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close up of cinnamon sticks, star anise, fennel seeds, cloves, and peppercorns in a spice grinder
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Chinese Five Spice Recipe + Video

Make this Chinese five spice recipe at home; it’s less expensive than buying it! 5 spice adds incredible flavor to many Asian dishes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time7 mins
Servings: 16
Calories: 3kcal
Author: Kevin


  • 1 stick cinnamon 3-inch stick or 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 star anise


  • Add the spices to a small saute pan (except ground cinnamon if using). Toast over medium heat until fragrant. Transfer the spices into a small bowl to cool.
  • Once cooled, transfer toasted spices and ground cinnamon (if using) to a coffee or spice grinder. Blitz to a fine powder. Transfer to an airtight jar.



Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg