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Slightly angled shot of orange sugar in a mason jar surrounded by Szechuan peppers and other mason jars filled with infused sugars.

Orange Sugar with Szechuan Peppers

Orange Sugar with Szechuan Peppers has a bright orange flavor with slight lemony overtones that is simply effervescent.

Course Sides and Snacks
Keyword beverages, desserts, infused sugar, quick and easy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Optional Roasting Sugar Time 2 hours
Servings 2 cups
Author Megan Wells


  • 2 cups roasted sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppers
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pour 2 cups of refined white sugar into a 6x10-inch glass baking dish and roast for 2 hours, stirring every 10 minutes. It should be a sandy tan color and coarse, like turbinado sugar. Let the sugar cool completely before moving to the next step.

  2. Grind the Szechuan pepper in a mortar and pestle until it is crushed and the smell is starting to release.
  3. Add the crushed pepper to a spice grinder along with 1 tablespoon of the roasted sugar. Pulse until the Szechuan pepper is even smaller in size and equally distributed throughout the sugar.
  4. Pour into a food processor with the rest of the sugar and orange zest. Pulse until equally distributed and lay the sugar out on a baking sheet to dry.

Recipe Notes

You can use regular sugar if you want. Roasted sugar can be used like regular sugar and it tastes less sweet and has a more caramelized flavor profile.