Chinese 5 Spice Powder
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).
How to Make Chinese 5 Spice Powder
- 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).
- Grind the roasted peppercorns and 8 star anise in a blender or pepper mill. Strain the blended seasonings.
- Mix in 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds.
- Grind the seasonings until very fine.
- Store in an airtight container.