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Schezwan fried rice recipe with step by step photos – spicy and tasty Indo Chinese recipe of stir-fried vegetables and rice in schezwan sauce.

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If you crave for something spicy for lunch or dinner, then this schezwan fried rice recipe is really a very good option. Its easy to prepare if you have schezwan sauce ready with you.

Chopping the veggies does take some time. However, modern gadgets like an electric chopper or food processor makes the work easy. I always prefer to chop the veggies on my own.

Tips for making schezwan fried rice

  1. The key to a good stir-fried dish be it rice or noodles, is the smoky flavor that you get in the dish. Now this is achieved by stir-frying at very high heat. When I make these stir-fried rice or noodles, I keep the gas flame to the highest. There has to be continuous stirring happening in the wok. Keep all your sauces and seasonings ready. You cannot take your own time to open the soy sauce bottle’s lid or open the jar of salt or pepper or chop the celery. Just prep everything and keep near your work space. its always better to use a pan or wok with handles as you have to frequently stir and toss.
  2. Another key point is to steam the rice and let it cool completely. The rice has to be cooked al dente, meaning just about cooked. In this post I have given the step by step method of cooking the rice. This technique can be implemented if you want to cook rice for any stir-fried dish.
  3. The veggies can be shredded or julienned or chopped finely.
  4. I had already made the Schezwan sauce a day before. You can use make your own sauce or add a store brought one. The amount of schezwan sauce to be added depends on the spice level in the sauce and your taste buds. So please add as per your own taste. I usually keep the schezwan fried rice less spiced than what is served outside in the Indo Chinese food stalls and restaurants.

Schezwan fried rice can be served with recipes like veg manchurian or mushroom manchurian or paneer manchurian or any sauce based dish.

It also tastes good on its own. I served schezwan fried rice with kale & mushrooms in ginger sauce.

How to make schezwan fried rice

Cooking rice

1. Rinse the basmati rice, till the water runs clear of the starch. Then soak the rice in water for 30 mins. Drain and keep aside.

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2. Bring water, salt and a few drops of oil to a gentle boil.

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3. Add the drained soaked rice.

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4. Simmer on a low flame, till the rice grains are just cooked.

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5. Strain the rice in a colander. Rinse the rice with water so that the rice grains stop cooking. Gently with your hands, move the cooked rice grains, while rinsing them with water. Drain completely. Cover and keep aside.

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6. Chop all the vegetables finely. Remember to chop the french beans very finely. They take more time to cook than other veggies. You can also blanch them first and then cook. Another option is to add the beans first and then add the other vegetables.

vegetables for schezwan fried rice recipe

Making schezwan fried rice

7. Heat oil in a pan. Add the chopped garlic and saute for about 15 to 20 seconds.

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8. Now increase the flame to its highest, add all the vegetables including the spring onions and celery.

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9. Keep on stirring the veggies, till they start getting browned from the edges. It took me about 9 minutes for the vegetables to cook.

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10. Now add the schezwan sauce.

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11. Stir well.

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12. Add the rice in parts and keep on stirring. Stir gently as you don’t want the rice grains to break.

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13. Season with salt, pepper and vinegar.

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14. Mix and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes tossing the rice so that the sauce coats each and every rice grain well. Check the taste and add more salt, pepper and schezwan sauce if required.

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15. Garnish with spring onion greens and Serve the schezwan fried rice hot with any Indo Chinese sauce like mushroom manchurian or gobi manchurian.

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schezwan fried rice recipe

Schezwan Fried Rice

4.86 from 21 votes
Schezwan fried rice is a spicy and tasty indo Chinese recipe of stir fried vegetables and rice in schezwan sauce
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Cuisine Indo Chinese
Course: Main Course

Servings 3 to 4


for cooking rice

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or long grained rice
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 drops of oil

for making schezwan fried rice

  • 2 or 2.5 cups finally chopped vegetables (i used - 1 medium carrot, 8 french beans, ¼ cup finally chopped cabbage, 1 small capsicum/green bell pepper)
  • 1 or 2 spring onions (scallions) - finely chopped - reserve the greens for garnishing
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped celery (optional) - skip if you do not have.
  • 2 to 3 garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon schezwan sauce or as required
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or as required
  • ½ teaspoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil or any vegetable oil
  • salt as required


cooking rice

  • Rinse rice very well till the water runs clear of starch. Soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • In a pot, bring to a gentle boil 6 cups of water with salt and 2 to 3 drops of oil.
  • Add the soaked and drained rice to the hot water.
  • On a low to medium flame cook the rice without the lid.
  • When the rice becomes al dente or just cooked, remove the pot from fire and strain the rice.
  • Gently rinse the rice in water so that they stop cooking and don't stick to each other.
  • Cover the rice and keep aside.

making schezwan fried rice

  • Finely chop all the vegetables. You can even shred the vegetables in a food processor.
  • Heat oil in a wok. Add garlic and saute for a 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Add the onions, celery and all the vegetables.
  • Increase the flame and stir fry the vegetables on a high heat.
  • More finely the vegetables are chopped, more faster they will cook.
  • Keep on stirring and tossing the vegetables on a high heat continuously. So that they are equally browned and cooked.
  • When the edges of the veggies starts to become light brown, add schezwan sauce.
  • Stir and then add the drained rice in parts. Mix and toss the rice with the veggies gently.
  • Season with salt, pepper and vinegar. Stir and toss well so that the sauce coats all the rice grains evenly.
  • Garnish with the spring onions greens.
  • Serve schezwan fried rice plain or with a side indo chinese dish like veg manchurian, mushroom manchurian or any dish of your choice.

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  1. Hi,plan to make this. Where can I buy Sichuan peppercorns? The ones available on Amazon have v bad reviews. Also, will skipping them make a big difference in the taste? Thanks and Regards!

    1. i have not added sichuan pepper in this schezwan fried rice recipe. if you are referring to schezwan sauce recipe posted on the blog, then you can skip them. the pungent and heady aroma will be missing, but the schezwan sauce will still taste good. both garlic and red chillies give a good taste. you can add 1 small finely chopped tomato or puree if you want.

      when we used to live in goa, i would buy them at the local market. they use to be fresh green ones, which i would dry at home. whenever anyone goes to goa, i ask them to get a small batch of sichuan peppercorns. if the reviews are not good, then better not to buy them.


    1. thanks amar. i have shared the recipe of schezwan sauce recipe. kindly use the search button to get the recipe.

    2. Hi! I’ve been a huge fan of your recipes ever since I discovered it about 4 years ago! I trust your recipes so much that I’m not even scared to try out something for the very first time, following your instructions :). I’m planning to try this fried rice recipe soon. Just one question- is basmati rice the best for this recipe, or would even jeera samba rice be good enough? I have tried my own fried rice recipes with the latter, and that also gives a nice flavour, which is why I’m asking. Do let me know. Thank you ????!

      1. thank you ambika for this lovely feedback. for the schezwan fried rice, basmati rice works well. even you can make with jeera samba rice. i have also made pulao, other variety of fried rice and biryani with jeera samba and always loved the results. welcome and happy cooking.

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