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Orange Sugar with Szechuan Peppers

Orange Sugar with Szechuan Peppers has a bright orange flavor with slight lemony overtones that is simply effervescent.
Servings 2 cups
Prep Time 10 mins
Optional Roasting Sugar Time 2 hrs


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


  • 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.
  • Grind the Szechuan pepper in a mortar and pestle until it is crushed and the smell is starting to release.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.
Author: Megan Wells
Course: Sides and Snacks
Keyword: beverages, desserts, infused sugar, quick and easy