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Homemade Chinese five-spice powder

Homemade Chinese five-spice powder

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Mary-Linh Tran

Mary-Linh Tran

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"Five-spice is a common spice blend found in Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese cuisine. Based on the five Chinese elements (fire, water, wood, earth, and metal) the blend typically comprises five spices that encompass the five basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. It’s a super aromatic and warming combination that works well in stocks, roasts, and braises, but can also liven up your cakes, cookies, and other sweet snacks. Other variations of it may also contain ground ginger, galangal, nutmeg, licorice, or Mandarin orange peel, so feel free to mix and match according to your tastes."
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10 min
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2 tbsp
Sichuan peppercorns
1 tbsp
fennel seed
star anise
1 tbsp
ground cinnamon
1 tsp
ground cloves


frying pan, blender, airtight container

Nutrition per serving

Fat1 g
Protein2 g
Carb12 g
  • Step 1/ 2

    • 2 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
    • 1 tbsp fennel seed
    • 4 star anise
    • frying pan

    Toast Sichuan peppercorns, fennel seeds, and star anise in a frying pan over medium-low heat until fragrant, approx. 3 min.

  • Step 2/ 2

    • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp ground cloves
    • blender
    • airtight container

    Transfer to a mortar or blender and grind into a fine powder, then stir in ground cinnamon and ground cloves. Transfer to an airtight container and store for up to 6 months. Enjoy!

  • Enjoy your meal!

    Homemade Chinese five-spice powder


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