Homemade Five-Spice Powder

"Making your own homemade spices and condiments not only saves big bucks, but they are healthier to boot. You'll find that many of the required ingredients are already in your pantry. Give it a try. I think you'll like it. Note: A cooking time was required to be entered; I entered a small amount, keep in mind there is NO COOKING TIME AT ALL."
photo by Peter J photo by Peter J
photo by Peter J
photo by Mamas Kitchen Hope photo by Mamas Kitchen Hope
Ready In:
1 Tablespoon




  • In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon; 1 tsp aniseed, crushed; 1/4 tsp fennel seed, crushed; 1/4 tsp Szechwan pepper, crushed; and 1/8 tsp ground cloves.
  • Store in a covered container.

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  1. jimfin77
    Szechuan peppercorns are a MUST. Black peppercorns just won't give the right mouth feel or flavor. Same for the anise, star anise is superior to anise seed. With that in mind, have at it! Much cheaper and fresher tasting than the junk in the jar.
  2. Peter J
    Very nice! I made this when I'd run out of 5-spice powder but had the other ingredients. I'll make it myself from now on as it has a much better taste and aroma when everything is freshly ground.
  3. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    Smells divine! My whole kitchen was perfumed with this wonderful aroma! Thanks for the great recipe!


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