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How To Prepare Szechuan Peppercorns

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Learn How To Prepare Szechuan Peppercorns easily for your next recipe by following these simple steps.
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword grind spices, how to, mulled spices
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 1 depending
Calories 44
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1 tablespoon szechuan peppercorns


  • First measure and sort through your Szechuan peppercorns. Then, sort and pick out any black seeds and discard, only keeping the pink hued hull.
  • Next add the hulls to a skillet. Then heat over medium to medium-low heat until they become fragrant. This shouldn’t take too long, about 5 to 8 minutes or less. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • Then, once cooled, transfer the Szechuan peppercorns to a mortar and use the pestle to grind and smash the peppercorns into very small pieces. 
  • Lastly, transfer the ground Szechuan peppercorns to a mesh strainer, set over a bowl and sift. Use the ground szechuan pepper in the bowl and discarding the larger hull pieces.
  • It’s better to grind your peppercorns in small batches because they will lose their flavor quickly. Freshly ground Szechuan pepper is better fresh. Refrigerate any extra ground Szechuan pepper.
  • Use in any recipe calling for ground szechuan peppercorns.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg