How to Grind Sichuan Peppercorns (Red, Black, and Green)

Sichuan pepper is described as the most electric spice on earth! At once citrusy, floral, and earthy with an electrifying tingling sensation. We will walk through the best way to grind and sift your Sichuan peppercorns.


  • Spice grinder
  • Mesh strainer for sifting
  • Bowl for sifting the peppercorns after grinding
  • Storage container


  • Sichuan peppercorns


  • Remove any visible inner black seeds and stems before grinding Sichuan peppercorns. If you buy high quality peppercorns the seeds and stems should be minimal.
    Sichuan peppercorns
  • Place around 3 tablespoons (or your desired quantity) in a spice grinder and grind until a coarse to fine powder is achieved.
    Sichuan peppercorns
  • After grinding it is better to sift out the pale brown husks that will be visible in the grind. We like to use a small mesh strainer.
  • Place the mesh strainer over a bowl. Pour the ground peppercorns into the bowl and then shake the strainer to sift the powder. Discard the husks. Don’t worry if some of the husks slip through your strainer.
    Sichuan peppercorns
  • Remember, after grinding they will retain their tingling numbing effect and deep fragrance for only a few weeks. We recommend only grinding what you’ll use within 1 - 2 weeks.