This Chinese Salt & Pepper Seasoning can be used to re-create your favourite Chinese restaurant & takeaway dishes or is also delicious sprinkled over meat, fish or tofu!
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Making this Chinese Salt & Pepper seasoning is super easy. It tastes out of this world, uses simple ingredients, can be used to jazz up so many dishes and you want to know the best thing……. NO MSG!!!
Monosodium Glutamate or MSG as it is more widely known, is a flavour enhancer that is commonly added to Chinese food, along with canned soups and lots of other processed foods.
Some people can be sensitive to MSG and after consuming a food containing it, can feel nauseous, experience headaches along with fatigue and other symptoms.
So great news if this is you, as none of my recipes contain MSG. This spice mix is also free from nuts, dairy, gluten & egg too.
🤔 What is Salt & Pepper Seasoning?
You may think salt and pepper seasoning is just sea salt and black pepper, right? This spice mix is so much more than that. True, it does contain salt and pepper, but this homemade salt & pepper mixture also consists of a blend of other spices, which when they all come together create the most amazing flavour.
Salt & pepper seasoning is a Chinese takeaway favourite across the UK and most famously is used to create “salt & pepper chips” (which if you haven’t tried, you need to!)
✏️ How To Make Chinese Salt & Pepper Seasoning
This has to be the easiest recipe ever, you simply measure out the ingredients, mix together in a bowl and you are done!
🥡 How To Store
Store your salt & pepper seasoning in sealed spice jars. You can either wash out an old spice jar and once it is fully dry, fill it with your seasoning mix or treat yourself to these fancy spice jars. Just be sure that whatever container you use is airtight.
If you are making a huge batch (this is the best way - then it will always be there when you need it) you can use an airtight Tupperware container.
Your spice mix will keep for up to a year as long as it's in a sealed container.
If you are a big fan of heat, add another teaspoon of chilli flakes!
Each establishment will have their own variations and ratios, but predominately this seasoning blend is made from salt, pepper, chilli flakes, Chinese 5 spice, garlic powder, ground ginger and sugar.
This creates a mix of sweet and savoury along with a nice injection of heat.
You will find yourself cooking with this seasoning a lot! Check out my salt & pepper chips recipe, which is the most famous way to use this seasoning.
You can also coat chicken, fish, tofu or meat with this delicious spice mix. Rub it all over your protein and fry with some vegetables and a little soy sauce for a tasty quick meal.
Why not make some salt & pepper chicken wings! Just coat the wings in the seasoning, bake in the oven at 180˚C for 30 minutes and serve alongside this "no egg" special fried rice.
Authentic Chinese 5 spice consists of star anise, cloves, cinnamon and fennel seeds. I know that’s only 4! The last ingredient is a bit tricky as it is up for debate whether you use black peppercorns or Sichuan peppercorns to be truly authentic, but if you use either of these you will still acquire that aromatic flavour.
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Chinese Salt & Pepper Seasoning Recipe
- Spice jar for storage
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper crushed
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
- ½ teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon caster sugar
- Measure all the ingredients.
- Add to a bowl and mix well.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container.
Let me know what you think of this recipe!