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5 from 6 votes

Szechuan Hot Sauce Recipe

Szechuan Hot Sauce is a sweet and spicy sauce that can be used to spice up anything from fried rice or noodles to snacks like spring rolls, and vegan nuggets. The homemade Szechuan sauce can also be refrigerated for months without any change in taste or flavor.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time21 mins
Total Time51 mins
Course: Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Peanut free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 1 small jar
Calories: 157kcal
Author: Uma Srinivas



  • 10-12 New Mexico chili
  • 5-7 red dry chilies byadagi
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3-4 tbsp sesame oil or any cooking oil
  • 1 small onion
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 -2 tsp Tamari or use soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar or white sugar


  • Remove the stem of the chilies (if you prefer a milder flavor, remove the seeds too)
  • Soak them in hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain the water and blend them with 3 tbsp of water.
  • Place a pan over medium heat and drizzle 3-4 teaspoons of sesame or vegetable oil.
  • As the oil heats up, add ginger and garlic paste. Saute them for about 2 minutes.
  • Add chopped onions and continue to saute until they turn translucent.
  • Add the blended chili paste and cook for 5 mins.
  • Add salt, apple cider vinegar, sugar, tamari or soy sauce, black pepper and stir well.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes or until oil separates from pan.
  • If you prefer the mild version at this point, you could add more sugar and Tamari.



  • Refrigerate the sauce for longer shelf life.
  • Use brown sugar or jaggery for sweeteners.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg