Sichuan Pepper 100g


Sichuan pepper, or Szechuan pepper, is used in Western China’s regional cuisine to bring distinctive cold-heat to dishes. Sichuan pepper falls into China’s ‘ma’ flavour category (mouth-numbing spiciness) rather than ‘la’ (chilli hotness), which results in an unusual, tongue-tingling flavour sensation. Sichuan pepper is often used in cooking alongside star anise, ginger and red chillies.

What is Sichuan pepper?

Sichuan pepper is a distinctive and versatile ingredient used widely in Chinese cookery, where it's known as hua jiao - literally 'flower pepper' - and has no western substitute. The brick-red pepper berries grown on bushes in the rutaceae (rue) or citrus family. This explains the lemon-scented leaves and citrus notes of the Sichuan peppercorn. The Sichuan pepper plant looks much like a rose bush with sharp thorns, and a rich red stem. Its berries consist of a black seed encased in a red outer shell. The berries are dried, and the black seed separated out and disposed of, leaving just the outer red husk.

How do I cook with Sichuan pepper?

Sichuan pepper should not be eaten raw. Dry fry the whole peppercorns in a pan for a few minutes before use until fragrant. Crush with a pestle and mortar and sprinkle over dishes such as mapo dofu and fish fragrant aubergine. Sichuan pepper can also be used in meat marinades or for bringing a cold-spice to roast vegetables.

Sichuan pepper recipes

  • Mapo dofu: a traditional Sichuan tofu dish in a rich chilli and black bean sauce
  • Fish fragrant aubergine: despite the name, this dish contains no fish at all! The aubergine is cooked in what was once the traditional sauce to serve with fish, hence 'fish fragrant'. 
  • Crispy spiced chicken wings: Japanese-style chicken marinade, then fried in a crisp potato flour shell flecked with spicy Sichuan pepper

Ingredients: Whole Sichuan peppercorns. 

Storage: keep away from direct sunlight and store in a cool, dry place.

CAUTION: Thorns are natural part of the plant and may be found in the product, please remove before cooking

Product Highlights

  • Distinctive cold heat with tongue-tingling sensation
  • Dry fry, crush and sprinkle over food
  • Use alongside star anise, ginger & chillies in Chinese cooking
  • Core ingredient in Sichuan mapo tofu
  • Or try in spiced chicken wings


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