Schezwan Sauce Recipe

schezwa sauce

Schezwan Sauce is a delicious Indo Chinese Sauce recipe, made with all the tasty and spicy blends of garlic, ginger, kashmiri red chilli, etc. I personally do not like the bottled schezwan sauce. Why to buy from the store when it can be made very tasty and quickly at home ? Learn to make tremendous flavored schezwan sauce which gives unique taste to the Chinese rice, noodles and soups.schezwan sauce

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 medium size bowl


  • 8- 10 cloves garlic paste
  • 1 inch ginger paste
  • A pinch of cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp dried kashmiri red chilli paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli sauce (store bought)
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp red orange color
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Wateringredients-to-make-schezwan-sauce

How to make Schezwan Sauce:

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or pan.
  2. Add cumin seeds, ginger and garlic paste, saute for a minute.adding-cumins-ginger-garlic-paste
  3. Add red chilli paste and salt. Stir continuously.adding-red-chilli-paste
  4. Add red chilli sauce and sugar.adding-red-chilli-sauce
  5. Cook on high flame for 2 minutes.cook-on-high-flame
  6. Keep stirring until spices gets cooked properly.keep-stirring
  7. Add water to make a thick sauce consistency. Mix thoroughly.add-water
  8. Add vinegar and food color, cook for one more minute.adding-vinegar
  9. Transfer to an air tight container and use whenever required.use-schezwan-sauce-to-make-various-chinese-dishes

Chef Tips:

  1. While making Schezwan sauce, check the consistency and seasoning and add the water accordingly.
  2. You can store schezwan sauce for one week in the refrigerator and use whenever required for making other Indo Chinese recipes, such as Veg Schezwan Fried Rice, Crispy Paneer in Schezwan Sauce, Stir Fried Vegetables in Schezwan Sauce, etc.
  3. For making red chilli paste, you just need to soak the whole red chillies in to the water for 15-20 minutes, remove stems and grind into a smooth paste. Use little amount of water to make a fine paste.
  4. Whole dried kashmiri red chilli paste also can be preserved for a week in the refrigerator.
  • Lubna

    Is it really necessary to add color in the sauce?

    • chef

      Colour is an optional ingredient in schezwan sauce. It won’t change the taste at all. However, if you really want a good color and texture of your sauce, then add a pinch of it.

  • sarah

    Delicious!!! Tried this for a pot luck event yesterday and it was a super hit!!!!!
    Thank you for this awesome recipe.

  • rani

    this one is gonna be next in my kitchen soon :)

  • Kishore

    Whats the point in using store bought chilli sauce if the premise was not to use a store bought schezwan sauce?

    • chef

      Hi Kishore,

      We are using Chilli Sauce as one of the ingredient to make schezwan sauce. Chilli sauce is totally a different recipe and takes lot of time to cook. Also, it may not taste same and therefore, we have used ready made chilli sauce in this recipe.

  • Madhuri

    hai, iam newly married. and i tried this, it is such a superb dish…. we love it.
    can you please guide me to prepare Vegetable biryani??
    my husband loves it a lot

  • Pratiksha

    There are lots of different types of chilli’s available in the market. Do you have any particular suggestion for selecting chilies for making this sauce.

    • Priya

      Hi Pratiksha,
      It’s true, there are different types of chillies available in market and sometimes we get confused which chillies we should buy. I would suggest that, For making schezwan sauce, try to buy de-seeded and little spicy whole Red chillies Preferably Kashmiri Red chillies.

  • Sushma

    Thanks so much for posting this! Ever since I read this post, I’d been craving to make this. I finally tried it out, and it came out just as wonderful as it looks! Thank you…big fan of your blog! :)

  • manisha

    This one is really nice. Just loved it

  • Dr Pradip

    excellent recipe. i tried it today as love to cook sometimes.its yummy. keep posted more recipes in future.

  • Dr. Muskan

    Thank you Dr.Pradip for sending me link to this recipe. I really like your schezwan recipe. I made it at home and it turned out very good. thank you.

  • anushree

    Is it necessary to use vineger??

    • priya

      Yes, vinegar is an important ingredient in Chinese Recipes and it must be used in Schezwan Sauce as well. Because it gives the taste and texture to the sauce.

  • Sarla

    My schezwan sauce came out good after few attempts. thanks.

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  • Ravi

    The main ingredient of Szechuan or Sichuan is Sichuan pepper corns. Without them, the recipe can not be called as Sichuan. I do not see this in your recipe. This is an Indian hot sauce, not Sichuan sauce. Cumin seeds in Chinese recipe… LOL

    • Nidhi

      Ravi, thank you for your comments. Yes you can use Sichuan pepper ( in your sauce however, it is not easily available in India hence I did not use this in my recipe. However, If you make it with the method we have described, it will taste very good. You can confirm this from the testimonials in this comments and I know it because I make this regularly. :)

      As far as use of cumin seeds is concerns, this is Indo-chinese recipe and not authentic Chinese recipe. This blog is about everyday practical Indian cooking and this is how people cook in India. Our goal on this blog is to provide practical cooking methods for everyday cooking. You will be surprised to know many restaurants in India add various Indian spices in their Indo-Chinese recipes to enhance flavor to adjust with local market.

      You can also do lots of variation in this recipe by adding some more Indian spices and make it even more flavorful, example add Star Anise (Illicium verum >> and it will super charge flavors of your schezwan sauce.

      • manjit kaur

        i made this sauce yesterday and it turned out really good. you are right about star anise, it made it so aromatic, can’t describe in words. best best food blog on internet. thanks

    • sarla

      yes, she is right, this kind of sauce taste very good and sichuan peppers are not available in our area. hell, i asked my banya about it and he has no clue what it was !! lol!!

    • Mona

      do you know where to buy sichuan pepper in andheri? not available at kiryana stores or hyper city, dmart or bigbazzar.

    • moumita

      doy ou know where to get sichuan pepper in agra?

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  • Nabina

    Wow ! I found many versions of this recipe on internet, your’s is the most simple and taste wonderful. thank

  • Meena Sonu

    My all time favorite. You are done it beautifully.