Five Spice Powder

Toast and blend up this staple spice blend in a matter of minutes.

Ryan Wong|Apr 06, 2022
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5 Minutes

4 Servings

Easy

Chinese | spice blend | seasoning

A crucial ingredient in many Chinese dishes, Five Spice Powder is a blend of warm spices with a similar flavor profile to Chai. It consists of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, Sichuan peppercorns, and star anise. Though 5 spice powder is fairly readily available, why buy it pre-ground when you can make it from scratch at home with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.

Chef Ryan Wong of

Needle

in Los Angeles suggests toasting your spices in our

Stainless Clad Saucier

to amplify their flavors. The Saucier’s high walls keep you from losing any spices, as the pan will constantly be in motion to ensure nothing burns. To pulverize the mixture, we suggest using either a blender or spice grinder. Spices are best used fresh, but the 5 spice powder should keep for up to a year if stored in an airtight container.

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Ingredients

teaspoons fennel seed

4

whole star anise

½

teaspoon whole Sichuan peppercorn

1

cinnamon stick

¼

teaspoon whole cloves

Instructions

STEP 1

Place your

Saucier

over medium-high heat and add in your spices.

STEP 2

Moving the pan constantly so they don’t burn, toast spices until they become fragrant, about 3 minutes.

STEP 3

Pour spices onto a

Quarter Sheet Pan

to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a blender or spice grinder.

STEP 4

Blend into a fine powder and store in an airtight container.