Wednesday, September 28

DIY: Homemade Chinese 5 Spice Powder

Homemade Chinese 5 Spice Powder & Rub

Powder Ingredients*:
1 Tbsp Star Anise
1 Tbsp Fennel Seed
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper
1/2 Tbsp Ginger
*All ingredients need to be as finely ground as possible.

For my personal recipe, I ground the Star Anise and the Fennel Seed using my Mortar & Pestle.  I don't recommend this option if you don't have time or are suffering from any wrist/hand pain, it takes a lot of elbow grease!!

1.  Combine all of the ingredients listed above in a small spice jar.
2.  Either shake or stir until well mixed.
3.  Use to season your favorite dishes.

Rub Ingredients:
2 Tsp Homemade 5 Spice Powder (From above recipe!)
1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt
1 Tsp All Purpose Flour

1.  Combine all ingredients.
2.  Rub on your favorite meat, poultry or fish before grilling.

Stay tuned for my Five Spice Pan-Seared Salmon w/Orange Spinach recipe coming in this week's "From Mama B's Kitchen"! 

In the meantime, checkout these delicious, versatile recipes calling for Chinese 5 Spice Powder:

1.  Five Spice Glazed Salmon w/Sesame Green Beans

2.  Five Spice Turkey Cheeseburgers

3.  Five Spice Beef & Pepper Stir-fry

4.  Sweet Sesame Five Spice Popcorn

5.  Five Spice Seared Scallops & Shrimp

6.  Five Spice Pineapple Carrot Cupcakes

7.  Five Spice Chicken with Red Cabbage

8.  Five Spice Chicken Wings!

9.  Five Spice Ketchup

10.  Five Spice Beef in Oyster Sauce


  1. I hope you'll give it a try! Thanks for stopping in!

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I'll let you know when I make my little DIY project, as I will definitely be mentioning your post as my inspiration!

  3. I spent the first 23 years of my life in Seattle also :) Then I moved to WV. My whole family still lives back in WA though. I love using a mortar and pestle to make spice mixes, I try to make whatever I can from scratch. New follower from Bloggy moms, it's great to meet someone else that moved at about the same age as I did from Seattle. You can find me at
    Stop by my blog when you get the chance :)

  4. This would be so fun to make! Now if I could only find the time! :) Stopping by from lady bloggers!

  5. Scrapperjen1December 02, 2011

    YUM! Sounds great!

  6. Your blog is making my mouth water! Glad to connect with someone who also loves making homemade spices. It is so much more economical to make your own mixes. Thanks for stopping by! Courtney

  7. Awesome! So glad you tried this - the coffee grinder will save tons of time for sure! :)


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