How-to Prepare Schezwan Sauce at Home (Recipe)

Schezwan Sauce is a popular Indo-Chinese cuisine sauce prepared from red chillies and Szechuan Peppers which is typically used for Indo-Chinese cuisine or as dip. It has originated from the Szechuan Cuisine in Sichuan province in south-western China.

Schezwan Sauce

Preparation & Cooking Time: ~45 minutes
Serves: 360 ML


  • 50 Whole Red Chillies (Dry)
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1/2 Cup Oil (Preferred Sesame Oil)
  • 4 Tea-Spoon Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • 2 Tea-Spoon Ginger (Finely Chopped)
  • 20 Sichuan Peppercorn (Crushed or Ground)
  • 6 Tea-Spoon Onion (Very Finely Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Water 
  • 2-3 Tea-Spoon Sugar (As per the taste)
  • 1.5-2 Tea-Spoon Salt (As per the taste)
  • 1.5-2 Tea-Spoon Soya Sauce
  • 1.5-2 Tea-Spoon Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tea-Spoon Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Celery (Chopped)
  • 4 Tea-Spoon Tomato Sauce/Ketchup


  • Deseed the Red Chillies & soak them in hot water for around 30 minutes
  • Chop Onion, Ginger, and Garlic to the finest possible level. 
  • After the Red Chillies get soaked, blend them to fine paste. Add 1-2 tea-spoon of water in case needed. 
  • Heat oil in a pan, and give a quick fry to Garlic, Ginger, Sichuan Pepper, & Celery for around 2 minutes. 
  • Then add chopped onions to the pan & fry till they turn transparent.

Please note that you shouldn't fry Ginger-Garlic till it gets brown as it may lead to a bitter taste.

  • Add Sugar, Salt, & Pepper powder to the chilli paste, stir it well, & saute it for the next 2 minutes. 
  • Then add a cup of water into the mixture & stir it well. 
  • Cover the pan & let the mixture cook in medium heat till the sauce turns thick. 
  • Then open the lid & allow it to cook, & keep stirring until the oil starts to separate. 
  • When you find the mixture leaving the sides of the pan, add soya sauce, Tomato Sauce/Ketchup & vinegar to it, and mix it well.
  • Cook it for another 1-2 minutes. Taste it & add salt and/or vinegar in case required.

This delicious Sauce can be served with stuffs such as Idli, Dosa, Samosa, Kachori, Sandwiches, Rolls, Chaats, Bhel Puri, Sev Puri, Pav Bhaji, and so on.