Home made 5 spice powder recipe

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Home made 5 spice powder recipe

Best recipe review

So easy to make


This is a 'no-brainer' if you have a decent collection of spices.

Paul R Smith
The basic ingredients
Calories per serving:17
Ready in:13 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:3 minutes
Recipe author:Chef
First published:4th April 2014

38 g of homemade Chinese 5 spice powder

I started to investigate making my own Chinese 5 spice powder at home when for some unknown reason, my 5 spice powder could not be found in the spice cabinet. I have all of the whole ingredients in massive quantities, so thought it might be fun to make my own blend.

This recipe is only practical if you have the whole spices in large quantities, probably by buying from your local Chinese wholesalers. It would be expensive to make this from spices sold in those ridiculous little glass containers!


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  1. Heat all of the ingredients in a small pan or wok for about 4 minutes or until the gorgeous aromas are released.
  2. Allow to cool.
  3. Blitz all of the ingredients to a powder in a coffee grinder.
  4. with this quantity of whole spices, it might be an idea to give the grinder a few minutes rest halfway through to save the motor
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Chef's notes

The coriander would not normally be found in 5 spice powder, I added it after reading comments from a reader and found that it added an interesting note so decided to include it in this mix.


To aid other cooks in arriving at the perfect mix, I have included suggested mixes from other people which you may also like to try:

5 spice powder, alternative mix #1
1 teaspoon ground Szechuan peppercorns
1 teaspoon ground star anise
1.25 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
0.5 teaspoon ground clove buds
0.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
0.5 teaspoon table salt
0.25 teaspoon ground white pepper
5 spice powder, alternative mix #2
2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns
0.5 teaspoons of ground clove buds
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
8 whole star anise, ground to a powder
1 tablespoon of ground fennel seeds
5 spice powder, alternative mix #3
2 tablespoons ground star anise
2 tablespoons ground fennel seeds
2 teaspoons crushed cassia bark (cinnamon will a be fine substitute)
2 teaspoons crushed Szechuan peppercorns
0.25 teaspoon ground clove buds
5 spice powder, alternative mix #4
4 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns
16 whole star anise
12 clove buds
10 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons fennel seeds


Servings: 20 - Makes 38 grams of homemade Chinese 5 spice powder

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