.
  • Meanwhile chop onions, ginger and garlic.
  • After 30 mins, add the red chilies to a blender jar.
  • Make a fine paste. If needed you can add 1 to 2 tbsp water. Set this aside.

How to Make Schezwan Sauce

  • Heat oil in a pan. Saute garlic, ginger and sichuan pepper for 2 mins. If using celery, add it now.
  • Add onions and fry until they turn transparent. Do not brown the ginger garlic as they may lend a bitter taste.
  • Stir in the chili paste, sugar, salt and pepper powder. Saute for 2 mins. Pour half cup water and mix well.
  • Cover and cook on a medium heat till the sauce turns thick.
  • Open the lid and cook further stirring often until oil begins to separate.
  • When you see the mixture begins to leave the sides of the pan, add soya sauce and vinegar. The sauce must taste hot with hints of sour and sweetness.
  • Optional – If using tomato sauce add it now.
  • Mix well and cook just for 1 to 2 mins. Taste it and add more salt or vinegar if needed.
  • Cool schezwan sauce completely and store it in a glass jar. Refrigerate for better shelf life.

How to use

  • The prepared sauce can be enjoyed as a side dip with snacks. It can be used to make noodles, fried rice or schezwan snacks.
  • To make fried rice or noodles, heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok. Fry onions and bell peppers on a high flame. Then add the rice or noodles and sauce as desired. Mix and fry on a high flame for 2 mins.

Notes

  1. Use less spicy variety chilies. I have used byadgi chilies but kashmiri chilies can also be used.
  2. Sichuan peppers lends a unique citrus flavor to the sauce. There is no substitute to this. If you do not have, just skip it.

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.

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NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Schezwan Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 258mg11%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe from Archives. First published in January 2018. Updated and republished in June 2021.

Schezwan Sauce

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Your pepper has a pretty red hue, which variety is it?

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Schezwan sauce turns very good. thanks for easy recipe

Hi Swasti… It looks so yummy. I’ve yet to try it, hopefully this weekend. I have plans to open a medium size takeaway outlet sometime later this year and looking at several recipes. I would like to prepare a few items like this weekend a chicken fried rice,using your impressive look schezwan sauce and also your chicken fried rice recipie.
I am sure it will turn out delicious. Will let you know next week.
Let’s talk more when I am done.
Wish me luck.

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YUM! Ive used this recipe twice and success both times! I do not seed my peppers, so its HOT HOT HOT. I cant find sichuwan peppers so omitted them, and used 1 tbls of honey instead of sugar, also used the celery and a bit of ketchup..SO GOOD! I love this recipe and the directions are super easy.

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Hey Swasthi, thanks for the wonderful recipe. You are a lifesaver for Indians living outside India ❤️.
One question tho, what other red chilly can i use instead of Kashmiri or Byadgi? Where I live i only get round dried chillies in stores and I do not know its exact name. Please help! Also, would it alter the taste of the sauce?

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Amazing recipe. Tastes better than store bought schezwan sauce and does not give any acidity.
Thank you so much, never realized this flavor could be accomplished at home.

Is there a recipe for gravy style schezwan chicken/paneer like we have in Indian restaurants?
Or do I simply add more water to the dry schezwan recipes in your site?

Can I use Kashmiri chillies instead of Byadgi?

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Hello I wanted to ask, I made schezwaan chutney the other day, so it’s thicker and I wanted to make schezwaan Fried rice so how do I turn my chutney into sauce is there a way?

Your recipes are amazing I try it Everytime n get praises Everytime..

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I have been looking forever for a sauce like this! All of the ones I find either use red pepper flakes, Chinese 5 Spice, chili paste or chile garlic sauce and they don’t taste like my favorite dishes at my favorite Sichuan restauran. This is the real thing! So easy and so good! I can’t tell you how excited I am to find this!

Thank you i will try .

Schezwan sauce recipe it’s amazing and very good.

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How long can it be stored without refrigerator?

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Hi,
To make your sauce even more magical try this with the extra secret ingredient. Make the sauce exactly as stated but before the last step add a few tablespoons of good tomato paste. Your taste buds will be most pleasantly surprised and you will realize that the flavor quotient is higher. I made this with reconstituted frozen chilies and it turned out awesome. Tonight will be using it for your chicken chilli recipe. Thank you and keep inspiring. Stay blessed!

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Dear Swasthi
I have tripled the recipe and made a large jar for chicken appetizers. Awesome flavor of sichuan peppers in the sauce. Thank you.

How long will the sauce be good for (while refrigerating it) ?

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Can we use this sauce while making chilly potatoes?

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Turned out great ? !! Keep up the good work

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Thanks for the good recipes. I made this schezwan sauce recipe following to the T . but added a handful of celery just that I had it. It turned out amazing. Do you think celery makes a difference to the shelf life?

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Thanks a lot for this recipe. It came out so good even without celery.

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Dear swasthi,
I made schezwan sauce it turned out damn good. added more vinegar and sugar to suit our taste. Overall very good

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Hey Swasti…
I made the sauce just now and I must tell you, it tastes brilliant. I like its flavour much better than the readymade sauce.
Thank you for the recipe.