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Homemade Chinese 5 spice powder

A quick and easy recipe to make your own 5 spice powder
Prep Time1 min
Active Time13 mins
Cuisine: Chinese


  • mortar and pestle
  • OR coffee/ spice blender
  • Pan and wooden/ silicone spatula
  • sieve


  • 4 Star anise Look for broken pieces as it makes the pounding easier
  • 1.5 teaspoon sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 casssia stick (Chinese cinnamon) about 1-2g
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves


  • Dry fry the spices in a pan till their fragrance is released
  • Blitz the spices in a coffee or spice grinder. If you don't have one, you can also pound them by hand in a mortar and pestle. (This took me 9 minutes 52 seconds so it's not too time consuming.)
  • Sieve the powder to remove any bigger bits
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place till you want to use it.