5 spice powder is a popular Chinese spice, and it is easy to make at home. This blog will show you how to make your very own 5 spice powder, and give suggestions for ways to use it.
5 spice powder (五香粉) is a traditional Chinese seasoning that can be used in many dishes. It is a combination of ground star anise, cinnamon bark, fennel seed, cloves and Sichuan pepper. The name of the spice comes from the Chinese 五香 (wǔ xiāng), which literally translates as “five fragrances”.
You can buy 5 spice powder at any Asian market, but it is very easy to make yourself, and costs only a few dollars’ worth of spices (and some optional ingredients such as ginger root). If you have never had 5 spice powder before, you might be surprised by how potent it is; even a small amount will flavor a batch of rice or noodles significantly. In fact, this spice mixes so well with other flavors that it is great for making curries and marinades.
I have been using three different brands of 5 spice powder for years. And I have always been on the lookout for a way to make my own, so I know exactly what’s in it. But it turned out to be harder than I thought.
The first time I tried making 5 spice powder, I just used whatever dried spices were lying around. But the flavors didn’t get along very well. They fought with each other instead of cooperating, and the result was a chalky mess.
Trying again, I found that a mixture of star anise, fennel seeds and Sichuan pepper made a pretty good 5 spice blend. But the flavor was still not quite right. The mix had too much licorice flavor (from the star anise), and not enough clove flavor.
This is when I started experimenting with different ratios (and adding peppercorns to try to boost the clove notes). It took me two tries before arriving at the perfect blend: equal parts Sichuan pepper, cinnamon, cloves and fennel seeds, plus one part star anise for a touch of licorice flavor and sweetness.
The best 5 spice powder is a mix of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise and Szechuan pepper. It’s been a popular Chinese spice for over 100 years and is used in many different types of cuisines.
Tasty uses for 5 spice powder:* Mixed with sugar to make a delicious flavored sugar.* Sprinkled over pancakes, french toast or warm biscuits* Add it to breads as a substitute for cinnamon or nutmeg* Add it to stir fries and other foods to add a sweet spice* Add it to potato salad to give it a sweet flavor* Use it in vinaigrettes to add interest and depth of flavor* Add it to marinades for meat.
Shelf life of 5 spice powder: 2 years if kept in an air tight container away from heat and light. The older the Chinese five spice gets, the better it tastes! You can keep it for up to 10 years or more if you store it correctly.
Trouble Shooting: If your 5 spice powder tastes bitter, add more Szechuan pepper and less clove. If your 5 spice powder tastes flat and old, try adding more fennel seeds and less Szechuan pepper.If you are adding this blend
5 spice powder is a very popular ingredient in Chinese cooking, and it often appears in recipes for Sichuan food. You can buy it ready made, but making your own at home is easy, and will give you the chance to experiment with variations on the basic recipe.
It’s a good idea to make more than you need, because this keeps well in an airtight jar, and it’s also handy to have some on hand as a seasoning for rice or noodles.
This recipe makes quite a concentrated powder; you could use less if you want to make a milder version.
1 tablespoon aniseed (or black aniseed) seeds
10 star anise pods
3 tablespoons cassia (Chinese cinnamon) sticks
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
So you’ve seen the jars of 5 spice powder in the international aisle of your grocery store and wondered what it is. Or you’ve been to a Chinese restaurant and ordered sweet-and-sour pork, but couldn’t figure out why it was so good.
You’re not alone. Many people don’t know that 5 spice powder is a spice blend from China, or that it’s one of the most popular spices from Asia. They may even think it’s a kind of dessert topping! The name doesn’t help much either, since “five” can suggest there are only five ingredients in the mix.
In reality, 5 spice powder is a mixture of anise, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and Sichuan pepper. You can make your own 5 spice powder by combining all these spices in equal parts (or use half cinnamon and half cloves if that’s all you have). Then add salt and stir until they are well blended. That’s it!
5 Spice Powder is an aromatic combination of five spices – commonly star anise, cinnamon bark, cloves, fennel seeds and Sichuan pepper – used to season meat, seafood or vegetables (the “spice” part of its name derives from the fact that all these ingredients were
Most of the recipes for homemade Chinese five spice powder are similar. They call for star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds and Sichuan peppercorns. Aside from the peppercorns, which is not a spice that originated in China, this dish can be traced back to at least the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
Taste: 5 Spice Powder is fragrant with a complex flavor that combines the earthiness of clove, cinnamon and star anise with a distinct citrusy note from the fennel seed. This distinctive taste comes from its warming quality, which is derived from the Sichuan pepper’s slight tingle and numbing sensation.
The combination of these spices adds an exotic aroma to any dish. It is used in many different types of Chinese cuisine including stir-fry dishes, roasted meats and poultry as well as some desserts.
Uses: 5 spice powder can be added to or sprinkled on almost any savory dish or dessert. It blends well with soy sauce and other salty seasonings like fish sauce or salt; it also goes well with honey, sugar and fruit preserves when used in dessert recipes.
Many Chinese cooks keep this spice blend on hand at all times; they sprinkle it on stir-
5 spice powder is a wonderful blend of spices that is used in many Asian recipes. It’s not a traditional blend, but it does have a very long history. The blend probably originated in the 6th century A.D. The oldest known recipe for 5 spice powder was found in an ancient Chinese book called “Recipes for Making Immortality.”
It’s also possible that the recipe predates the book by several hundred years, but unfortunately it cannot be proven.
The 5 spices in the blend are cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns. All these spices are harvested from plants native to Asia, which may indicate that the origin of 5 spice powder is also Asian.
The name of this popular spice blend comes from the fact that it contains five spices. The ingredients have been combined to make up the five colors of the Chinese flag: red (cinnamon), yellow (cloves), blue/green (anise), white (fennel) and black (peppercorn).
The purpose of making up such a “colorful” mixture was to ward off evil spirits and create good luck and prosperity.