Quick Szechwan Sauce
This is a quick, spicy and sweet sauce to use as a marinade or as a cooking sauce in stir fries with meats and vegetables.
This is a quick, spicy and sweet sauce to use as a marinade or as a cooking sauce in stir fries with meats and vegetables.
I think this recipe needs a fair review. See, taste buds on your tongue vary from person to person, which means that what may taste good to some people may not taste good to others. You should think of all of these recipes on this site as base recipes, recipes you can tweak so that you like it. Going forward, for those of you complaining that the sauce is too sweet, here is how I made my sauce : Keep the seeds in the peppers for the sauce, they add heat. Cut the sugar down to 2 tbs. And there you have it, it's a szechwan sauce that my taste buds enjoy. Keep it mind that doesn't mean that yours will.Read More
I am very sorry. I absolutely did not like this. Nor did my family. To me it was waaaaaay too sweet. Lacked the fire and flavor I associate with Szechwan. Just b/c my family and I did not like it doesnt mean the rest of you shouldn't try it. you may like it even tho it is really very sweet. It was like a glorified ketchup (shrugs). Sorry. If you enjoy it that is all that matters anyway!Read More
I think this recipe needs a fair review. See, taste buds on your tongue vary from person to person, which means that what may taste good to some people may not taste good to others. You should think of all of these recipes on this site as base recipes, recipes you can tweak so that you like it. Going forward, for those of you complaining that the sauce is too sweet, here is how I made my sauce : Keep the seeds in the peppers for the sauce, they add heat. Cut the sugar down to 2 tbs. And there you have it, it's a szechwan sauce that my taste buds enjoy. Keep it mind that doesn't mean that yours will.
I tried this on the 'spur of the moment' and didn't have any fresh pepper so I used 1 tsp of dried crushed red pepper. (Remember 1 Tbsp fresh = 1 tsp dried) Though doubtful at first I was pleasantly surprised. Wonderful!!!
I am only giving 4 stars because I tweaked this quite a bit, and there aren't very specific directions. It was extremely easy and quick, and my boys (ages 4, 6, and 32) all loved it! I added 1T soy, 2T oyster sauce, and subbed some prepared dijon-style mustard for the peppers. (I had it on hand and didn't want the sauce too spicy.) Because I used frozen veggies, I added between 1 and 2T cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Very happy with the results from this very basic recipe. Can't vouch for the authenticity of the taste, but definitely a keeper at our house.
Simple enough to modify for ingredients you have on hand (ex. 3 tbsp red crushed chilies, 1 tsp ginger powder, 1 clove crushed garlic) and to change (ex. 3 tbsp of sugar) depending on your family's taste. Will definetly make again.
I am very sorry. I absolutely did not like this. Nor did my family. To me it was waaaaaay too sweet. Lacked the fire and flavor I associate with Szechwan. Just b/c my family and I did not like it doesnt mean the rest of you shouldn't try it. you may like it even tho it is really very sweet. It was like a glorified ketchup (shrugs). Sorry. If you enjoy it that is all that matters anyway!
This is excellent. Didn't have fresh ginger so I used 1 tsp. of powdered like someone else did and cut the sugar to 2 tbsp. Had 3 nice and hot dried thai peppers and broke them to let the seeds out and get lots of heat. We made a stir fry from B.E. 3 pepper stir fry and thinly sliced sirloin that I had marinating in the sauce. Excellent. Thank You for posting this recipe.
This was a nice sweet and spicy sauce to add to a mixture of veggies and chicken. Even my 4 children loved it. I used cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp.) instead of chili peppers.
I liked this recipe. I did find it a little too sweet and not enough spicy. Next time I will add a little less sugar and more peppers.
Didn't taste a thing like Szechwan, but it was alright, and my husband liked it! I used 1 tbsp sesame oil instead of 3 tbsp olive oil and added 1 tbsp soy sauce because the flavors were too shallow.
Great recipe! I used ground ginger powder (1tsp) and garlic powder (1tsp) and substituted dried red pepper flakes (my boyfriend has no palate for heat!). Definitely a keeper!
