Asian five spice is a blend of five spices (of course) and often salt. It is great for seasoning fatty cuts of meat like pork or duck but is also great on seafood. It is a staple in my kitchen. I make a large batch so I always have some on hand.
The core five spices that are usually used are anise, black pepper, fennel, cinnamon, and cloves, though sometimes turmeric and citrus peel are added too.
I often use this spice in stir frys and roasted meats or vegetables and I especially like it mixed into a blend of fresh orange juice, lemon juice, and honey. (Not sure if this a traditional use, but it is delicious).
Some other great ways to use this spice blend:
- Sprinkled on sweet potato fries for a delicious variation
- In chicken soup to change up the flavors
- On vegetable noodles, sautéed in a pan with coconut oil and tossed with cooked chicken or shrimp for a full meal
- On roasted chicken – aromatic and flavorful
- To spice up cashew chicken lettuce wraps
- On beef and broccoli stir fry
If five spice isn’t your type of seasoning, check out my other 13 homemade herb and spice blend recipes for one you’ll like!
Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Recipe
- 2 TBSP anise seeds
- 1 TBSP black pepper
- 1 TBSP ground fennel
- 1 TBSP cinnamon
- 1 TBSP ground cloves
- 1 TBSP Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
- Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container.
Ever tried an Asian five spice seasoning? How did you use it?
Discussion (4 Comments)
Do you use ground Anise or Anise seeds in the seasoning mix?
I am loving your meal plans…they are inspiring me to finally get started with my meal planning! Are all of these recipes on your blog somewhere?
They are, but I’m also coming out (next week) with a really inexpensive meal planning service if that is helpful!