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Five Spice Powder

Fennel seed, and the similarly-flavored star anise both play a prominent role in Chinese Five Spice Powder. Add five spice to beef or poultry rub for an Asian flavor.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Herbs & Spices
Cuisine: Chinese


  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Toast all spices in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant.
  • Spread spices out onto foil or parchment to cool. Don’t leave them in the pan, because they will continue to cook and burn.
  • Once cool, grind spices in a spice grinder or bladed coffee grinder until it is as fine as you can get it.
  • Store covered in a cool, dark cabinet. Exposure to light will decrease the shelf life.