We used ½ olive & ½ sesame oil to give this more of an Asian taste. We also made the substitution of 2T garlic chili sauce instead of the red chili peppers (but still added the amount of garlic called for in the recipe ingredients) . As other reviews suggested, we cut the sugar by ½ - & used brown (sugar) instead of white. Easy recipe to make & the sauce turned out well.
As per suggestions, I reduced the amount of sugar. I used dried chili flakes,as I had no fresh. Nice amount of heat without overpowering the food!!!
This is an excellent recipe! It's fast, easy, and tastes great with stir fried meat & veggies. Try adding peanuts also.
We have used this several times and each time are delighted w/ the outcome. We use dried red crushed peppers with good results It is a great guide to play from. Why buy bottled sauce when you can put this together so quickly? If we want it a little thicker, we simply use a little corn starch. This one is a keeper!
Very good! I took a couple liberties as well by adding soy sauce and eliminating the sugar altogether (my wife is on a diet and wouldn't eat it that way). After having it, I would not want to add the sugar - it was superb as is!
We love this with the following modifications: 1. We swap out one of the T of olive oil for sesame oil. 2. We substitute rice vinegar for white vinegar. 3. We swap out one T ketchup for Sriracha hot chili sauce.
I can't vouch for the authenticity of the taste (I'm not too familiar with what Szechwan is supposed to taste like) but I really liked this! I did do a couple of things differently--I used apple cider vinegar, cut the sugar to 3 tbsp, and used 2 tsp of dried red pepper, 3 tsp of dried ginger and added 2 tbsp of soy sauce and a pinch of cayenne pepper. It was sweet and also had a bit of a kick to it at the same time. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
We like this sauce as long as we have the ingredients and we can't get to the store rigth away! Really helps with variety for your rice dish! Enjoy!
Read previous reviews and was glad I did...scaled the sugar way back (it bears remembering that traditional ketchup is almost all high fructose corn syrup, so extra sugar is not necessary). Didn't have chiles so i used a tablespoon or so of sriracha sauce and also added some wheat-free soy sauce (before the soy, it tasted too ketchup-y to me). Most asian sauces are all high fructose corn syrup or made with wheat (a no no in our house) so it was nice to finally find one I could make with ingredients on hand. Very good with our veggies over rice. thanks!
This was yummy! I didn't have fresh ginger, so used powdered ginger, and didn't have red pepper so I threw in a little hot sauce. Quick, easy, inexpensive, used common pantry items! Great recipe!
For a person that can't really cook well, I found this extremely easy and it tasted very good.
scaled this down and used it to make the hot and sour cabbage soup recipe from this site. I didn't have any fresh peppers but I did a quick soak method for some dried red chiles and it worked perfectly. A great recipe because I had all of the ingredients on hand.
reduced the sugar by half and added a bit of soya sauce. Also used dried chilis but since they didnt make it spicy enough, I just added a tablspoon of Siracha.
very easy, very tasty! adjustable to taste or health considerations too. i made with a tablespoon less olive oil and used red wine vinegar.
excellent recipe, changed a little. I didn't have ketchup so I used tomato sauce, used less sugar and dried spices.
I'm used to soy sauce-based sauces for stir frys but this was a nice change. I used peanut oil instead of olive oil and red pepper flakes instead of the chile peppers. I'll use less sugar next time I make this.
Both my boyfriend and I loved this recipe! I changed things a bit to fit my tastes however. Instead of the two chili peppers I seeded on hearty Serano pepper and then added 1.5 tsp of red pepper flakes. I then added 1 tbs of soy sauce and slightly cut down the sugar. Both of us were pleasently surpised by this recipe. I am sure I will be making it again soon!
Not sure how mine turned out differently, but it tasted like watered down ketchup.
This is awesome! I've been using it for over a year and this is the only sauce i'll use when I make stir fry. I used to hate stir fry because I only used the store bought sauces but now I'm happy to make this because it's sooo good
I love this sauce! We like it hot, but it's good with mild peppers, too. And it's still good if you leave out the ginger for not-liking-ginger friends.
I needed a quick recipe for dinner and had already started it when I realized I no longer had my Chinese cookbook. I came across this recipe. My husband thought it was "delicious and fantastic" and he's the one that matters!!
My family and I love this recipe! It is really easy to make and it works great with the yakisoba noodles from costco.
