A simple authentic recipe for Chinese Five Spice that takes 5 minutes from start to finish! Use this recipe in Authentic Szechuan Sauce, Szechuan Eggplant, Szechuan Tofu, Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowls and many other dishes!
Origin of Chinese Five Spice
Interestingly, Chinese Five Spice is based on the five elements – fire, water, wood, earth and metal. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the five elements are manifested in different parts of the body and when there are imbalances in these elements, illness can result. For thousands of years, herbs and spices have been used to restore balance in the body and that is why Chinese five-spice powder came to be.
What spices are in Chinese Five Spice?
The ingredients and amount of spices vary greatly from region to region and even from household to household depending on personal tastes and preference, but the most common ingredients are:
How do you make Chinese Five Spice?
Place all the spices in a spice or coffee grinder and grind until smooth.
No need to toast the spices first if in a hurry, but of course you may! Place in an airtight spice jar and that is it!
Enjoy the incredible aroma.
Store in an airtight spice jar for up to 6 months for the best flavor.
So easy and so much better than store-bought!
Use this authentic Chinese Five Spice in:
- Authentic Szechuan Sauce
- Szechuan Eggplant
- Five Spice Pulled Pork Tacos with Asian Slaw
- Tea Smoked Five Spice Salmon
- Szechuan Tofu and Veggie Stir-fry
- Burmese Chicken (or Tofu) and Veggies
- Lighting Speed Photon Soup
- Vietnamese Beef and Green Papaya Salad
- Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowls
Here’s a simple authentic recipe for Chinese Five Spice powder.
Place all ingredients in a spice grinder (or coffee grinder) and grind until smooth.
Smell the goodness.
Store in a sealed, airtight spice jar -and for best flavor use within 6 months.
Makes ¼ cup.
For more intense flavor, lightly toast whole seeds/pods in a dry skillet for a couple of minutes, before grinding
In a pinch you could sub 1 tablespoon anise seeds, but it won’t be quite the same flavor.
- Calories: 24
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