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Chinese Five Spice Recipe – Easily Make Your Own Seasoning

Chinese Five Spice Powder is often called for in Chinese recipes but can sometimes be hard to find at the store or you may have run out of it. No problem!  Make your own recipe at home.

The popular spice uses a mixture of popular winter spices and is super easy to prepare.

Keep reading to find out how to make this exotic Asian spice mix.

Chinese five spice powder and spices to make it.

What is Chinese 5 Spice Powder used for?

Five Spice Powder is a versatile and flavorful spice blend used in Chinese cuisine and, to some extent, in other Asian and international dishes.

It adds an aromatic flavor to a wide range of dishes. Some common 5 Spice Powder uses:

  • Use it as a rub or seasoning for meat.
  • Add extra flavor in your next stir fry.
  • Add an extra layer of flavor in soups.
  • Sprinkle it on noodles for a unique twist.
  • It is a classic seasoning in Peking Duck recipes.
  • Use it to create tasty dipping sauces.

Chinese Five Spice ingredients

One of the great thing about making your own is that spices lose their flavor when stored.  With this recipe, you can make a smaller amount of the five spice powder and you won’t waste any spices not used. 

Homemade spice blends are generally more aromatic and flavorful than store-bought ones, so using freshly ground spices is a great way to elevate your cooking.

Ingredients for making five spice powder on a red and white plate.

Chinese 5 Spice typically consists of five key spices, each contributing its own unique flavor and aroma. To make it at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Whole star anise
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Fennel seed
  • Szechuan peppercorns

The quickest way to make five spice powder is to use equal amounts of the ground versions of the spices. However, for the best flavor of the finished seasoning, whole spices are the way to go.

Ingredients for Five Spice Powder near a mortar and pestle.

All you need is a spice grinder, coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. Add all of the Chinese five spice ingredients to your grinder and grind the spices until they become a fine powder.

Wooden divided bowl with spices and small wooden spoons.

Transfer the Chinese Five Spice Powder to an airtight container or spice jar. Make sure it’s tightly sealed to preserve the freshness and flavors of the seasoning.

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Yield: about 3 tablespoons

Chinese Five Spice Powder - Make your Own DIY

Chinese Five Spice Powder - Make your Own DIY

Chinese Five Spice powder is often called for in Asian recipes but can sometimes be hard to find at the store or you may have run out of it. No problem!  This Chinese 5 spice recipe is easy to make at home.

All you need are five ingredients and a spice grinder, coffee grinder or mortar and pestle.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cinnamon stick about 3 inches long
  • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 6 star anise pods
  • 3 teaspoons of whole Szechuan peppercorns


  1. Place the ingredients in a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle and grind into a fine powder.
  2. Store in an airtight jar.


If you are in a pinch for time, you can make the Five Spice Powder quickly using the ground versions of the spices.

However, I like to use whole spices and grind them myself rather than the ground versions, since they hold more flavor.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 5gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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