I doubled this recipe and added to stir fried chicken, peppers, and cooked rice. I also only put in half of the sugar, and it was still very delicious!
Although I didn't have fresh of all ingredients, I did substitute dry and the taste was wonderful. This is a great recipe for those of us who can't have soy. So happy I found it. A definite addition to my menu.
This was easy to make. I thought it was a little too much vinegar but my husband said it was great. My 3 year old ate it too!
I had to use jalapeños , turned out excellent!
I made this yummy sauce and it is so good, I doubt we'll be going to our one Chinese restaurant in town much anymore! I used it with some veggies I had on hand, after sautéing them in sesame oil a bit, then added some chicken meat already cooked and ready. I used some Chinese noodles I boiled 5 minutes, threw it all together, and it was a HUGE hit all around. I will be making this one again and again!!
This was wonderful. I even substituted all fresh ingredients for powdered, and it still turned out tasty!
It's good. I made a boo-boo and put white sugar instead of brown sugar. I also used cayenne and chili arbol. I think you need that much sugar to tone down the heat. Overall a tasty sauce that is easy to make.
Simple and delicious. Made an ordinary chicken & vegetable stir-fry into a fabulous dinner.
I loved this! So quick and easy but so delicious! the only change I made was using red pepper flakes instead of the red chile peppers as that's what I had on hand. Mmmmm!
Really liked this recipe. But I also like my spices HOT. I added 1/2 tbsp of cayenne pepper and half dozen or so Tien Tsin (china chili peppers) and that did the trick for me. The heat sneaks up on you, and was just right! Will make again for sure!! Thanks for the recipe!
I used this as a marinade for some chicken I had cubed. I drained and saved the sauce, then I stir fried the chicken and some snow peas, carrots, onion, bell pepper, and frozen green peas. I added the sauce back in to the wok and simmered for a couple of minutes for food safety, and thickened with some corn starch. I enjoyed it very much. Not as spicy as I thought it would be. I used fresno peppers.
Not a fan of this recipe.
I took off a star because it needs some cornstarch to thicken it. Otherwise this is a great base recipe. I added my own flair to it. Thanks!!
I doubled the recipe but only put half the amount of sugar. Also I used ginger paste and red Chile paste. It turned out great!! This is a quick lower sodium stir fry sauce I will use again
Tasted more like a sweet and sour sauce even though I added 1 T less sugar than the recipe called for.
I really enjoyed this. I added oyster sauce instead of ketchup. It was a nice change to my stir fry..Will certainly use this again.
We tried this with a broccoli & tofu stir fry & it was surprisingly tasty. I nixed the sugar all together, & added 2 Tbs. soy sauce & a dash of cayenne (we like things spicy), & it made for a quick & tasty sauce. I'm sure we'll use it again.
Can't speak to authenticity - but worked great in a pinch. Thank you! Used dried red pepper flakes as that was all I had.
I liked the recipe for what it is... quick and easy :) I liked the comments that suggested going easy on the sugar and adding soy sauce, that definitely helped.
This was tasty and very easy to make. I followed another reviewer's advice and reduced the sugar to about 2-3 tbsp. I also used cayenne pepper powder in place of chile peppers. I decided to double the batch and use brown sugar, extra ginger, and extra garlic. This is a great, easy recipe to make to fit your tastes. Thank you!
I have tried this recipe and I really like it. I used powdered red pepper and ginger in place of the dried and fresh stuff. I must tell you this recipe sure adds a kick! Whew!!! I also added some ingredients like dried parsley and diced tomato along with some diced green peppers, onions and garlic. Here's my picture. I cooked chicken, beef and shrimp in the sauce over a bed of white rice and broccoli spears on the side. Hope you try this recipe, it's really good!
Great sauce for sauteed veggies and any meat/mushrooms. I added 2 Tbsp of soy sauce which added the perfect blend of salt to sweet, as well as a heaping tbsp of corn starch so the sauce thickens as it boils. Since I didn't have dried red chilies I used a tbsp of Rooster Sauce for a nice bit of heat. Just saute your meat and veggies, add some cooked rice noodles, and then add this sauce at the end and boil for a couple minutes and you've got a quick, healthy, delicious meal!