Chinese Five Spice Powder - Recreate the
Authentic Flavours and Aromas of China

If cooking homemade Chinese dishes is a hobby of yours, then a homemade Chinese five spice powder is worth doing. The fresh flavours and mouthwatering aromas that will be added to your dishes have to be tried to be believed! 

Note: Whilst I use whole ingredients for this recipe, you can use pre-ground if that's all you have to hand. If you do, just reduce the amounts by half. So for 2 tablespoon fennel seeds you use about 1 tablespoon of pre-ground fennel and so on.

Homemade Chinese Five Spice Powder

What You'll Need: (makes about 5 tbsp)

2 x 3 inch piece cinnamon 
2 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp fennel seed
1 tbsp whole cloves
5-6 star anise
1 tsp grated nutmeg (optional)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the star anise and cinnamon stick
  • Grind these with the fennel seeds, peppercorns and cloves
  • Sieve into a bowl. Regrind any bits that don't go through
  • Add the optional nutmeg, if using, and mix everything thoroughly

Store your 5 spice powder in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

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Note: To add even more flavours and aromas, it is worth considering dry toasting the cloves, peppercorns and fennel before cooling and grinding.

The heat helps release more flavours. 

Click here for tips on toasting and grinding ingredients. 

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