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Delicious, Must-Try Szechwan Recipes

Updated on November 10, 2020
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For the Love of Szechwan Cuisine

If you are a foodie you might be aware of the ever-famous Szechwan cuisine. Many get to enjoy this type of food only at Asian restaurants. You can prepare Szechwan recipes at home provided you are willing to spend some time at it. Szechwan meatballs take around 40 minutes to prepare - hence the recipe cannot be termed as "fast and easy". You can reserve this treat for weekends when you are free and team them up with boiled rice and a yummy tomato salad.

I absolutely love Chinese food and the Szechwan meatballs recipe was perhaps one of the first Chinese recipes I experimented with. Care should be taken to prepare the sauce freshly whenever required. The uncooked meatballs can be stored by freezing them and they will last around 3 months this way.

Szechwan is a region in China which is famous for its cuisine. This cuisine (also called Szechuan cuisine or Sichuan cuisine) makes use of a variety of spices (most notably ginger) and is famous for its rich flavor.

On this page, you will see a number of Szechwan recipes apart from a low salt Szechwan meatballs recipe which you are sure to love! Also, don't forget to drop a line in the comments section mentioning your own favorite Szechwan recipe.


  • 90 g blanched almonds
  • 450 g minced beef
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1/2 large green pepper -- seeded and chopped
  • A dash of Szechwan sauce (Chilli or Tabasco sauce will also do)
  • Soy sauce
  • Oil for frying
  • 120 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp rice wine or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsps honey
  • 1 tbsp sherry
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 spring onions sliced diagonally

How to Prepare Low Salt Szechwan Meatballs

  1. On a grill pan, spread the almonds evenly. Grill them for around 3-4 minutes under low heat or until they are lightly toasted. In order to prevent them from burning, you need to stir the almonds regularly.
  2. Chop the almonds coarsely using a sharp large knife.
  3. Next up, put these almonds into a large bowl. Combine them with the meat, ginger, garlic, green pepper, Szechwan sauce, and 2 tbsps of soy sauce. Mix them all up well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Make small meatballs from this mixture while placing them on a lightly floured board.
  5. Heat little oil in a frying pan. Place half of the meatballs on this pan.
  6. Cook these meatballs for around 20 minutes. Keep cooking until they are well browned all over - turning them over frequently.
  7. Transfer this set to a serving dish and you can cook up the remaining meatballs while the first set cools.
  8. Mix 3 tbsps of soy sauce, stock, and vinegar into the frying pan and bring it to boil. Let the mixture boil for around 30 seconds.
  9. Add the honey and stir until dissolved.
  10. Blend the sherry and cornflour together in a small bowl and add this into the hot sauce. Cook, stirring all the time until thickened.
  11. Arrange these meatballs on a serving dish and sprinkle them with sliced spring onions. Pour the sauce over and then serve!

These meatballs are not only tasty but healthy as well - because they don't use any salt. The spicy nature of this dish means they require no salt.

Other Szechwan Recipes - 1) Szechuan Green Beans

Szechuan Pork Recipe

Szechuan Chicken Soup Recipe

Szechuan Style Tofu

Szechuan Shrimp

Szechuan Fried Chicken

Szechwan Rice


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