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Chinese Five Spice Powder

Spices tend to lose their fragrance quickly once ground. That's why I like to make my own spice blends, including this fragrant Chinese Five Spice Powder.
Course Basics
Cuisine Chinese
Level Beginner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 pods star anise
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (crumbled)
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan pepper (husks only, remove any black seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon white peppercorns


  • Toast all the spices either in a hot pan or in a toaster oven being careful not to burn them. You'll know they're done when they start giving off a wonderful aroma.
  • Put the toasted spices in a spice grinder, a blender, or a food processor and blitz until it's ground into a fine powder.
  • Pass it through a fine mesh sieve to remove any big pieces and store in an airtight container until you're ready to use it.