Some of the most popular Sichuan recipes are accessible for home cooks to reproduce in their own kitchen.
Ask any Chinese person their favorite dish, I can guarantee it will be a Sichuan thing. The hot, humid southwestern province is justifiably famous for its spicy, detoxifying and scorching cuisine. And nothing comes close to making it yourself at home with the freshest and quality ingredients. Scarlet red peppers, vibrant oils and colorful seasonings. They will make your table explode with color and powerful aromas. Definitely an assault on the taste buds for the most intrepid foodies! Prepare some recipes below, invite your bravest friends and get ready for a direct scorching!
If you want an in-depth introduction to this fascinating cuisine, check out this post.
Top 14 Sichuan Recipes
Dan Dan Noodles
/ Dan Dan Vegan Noodles
A tribute to the street vendors who sold them in baskets loaded on their backs. These noodles come with a rich sauce is nutty, spicy and extra fragrant, with a touch of sweetness.
Mapo Tofu / Mapo Vegan Tofu
Named after the freckled old woman who invented it, Mapo Tofu is the righteous celebrity of Sichuan cuisine.
with Yu Xiang sauce (鱼香茄子)
Sour, sweet and mostly spicy, eggplant is a Sichuan favorite thanks to the way it absorbs sticky sauces.
Beef Stir Fry
Crispy tender Sichuan beef cooked in a bold, sweet and sour and spicy sauce with peppers and onions. Learn how to make the richest sauce and create crispy meat without frying.
Sliced beef in chili sauce (Fu Qi Fei Pian)
The tender slices of meat are served in a rich spicy hot sauce and topped with peanut flakes and coriander. Every bite is full of Sichuan flavor.
Spicy wontons in red oil
Serve with or without the spicy soup for an authentic Chengdu street food experience.
Bad Chicken (La Zi Ji)
A plate of crispy chicken topped with chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorns and tons of aromatics to create a numbness sensation Electrifyingly hot it’s so addictive.
Kung Pao Chicken
Sweet, sour, numbing, spicy and salty balanced flavors make kung pao chicken perfect. Learn the technique to recreate the authentic taste.
beans The blistered and charred green beans are mixed with an aromatic sauce, which makes this dish too good to pass up.
Soft fatty pork cooked in a delicious rich sauce that is salty, slightly sweet, spicy and full of umami.
Chicken in red oil sauce
(Kou Shui Ji)
Juicy chicken is covered in a thick sauce based on red oil. Rich, spicy, numbing, sweet and salty, it really makes your mouth water.
Hot Pot The Ultimate Guide to Chinese
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Tender meat that melts in the mouth … The numbing spicy is so addictively good that you can’t stop eating, even if it makes your stomach burn!
Chicken with Hot
This cold Sichuan chicken dish is served with a numbing, spicy, nutty sauce that is addictively tasty. It may seem simple, but it will leave you speechless with a single bite.