Szechuan Salt and Pepper Mix
Use this spicy mixture as a dip for appetizers, to lend flavor to deep-fried dishes, or simply as a substitute for salt and pepper at the dinner table.
- 1/4 cup sea or kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons Szechuan peppercorns
Heat ingredients in a frying pan over medium to medium-low heat, shaking the pan from time to time.
After about 10 minutes, the salt will begin to darken and the peppercorns will become aromatic. Cool. Crush the mixture until it has the texture of salt (it will be a light pinkish color). For best results, use a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin to crush the peppercorns. However, if you're in a hurry, you can crush them in the blender.
Store the salt and pepper mixture at room temperature.