schezwan sauce

Schezwan sauce recipe with step by step photos. Schezwan sauce is a spicy and pungent sauce made with dry red chillies, garlic, shallots and spices. It is a fusion Indo Chinese recipe of a hot chili sauce. This is one of the most popular sauce recipes from the Indo Chinese cuisine.

Schezwan sauce is a versatile red chilli garlic sauce and can also be had as a dip. In India, it is also called as schezwan chutney. As I have mentioned above the chilies added in this sauce are dry red chilies, besides lots of garlic and bit of shallots.

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schezwan sauce

How to serve schezwan sauce

Schezwan sauce can be served as a condiment dip with snacks like potato wedges or veg cutlet, french fries, spring roll and veg momos. Even with the Indian pakoras, the sauce goes amazingly well. Apart from being served as a condiment, it is also added to Indo Chinese recipes like schezwan fried rice and schezwan noodles.

Whenever I plan to make schezwan fried rice or any other schezwan based dish, a day before I make the sauce. If you add more oil than what is mentioned in the recipe and keep a bit of oil floating on the top, the sauce has a longer shelf life. After adding the sauce to all the recipes, I make, the remaining sauce is served as a condiment to go with snacks. The schezwan sauce stays good in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 weeks.

I have used a mix of the mildly hot Indian variety of Kashmiri red chilies and byadagi chilies. They give a good color, flavor and taste good too. Depending on your taste buds and spice tolerance, you can choose chilies with low heat or medium heat.

Usually, I add celery to the schezwan sauce. but this time, my celery plants could not survive the heat in the summers. But if you have celery, then do add them to the sauce.

How to make schezwan sauce

1. rinse and then soak the chilies in hot water for 30 minutes. you can also de-seed the chilies before you soak them.

soak chillies for making schezwan sauce recipe

2. drain and then remove the stalks. Break the chilies. Add them to a chutney grinder or blender.

chillies for schezwan sauce recipe

3. add water and make a smooth paste of the red chilies.

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4. crush the sichuan peppers coarsely in a mortar-pestle. Keep aside. If you do not have sichuan peppers, then skip them.

making schezwan sauce recipe

Making schezwan sauce

5. heat sesame oil or any other vegetable oil in a pan.

oil for schezwan sauce recipe

6. add the garlic and ginger first and saute till their raw aroma goes away. Don’t brown them.

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7. add the chopped shallots and then saute them till translucent.

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8. Add the ground red chilli paste

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9. Stir well.

sichuan pepper for schezwan sauce recipe

10. then add the crushed sichuan pepper. If you don’t have sichuan peppers, then just skip this step.

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11. saute for 1 to 2 minutes more till you see oil leaving the sides of the sauce. Pour water and give a stir again.

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12. simmer for 2 mins.

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13. Add sugar, salt, pepper, soy sauce and vinegar. Stir and continue to cook the sauce for 5 to 6 minutes more.

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14. Once the schezwan sauce cools down, collect it in a small jar or bowl. Cover tightly with a lid and refrigerate.

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15. Serve schezwan sauce as a condiment with snacks or you can also add in recipes that require schezwan sauce.

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Schezwan Sauce

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Schezwan sauce is a spicy and pungent sauce made with dry red chillies, garlic, shallots and spices. It is a fusion indo Chinese recipe of a hot chili sauce to perk up your meals.
schezwan sauce recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:35 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:indo chinese
Servings (change the number to scale):1 small jar
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • 20 dry red chilies - less hot or medium hot. i added a mix of 15 kashmiri and 4-5 byadagi dry red chilies
  • 4 to 5 shallots or 1 small onion - finely chopped
  • 15 garlic cloves - finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger - finely chopped
  • 2 to 2.5 tablespoon water for grinding the red chilies
  • ½ cup water to be added later
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 to 4 sichuan peppers, optional (skip if you don' have)
  • ½ tablespoon finely chopped celery, optional (skip if you don't have)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon organic unrefined cane sugar or brown sugar - please add as required. for a more sweeter taste, you can even add up to 3 teaspoon sugar.
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon black pepper powder or as required
  • ½ teaspoon light soy sauce or as required
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon sesame oil or any vegetable oil
  • salt as required

