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Sichuan Hot Pot Recipe

Sichuan Hot Pot recipe

Sichuan Hot Pot Recipe

Sichuan Hot Pot is a popular Chinese dish known for its spicy and flavorful broth, where diners cook a variety of ingredients like thinly sliced meats, tofu, and vegetables at the dining table. This communal dining experience is both interactive and delicious, perfect for gatherings with friends and family. Enjoyed with a variety of dipping sauces, Sichuan Hot Pot offers a dynamic and memorable culinary adventure.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Sichuan cuisine
Servings 4


  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced beef or lamb
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced pork
  • 1/2 pound firm tofu sliced
  • 6 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • 4 dried chili peppers
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Assorted vegetables such as Napa cabbage, spinach, mushrooms, and bok choy Assorted dipping sauces (such as soy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil, and garlic sauce) Cooked rice or noodles for serving


Prepare the Broth:

  • In a large pot, bring the chicken or beef broth to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the Sichuan peppercorns, dried chili peppers, ginger slices, and minced garlic to the broth. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes to infuse the flavors.

Set Up the Hot Pot:

  • Place a portable electric or gas hot pot in the center of the dining table.
  • If using a divided hot pot, pour the prepared broth into both sections. Otherwise, pour all the broth into the pot.

Prepare the Ingredients:

  • Arrange the thinly sliced beef, pork, tofu, and assorted vegetables on serving plates around the hot pot.
  • Set out the dipping sauces in small bowls for easy access.


  • Once the broth is simmering, guests can begin cooking their desired ingredients in the hot pot.
  • Using chopsticks or a ladle, add a few slices of meat, tofu, and vegetables to the simmering broth.
  • Allow the ingredients to cook for a few minutes until they are cooked through. Meat should be cooked until no longer pink, and vegetables should be tender but still crisp.
  • Retrieve the cooked ingredients from the broth and dip them into the desired dipping sauces before enjoying.


  • Serve the cooked ingredients with steamed rice or noodles on the side.
  • Continue adding more ingredients to the hot pot and enjoying them throughout the meal.


  • Savor the flavorful and interactive dining experience of Sichuan Hot Pot with friends and family!


  • Customize the hot pot ingredients according to your preferences, including your choice of meats, seafood, and vegetables.
  • Adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or fewer chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns to the broth.
  • Be cautious when handling the hot pot and broth to avoid burns.
  • Have fun experimenting with different combinations of ingredients and dipping sauces to create your perfect hot pot experience!
Keyword Sichuan Hot Pot recipe, Chinese Hot Pot, Spicy Hot Pot


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