Jiao Yan

Jiao Yan
Jiao Yan
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Jiao Yan

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Jiao Yan (pronounced "gee-yow yawn"), is also called jiaoyan, jiao yan seasoning, or yan jiao.

What Is Jiao Yan

A classic Sichuan spice blend, Jiao Yan means "peppery salt". It's sprinkled over the protein ingredient toward the end of the cooking process to create a distinctly spicy, salty taste. This blend is also known as "Sichuan peppercorn salt" or "Sichuan pepper salt".

Salt and pepper preparations are pervasive in Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants in the U.S. that serve fried chicken, pork ribs, shrimp and squid. Typically the meat is lightly coated in a mixture of salt and either ground black or white pepper (due to their lower cost), which imparts an intense, zingy sort of flavor. In Sichuan, China they do not use black or white pepper but instead use this salt and Sichuan Peppercorns blend as a dip, especially with steamed chicken.

The History of Sichuan Cuisine

Sichuan has been called "Heavenly Country", because it has long had a plentiful supply of food and natural resources. Sichuan cuisine first gained prominence more than 800 years ago during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279) when Sichuan restaurants were opened in Lin’an (modern day Hangzhou), the capital city of Sichuan.

Chiles peppers were introduced into China during the late 15th century or early 16th century via the Silk Road. The chiles gained favor first in China's western provinces, including Sichuan, as they were quickly embraced into the local cuisine.

This cuisine is complex and includes seven basic flavors including aromatic, bitter, hot, pungent, salty, sour, and sweet. In Sichuan food, a single flavor is rarely used, with the use of compound flavors common. The warm spice and citrusy aroma of Sichuan peppercorns can be totally addictive as it produces a tingly numbing sensation and when paired with fiery chile peppers, is called 'ma la' - ma (Sichuan Peppercorns), la (red chiles) - and while it is included in many Sichuan dishes, it should rarely dominate. Balancing all seven flavors is key.

Salt works hard to enhance the sweetness of a dish while playing down bitter flavors. A dish is only "salty" when too much has been added and the other flavors are dominated. Add just the right amount, and you won't taste salt at all. Rather, a pungent quality is added to the dish with every flavor being intensified and the food will taste nicely balanced.

What Does Jiao Yan Taste Like

Intense flavor that is salty and slightly numbing.

What Is Jiao Yan Used For

In Sichuan you will find street vendors serving deep fried shrimp topped with Jiao Yan. Use to season chicken (fried or steamed), pork ribs, and seafood.

Use anywhere that you would use salt. This blend is excellent on many dishes. It is perfect as a finishing spice and tastes incredible with root vegetables, soups, stews, and even popcorn. Use it in Asian-inspired stir fry dishes and on eggs. It is even good on cheesy dishes, like fettucine alfredo or hearty baked macaroni and cheese.


IngredientsSalt, and Sichuan peppercorns
Also CalledJiaoyan, jiao yan seasoning, or yan jiao
Recommended UsesBeef, chicken, popcorn, pork ribs, root vegetables, seafood, soups, and stews
Flavor ProfileIntense flavor that is salty and slightly numbing
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life6-12 months
Country of OriginUSA
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Non-GMO


Hungry for More Information

All about Sichuan Cuisine
Sichuan Spices and Seasonings
The Flavors of China
Asian Spices and Seasonings


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.3g0%

Dietary Fiber0.0g0%

Total Sugars0.3g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more


5 out of 5
2 total ratings.

Rocco T. (Verified buyer) 10/21/2020
AWESOME Its really good. Definitely salty but with the pepper kick that makes you feel AWESOME

Mary T. (Verified buyer) 02/06/2020
essential! I don't know how I have managed without it for 40 years! This stuff can be used on everything as a more gutsy salt and pepper combo. Shrimp, wings, cauliflower- it isn't purely Asian - universal!