Chinese Five Spice

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


about 1/2 cup

Updated: Dec. 10, 2022
I regularly mix up my own spice blends, such as this Chinese five spice recipe. I make Indian and Mexican spice blends, too. But my favorite is this one, thanks to its strong anise flavor. It's so convenient to make from pantry staples I have on hand. —Lydia Scott, Englehart, Ontario
Chinese Five Spice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons aniseed
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns


  1. In a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, combine all ingredients (in batches if necessary); grind until mixture becomes a fine powder. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Chinese Five Spice Tips

Can you toast the spices before combining them to make Chinese five spice?

Definitely! Toasting spices always brings out their deepest flavors and aromas.

What's the best way to store Chinese five spice?

Store it in an airtight spice jar or mason jar at room temperature for up to six months.

What can you make with this Chinese five spice recipe?

You can use this spice blend in a variety of ways because it’s very complex and said to be the perfect combination of sweet, savory, bitter, sour and umami. Try our Exotic Five-Spice Chicken Wings or Five-Spice Pumpkin Pie, which showcase the range of this spice blend. Learn even more about Chinese five spice.

Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer

Nutrition Facts

1 teaspoon: 8 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.