Chinese Five Spice Powder: What It Is & 8 Awesome Recipes
What is Chinese Five Spice Powder?
Chinese five spice powder is one of the essential base seasonings for much of Chinese cooking. While the exact origin of this blend is unknown, it is believed it is meant to incorporate all five taste elements: sweet, sour, bitter, pungent & salty. A little bit of this mix goes a long way.
Taste: Sweet, bitter, salty
Uses: Dry rubs (especially duck & pork), roasted vegetables, baked goods like muffins and cookies
What is in Chinese Five Spice Powder?
The traditional spices that go into this mix are star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, fennel, cassia, and clove. Cassia is a relative of cinnamon and slightly more bitter. Combined together, these spices create a balance of flavors, heats, and mouth sensations meant to enhance the qualities in the dish without overwhelming it.
Chinese Five Spice Powder Ingredients
Traditionally, Chinese five spice powder is made up of equal parts cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns. Sichuan peppercorns are not actually a true peppercorn but are a dried berry of the prickly ash tree. They have a unique aroma and flavor that is not quite as pungent as black pepper, with a slight lemony overtone.
Cassia, freshly ground cinnamon
In a dry pan over medium heat, toast star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, cloves, fennel, and coriander, 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Let cool. Add toasted spices to a spice grinder and pulse until a fine powder is formed.
Where to Buy Chinese Five Spice Powder?
You can buy our freshly ground Chinese five spice powder, crafted from the highest quality ingredients, and ground in house weekly. Spices should be stored in an airtight spice jar out of the light. It's best to use this in small batches so that the blend stays ultra fresh, but the spice blend will also store for 3-4 months, though loses flavor rapidly.
Chinese Five Spice Recipes
Five-spice powder is a fantastic addition to fatty meat dishes, like duck, pork and goose, as a spice rub for meat. We'll also add a pinch to black bean burgers, marinades, like tempeh or vegetable stir fries, rice dishes, and even some baked goods for the unexpected and warming flavors.
Five Spice Chicken
Chinese Five Spice Orange Chicken
Tea Smoked Five Spice Salmon
Tofu Banh Mi
Five Spice Veggie Burgers
Sweet Potato Muffins With Five Spice
Five Spice Chocolate Cake
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