Chinese 5 Spice Mix


chinese 5 spice mix

I first saw Chinese 5 spice used on one of the later Julia Child’s shows, where she invited guest chefs to do the cooking. The chef was making a roasted chicken, and he rubbed a mystery spice all over the entire skin, prompting Julia to ask what it was. He listed the ingredients of his Chinese 5 spice mix, but not the proportional amounts. Darn it.

Meanwhile in the cyber spice rack, there lurked a million and one different recipes for Chinese 5 spice. None even came close to including the same spices, and proportions varied widely.  So this is my own mix.

Chinese 5 spice powder

Makes a 2oz. jar

  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Allspice
  • 1 Tbsp +1 tsp Szechuan pepper
  • 1 Tbsp +1 tsp Ginger
  • 4 Tbsp Star anise

Definitely grind the cinnamon sticks and everything else in a coffee grinder. I tried using both a mortar and pestle and a food processor, but they just don’t work well enough. Only the coffee grinder, set to fine, ground them up enough. Plus it was 10 times easier.

star anise

star anise ground

cinnamon sticks

The Szechuan peppercorns went into our regular pepper grinder, but it turned out to be a very tedious, hand-cramping chore. Austin had the great idea to bring out one of his drills to speed-grind the entire jarful! (I made a lot of 5 spice mix).

szechuan peppercorns

szechuan peppercorns drill grinder

Mix together all the ground spices and pour into a spice jar. I put them all through a small food processor just to make sure they were really blended.

5 spices

blend spices together

jars of Chinese 5 spice mix

This spice mix smells SO fabulous and unique. It’s unlike anything else in my cavernous spice drawer. New + creative = awesome.  I had to make a custom silvery label for them all.

 

Chinese 5 Spice Mix
 
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Serves: 2 oz
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The aroma is fabulous and unique. It's great for rubs, marinades and sauces, or to sprinkle it on a vegetable saute.
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Allspice
  • 1 Tbsp +1 tsp Szechuan pepper
  • 1 Tbsp +1 tsp Ginger
  • 4 Tbsp Star anise
Instructions
  1. Grind the szechuan peppercorns and star anise into a powder using a coffee grinder. Preferably one used solely for spices. Mix together all the ground spices and pour into a spice jar. (I put the mix through a small food processor just to make sure they were really blended before adding to the jar).

 

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