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Schezwan Sauce

Hot Schezwan Sauce Recipe

I am not the biggest foodie that you'll come around but I have phases when I yearn for a specific food, cravings of sorts. While the temperatures have ceased to rise here, I have been particularly craving hot, spicy, and flavorful foods. Now, I'm also not the kind that would prefer takeaways or dine outs every weeknight, so what I do when I crave such goodness, you ask? I prepare it in my own kitchen. Lately, I've been really yearning for Indo-Chinese (Indian version of Chinese delicacies) at the comfort of my home and that has led to some really delicious culinary creations (yep, I like praising myself).

Today, I’m sharing one of my regulars in the kitchen – Schezwan sauce. This sauce is a major ingredient in various Indo-Chinese recipes back home, especially the street food hawkers; not very typical in the authentic Chinese restaurants.

This is a very easy recipe that you can make right now as almost all the ingredients are fairly common in almost every household. I use this sauce for so many recipes like Hakka noodles, Schezwan fried rice, some of my favorite appetizers or snacks, sometimes even as a spread for my wraps and sandwiches.

Schezwan Sauce Recipe

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Schezwan Sauce

Soak the dry red chilies in hot water for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, gather all your ingredients.

Schezwan Sauce

Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot enough, add the ginger and garlic and sauté until their raw aromas release, make sure not to burn them.

Schezwan Sauce

Next, add in the finely chopped onions. Sauté everything until the onions are slightly golden brown in color. While the onions are roasting, grind the soaked red chilies with a tablespoon of water and form a paste.

Schezwan Sauce

Now, add this chili paste to the pan of onion ginger and garlic. Mix everything and let saute for a while until you see specs of oil.

Schezwan Sauce

Add some water, and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Next, add salt, black pepper, soy sauce and vinegar; and simmer further for ~5 minutes.

Schezwan Sauce

Turn off the heat, let it cool down and then store in an airtight container. Make some Schezwan fried rice or Schezwan noodles with this sauce.

Schezwan Sauce Recipe | Food Diaries

Schezwan Sauce Recipe | Food Diaries

Ingredients

  1. Dried red chillies – 25-30
  2. Water – 3-4 tbsp (for grinding the chilies and some extra)
  3. Vegetable oil – 4 tbsp
  4. Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated or finely chopped
  5. Garlic – 6-7 cloves, grated or finely chopped
  6. Red onion – 1 small, finely chopped
  7. Soy sauce (light) – ½ tsp
  8. Vinegar – 1 tbsp
  9. Salt – as per taste
  10. Black pepper – ¼ tsp

Instructions

  1. Soak the dry red chilies in hot water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, gather all your ingredients.
  3. Heat a pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Once the oil is hot enough, add the ginger and garlic and sauté until their raw aromas release, make sure not to burn them.
  5. Next, add in the finely chopped onions.
  6. Sauté everything until the onions are slightly golden brown in color.
  7. While the onions are roasting, grind the soaked red chilies with a 2-3 tbsp of water and form a paste.
  8. Now, add this chili paste to the pan of onion ginger and garlic. Mix everything and let saute for a while until you see specs of oil.
  9. Add some water, and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  10. Next, add salt, black pepper, soy sauce and vinegar; and simmer further for ~5 minutes.
  11. Turn off the heat, let it cool down and then store in an airtight container.
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Do you like Chinese cuisine? Have you ever tried any Indo-Chinese dish? Would you give this Schezwan sauce a try? I’d love to read your thoughts and views in the comment section below, do share them.

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  • Aditi

    Hi

  • I love this sauce it is so versatile and can be used for many recipes and can be made in bulk .

  • Sabrina Barbante

    I love rice but not an expert with sauces! I’ll follow all your steps to become one 😉

  • A delightful sauce to go with plenty of dishes. Perfect for home freezing too.

  • Ania Ewelina

    Ummmm get in my belly right now. I’m a huge spicy fan and I’ve tried so many schezwan sauces before, all so delicious but never thought of making one myself. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I’m always looking for new recipes. especially sauce ones as they are not too complicated to prepare but make a huge difference for any food. I love hot and spicy. I have all the other ingredients but soya sauce is missing – have to remember to buy it tomorrow.

  • I totally pinned this! I love LOVE LOVE spicy and hot foods and never knew how to make this sauce before now, truly. I am going to look to make this the next time I can make it to the international market!

  • Dometris R Holloway

    Looks very delicious. Love spicy food even though I can barely handle it, Thank you for the recipe.

  • Kim Gammage

    I’m going to have to try make this for my other half, he loves all things spicy and I can imagine he’ll be laying this on every single thing he eats, and it seems simple enough…

  • Ketki Sharangpani

    wow, the schezwan sauce looks delicious. I really miss teh noddles since I started living in the US

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    Love you for this Aditi, I was recently thinking to make Schezwan sauce at home for the momos and noodles. Now that I have this, I’ll for sure make it.

  • I love both Indian and Chinese cuisines and Indo-Chinese cuisine is something that really appeals to me. While I can’t always have food as hot as some others (particularly those in Asia) there is no denying how tasty it is. This sauce does look divine.

  • Lana Chunnar

    This sauce looks very tasty, never tried it before, but I would love to, your recipe looks simple and easy to follow.. I would try it and let you know how it turned out for me,, thanks for the idea 🙂

  • Kallia Manika

    My best friend loves this sauce! She looked for a recipe and she said she couldn’t find it, so I will share your recipe with her! Thank you for sharing!

  • David Elliott

    The sauce does look pretty good. I am not sure what dishes I would add it to. But I love spice in my meals so I am sure I could come up with something good for it.

  • This Schezwan sauce is so easy to make with readily available ingredients. As I avoid canned sauces because of preservatives, this sauce is good and healthy option for me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh my goodness that does look incredibly spicy!! I’m not so good with super spicy foods though I like a bit of a spice kick. I’ll try to make this with a little less chilli for me. Looks like a great way to give flavour to a dish!

  • Sonika Balyan

    Omg, I never thought, it is that easy to make schezwan sauce at home. I dont like spicy food, this receipe will surely help my mom. Thanks dear

  • I love the sound of this Schezwan Sauce. It looks delicious. I will be trying it.

  • I can eat hot sauce any day of the week with everything. So I definitely will be trying this recipe out soon.

  • Will Slick

    I will try this for sure!

  • EG Green

    While I’m not a fan of spicy foods, I do enjoy Chinese and Indo-Chinese cuisine, but I usually have them keep it mild; however, I’d like to play with some variations of this recipe and give it a shot!

  • I love both Indian and Chinese food so this schezwan sauce really seems like it is the best of both worlds. I bet the flavours really pop in the dish x

  • Sarah Kranz

    I am not a huge fan of spicy food but this looks like an amazing sauce for those who are! Looks like it goes great with many different kinds of foods as well 🙂

  • Elizabeth O

    This schezwan sauce looks so delicious. But I am not a huge fun of spicy food. But I do recommend this to my friend.

  • i had no idea preparing that sauce was that easy! im definitely going to try this one out! 🙂