Chinese Five Spice Powder

Curry Powder

Chinese Five Spice is a sweet spice mix used in Asian cooking. It is particularly complimentary to fatty meats like port or duck, where it can be mixed with salt and used as a seasoning before roasting. It can also be sprinkled over stir fried vegetables or added to baking recipes for some pungent warmth.

makes cooking time
3½ tablespoons / 55ml
Chinese Five Spice Powder
Ingredients Instructions
  • 3 parts fennel seeds (1 tablespoon)
  • 3 parts szechuan peppercorns (1 tablespoon)
  • 3 parts star anise (1 tablespoon)
  • 3 parts ground cinnamon (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 part cloves (1 teaspoon)
  1. Heat a small, heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Add the whole spices and dry fry for 1 – 2 minutes, or until they release a fragrant aroma. Turn off the heat when done.
  2. Tip the toasted spices into a spice grinder and grind until finely ground (if you do not have a spice grinder, then use a pestle and mortar or the small bowl of a food processor).
  3. Combine the toasted spices with the remaining ingredients in a clean and dry jam jar / airtight container. Seal, and give the jar a good shake until all the spices are evenly mixed. Store in a cool, dark cupboard. Use within a month for full potency.


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