DIY Five Spice Seasoning Recipe

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The Chinese five spice powder is a blend of five different spices that create a unique and complex flavor. The Chinese five spice powder is used to flavor meat, seafood, poultry, vegetables and much more.

The process of mixing the Chinese five spice powder together is actually quite simple. The ingredients can be added in any order as long as you have them all at the end. The ingredients are star anise, Sichuan pepper or ginger, cloves, cinnamon and fennel seed.

The process of making your own five spice seasoning will take no time at all to complete and you’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful blend of flavors in your own home for far less money than it cost to make it commercially.

All you need to make your own five spice seasoning is some ground star anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and fennel seeds. The amounts depend on the amount of five spice you wish to prepare, so just mix in more of each ingredient as you go along. It’s really that simple!

If you’re looking for a Chinese five spice recipe, this is it!

Although five spice may be made from any combination of spices, the most popular combination includes ground star anise, cinnamon or cassia bark, cloves, fennel seeds and ginger. The ratio of ingredients can vary quite a bit from one recipe to another. If you want to make authentic Chinese five spice powder, then simply replace the cinnamon with cassia bark.

This homemade five spice powder has a much fresher aroma than store-bought versions and it’s also considerably less expensive. I keep mine in an airtight container. It will last indefinitely if stored properly.*

The best way to get over a fear of cooking is to cook. So I decided to make something with Sichuan peppercorns, which I’ve been afraid of using for years.

I’d been curious about five-spice powder for even longer, so this was my excuse. I bought some and gave it a try.

The result? It’s not as scary as it looks!

Here’s how to make your own five spice seasoning at home.

Five spice is a Chinese seasoning blend that is often used sparingly in stir fries and soup. It can be purchased ready made, but there is also a simple DIY five spice powder recipe that you can make at home.


1/4 cup Szechuan peppercorns 1/4 cup whole cloves 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 2 tablespoons star anise 1 cinnamon stick


Combine all the ingredients in a small skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Then transfer to a spice grinder and grind until fine. Store the five spice powder in an airtight container for up to three months.**

Five spice powder is a Chinese spice blend that is used in many Chinese dishes. It’s also used in Japanese dishes as well. You can buy five spice powder at most grocery stores, but you can easily make your own five spice powder at home too.

Taste of Home says you can use the same recipe for allspice and cloves or omit them, or add a cinnamon stick to the mix.


1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground anise seed

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground fennel seed

Every time I make Chinese food, I find myself wondering if I shouldn’t just buy some five spice. It’s not a cheap spice, and I know there must be a cheaper way to get it than buying it in Asian food stores.

Am I right? What is five spice, anyway?

It turns out that five spice is a blend of five different kinds of spices — star anise, clove, cinnamon, fennel seed and Sichuan pepper — which are ground into a powder. It’s used in many Chinese recipes.

Lucky for me, my mother-in-law just came back from China with some five spice for me to try out. She said that her friend had given her the recipe for making it at home.

The spice mixture called five-spice powder is a traditional blend of Chinese spices. In Chinese, it is called wu xiang fen and consists of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper (also known as huajiao), and fennel seeds. The ingredients are ground together with a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder to form a powder.

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