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Chinese 5 Spice Powder

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (5 Reviews)


Cinnamon sticks with star anise
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Make your own Chinese Five spice powder seasoning mix using either ground or whole spices.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 tablespoons


  • 1 tsp. ground Szechwan pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground star anise
  • 1-1/4 tsp. ground fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper


Combine all ingredients in small airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place.
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 5 out of 5
Chinese 5 Spice Powder Recipe, Guest Joseph

Great formula. I am a Cantonese who used to own Chinese restaurant in Sydney, Australia. I married an Anglican. Knowledge is transferrable, so is skill. Congratulation for such great effort. No one defines formula in food. But I testify this formula is genuine and popularly used. Individual variations are always present, some add MSG, some fry the Szechwan peppercorn powder more, some dry fry the anise seeds powder more to give more fragrance, etc. Salt & pepper spice simply means add salt and white pepper. Completely agree.

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