Sichuan Salt & Pepper

We use this on several dishes in the book, but you can also try sprinkling it over roast chicken next time you make one; I promise you’ll love it. You can also sprinkle it over any roast, barbecued or fried food to really enhance the flavour, or add it to flour to create a delicious crust for fried food. Don’t only use Sichuan salt and pepper when cooking Asian food either, but bring it into your Western cooking as well.

Ingredients

  • 100 g ( oz/¾ cup) sea salt
  • 35 g ( oz/¼ cup) Sichuan peppercorns

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Roast the sea salt and peppercorns together on a baking tray for 5–6 minutes until fragrant. Let cool, then grind in a spice grinder or pound in a mortar with a pestle to a very fine powder. Pass through a fine sieve, discarding any spice left in the sieve, and store in an airtight container.