I just noticed that I was out of “Five Spice” so I made a batch of my own instead of buying a pre-made can, and thought I should let you know how you can make your own Five Spice blend too.
“Five Spice” is a traditional Chinese spice blend with a distinct anise flavor. There are many different variations of it, and many blends actually include more than 5 different spices (I went for six).
It’s often used to season duck, pork or chicken meat, and also veggie stir-fry’s.
It can definitely be used as a rub, or to give a marinade an unmistakable Chinese character.
• 1 tbsp ground Star Anise.
• 1 tbsp ground Fennel Seeds.
• 1 tbsp ground Cinnamon.
• 1 tbsp ground Ginger.
• 1 tbsp ground Cloves.
• 1/2 tbsp ground Sichuan Pepper (or Black Pepper).
Put all ingredients in a small bowl, and thoroughly blend them using a fork.
Store in an air-tight container.
(Of course the more of the spices you grind yourself, the better the flavor will be. It’s easily done using a mixer…)
Note: Five Spice brings a lot of flavor, so don’t over do the seasoning with it…
In the upcoming posts I’ll give you some ideas on what you can make with it, so make sure to check back in
That’s all for now folks, now go have an awesome week