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Homemade Five Spice Powder

4.75 from 4 votes
Making five spice powder is much easier than you think. It creates a superior spice mixture that is cheaper and makes your Chinese dishes immediately taste better. 
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2 tablespoons
Author: Maggie Zhu


  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 inch (2 cm) cinnamon stick , broke apart
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 star anise , broke apart into petals


  • Add all the spices into a small pan. Roast over medium heat until fragrance is released. You should hear faint sizzling noises if you hold the pan close to your ear.
  • Transfer the spices into a small bowl to cool.
  • Once cooled down completely, transfer to a coffee grinder or use a mortar and pestle. Ground until it turns to fine powder. Transfer to an airtight jar and store in cool, dark place out of direct sunlight.