Chinese Five-Spice Powder

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2tablespoons
  • About This Recipe

    “You can purchase this powder premade in the grocery store, but making your own makes for a better flavor.”


  • 1teaspoonground cinnamon
  • 1teaspoonground cloves
  • 1teaspoonfennel seed, toasted and ground
  • 1teaspoonground star anise
  • 1teaspoonszechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground
  • Directions

  • Mix the spices together and store in an airtight jar.
  • Reviews

  • “So happy to find this recipe.When we returned from China I meant to bring a packet of their 5 Spice home with me as we loved it so much and knew I’d have trouble finding it in our little town.Well, in the rush I forgot all about it until I went to use some and realized I’d forgotten that little plan in the rush of moving.Zaar to the rescue and I found your recipe – it’s awesome and I love the smell of the spice and it doesn’t make to much so that it’ll always be fresh.Thanks so much for posting.”

  • “I am so pleased I came across this little recipe!! Today I need Chinese Five-Spice for a lovely recipe. Couldn’t find any in my spice cupboard. The only decent shop in the sticks where I live didn’t have any. What to do?? I came home to Zaar, and found this recipe!! Fantastic. I do not have Sheczuan peppercorns, so used mixed (white, pink and black). The rest of the spices I do have. I blended it in a small coffee bean grinder. It smells great!! And guess what? As I scratched around, I DID find my Five-Spice powder … old and with hardly any fragrance left, so I chucked it out!! Thanks for saving my Sunday night recipe!! Smells great!!!”

  • “Aaaaughhh!Thank you so much for posting this-we found we needed five spice powder for a recipe and I was out and didn’t have time to run to the store.This worked great!I wish I had a better way to grind up the fennel seeds than pounding them with a meat mallet but we still got the flavor anyway.Just adding the 1/2 tsp. of spice really made our chicken stir fry a lot better.Thank you again.”

  • “Thanks Sharlene! I needed this for a recipe. You can always count on Recipezaarto find what you need!”

  • “I had a craving for Chinese food …. and all the recipes that appealed to me included 5 spice powder ……… which I didn’t have. But I had the ingredients to make it – although I used regular black peppercorns. Thanx Sharlene!!”