Schezwan Sauce

Spicy Schezwan Sauce is an easy to make hot sauce which can be served as an condiment or used in recipes like Schezwan Fried Rice & Noddles.

This sauce is quite popular in the Indo-Chinese cuisine and also happens to be one of my favorites!

schezwan sauce in a red bowl with some broken chilies in the background

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As a food enthusiast, I am always up for trying new food. I love trying new things even if they don’t appeal to me or don’t sound that good.

So this weekend we went to the Washington State Fair with my dad and brother. You really get to see the weirdest things to eat in such fairs, isn’t it?

There were deep fried snickers, deep fried resse and deep fried oreos among many other deep fried stuff.

They definitely didn’t sound good to me but I thought there’s no harm in trying. And I have to say that it was just a horrible experience.

I took one bite of that deep fried snickers and couldn’t even get it down my throat, I just spit it all away. It was really bad, to say the least.

I was just baffled that someone would do that to a delicious chocolate like Snickers! Urgh, just why? What is the weirdest thing have you guys eaten at such fairs? Tell me!

 

What is not weird though and right up my alley is this Homemade Schezwan Sauce. This stuff is so good!

Schezwan sauce is made with dried red chilies. As you can imagine, it is a spicy sauce but there’s also a little sugar to cut down the heat.

The amount of sugar that you add to your schezwan sauce is a personal preference. You may more or less depending on how much heat you can tolerate.

It’s a popular sauce in the Indo-Chinese cuisine, and I have always been a fan of this spicy sauce.

There was this Indo-chinese restaurant in my hometown in India and I used to love their Schezwan Chili Garlic Noodles. I must make those noddles with this sauce!

schezwan sauce in a glass jar

This Homemade Schezwan Sauce

✓ is spicy with a hint of sweetness

✓ has a strong garlic flavor

✓ is perfect as a dipping sauce

✓ is also great for quick meals like noodles and fried rice

✓ will stay good in the refrigerator for few weeks

✓ can also be frozen

Recently, I have been making sauces like this schezwan sauce or pesto and freezing them up in ice cube trays.

I have the one with lids and it just makes things so much easier.

So whenever I need a quick lunch or dinner, I take out couple of these cubes, toss it with pasta/rice/quinoa and I have a nice meal on table in literally no time and with zero efforts!

You guys should do this too, it will make busy days much easier.

How to Use Schezwan Sauce

So now that you have the sauce, the next question is how to use it.

Well you can use it in several ways. Mix it with rice to make schezwan fried rice.

You can also add it to noodles to make schezwan noodles.

You can even use it as a dipping sauce for dumplings! I sometimes, also toss roasted veggies with the leftover sauce and it turns out great.

 

Method

1- Soak the dried red chilies in warm water for 30 minutes.

2- Then drain the water and grind the chilies to a smooth paste using 2 to 3 tablespoons water in a blender.

3- Heat sesame oil in a skillet on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped garlic and ginger and saute until the raw smell goes away. You don’t want to brown them, so keep that in mind.

4- Then add the chopped onion and saute until translucent. Again don’t brown the onion.

step by step picture collage of making schezwan sauce at home

5- Stir in the prepared red chili paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

6- Now add 1/2 cup water and tomato paste. Stir and cook for another minute or so.

7- Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, black pepper, salt and mix to combine.

8- Add the sugar and mix. The sauce will become thin when you add in the sugar, keep cooking until it becomes thick again, around 2 to 3 minutes.

step by step picture collage of making schezwan sauce at home

Let the sauce cool completely and them store in a jar and refrigerate it.

Enjoy the homemade schezwan sauce with your favorite snacks or add it to noodles or rice for a quick and delicious meal!

Schezwan Sauce in a red bowl with a spoon

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This post has been updated from the recipe archives, first published in 2017.

Schezwan Sauce

Spicy Schezwan Sauce is a popular sauce in the Indo-Chinese cuisine. It's used to make fried rice, spicy noodles!

schezwan sauce in a red bowl with some broken chilies in the background
Course Sides
Cuisine Indo-Chinese
Keyword schezwan sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cup [around 250 ml]
Calories: 698 kcal
Author: Manali
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Ingredients

  • 22 dried red chilies, 22 grams, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 7-8 large garlic cloves , 25 grams, finely chopped
  • 1.5 inch ginger , 20 grams, finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, 60 grams, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water , + 2 tablespoons to grind the soaked red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, or use white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Soak the dried red chilies in warm water for 30 minutes. Then drain the water and grind the chilies to a smooth paste using 2 to 3 tablespoons water in a blender.

  2. Heat sesame oil in a skillet on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped garlic and ginger and saute until the raw smell goes away. You don't want to brown them, so keep that in mind.

  3. Then add the chopped onion and saute until translucent. Again don't brown the onion.

  4. Stir in the prepared red chili paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Now add 1/2 cup water and tomato paste. Stir and cook for another minute or so.

  5. Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, black pepper, salt and mix to combine.

  6. Add the sugar and mix. The sauce will become thin when you add in the sugar, keep cooking until it becomes thick again, around 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Let the sauce cool completely and them store in a jar and refrigerate it.

    Enjoy the homemade schezwan sauce with your favorite snacks or add it to noodles or rice for a quick and delicious meal!

Recipe Notes

  1. How spicy this sauce would turn out would depend upon the type of red chilies that you use. I use the regular dried red chilies that I got from the Indian grocery store. You may mix it with some other less spicy chilies to tone down the spice levels.
  2. The sauce should stay good in the fridge for couple of weeks. Maybe longer too but I can't exactly tell how long since it has never lasted that long in the fridge.
  3. You may also add little celery in this recipe. Saute it along with the onion if using.
Nutrition Facts
Schezwan Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 698 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 86%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Sodium 488mg 20%
Potassium 656mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 31g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 63.2%
Vitamin C 26.3%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5 thoughts on “Schezwan Sauce

  1. You know, I’ve never tried a deep-fried candy bar. They just don’t call to me. But that’s pretty mild compared to some of the crazy deep fried fair dishes I’ve heard of. For starters, the Seattle Mariners sold fried grasshoppers as a snack at their games this year. Uh, no thank you. 🙂 I didn’t realize you could make schezwan sauce at home. It makes sense, though…and now I want to give it a shot. Thanks for the idea and recipe, Manali!

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