Chinese Five Spice

Vanessa LaBranche, Project Bread

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Chinese Five Spice

Five-Spice powder is the common blend found throughout China. It embodies the essence of the five sense – salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami (savory). The ratios will vary but the ingredients are the same. This is a floral and earthy blend with the star anise being the flavor lead. Great for braises, marinades, sauces, and stews.

Yield: 6 cups, 96 servings, 1 Tbsp portions


1 ½ cups fennel seeds, ground
1 cup Sichuan or black peppercorns, ground
½ cup whole cloves, ground
2 cups anise seed pods, ground
1 cups cinnamon, ground


  1. Grind all spices together in Vitamix or other high-powered blender. Mix and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry area.

Nutritional Information

Calories 20 calories Saturated Fat 0.06 g Sodium 3.4 mg Carbohydrate 3.9 g

* nutrient data and allergen information may vary depending on the specific ingredients and equipment used in your location.

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