How To Make Chinese 5 Spice

Updated: Jan 30

I had been wanting to post a separate recipe featuring this spice blend for quite a while. I finally have the chance to do so today and in my humble opinion, this is a very underrated spice blend. Which I always wonder why. Not only you can use this on various Chinese dishes, but you can also use it as a BBQ rub or even in cakes. Once you start making your own spice blend, you will never go back to those store-bought ones.


(Make 1/2 Cup)

  • Star Anise, 6

  • Cloves, 1.5 TSP

  • Cinnamon Stick, 3 Inches

  • Fennel Seeds, 2 TBSP

  • Szechuan Peppercorns, 2 TSP


  • Cast Iron Skillet / Pan

  • Spice Grinder


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add all the ingredients.

  2. Toast lightly until aromatic.

  3. Transfer into a spice grinder.

  4. Blitz until powder forms

  5. Transfer into a sterilized mason jar.

  6. Cover tightly and store in a dry cool place.

  7. I like to store my spices in the freezer so that they will last longer.

Here's the recipe video:

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