Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a home made version of the condiment you can buy in Chinese groceries.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 cup dried chili, fine chop (or use chili flakes - the kind you sprinkle on pizza)
  • 8 -10 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 14 cup szechwan pepper


  1. Combine chilies, sesame seeds, garlic& water.
  2. Heat oil in small saucepan.
  3. Test oil by dropping in a few Szechwan peppercorns.
  4. (It should sizzle but not burn).
  5. Pour hot oil over chili mixture.
  6. Cool& strain off the oil.
Most Helpful

It thought this was good with a few changes. First I used dried chile de arbol peppers (about 20), added 1 T. sesame oil, 3 T. oil (not 1 cup), 2 T. Vinegar, and blended together until smooth. I could not find the szechwan pepper, which I plan on looking for it the next time we go to the local chinese store.

SHERNANDEZ January 11, 2010

i love this. it's exactly how i make it - a chinese friend taught me. thanks for posting the recipe tgobbi.

grapefruit November 27, 2007

please clarify this recipe, when you say sesame seeds, is that a misprint? I have the pepper, took me ages to find , and I want to use it!!!! and can I use fresh chilli? or can I dry my own?

mummamills February 17, 2005