Instructions

preparation

  • Rinse and then soak the chilies in hot water for 30 minutes.
  • You can also de-seed the chilies before you soak them.
  • Drain. Remove the stems and then break the chilies. Add them to a chutney grinder or blender. Add water and make a smooth paste of the red chilies.
  • Crush the sichuan peppers coarsely in a mortar-pestle.

making schezwan sauce

  • Heat sesame oil or any other vegetable oil in a pan.
  • Add the garlic and ginger first and saute till their raw aroma goes away. Don't brown them.
  • Add the chopped shallots and then saute them till translucent.
  • Add the ground red chili paste and stir.
  • Then add the crushed sichuan pepper. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes more till you see oil from the sides of the sauce.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and give a stir again. Simmer for 2 mins.
  • Add salt, sugar, pepper, soy sauce and vinegar. Also add celery now, if using.
  • Stir and continue to cook for 5 to 6 minutes more.
  • Check the taste and add more salt, sugar or pepper as required.
  • Once the sauce cools down, collect it in a small jar or bowl. cover tightly with a lid and refrigerate.
  • Serve schezwan sauce as a condiment with snacks or you can also add in recipes like schezwan fried rice or noodles, vegetable schezwan or veg balls in hot garlic sauce.
  • It stays good for about 2 to 3 weeks in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Schezwan Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 893 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Sodium 2605mg113%
Potassium 3412mg97%
Carbohydrates 115g38%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 60g67%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 8570IU171%
Vitamin C 1315.4mg1594%
Calcium 245mg25%
Iron 11.2mg62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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170 comments/reviews

  1. Made this recipe many times and loved it. So simple to make.5 stars

    • Madam, you have not mentioned when to add cane sugar

      • sugar is added when salt, soy sauce, pepper is added.
        thanks. i have updated in the post.

  2. I love all your recipes. Tips given buy you are really very helpful. Whenever I want to make something, I always follow your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing ????5 stars

    • thanks rashmi for this lovely comment. glad to read it. thanks again and happy cooking.

  3. Hello,
    How may garlic should one use if they’re the bigger ones ? Where is live at the garlic pods are really big. Should I still be using 15 pieces of garlic then ?

    • take about 6 to 7 garlic pods then.

      • Thank you ????

  4. Really easy and wonderful dear dassana…thanks for th schezwan sauce recipe….tastes exactly like the store bought one didnt know it is quite simple….tnx a ton 4 ur dishes5 stars

    • Welcome Aishu. Glad to know that you liked schezwan sauce recipe

  5. Very good recipe thanks5 stars

    • welcome suheil

  6. Thank you very much.
    Making style is very nice5 stars

    • welcome sk rahaman

  7. Came out really well. Too good. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

    • Welcome Rithika

  8. wow !! yummy Schezwan Chutney recipe ..thanks for the recipe. i will definately try today.5 stars

    • Welcome Asha

  9. thanks DA for yummy recipes.For schezwan sauce can i substitute vinegar with 1tbsp lemon juice

    • you can use lemon juice. i would suggest to add half tablespoon first. if the tang is less, then you can add half tablespoon later.

  10. Can i use it to eat mc donald chicken nugget5 stars

    • you can.

  11. How long does this last in the fridge?

    • its stays good for a few weeks. if you want to keep it longer then just cover the sauce with a layer of sesame oil.

  12. i forgot to add sugar is it ok?or can i add now its already as become cold.?5 stars

    • you can powder the sugar and then add. or just warm it up and then add sugar, so that the sugar dissolves. or mix the sugar in a bit of warm water very well. then add this sugar solution to the schezwan sauce.

  13. This recipe is so much like the traditional Rajasthani chilly and garlic chutney.

  14. Thanks a lot for the receipe. I tried this and it tasted just like restaurant food.

    • thanks kamal.