Chinese Five Spice Powder




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Chinese five spice is a popular blend of five spices used in Chinese cuisine and other asian cooking . It's one of the most interesting spice blends on the market because it represents a wide range of flavors from sweet, salty and bitter to pungent & sour. Rumor has it that the Chinese were trying to create a "miracle powder" that was representative of all the five elements : wood, fire, earth, metal & water. 

While no one knows the exact origin of the powder, it really adds a magnificent flavor to fatty meats and stews. It also makes for a kick-ass rub. It's really versatile and can be used not only in cooking but also adds a unique flavor to baked goods. 

Sichuan Peppercorns are a really neat ingredient. They cause a mild tingling numbing sensation in your mouth. They were banned from being imported from the U.S. from 1968-2005, because they were believed to be capable of carrying a citrus canker, harmful to the fruit of citrus tress & foliage. Don't worry through, there was never any concern of harm through human consumption. 

Chinese Five Spice Powder

2 tbsp Ground Saigon Cinnamon

2 tbsp Star Anise

2 tbsp Sichuan Peppercorns

2tbsp Cloves

2 tbsp Fennel


Spice Grinder

Cast Iron Skillet

Put all the spices in a cast iron skillet except for the cinnamon and lightly toast for 2-3 minutes over low to medium low heat. The spices are ready when they become really fragrant. Remove from the heat and place in a spice grinder. Grind the spices until you achieve a fine texture.

Place the spice powder into an air tight container. The powder is best when used within the first 6 months. 



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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much! I love, and often use a LOT of Five Spice. This one is a keeper!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I love this - and love the flavors of delicious!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    lmnopeas, I have used your recipe in one of my instructables. Here is the link:

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    Thank you! They are one of my favorite spices. It's hard to find them with all the points intact. Most of the time they have at least one point broken off.