Five-Spice Powder


Preparation info
  • Makes

    6 Tablespoons

    • Difficulty


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By Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

Published 2009

  • About

There are various brands of five-spice powder on the market, all of them adequate, some better than others. As with many of the Chinese basics, you will be better served if you grind your own.


  • 8 eight-star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, inches long, broken into small pieces


Heat a wok over high heat for 30 seconds. Add all of the spices and stir to mix together. Lower the heat to medium and dry-roast the spices for 3 to 4 minutes, or until their fragrance rises. Regulate the heat as needed to prevent burning. Turn off the heat, transfer the spices to a bowl, and let cool completely.

Pour the cooled spices into a spice grinder or a blender and process to a