Recipe For Chinese Five Spice Powder

This Chinese Five Spice Powder is really worth making your own. It is best to make it fresh, as and when you need it. I use a coffee grinder as my spice grinder as it works brilliantly. Just remember, if you grind spices in it, you cannot use it for coffee.

Chinese Five Spice Powder
Chinese Five Spice Powder


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Chinese Five Spice Powder


  • 5 star anise
  • 15 mls fennel seeds
  • 15 mls Sichuan peppercorns
  • 10 mls cloves
  • 10 mls ground cinnamon


  • place the spices in a dry frying pan and heat gently
  • remove from the heat when you can smell the spices
  • grind to a fine powder
  • pass through a fine sieve to remove the husks

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18 thoughts on “Recipe For Chinese Five Spice Powder

  1. hi please tell me in where do you use this spice in just wondering if i can use it to make milk tea with it . what about cakes.thanks. hope to hear from you soon.

    1. hi, I have never used this in sweet dishes – I use it for stir fry’s and as a rub for pork. Give it a try and let me know 🙂

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  4. This is great! This way I can use a little less anise than what the purchased spice mixes always taste like to me. Anise heavy!

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