In today's world of global cooking, many recipes call for specialty oils that aren't readily available in most grocery stores. Sichuan Peppercorn Oil is one of those elusive ingredients that can be hard to find.
In today’s world of global cooking, many recipes call for specialty ingredients and oils that can be hard to find in local grocery stores. Sichuan Peppercorn Oil is one of those elusive ingredients that can be hard to find but is worth having in your pantry. This Chinese oil gives just the right amount of heat to stir-fries, sauces, dressings, and more.
The challenge of finding global spices and seasonings without the hassle of hunting for the nearest specialty store for a tablespoon of Peppercorn Oil is what prompted me to create a “DIY“ section on my blog and in my cookbook.
What I love about this oil are the many uses for adding a distinctly wonderful aroma to a dish. One of my favorite ways to incorporate Sichuan peppercorn oil is in the Spicy Sichuan Beef recipe found in my cookbook, It Begins at the Table.
You can also use this fragrant oil in stir-frys, sautees, dipping sauces, or anywhere you’d like to add a little zing to your meal. It’s a quick and easy oil to make and keeps perfectly in your cabinet for months. That is of course if it lasts that long!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you’ve made it please share it with me by tagging @culinarybutterfly on Pinterest.
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|Prep Time||3 minutes|
|Cook Time||12 minutes|
|Passive Time||1 hour|
- Heat a medium saucepan over high-heat for approximately 30 seconds.
- Add the peppercorns and reduce the heat to medium-low. Move peppercorns around the pan (approximately 20 seconds) or until they start to smoke and become aromatic, being careful not to let the peppercorns burn. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, transfer peppercorns to a bowl and lightly mince them by crushing the shells with the back of a spoon. Pour the peppercorn into a glass jar.
- Using the same pan, heat the oil over medium heat 1-2 minutes or util it begins to smoke. Carefully pour the oil over the peppercorns and store in your pantry.
- If you prefer a subtle flavor, marinate the peppercorns in the oil for 30 minutes to infuse the flavors, strain the peppercorns from the oil and store the oil in a jar at room temperature for up to 3 months.
Recipe by Rachel Huang for www.culinarybutterfly.com
Absolutely shattered my jar. Not a good call
I’m so sorry to hear that! Canning jars and other high-heat glass jars made for canning and hot liquids are always the best to use when preparing recipes like Sichuan Peppercorn Oil. I hope you will give it another try!
Can I substitute the olive oil for peanut oil?
Give it a try and see how you like it. The reason I use olive oil is it keeps the flavor of the oil neutral so the heat from the Sichuan Peppercorn flavor becomes the dominant flavor for the dishes I make it with. However, peanut oil might be nice especially if you are making Thai food or other dishes that require a hint of peanut flavoring. Let me know how it turns out!