Szechuan Oil

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Szechuan Oil

This text and recipe is posted with permission from Curry & Kimchi: Flavor Secrets for Creating 70 Asian-Inspired Recipes at Home by Unmi Abkin & Roger Taylor of Coco & The Cellar Bar.

This oil has a deep, rich taste and color, and we use its nutty, earthy spice to emphasize the unique flavor of Szechuan cuisine. It works well in Chinese Chicken Salad, Dan Dan Noodles and Coriander Shrimp Chow Fun.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Storage: The oil will keep for at least 14 days.

Ingredients:

1 cup neutral cooking oil
1/2 cup Kimchi Chile Flakes
3 tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
4 Star Anise pods
Bay Leaves
2 teaspoons Ground Coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Madras Curry Powder
4 cloves garlic, grated
2 tablespoons Szechuan Peppercorns, tied in a sachet
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cooking oil, Kimchi chile flakes, toasted sesame seeds, star anise pods, bay leaves, coriander, cumin, curry powder and garlic.

Bring ingredients just to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes (don't let the spices burn). Remove from heat and stir in the Szechuan peppercorns. Wait 10 seconds, then stir in the soy sauce. There is no need to remove the sachet.

About Unmi Abkin and Roger Taylor:
Unmi Abkin and Roger Taylor

Unmi Abkin and Roger Taylor are the co-owners and chefs at the popular Easthampton, Massachusetts-based restaurant Coco and The Cellar Bar. Unmi Abkin is a four-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northeast. She attended the California Culinary Academy and worked at Chez Panisse and Boulevard before opening Coco. Roger Taylor spent his childhood in professional kitchens and began working in restaurants at the age of 15. He is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.




4 Responses

Erica Perez
Erica Perez

March 15, 2021

Hi Jon,
I stored mine in a mason jar in the fridge.

Jon
Jon

March 15, 2021

How would you recommend storing this?

Erica Perez
Erica Perez

March 12, 2021

Hi Helen, it’s not very spicy. I would say it’s mildly spicy.

Helen
Helen

March 12, 2021

How spicy is this oil?

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