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Szechuan Sauce

Szechuan Sauce is a hot and spicy sauce used in Chinese cuisine and was briefly released by McDonald's in 1998. Easy, easier than you think!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Halal
Servings: 16 Tablespoons
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Amira


  • 5 large garlic cloves
  • 1.5 inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and minced.
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Asian chili garlic sauce or any gluten free hot sauce.
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth low sodium.
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch.
  • Optional: Crushed Red pepper flakes or sesame seeds for garnishing.


  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, mix the first 7 ingredients and bring to a light boil.
  • Dissolve cornstarch in broth.
  • Stir in the cornstarch mixture and whisk until it thickens, about 2 minutes.


  • You can skip adding the brown sugar if you do not like it or use maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice.
  • If you are going to use the sauce for your stir fri or noodles there is no need to cook the sauce separately. Just mix sauce ingredients in a measuring cup or so and our it over your stir fri while you are cooking it.
  • Use vegetable stock for a vegan sauce.
  • Use Tamari instead of soy sauce for gluten free version but use a little less as it might make the sauce too salty.
  • You can use any chili sauce you like, I prefer the Asian chili sauce.
  • This is a hot sauce recipe, but it is very adjustable to your heat level.
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Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg