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chinese 5 spice powder

(3 ratings)
Recipe by
Beth Renzetti

I found this description while looking at tea recipes, lol. So, I rewrote it as a recipe. I'd much rather mix up my own than pay up for the premixed stuff. And I generally have all the ingredients on hand. Five-spice powder encompasses all five flavors – sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty. Use five-spice powder sparingly, as it can be quite pungent. If desired, you can substitute black peppercorns for the Szechuan peppercorn, and ground anise for the star anise (use 4 teaspoons of ground anise).

(3 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chinese 5 spice powder

  • 2 tsp
    szechuan peppercorns
  • 8
    star anise
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground fennel seeds

How To Make chinese 5 spice powder

  • 1
    In a dry skillet, roast 2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns by shaking the pan over low to medium heat until the aroma of the peppercorns is released (about three minutes).
  • 2
    Grind the roasted peppercorns and 8 star anise in a blender or pepper mill. Strain the blended seasonings.
  • 3
    Mix in 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds.
  • 4
    Grind the seasonings until very fine.
  • 5
    Store in an airtight container.